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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

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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Under what circumstances-medical or otherwise -would low dose ativan (lorazepam) -1mg twice daily cause breathing difficulties?

Under what circumstances-medical or otherwise -would low dose ativan (lorazepam) -1mg twice daily cause breathing difficulties?

Ativan (lorazepam): Ativan, (lorazepam) a sedative benzodiazepine, could reduce the respiratory rate, particularly if in combination with opiates, alcohol, other sedatives, and in cases of respiratory disease like copd, breathing related sleep disorders like sleep apnea. At at a dose of 1 mg twice a day, it is unusual to cause strong effects but it could if other circumstances are present. ...Read more

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I understand there are better alternatives. But will low dose Ativan (lorazepam) help with tension headaches?

I understand there are better alternatives. But will low dose Ativan (lorazepam) help with tension headaches?

See pcp: For evaluation/proper diagnosis of headaches. Follow your doctor's treatment. Ativan (lorazepam) is not intended for headaches and can be addicting. Do be honest about use of all meds including OTC/supplements, alcohol/drug use and current life stresses. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Lexapro (escitalopram) works wonders for depression where no others have but is somewhat stimulating. Need to take low dose Ativan. ..is this often prescribed?

Lexapro (escitalopram) works wonders for depression where no others have but is somewhat stimulating. Need to take low dose Ativan. ..is this often prescribed?

Lexapro (escitalopram): You are right about this particular property frequently reported about escitalopram. However, this has been mostly considered a positive effect. In some instances, the medication has to be adjusted if a stimulant effect is uncomfortable. One possibility is to adjust the dose a notch down. Also, undiagnosed bipolar conditions could be activated. Ativan (lorazepam) might not resolve this problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to safely take low dose aspirin while on ativan (lorazepam)?

Is it possible for you to safely take low dose aspirin while on ativan (lorazepam)?

Should be okay: The combination of Aspirin and Lorazepam does not seem alarming to any extent although I would caution that the propensity to fall while taking Lorazepam for some individuals would make the risk of serious bleed increased. This would be significant in the context of severe head trauma potentially leading to intracranial bleeding. This could be catastrophic although very rare. Stay safe! ...Read more

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I have weaned myself down to 0.25 of ativan (lorazepam) a day been on that for 3 days now when can I stop it and have no withdrawls or won't I since its a low dose?

I have weaned myself down to 0.25 of ativan (lorazepam) a day been on that for 3 days now when can I stop it and have no withdrawls or won't I since its a low dose?

Can stop soon: If you've not had exposure to Ativan (lorazepam) or other benzodiazepine type drugs in the past, then three days of Ativan (lorazepam) at 0.25 per day is not high enough to create significant withdrawal concerns. You can simply stop it after three day without concern for much withdrawal. ...Read more

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Couldn't sleep very stressfulnight took. 25 ativan (lorazepam) actually made anxiety worse then let me sleep a little Is it because of low dose usually take. 5?

Couldn't sleep very stressfulnight took. 25 ativan (lorazepam) actually made anxiety worse then let me sleep a little Is it because of low dose usually take. 5?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Can you take Ativan (lorazepam) if taking a low dose of Gabapentin?

Can you take Ativan (lorazepam) if taking a low dose of Gabapentin?

No interaction: Since you are breastfeeding, question to ask is whether either the Ativan (lorazepam) and/or Gabapentin might enter the milk in any quantity. Usually, not a big issue. Since gabapentin has few if any drug-drug interactions, you should have minimal problems. But both could cause drowsiness and dizziness, and thus, additive side effects. ...Read more

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On a low dose of Zolof. Have had bad insomnia for months now, but not due to Zolof. Took Ativan (lorazepam) to help, but stopped. Can I take Tylenl PM with Zolof?

On a low dose of Zolof. Have had bad insomnia for months now, but not due to Zolof. Took Ativan (lorazepam) to help, but stopped. Can I take Tylenl PM with Zolof?

Tell your doctor: It is important that you talk to your doctor about the insomnia. There are various causes of insomnia. Your doctor can investigate further with the appropriate questions and tests. Although Tylenol (acetaminophen) PM can be helpful, it is advisable that you seek your doctor's help in determining the underlying cause (s). ...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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How long does percocet, vyvance and ativan (lorazepam) stay in your system so that they show up in blood and urine drug tests? I take low doses.

How long does percocet, vyvance and ativan (lorazepam) stay in your system so that they show up in blood and urine drug tests? I take low doses.

Blood and Urine Test: Percocet can be detected in the urine for 2-3 days; vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) can be detected in the urine for up to a week; and, Ativan for three days in the urine. Blood levels of all three are undetectable after 2-3 days under ordinary metabolism and an intact p450 enzyme system. ...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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How high a dose of ativan (lorazepam) is. 5 mg?

Not high: Depends on what it is used for an frequency and person receiving the medication. For sedation or pre procedure anxiolysis, higher doses are required ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a 10mg dose of Ativan (lorazepam) all at once.

Is it safe to take a 10mg dose of Ativan (lorazepam) all at once.

No: The usual daily dose range of lorazepam (Ativan), a benzodiazepine, is 2 to 6 mg/day. And this would be divided into 1, 2 or 3 mg per dose. As I hope you know, this medication is highly addictive. I am worried that you if you are wanting to take such a large dose that dependence has developed. You need to review your usage with the prescribing doctor and conform to the prescribed plan. Good wishes ...Read more

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How soon after taking 2 midol can I take my. 75 dose of Ativan (lorazepam)?

How soon after taking 2 midol can I take my. 75 dose of Ativan (lorazepam)?

Ativan (lorazepam) and midol: If you are young, healthy, have no kidney or liver conditions, and are not taking any other medications, it should be safe to take the medications approximately 30 min to 60 min apart. Make sure you don't drive, as you are likely to become sleepy. Feel better. ...Read more

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What quantity of 0.5mg ativan (lorazepam) is considered a dangerously high dose?

What quantity of 0.5mg ativan (lorazepam) is considered a dangerously high dose?

Depends on the: Person. If you are not used to taking ativan (lorazepam), (lorazepam) then you can become overly sedated with just a total of 2-3 mgs. If you regularly take Ativan (lorazepam) and have built up a tolerance, then you could take much more. When prescribing, most physicians follow the idea of "start low and go slow" when dealing with medications like ativan (lorazepam). ...Read more

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Could I develope health problems from taking a very low dosage of ativan (lorazepam) just as needed for anxiety?

Could I develope health problems from taking a very low dosage of ativan (lorazepam) just as needed for anxiety?

NO: This is not likely to cause problems, but psychotherapy to help deal with the causes of anxiety is really more to the point than trying to control things "as needed". ...Read more

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I took7 mg of ativan (lorazepam) last dose on the 27th will my urine be clean by the 12th. L? I don't use all the time

I took7 mg of ativan (lorazepam) last dose on the 27th will my urine be clean by the 12th. L? I don't use all the time

HIGH Ativan (lorazepam) dose: 7 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) is a very high dose, so you must have a big tolerance for it whether or not you "use all the time." ativan's half-life is 10-20 hours, longer in women. This means it will be approximately 5 half-lives, or at least 100 hours to eliminate the medicine from your system. It sounds like you could be using Ativan (lorazepam) for other than prescribed purposes -- not healthy for you in long run. ...Read more

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Am I likely to develop health problems from taking a very low dosage of ativan (lorazepam) just as needed for anxiety?

Am I likely to develop health problems from taking a very low dosage of ativan (lorazepam) just as needed for anxiety?

No: If taken for anxiety on an infrequent, as needed basis under the close monitoring of a physician you would not be likely to develop health problems related to ativan (lorazepam). ...Read more

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If I still have racing thoughts after taking normal dose of Ativan, do I need to take more? Not more than prescribed though

If I still have racing thoughts after taking normal dose of Ativan, do I need to take more? Not more than prescribed though

Maybe: Ativan is a sedative like Valium which calms the mind and feelings of anxiety. It is dose related. So sometimes a higher dose is needed, but with caution. It is habit forming. Racing thoughts can be from anxiety but other things like bipolar or even some Meds. Check it out with your doctor. Ativan treats symptoms. It is not a long term fix. But can be a big help on your way to finding one. ...Read more

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Are there any major concerns with taking a small dose of Ativan (lorazepam) here and there for anxiety. Usually take just a few times a month.?

Yes and no: No problem, this is a reasonable treatment for anxiety IF directed by a trained professional who is following the diagnosis and response. But if this is done without medical, supervision, it can be dangerous. ...Read more

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I have been taking 1.5 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) a day in one dose. Is taking 2mgof Ativan (trying to switch meds) ok instead of Xanax (alprazolam)?

I have been taking 1.5 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) a day in one dose. Is taking 2mgof Ativan (trying to switch meds) ok instead of Xanax (alprazolam)?

May be better: Ativan is slightly longer half life than Xanax (alprazolam) and should be smoother acting however Tranxene is a better choice and is longer acting and less addictive. ...Read more

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What's the max dose of Ativan daily one could take while beginning 10mg of lexapro (escitalopram)? Very anxious, normal dose isn't as effective right now....

What's the max dose of Ativan daily one could take while beginning 10mg of lexapro (escitalopram)? Very anxious, normal dose isn't as effective right now....

Depends: The recommended maximum dose of Ativan (Lorazepam) is 10 mg per day. However this depends on your mental and physical condition as well as your situation. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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I tried reducing my daily dose of Ativan (lorazepam) from 1.5mg to 1.25mg. Next day I felt terrible. Resumed 1.5mg dose. 2 days later still feel in withdrawal.?

I tried reducing my daily dose of Ativan (lorazepam) from 1.5mg to 1.25mg. Next day I felt terrible. Resumed 1.5mg dose. 2 days later still feel in withdrawal.?

Talk w/ provider: Changing dose levels of psychotropics needs to be done w/ the prescriber. The w/drawal symptoms are not unique to w/drawal and might only have been coincidentally related in time. You may have some other illness - even some virus or flu that just hit at this time. Have a consult and maybe an exam. Plan w/ them on reductions in medication. I hope you can achieve your goal. ...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?

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 may be 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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Tips on detoxing from high dose of ativan (lorazepam)?

Tips on detoxing from high dose of ativan (lorazepam)?

Medical attention.: Detoxing from hisgh dose of Ativan (lorazepam) need to be done slowly and under close supervision of your physician, to prevent benzo withdrawl seizure. ...Read more

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I have taken a. 5mg dose of ativan (lorazepam) a day for 8 days. Is it safe for me to get off cold turkey?

I have taken a. 5mg dose of ativan (lorazepam) a day for 8 days. Is it safe for me to get off cold turkey?

Speak to your doctor: It really depends on for what reason you're taking the medication. If your doctor just instructed you to do it then, following his advice is best. Otherwise, you should check to see what the schedule is supposed to be. ...Read more