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Dr. Jane Steiner
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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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I have severe insomnia. I also have thyroiditis. I take Xanax (alprazolam) or ativan for sleep. Sometimes it works and sometimes no. What can I do?

I have severe insomnia.  I also have thyroiditis.  I take Xanax (alprazolam) or ativan for sleep.  Sometimes it works and sometimes no.  What can I do?

Insomnia: Benzos such as xanax (alprazolam) are not good options for treating insomnia. Several viable options exist such as trazodone or seroquel, etc. Your prescribing doctor can help u taper off benzos and explore alternatives. ...Read more

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Does high or low dopamine create insomnia? I was on zyprexa (olanzapine) for awhile but it did not sedate me I needed to take a moderate dose of Ativan to sleep..

Does high or low dopamine create insomnia? I was on zyprexa (olanzapine) for awhile but it did not sedate me I needed to take a moderate dose of Ativan to sleep..

Insomnia : There are numerous neurotransmitters that contribute to sleep and wakefulness. Getting to the bottom of what is causing your insomnia is the best treatment recommendation than using medicines to make you sleepy. Would recommend for you to talk to a sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Only on seroquel (quetiapine) and celexa. Took dopamine mucus got insomnia. Took trazodone ativan. Got sleep. Then akathisia next day. Cause? Solution?

Only on seroquel (quetiapine) and celexa. Took dopamine mucus got insomnia. Took trazodone ativan. Got sleep. Then akathisia next day. Cause? Solution?

Too many medications: It is not usually a good idea to be mixing so many different mind altering medications. Discuss your mental and neurological issues with just one doctor and together you can come to a healthy and effective strategy to accomplish your goals, good luck! ...Read more

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Can geodon (ziprasidone) cause voices? As soon as the voices started I got penile numbness. Taper off seroquel celexa. Taking ativan to sleep along with geodon (ziprasidone).

Not cause, but: This medication is meant for severely psychotic Schizophrenic symptoms. Hearing voices would be a strong possibility for these people and it might not be easy to untangle the illness from side effects since I've heard that 'voices' can be more noticed on the drug. Definitely talk to your Dr. Don't self-manage meds - ever! They need to be responsible to you. You deserve good care. I hope you get it ...Read more

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Started 1mg Ativan for sleep now constipated/incomplete bowel movements. Can this be from the Ativan? Will this go away? Already take probiotics.

Started 1mg Ativan for sleep now constipated/incomplete bowel movements.  Can this be from the Ativan? Will this go away? Already take probiotics.

Stress?, or more...?: Stress can take its toll on sleep quality as well as gut function. However, constipation (particularly if persistent) has many organic causes that warrant evaluation. Don't hesitate to seek care, especially if there is unexplained weigh loss, fever, abdominal pain +/- tenderness, blood in stool, inadequate response to fiber supplementation/fluid intake...you get the picture. ...Read more

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Does ambien provide restorative good sleep? Is it like taking Ativan? Will I sleep well on ambien?

Does ambien provide restorative good sleep? Is it like taking Ativan? Will I sleep well on ambien?

Ambien: Ambien can lead to good quality sleep. I can not tell you if it will give you the desired effect. Ativan is an anxiolytic medication. I am hopeful for you that use can find non-pharmacological ways to address your sleep. Both ambien and Ativan use can lead to drug tolerance. ...Read more

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Dr. added .25 mg or trazadone to my usual 1 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) for sleep ...is this ok and commonly done?

Dr. added .25 mg or trazadone to my usual 1 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) for sleep ...is this ok and commonly done?

Probably safe: Neither of these is primarily a sleeping pill but are often used to help people get to sleep through the drowsiness side effects. One is often for anxiety and the new one is for depression. Each are a low doseage and at bedtime you'll not be driving or operating machinery. Just relax and sleep while on them. ...Read more

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My dr added .25 of trazadone to 1 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) for sleep...seem lethargic during day could it be from this?

My dr added .25 of trazadone to 1 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) for sleep...seem lethargic during day could it be from this?

Talk to your doctor : The combination of Trazodone and Ativan (lorazepam) can be sedating with a hangover effect. Talk to your doctor about a medication adjustment. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Please tell me what is better ativan (lorazepam) or sleeping pills for sleep aid?

Please tell me what is better ativan (lorazepam) or sleeping pills for sleep aid?

Sleep hygiene: To aid sleep over time, sleep hygiene is better than meds. Go to bed & wake up @ same time daily. Use a comfortable bed with comfy pillows only for sleep/sex; no caffeine after 12 noon; no alcohol 3-4 hrs prior to sleep; avoid eating meals and vigorous exercising within 3h of bedtime (can have small snack if needed, & gentle yoga). Maintain a quiet, dark, cool room, with no computer, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more