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Lorazepam (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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I've been having trouble sleeping, ativan (lorazepam) doesn't work. Docs want me to try valuim. I don't really want to do anymore benzos. How's melatonin for anxiety? Will it effect it, because my anxiety is BAD

I've been having trouble sleeping, ativan (lorazepam) doesn't work. Docs want me to try valuim. I don't really want to do anymore benzos. How's melatonin for anxiety? Will it effect it, because my anxiety is BAD

Anxiety: You need to consider other classes medication like SSRI or SNRI for your anxiety, may be if you control your anxiety, the sleeping problem might resolve itself. Hydroxyzine is another option for anxiety and insomnia. Consider counseling. ...Read more

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How long will a half a milligram of lorazepam take to work?

Not long: Lorazepam is short-acting and fast-acting — usually less than a half hour. If your anxiety is severe, what may seem like a drug that's not working is a dose that's too low. Lorazepam should only be used short term. There are better drugs than benzodiazepines for anxiety that's not a temporary problem. ...Read more

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Hi. I have a work presentation to make in 3 days & m 2 anxious. I have lorazepam in .05 mg. How much to take before & how long before? Thank u.

Try before!: Make sure you try the medicine before. Lorazepam is sedating and you will want to be focused and not groggy. You may want to ask for a beta blocker which is also good, but does not make you groggy. Try them before the presentation. If you HAVE to take the lorazepam since it is only three days away, then only 0.25 mg please. ...Read more

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Can I take ativan (lorazepam) before work?

Can I take ativan (lorazepam) before work?

Carefully: Ativan (lorazepam) 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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My dr prescribed ativan (lorazepam) for situational anxiety around work and other events. Should I try a dose before I take it for work to see how it affects me?

Yes!: Ativan (lorazepam) can cause sedation as it is used as a sleep agent too, among other things. You should try it during the day while at home or a few hours before sleep so you can assess how it works for you. It maybe you will need to adjust the dose your doctor gave you but consult her or him first before doing so. ...Read more

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I take ativan (lorazepam) but lately I have come quite addicted to it and now I am taking 4 everyday just for it to work. Is this bad? And what can I take inste

I take ativan (lorazepam) but lately I have come quite addicted to it and now I am taking 4 everyday just for it to work. Is this bad? And what can I take inste

No pills: I appreciate your honesty. Perhaps a whole different approach is indicated. But first stopping safely under medical observation is indicated. Learning of the disease of addiction in treatment and them treating that disease effectively may bring you health and serenity. ...Read more

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I have been on 0.5 mg ativan (lorazepam) since June on an as needed basis.it's for my anxiety...maybe I have taken 25 pills since the summer. However, I find it as less effective nowadays. Does it work less since my body is now used to it? Should I ask

I have been on 0.5 mg ativan (lorazepam) since June on an as needed basis.it's for my anxiety...maybe I have taken 25 pills since the summer. However, I find it as less effective nowadays. Does it work less since my body is now used to it? Should I ask

Drug holiday: Although you are not taking it often, you can develop decreased responsiveness to a medication like Ativan (lorazepam). It can help to not take it for a couple of weeks. However, if anxiety is an ongoing problem, you deserve more comprehensive treatment. Consider getting a referral to a therapist, or at least starting an anti-anxiety anti-depressant on a regular basis. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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What would some symptoms be for in between withdrawal with benzos. Ex. Ativan (lorazepam) which works about 5-6 hours?

What would some symptoms be for in between withdrawal with benzos. Ex. Ativan (lorazepam) which works about 5-6 hours?

Mostly recurrance: The most likely effect is recurrence of anxiety. If you are dependent on it, you could experience muscle aches or twitches, insomnia, agitation, irritibilty. If severe, one can get seizures. If you experience yhese severe symptoms go to er. Otherwise, work with professional to find alternative treatments for anxiety. ...Read more

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My son is taking ativan (lorazepam) .5 mg. Works ok but makes him lose weight. 25lbs in 6 1/2 months. This makes his anxiety go up. What other pill works like ati?

My son is taking ativan (lorazepam) .5 mg. Works ok but makes him lose weight. 25lbs in 6 1/2 months. This makes his anxiety go up. What other pill works like ati?

Chronic use Ativan (lorazepam): While this is a very common story, it is not good medicine to be on daily or chronic use of benzodiazepines. Ativan (lorazepam) is in this class of drugs.

It sounds like he is having negative effects from this and he should, in my opinion, stop the medication and get to his psychiatrist... Or choose a new mental health provider to discuss safer and more effective drugs to prevent anxiety ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is lorazepam most similar to xanax (alprazolam)? I know duration is longer but is it the closest one in this class of drugs? Klonopin doesn't work

Is lorazepam most similar to xanax (alprazolam)? I know duration is longer but is it the closest one in this class of drugs? Klonopin doesn't work

Xanax (alprazolam): Lorazepam is similar to Xanax (alprazolam) in that it has a short half-life which means it seems to work faster but doesn't last as long, This makes these more addictive. Klonopin and Tranxene have a longer half-life which takes longer to work but lasts much longer and is still addictive but less so. ...Read more

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Terrible insomnia. Can't take ssri or snri. .5 ativan (lorazepam) each night for sleep. Is this ok? Over the counter doesn't work. Does accupunture work for insom

Terrible insomnia. Can't take ssri or snri. .5 ativan (lorazepam) each night for sleep. Is this ok? Over the counter doesn't work. Does accupunture work for insom

It can ...: Acupuncture has been show to reduce anxiety in some well controlled studies. Ativan is a very commonly used medicine for insomnia — however — there are newer medicines (eg, Belsomra) which target the sleep cycle directly which might be a better option. The other option I have used alone or in combination with other treatments is Rozerem (ramelteon). Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I'm having a painful test tomorrow and normal sedating medications don't work for me, i.e. Vellum, Ativan, (lorazepam) Xanex. Any suggestions.

I'm having a painful test tomorrow and normal sedating medications don't work for me, i.e. Vellum, Ativan, (lorazepam) Xanex. Any suggestions.

Anesthesia: Discuss this problem and your feelings with your physician and /or the anesthesiologist the day before the procedure. If it's too late then don't eat or drink anything after midnight and call your physician the first thing in the morning. I don't think he/she will want you to be overly anxious about the procedure or have a very uncomfortable experience during it. ...Read more

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Is it possible for ativan (lorazepam) to give you anxiety I took .25 and I went into a panic attack. Is that not enough to work with bad anxiety Can't talk to pcp?

Is it possible for ativan (lorazepam) to give you anxiety I took .25 and I went into a panic attack. Is that not enough to work with bad anxiety Can't talk to pcp?

Unlikely: Ativan (lorazepam) can cause tachycardia (rapid heart rate), but if you only took 0.25 mg by mouth, it is unlikely due to the drug. Are you taking any other medication or drugs? Usual adult dose is higher for "bad anxiety" but you should consult with your prescribing MD before changing your dose. Recc you contact psychologist who treats anxiety disorders. Bad anxiety is best treated with both CBT and meds. ...Read more

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I have been abusing lorazepam for about a week and I am haveing surery in 3 weeks will my blood work be of if I stop now also they are going to be bio?

I have been abusing lorazepam for about a week and I am haveing surery in 3 weeks will my blood work be of if I stop now also they are going to be bio?

Tell your doctor: If abusing Lorazepam you need to tell your doctor. There is help for substance abuse like this, and you need it. Sorry, but I'm not sure what you mean by "they are going to be bio?" urine drug screens are not typically part of pre-surgery labs. If you're habituated or dependent on Lorazepam and your doctors don't know this, they would not prescribe any post-surgery & you could have withdrawal. ...Read more

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Is klonopin (clonazepam) or lorazepam better for nausea? Does lorazepam work for nausea

Is klonopin (clonazepam) or lorazepam better for nausea? Does lorazepam work for nausea

Maybe: These two medications are for anxiety. If the nausea is caused by anxiety they may help. Nausea can have many causes. I suggest you contact your primary care physician to help with this matter. ...Read more

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Can you prescribe me ativan (lorazepam) for my panic attacks and stress at work?

Can you prescribe me ativan (lorazepam) for my panic attacks and stress at work?

You should: Seek the help of your physician for a formal evaluation to ensure that a medication like Ativan (lorazepam) is appropriate for you. It can be used to address panic attack but it isn't the right medication for everyone. Due to its addictive, habit-forming potential it is best prescribe by a healthcare provider who can monitor you in the long run, which makes a platform, such as this, less than optimal. ...Read more

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Will Ativan (lorazepam) work as a muscle relaxer & for muscle spasms at low dose like 0.5mg?

Will Ativan (lorazepam) work as a muscle relaxer & for muscle spasms at low dose like 0.5mg?

Possibly : You are right in that is a very low dose. It's better to start at a lower dose and see if it is effective. Although Ativan (lorazepam) is not typically used for muscle spasms, it is in the same class of medications as Valium, which is longer-acting and more often prescribed for muscle spasms. ...Read more

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I have been on Lorazepam for a while now... Is there a worry about addiction? It works very well for me. My pharmacist recommended Buspar (buspirone) instead???

I have been on Lorazepam for a while now... Is there a worry about addiction? It works very well for me. My pharmacist recommended Buspar (buspirone) instead???

Addiction possible: Lorazepam can be addicting, especially for people with a personal or family history of problems with alcohol. Otherwise, you're having done well on lorazepam suggests that you will continue to do well with it. Buspar (buspirone) works well for some people and not for others. If having impulse-control problems, Buspar (buspirone) is certainly an option that could be tried but generally takes longer to achieve an effect. ...Read more

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Taking zopiclone 7.5 mg to sleep, can I then take .5mg ativan (lorazepam) in the morning before going to work (to prevent anxiety at work), question is will I be too sleepy? (I am a petite woman, also not taking these meds regularly, just having diffic

Taking zopiclone 7.5 mg to sleep, can I then take .5mg ativan (lorazepam) in the morning before going to work (to prevent anxiety at work), question is will I be too sleepy? (I am a petite woman, also not taking these meds regularly, just having diffic

Therapy for anxiety: Agree with advice re insomnia and sleep hygiene. Try 0.5 mg Ativan (lorazepam) on a non-work day morning so you'll have answer to drowsiness when you can take a nap if necessary. If too sedating, try 0.25 mg but may not cover your anxiety symptoms. Talk to prescribing doctor to review meds and get referral to a mental health professional for coping with anxiety strategies and insight. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What would work better for someone that's having a panic attack with palpitations (skipped, extra heartbeat): propanolol or lorazepam? All tests are ok

What would work better for someone that's having a panic attack with palpitations (skipped, extra heartbeat): propanolol or lorazepam? All tests are ok

Panic: Either one, depending on the extent & duration of the symptoms. Ativan (lorazepam) calms anxiety down. Propranolol slow heart rate. Both can cause sedation. Review with your doctor first. ...Read more

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Prescribed 0.5mg Lorazepam for 1 week, had absolutely no effect, no sedation or anti-anxiety effect. Had diazepam while ago same proble, why not work?

Prescribed 0.5mg Lorazepam for 1 week, had absolutely no effect, no sedation or anti-anxiety effect. Had diazepam while ago same proble, why not work?

Anxiety, G.E.R.D.: I understand your frustration.
Thank you for informing about G.E.R. D, Acne, and H. Pylori EIA
These symptoms are likely due to Anxiety due to stresses in life-relationships, separations, unresolved conflicts with parents, siblings; and use of Alcohol and Cocaine.
Therapy with increase of dose of Lorazepam, Breathing Relaxation, Tai Chi will help.
See Gastroenterologist for H. Pylori follow up. ...Read more

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I have been having vertigo symptoms while taking Ativan (lorazepam). Is this normal? I have had blood work done and have visited a doctor and everything is normal

I have been having vertigo symptoms while taking Ativan (lorazepam). Is this normal? I have had blood work done and have visited a doctor and everything is normal

Common isn't normal: Dizziness is a fairly common side effect of Ativan (lorazepam) so it may be what's happening. It's good that the tests/exam found you physically okay. Discuss this with Dr and if it's not minimal, perhaps try CBT therapy instead of a pill or to lower dose and shorten need. ...Read more

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Hi! I have a problem in speaking in public. Hi! I have a problem in speaking in public (anxiety). And my doctor gave me lorazepam. He asked me to take 2-3 before speaking. Those 2-3 do not work with me. When I take 5-6, then I can speak with no fear. But

Hi! I have a problem in speaking in public. Hi! I have a problem in speaking in public (anxiety). And my doctor gave me lorazepam. He asked me to take 2-3 before speaking. Those 2-3 do not work with me. When I take 5-6, then I can speak with no fear. But

Dr : Dr kardener provided excellent feedback. One other thing you could consider doing is engaging in cognitive behavioral therapist with a psychologist to get control over symptoms without having to turn to controlled substances. ...Read more

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How long can one stay on clonazepam 3mg I've been on for 3 years snd it works great for my GAD I've tried numerous antidepressants xanex ativan (lorazepam) nothing!

How long can one stay on clonazepam 3mg I've been on for 3 years snd it works great for my GAD I've tried numerous antidepressants xanex ativan (lorazepam) nothing!

Here's A Thought: How about working on fixing or curing or solving the problem? Three years of just numbing up or sedating the anxiety is not treating the cause of the problem. It is time to learn how to work on fixing and understanding and curing the problem. It is not life to go through your adulthood sedated every day. ...Read more

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Why is Ativan (lorazepam) taken under the tongue but Clonazepam and Diazepam swallowed. Will benzos ultimately work the same whether taken under the tongue?

Why is Ativan (lorazepam) taken under the tongue but Clonazepam and Diazepam swallowed.  Will benzos ultimately work the same whether taken under the tongue?

All work same.: All of them are oral medications. It is not standard practice to put any of them under the tongue. You may have a specific trade named product that says to take under tongue? Maybe your doc gave you this advice? ...Read more

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Chest tightness SOB chest pain for two months. Clear chest ct, 3cxr,3ekg,PFT good, lots of blood work. Albuterol mask at er, and rescue inhaler do nothing. Only thing that seems to work is ativan, (lorazepam) and it works well. Does this mean its anxiety?

Chest tightness SOB chest pain for two months. Clear chest ct, 3cxr,3ekg,PFT good, lots of blood work. Albuterol mask at er, and rescue inhaler do nothing. Only thing that seems to work is ativan, (lorazepam) and it works well. Does this mean its anxiety?

Anxiety: Anxiety is capable of causing your symptoms especially if they are more noticeable at rest than during exertion and in view of your negative tests and response to ativan (lorazepam). For completeness a treadmill stress test and echocardiogram can be done, but I recommend that you discuss stress management with your physician and avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. ...Read more