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Can I take ativan before work?

Can I take ativan before work?

Carefully: Ativan is a valium derivative that is used for anxiety, tension, and for seizures. The side effect is sleepiness. Low doses are usually well tolerated and will relax you and allow usual function. Higher doses will put you to sleep. Understand why you are using it. Balance the benefit to the side effects. ...Read more

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Ativan (Definition)

Ativan (lorazepam) is a medication used to treat a person with anxiety or anxiety related to depression. Lorazepam is a type of medication called a benzodiazepine. It slows the activity in a person's brain, so he is ...Read more


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What sort of medicine is ativan?

What sort of medicine is ativan?

Anti-anxiety: Ativan (lorazepam) is a medication used to treat anxiety, panic attacks in particular. It is in a class of medications known as benzodiazepines which share similar properties such as valium, klonopin, xanax, and Librium the advantage is that it works quickly, but the risks are developing a physical dependence (tolerance over time and withdrawal when stopping it) or an addiction. ...Read more

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I have sleeping problem.I want to take medicine for long sleep.First I use ativan but is not so effective any noice in room i wake up so what medicin?

I have sleeping problem.I want to take medicine for long sleep.First I use ativan but is not so effective  any noice in room i wake up so what medicin?

Ear plugs: Sleep problems are very common. Try herbal teas with warm milk. Try melatonin. Use ear plugs and blinders. Try to avoid drugs. May try Benadryl but avoid alcohol and no caffeine after noon. ...Read more

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Two days ago at the ER, they gave me 1mg of Ativan for anxiety. I still feel weird from the medicine. Being that I weigh 125, was that too much?

Two days ago at the ER, they gave me 1mg of Ativan for anxiety.  I still feel weird from the medicine.  Being that I weigh 125, was that too much?

Ativan: Not likely from the Ativan since it would be out of your system by now. Recommend visit to mental health professional to help you with your anxiety, and also to get workup done to rule out medical causes for anxiety, if that was not ruled out in the ER already. ...Read more

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I got insomnia after trying ativan for a week. Its not because anxiety that i'm not sleeping. I slept well before taking the medicine. I need help?

I got insomnia after trying ativan for a week. Its not because anxiety that i'm not sleeping. I slept well before taking the medicine. I need help?

Better medicine: Ativan is not a good choice for insomnia. Medication is not always the answer either. Go to bed the same time every night and get up the same time every day, no matter how much you sleep. Dark room, no lights! if medications are needed, there are things out there better than ativan. Talk things over with your doctor. ...Read more

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Which medicine is better for panic attacks, ativan or xanax? I suffer from severe panic disorder and I am currently taking ativan and lexapro, which helps, but i still have constant, extreme attacks. I have been told by others who have the same condition

Both : Both Ativan (lorazepam) and xanax (alprazolam) belong to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. They can both be used to treat panic disorder and both have similar side effects. Most important side effects are those affecting central nervous system: drowsiness, daytime sedation, memory impairment, physical and psychological dependence, tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. Different people respond differently to these drugs, something that depends on a person's age, general health (in particular presence of liver disease) and concurrent use of other drugs. Your doctor's decision to prescribe Ativan is most likely based on factoring these and other aspects of your general health into this decision. There is no downside of asking your doctor about xanax vs. Ativan for treatment of your panic disorder. ...Read more

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Why didn't my medicine "percocet" or "ativan" show up in my drug screen? I have a herniated disc in my lower back and panic attacks, i take my medicine daily, just as prescribed, but neither showed up in my drug test... Can you help me?

Percocet : Percocet is a narcotic (opiate class) pain medication made up of a combination of oxycodone and Acetaminophen (tylenol). It would show up in a drug test as oxycodone or as an opiate depending on the test. Ativan is a benzodiazepine called Lorazepam used for anxiety and a few other problems. Since Ativan is the brand name, it usually show up in drug tests under it's generic name Lorazepam or as a benzodiazpine which is it's class of medication. If nothing showed up in your urine drug test and you are taking these medications daily as prescribed, you may want to call your doctor and have it repeated. ...Read more

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What is it like to be on the drug ativan?

What is it like to be on the drug ativan?

Sedative: Fairly immediate onset benzodiazepine, the class of drugs that are used to reduce anxiety, sedate or put to sleep, also used for seizures (to stop them quickly) and sometimes for dizziness or nausea because of the sedation, but also can cause amnesia. Sometimes used to relax muscles but the reason is because of the CNS sedation. Useful, but very addictive. ...Read more