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Can ativan (lorazepam) stop working after four hours?

Can ativan (lorazepam) stop working after four hours?

Yes! Memory problems: With Ativan- be careful. Without question, ssri's: paxil (paroxetine), (paroxetine) (fluoxetine (Prozac), zoloft etc) are anxiety top shelf treatment. Benzos have too many side effect tendencies with anxiety and withdrawal precisely because they are too short acting and the peaks and valleys in blood levels make side effects easy to happen. This can lead to dependence/addiction.Ask your doc about safer adjunct to paxil (paroxetine). ...Read more

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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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If I do not feel lorazepam is working well, what is a comparable benzodiazepine? I use them as sparingly as possible, but I do know I need them.

If I do not feel lorazepam is working well, what is a comparable benzodiazepine? I use them as sparingly as possible, but I do know I need them.

THERE ARE PLENTY: Of alternatives for benzodiazepines, if indeed that is what is indicated in your particular case. These drugs are helpful but also dangerous if not dosed/used properly so please discuss these issues with your doctor as soon as you possibly can.
Hope you stay well. ...Read more

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How long should you need to take ativan (lorazepam) before it begins workng?

How long should you need to take ativan (lorazepam) before it begins workng?

DOSE DEPENDENT: Ativan (lorazepam) usually works within half an hour to an hour if the dose is sufficient. Different people respond differently. Start with a low dose and increase (daily) until there is a tranquilizing effect.
Overdosing creats peoblems. ...Read more

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I've been working w med detox for 2 weeks and now they started giving me ativan (lorazepam) w weekly reportingings to court. And way baround please help

No way out of that: If it is a court order by the judge you have no choice but to comply with it, till they release you from the order
you have to go through with it, even if it is unpleasant. ...Read more

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I've been taking. 5 ativan, (lorazepam) one pill a night for two days. I took it tonight and its not working as well. I also took it right before I started eatin?

I've been taking. 5 ativan, (lorazepam) one pill a night for two days. I took it tonight and its not working as well. I also took it right before I started eatin?

Give it time: If you sit a worry about it working, thus increasing your anxiety, it will not work as well. Also, I hope you are using behavioral or thought techniques learned in therapy to deal with your symptoms.
Ativan is a short term solution. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be so anxious and dizzy/disoriented when not getting enough sleep? I tried ativan (lorazepam) as prescribed from therapist but it's not been working they told me to try 2mg valuim.

Is it normal to be so anxious and dizzy/disoriented when not getting enough sleep? I tried ativan (lorazepam) as prescribed from therapist but it's not been working they told me to try 2mg valuim.

Some advice: Sometimes getting too little sleep can cause such symptoms. But taking Ativan or or similar drugs can cause such symptoms as well. The big question is how all these symptoms began, whether you had symptoms before taking Ativan, and do you have an anxiety or other psychological issue that may be addressed with talk therapy and a small dose of SSRI such as Prozac or Zoloft (sertraline). ...Read more

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What makes a person's gag reflexes stop working? When patient has been talking morphine and ativan (lorazepam) for alcoholic hepatitis.

What makes a person's gag reflexes stop working? When patient has been talking morphine and ativan (lorazepam) for alcoholic hepatitis.

It depends: Chronic alcohol dependency can damage every organ in the body (except the kidneys). That means, alcohol can damage the nerves responsible for the gag reflex, plus, strong opiates like morphine can inhibit the gag reflex. So, it is possible morphine can make an already bad situation worse, possibly resulting in aspiration pneumonitis. ...Read more

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What's a natural remedy to battling moderate anxiety, as a single mom working full time and raising a two year old? My PCP had prescribed lorazepam. 5mg as needed and that makes me feel severely fatigued and not myself, so I try to avoid using that.

What's a natural remedy to battling moderate anxiety, as a single mom working full time and raising a two year old? My PCP had prescribed lorazepam. 5mg as needed and that makes me feel severely fatigued and not myself, so I try to avoid using that.

In addition to or: As an alternative, consider practicing the Relaxation Response, from a book by Herbert Benson. See this website http://www. Relaxationresponse. Org/ Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How can I stop lorazepam?

See your doctor: It may be neccesary for your doctor to gradually wean you off it. This is to avoid benzodiazepam withdrawal. He may also decide to put you alternative to treat your problem. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: lorazepam?

Sedative/tranquilize: 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, . ...Read more

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Could lorazepam help me with presentations?

If you are asking: If you would be less anxious, yes. Whether you should use it depends on your medical status, medical history, and family medical history. Talk to your primary care physician about this. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long does lorazepam stay in your system?

How long does lorazepam stay in your system?

72 hours: The half life is 12 hours. It should be fully out of your system in 72 hours. ...Read more

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What are effects of lorazepam 20mg upon the body?

What are effects of lorazepam 20mg upon the body?

Not good: This is a very high dose. Discuss this with your physician. Will enhance side effects of the medications. Can cause altered mental status or confusion, sedation, respiratory depression, even death. ...Read more

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How can you stop taking lorazepam after 2.5 months?

How can you stop taking lorazepam after 2.5 months?

Ativan (lorazepam): Gradual tapering over weeks, depending on the current dose & how long u have been on it. Your doctor is the best to consult. ...Read more

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Is it ok to stop lorazepam after taking it for a week?

Is it ok to stop lorazepam after taking it for a week?

Talk w/your doctor: This depends on why it was prescribed to you, and at what dose, etc. Please speak with the doctor who prescribed you the medicine to make sure about your particular case. ...Read more

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Can I take lorazepam with tempazepam at the same time?

Can I take lorazepam with tempazepam at the same time?

Yes but....: It depends on why you are taking it this way and the doses that you are using. Such meds should be used only when prescribed and monitored by your md. An over dose of this combo can be fatal. ...Read more

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How can I safely reduce the amount of lorazepam I'm on?

How can I safely reduce the amount of lorazepam I'm on?

Supervised Only: Ativan (generic lorazepam) belongs to the class of benzodiazepines. One can develop a physical dependency after only two weeks of use. Tapering one's dose must be done under the supervision of a qualified individual, preferably the prescribing physician. Sudden cessation can lead to withdrawal symptoms including anxiety, confusion, hallucinations, seizures and even death. Safe tapering is possible. ...Read more

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Effects of taking venlafaxineer and lorazepam together?

Effects of taking venlafaxineer and lorazepam together?

Calming: Lorazepam might be temporarily prescribed early in the course of taking venlafaxine. At a low dose, the Lorazepam would be calming along with the venlafaxine. Used too much or too often, Lorazepam could cause confusion or memory lapses. Please ask your own prescribing doctor about any concerns with combining these medicines. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are long term lorazepam effects?

Dependence.: If you are taking the medication daily, you can start becoming dependent on it. This medication is addictive so be careful with it and discuss your options with your provider. ...Read more

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How long do the effects of 1mg of lorazepam persist for?

It's variable.: The sedative, calming, and mental slowing can be expected to last 5-6 hours, although the medication can still be detected in your blood and urine for about twice that time. Persons can, and do, lose their driver licenses if they drive under the influence of benzodiazepines, and doctors who prescribe Clonazepam (lasts 8-9 hours), etc., are remiss if they don't warn patients not to drive. ...Read more

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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. ...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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What's the difference of uses between lorazepam and depakine?

Different classes: Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine medication used mostly for anxiety. It is habit- forming. Depakene (valproic acid) is for seizures, migraines, neuropathy, bipolar disorder and is not habit-forming. ...Read more

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How long with it take the feel the effects of a 1 mg lorazepam?

Intermediate-Fast: This is a common starting dose. Intended for short term use in immediate stressful situation. Onset w/in half hr. Peak by 1-1/2 hr. Clears system by end of 2nd day. Withdrawal can be rough if taken in high doses for extended time. Discuss all frankly w/ prescribing doctor. ...Read more