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Klonopin (clonazepam) and trazodone for sleep safe?

Klonopin (clonazepam) and trazodone for sleep safe?

Yes: It is a safe combination. I can think of a number of clinical scenarios where this would be very appropriate and I have quite a few patients on this combination. ...Read more

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Alprazolam (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system . So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight , dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more


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Can o take diazepam (valium) for sleeping?

Can o take diazepam (valium) for sleeping?

Not good idea: Sleeping pills should only be taken here and there, now and then, not everyday for weeks/months/years. Sleeping pills should be effective through the night and stop working by morning, which means they should have short half-lives. Diazepam has a 20-100 hour half-life, so it is still in your system all day the next day and is not a good idea as a sleeping pill. ...Read more

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If you have sleep apnea is ativan or klonopin (clonazepam) a better choice for sleep..Right now i take klonopin (clonazepam)....Thoughts on trazadone for sleep..

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If you have sleep apnea is ativan or klonopin (clonazepam) a better choice for sleep..Right now i take klonopin (clonazepam)....Thoughts on trazadone for sleep..

Insomnia: And apnea are classified in the category of dyssomnias. These are sleep disorders associated with excessive sleepiness as a result of difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep. Treatment for apnea is cpap. Ativan and Klonopin (clonazepam) are the same group (benzos) and equally effective for short term treatment for insomnia. Trazodone is often used for sleep, but can not be effective without depression. ...Read more

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Which is better, Xanax (alprazolam) or klonopin for anxiety?

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Which is better, Xanax (alprazolam) or klonopin for anxiety?

Xanax (alprazolam) and Klonopin: there is no such thing as "better", "best or "worst" medication, only those that work and don't work, based on the patient's individual circumstances and genetics. ...Read more

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Take Klonopin (clonazepam) for anxiety and sleep,Fetzima for depression,what's an alternative for Klonopin (clonazepam) that I can use,take1mg 1am,1noon,2 bed?

Take Klonopin (clonazepam) for anxiety and sleep,Fetzima for depression,what's an alternative for Klonopin (clonazepam) that I can use,take1mg 1am,1noon,2 bed?

Many alternatives: There are many alternatives, but it depends on why you're looking for an alternative. Is Klonopin (clonazepam) not working? Perhaps the dose in wrong. Are you looking to get off of benzodiazepines (the drug class that Klonopin (clonazepam) is in) altogether? If so, then your doctor should slowly titrate you off the medication (10-25% weekly or biweekly, depending on how long you've been taking) while initiating another med ...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 different causes. I suggest you contact your primary care physician to help with this matter. ...Read more

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What are the risk/benefits for atarax vs xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety?

What are the risk/benefits for atarax vs xanax (alprazolam) for anxiety?

Benzos: Atarax is an antihistamine, not my first choice for anxiety, it will make you tired though. Xanax is a benzodiazepine, which is effective for a panic attack, but long term use can lead to dependence/tolerance and possible abuse, while not effectively treating the underlying anxiety disorder. SSRIs like paxil (paroxetine) and zoloft are much better for long term treatment of anxiety, as well as psychotherapy. ...Read more

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What benzodiazepine is stronger: klonopin (clonazepam) or ativan (lorazepam)?

What benzodiazepine is stronger: klonopin (clonazepam) or ativan (lorazepam)?

They differ: Klonopin (clonazepam) is longer acting but takes just slightly longer to start working. Ativan works quicker but clears from your system quicker then Klonopin (clonazepam) although it can stay in your system for a while. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed 50mg zoloft (sertraline) for depression, 80 mg propranolol for panic and .5 clonazepam for sleep from insomnia. Not sleeping. What otc sleep aid safe

Dr prescribed 50mg zoloft (sertraline) for depression, 80 mg propranolol for panic and .5 clonazepam for sleep from insomnia. Not sleeping. What otc sleep aid safe

Otcs are safe: But that is not to say that they work well. Before trying one, consult your prescriber to give feedback that the clonazepam is not working. ...Read more

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Which one is better for withdrawal, lorazepam or klonopin (clonazepam)?

Which one is better for withdrawal, lorazepam or klonopin (clonazepam)?

Depends on drug: It depends on what withdrawal you are talking about. If it's alcohol withdrawal, the most commonly used medications are diazepam, chlordiazepoxide, lorazepam--but Klonopin (clonazepam) or Clonazepam could also be used. Get a doctor's help for withdrawal. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) effective at treating sleep apnea?

Is Xanax (alprazolam) effective at treating sleep apnea?

Benzodiazepines as a: Trratment for sleep apnea are contraindicated because they all, including xanax, (alprazolam) tend to depress our respiratory centers and can be even more depressing and even dangerous in sleep apnea. There are other medications that a physician can use to help sleep problems safely. Over the counter sleep aids when one is on prescription meds should be discussed with the prescribing physician or practitioner. ...Read more

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Is ativan (lorazepam) used for depression?

Is ativan (lorazepam) used for depression?

No: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine usually used for the treatment of anxiety. It may also be used to help with the anxiety symptoms sometimes associated with depression. ...Read more

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Alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, or clonazepam, which is better?

Benzodiazepines: The medications that you have listed are benzodiazepines and used to treat anxiety, panic disorders, seizures, and are sedatives. These medications vary in the onset of action, side effects and all can be habit forming. The best medication is the one that best fits the patients clinical problem. ...Read more

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What is more addictive, Xanax (alprazolam) or ativan?

What is more addictive, Xanax (alprazolam) or ativan?

Both: Both medications can be addictive. Xanax (alprazolam) acts quickly which is why it is desired by most people. Ativan acts relatively quickly as well but not as immediate as xanax (alprazolam). Both medications can be addicting and should only be taken as needed or as advised by your physician. ...Read more

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Is Ambien (zolpidem) a good medication for sleep?

Is Ambien (zolpidem) a good medication for sleep?

Ambien (zolpidem): Works well to help people sleep but my concerns are more focused on why you are having trouble sleeping at your age. ...Read more

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I take Ultram for fibro, Zoloft and Xanax (alprazolam) for panic anxiety disorder, and a Ambien at night for sleep is this a safe combo?

I take Ultram for fibro, Zoloft and Xanax (alprazolam) for panic anxiety disorder, and a Ambien at night for sleep is this a safe combo?

Xanax (alprazolam): I don't really recommend short acting benzos like xanax (alprazolam) for panic, they are associated with inter-dose withdrawal, faster tolerance and gradual elevation of baseline anxiety , discuss the issue with your psychiatrist, otherwise the combination is ok. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) good for alcohol rehab?

Is Xanax (alprazolam) good for alcohol rehab?

Xanax (alprazolam) and Alcohol: Nope. Absolutely not. Xanax (alprazolam) is well known in medicine and science as the pill equivalent to alcohol. One xanax (alprazolam) is like a full bottle of wine. All benzodiazepines should be avoided if one is getting or staying sober. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) different from valium?

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) different from valium?

Xanax (alprazolam): Xanax (alprazolam) is shorter-acting benzo. More potent for panic attacks than valium. Both are addicting & tolerance develops with continued use. ...Read more

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Can i substitute alprazolam for lorazepam?

Can i substitute alprazolam for lorazepam?

Ask your doctor: While these are similar medicines, they are not the same thing. Alprazolam works a little faster, stops working sooner, and can be somewhat more addictive (although both carry this risk). The bottom line is that you shouldn't substitute any prescription med for another without consulting with the doctor(s) who prescribed them. ...Read more

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Is it safe to switch from Xanax (alprazolam) to lorazepam?

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Xanax (alprazolam): Lorazepam is shorter acting than xanax (alprazolam). Switch is ok if advised by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to mix Alprazolam with Lorazepam in small doses?

Do not do it: There is no reason why you would need to do this. So don't. Discuss this with the provider who prescribed these to you. It may be a substitute is in order. ...Read more

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Dr switched me from xanax (alprazolam) 1 mg qd to lorazepam 5mg bid.Is it safe to take lorazepam the day after xanax (alprazolam) or should I clean out my system a day or 2?

No need to wait.: The change has been likely done because Xanax (alprazolam) 1mg qD wasn't covering your daily anxiety symptoms, .Is that right? My concern is that lorazepam 5mg po BID is quite much more than what you were taking. A better transition is starting with lorazepam 1mg po TID.. ...Read more

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1Mg lorazepam vs alprazolam strength ratio ?

Pharmacist: I feel that the two medications are just about equivalent but your local pharmacist is an expert on these matters and is better qualified to answer your question about medications' potency. ...Read more

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Would it be fine to switchj from Xanax (alprazolam) to lorazepam?

Xanax (alprazolam): Xanax (alprazolam) is longer-acting than ativan. Should be safe if monitored & advised by your prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Can i take .5mg Xanax (alprazolam) at 12:48am and then .5mg lorazepam at 4:13pm? Pregnant 10 weeks, 27yrs old.

Can i take .5mg Xanax (alprazolam) at 12:48am and then .5mg lorazepam at 4:13pm? Pregnant 10 weeks, 27yrs old.

Benzos in pregnancy?: Ativan and xanax (alprazolam) were given a pregnancy category d rating because of problems in animal studies. These studies suggested that they may increase the risk of miscarriages and various birth defects. It is safest to consult with your treating physician.   ...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

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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Severe panic attacks before/when flying. I have lorazepam .5 and alprazolam .25 and have 2 flights (2hrs, 11hrs) in one day. How should I take meds?

Thoughtfully: There are crucial ??s before safe/effective advice can be given: which is first? Time? Time second flt? How well each medication control your symptoms? How long? Does either med impair you? How & how long? Need to drive between/after either flight? Other meds? Recc: resubmit w/ the data or request consultation with a Healthtap psychiatrist or discuss with prescribing Doc. ...Read more

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Alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, or clonazepam, which is better?

Benzodiazepines: The medications that you have listed are benzodiazepines and used to treat anxiety, panic disorders, seizures, and are sedatives. These medications vary in the onset of action, side effects and all can be habit forming. The best medication is the one that best fits the patients clinical problem. ...Read more

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Whats are the differences between diazepam, lorazepam, alprazolam and clonazepam?

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Benzo's.: All are benzodiazepines. With shortest-acting being Lorazepam (ativan), then Alprazolam (xanax) , then Clonazepam (klonopin), then diazepam (valium) which can have half-life of up to 100 hours. ...Read more

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Suffering from agoraphobia for years to the point I was afraid to leave my house. DR took Xanax (alprazolam) away and gave lorazepam does this even help panic atks?

Suffering from agoraphobia for years to the point I was afraid to leave my house. DR took Xanax (alprazolam) away and gave lorazepam does this even help panic atks?

Alternative availabl: Late teenager who has severe agoraphobia with ineffective treatment from synthetic benzodiazepines might investigate medicinal cannabis, which can be crafted so as to relatively absent the psychotropic "high", yet maintain the powerful anti-anxiety effects of this natural medicinal. ...Read more

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I take alprazolam, clonazepam, and lorazepam for severe social anxiety. The problem is i can't feel any of them even at insanely high doses like whole bottles. How can I get to feel them again?

Need help: Sounds like the treatment is worse than the problem of social anxiety now, severe dependence on benzodiazepines. Please seek help from a doctor familiar with detoxing from these meds, consider a good rehab if possible, these meds never fixed your problem just covered it up and sounds like that is not working anymore. Maybe the social anxiety does not need to be "fixed" but managed by non med means. ...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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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