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Dr. James Hall
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Lorazepam (Overview)

A medication of some versatility, a benzodiazepam of brief duration, that can be employed to stop ongoing seizure activity, can be used to control anxiety, assist as a sleep aide, and employed by a variety of physicians, .


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What is stronger - lorazepam or clonazepam?

What is stronger - lorazepam or clonazepam?

Clonazepam: Stronger is a relative term. Typically to get the same 'benzodiazepine' effect of a particular milligram dose of Clonazepam between 2 to 4 times (some of the textbooks vary on this) as much Lorazepam needs to be used.

Dr. James Hall
568 Doctors shared insights

Lorazepam (Overview)

A medication of some versatility, a benzodiazepam of brief duration, that can be employed to stop ongoing seizure activity, can be used to control anxiety, assist as a sleep aide, and employed by a variety of physicians, .


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Help! Exactly what is the difference between Xanax (alprazolam) and lorazepam?

Help! Exactly what is the difference between Xanax (alprazolam) and lorazepam?

Xanax (alprazolam) and Ativan: Xanax (generic name alprazolam) and Ativan (generic name lorazepam) are both benzodiazepines, fast acting anti-anxiety meds. Although both are effective your doctor needs to know if you take one and it doesn't work or has unusual side effects. One isn't overall better than the other, and there are other meds in this same class. But remember they can build tolerance- the long term answer is therapy

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What are the common uses of lorazepam, and how often can it be used? Long term?

What are the common uses of lorazepam, and how often can it be used? Long term?

Try to avoid: Lorazepam is long acting antianxiety, but we have better drugs for that--it is used to stop seizures but used IV in the hospital---i am against long term oral intake of Lorazepam for any reason, other than a short course- Lorazepam should not be used for sleep.

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I have social anxiety and my doctor recently described lorazepam 1mg. What are some side effects to this drug?

I have social anxiety and my doctor recently described lorazepam 1mg. What are some side effects to this drug?

Anxiety treatment: Lorazepam (ativan) is often given for occasional use for extreme anxiety or panic attacks, but it does not actually fix the problem. Seek a therapist specializing in anxiety disorders. Possible side effects of Lorazepam include drowsiness, impairment of driving or use of other equipment, or addiction. It is like alcohol in pill form & works on the same brain receptors. Do not mix w alcohol because.

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If abrupt discontinuation of lorazepam can cause seizures, why is it prescribed prn?

If abrupt discontinuation of lorazepam can cause seizures, why is it prescribed prn?

Depends on how used: Risk of withdrawal is greater the longer the duration of treatment is for Lorazepam and the higher the prescribed dose if prn is used 3 times per day over several weeks then risk is higher compared to 3 time per week use over the same duration.

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How is lorazepam so effective at stopping my anxiety symptoms within 30 min?

Good system response: 1. Your body responds well to the medication. 1a. Blood levels drop tiny bit due to 3x/day dosing so that 1 pill enough for effect 2. The doctor knew exactly the right stuff for you 3. You feel confident that the pill will work. 4. Your medication may be working with another drug you may be taking so that the interactions are working to calm your symptoms quickly 5. Combination of all the above.

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How effectively does lorazepam work for agoraphobia w/o panic?

How effectively does lorazepam work for agoraphobia w/o panic?

It helps but...: For short periods, it can help, but for agoraphobia, if your outside, you may find yourself needing more and more and becoming addicted and dependent. Ssris and other antidepressants can be helpful for agoraphobia, and are not habit forming. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be helpful as well for a psychotherapeutic treatment of agoraphobia.

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Is it safe to take lorazepam 0.5 mg with the pain medicine hydrocodine 10.325 and flexiral 10 mg?

Is it safe to take lorazepam 0.5 mg with the pain medicine hydrocodine 10.325 and flexiral 10 mg?

Call doctor: Individually, those drugs produce drowsiness. Combined, they produce incredible drowsiness. You can't be driving, or operating machinery, or doing anything requiring tremendous attention while you're taking any one of those drugs. So you should contact your doctor first, and discuss what the real issue is, before considering taking more than one of them. Taking two narcotics plus a muscle relaxant can cause problems together.

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Can lorazepam and pxil 12.5 mg be taken both safely? Thanks

Can lorazepam and pxil 12.5 mg be taken both safely? Thanks

Yes if: This is the way your doctor has prescribed you your treatment, like Paxil (paroxetine) to be taken on a daily basis and Lorazepam 0.5 mg once a day as needed for anxiety. To the opposite, if u take medications on ur own, u are self-medications yourself and, this at ur own risk. The best for u is to get back to ur prescribing doc, tell her/him ur symptoms & ask 4 clarification or readjustment of ur treatment.

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Most likely side effects of overdosing on lorazepam?

Most likely side effects of overdosing on lorazepam?

Serious stuff!: Signs of overdose range through mental confusion, dysarthria, paradoxical reactions, drowsiness, hypotonia, ataxia, hypotension, hypnotic state, coma, cardiovascular depression, respiratory depression, and death. : ( (.

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What can you do or not do when you have the side effects of using lorazepam, or activan?

Talk to doctor: You do not mention which side effects you are having. However neither med is the best for long term use. One of the ssri meds like zoloft or Lexapro (escitalopram) are more effective and safe for the long run. You should not stop Ativan suddenly as it may cause seizures.

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How long will lorazepam stay in your system?

How long will lorazepam stay in your system?

70 hours: Half life of Lorazepam is 14 hours. Five half-lives to clear. Figure about 70 hours to clear from your system.

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Weaning off a month-long prescription of lorazepam for anxiety. Down to. 5mg/day, with 1wk to go. How long after the last dose will the drug b out of my system?

5 half life.: Half life of its major metabolite is about 18 hours, then in 90 hours it should be practically out of your system. Take it easy in the process not to develop insomnia.

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Is it ok to take. 25 mg of lorazepam 6 hrs apart? I.Dont fil taking it with 1 mg so I take it in half....

Question not clear: I am not entirely sure what you are asking (what you mean when you say "dont fil taking it with 1 mg so I take it in half..."). But there is no problem with taking Lorazepam 0.25 mg 6 hours apart. However you should always follow your doctor's recommendation.

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How long does it take. 25mg of Lorazepam to wear off? Trying to determine when able to drive.

IMPRECISE: PEOPLE METABOLIZE MEDS AT DIFFERENT RATES AND ARE AFFECTED AT DIFFERENT DOSAGE LEVELS.=YOU HAVEN'T SAID HOW 0.25 AFFECTS YOU. ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT YOU EXPERIENCE OR IS IT ADVICE YOU'VE HAD TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT DRIVING ON MEDS? CHECK WITH THE DR WHO'S PRESCEIBING IT.

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Will amitriptyline or lorazepam interact with my contraceptive?

Will amitriptyline or lorazepam interact with my contraceptive?

Not likely: The combination of Amitriptyline and Lorazepam is additive in terms of CNS depression as both are somewhat sedating. As far as interaction with contraceptive I could not say absolutely without knowing specific one you are taking, but I am not aware of any interaction. Always make sure your prescribing doc (s) are aware of all meds you are taking including otc.

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Interaction between lorazepam and amitrityline?

Interaction between lorazepam and amitrityline?

Additive sedation: Both are sedating medications and when taken together, sedation is compounded. However, a doctor can prescribe medication with additive and compounded effect as long as this is factored into the dosage, timing and the clinical condition of the patient as well as use of alcohol.

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Is it ok to mix tramadol and lorazepam together like maybe two hours appart 25 mg of tramadol and. 5 of lorazepam?

Is it ok to mix tramadol and lorazepam together like maybe two hours appart 25 mg of tramadol and. 5 of lorazepam?

Caution advised: Both prescribed to you, by the same doctor? Should be ok. Official answer: combo may increase risk of CNS [brain] and respspiratory depression, psychomotor impairment, coordination, driving risk. (additive effects).