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I have taken valium, haldol, (haloperidol) and ativan to get through a CT scan due to my claustrophobia. No success. Please help?

I have taken valium, haldol, (haloperidol) and ativan to get through a CT scan due to my claustrophobia. No success. Please help?

CT claustrophobia.: Under-dosing can be the problem. Halcion (triazolam) may be the best. I generally prescribed more than one ill for this condition and instruct patient to take an additional dose in 30 to 45 minutes if still claustrophobic. Need to have a driver. If still problematic, may need to be done under IV sedation. An open MRI may provide the same answer as the ct scan.

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Dr. Scott Keith
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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How can I have an MRI scan with claustrophobia?

How can I have an MRI scan with claustrophobia?

Ask your provider: While open MRI can be an option, the magnet is much weaker than closed mri. This means the picture quality is not as good, like the difference between an inexpensive camera and a professional one. For some areas of the body, the open is okay. For others (spine in my practice) the higher quality is critical. Sedation can be used to deal with claustrophobia. Your provider can guide you.

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I was wondering how I could have an MRI scan with severe claustrophobia?

I was wondering how I could have an MRI scan with severe claustrophobia?

"Open" MRI: Systems help some patients because they don't feel so enclosed. Your doctor can prescribe an anxiety medicine like valium on the day of your exam. If you take it make sure someone else is driving that day.

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Have mri tomorrow take klonipin for anxiety 1 Mg was prescribed 2 Mg Valium because I'm clastropoyic can you take them together?

No: Valium and Klonopin are in the same class of medications. You should not take them together. Those dosages are low enough that nothing bad would likely happen but it just not good to mix those medications. I would talk with your provider about what dose of a single medication (Klonopin or valium) would be best.

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Have mri tomorrow take klonipin for anxiety 2. Mg was prescribed 5. Mg Valium because I'm clastropoyic can you take them together?

Have mri tomorrow take klonipin for anxiety 2. Mg was prescribed 5. Mg Valium because I'm clastropoyic can you take them together?

No I would: Not recommend you take them together. The best case would be to check with your doctor, but since this is tomorrow I would just take the Valium as prescribed before the MRI

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Hi - having MRI tomorrow. Doctor gave rx for 5 mg valium. But did not tell when and how many to take. 140 pound 52 yr old female. Thanks?

Hi - having MRI tomorrow. Doctor gave rx for 5 mg valium. But did not tell when and how many to take. 140 pound 52 yr old female. Thanks?

1 hour prior: Valium peaks at 30-90 minutes after ingestion. A good time to take it would be about 1 hour prior to your MRI. Best wishes!

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Can you tell me of any way to overcome claustrophobia for fmri / MRI brain scan?

Can you tell me of any way to overcome claustrophobia for fmri / MRI brain scan?

A clinical psycholo-: -gist can help w/a treatment called systematic desensitization or self hypnosis training. If time and circumstances do not allow, practice visualizing the process, backing off and relaxing, then doing it again. Belly breathing is effective, not just chest breathing but don't hyperventilate. Like many things, it easier than you think. Peace and good health.

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Claustrophobia? I couldn't get into tube of MRI being panic. Eventually, got in from feet and kept face outside. Are there ways to overcome the fear?

Claustrophobia? I couldn't get into tube of MRI being panic. Eventually, got in from feet and kept face outside. Are there ways to overcome the fear?

Open MRI or Sedation: If you need MRI scans in the future, you may benefit from an open MRI scanner if one is available in your area. It is open on two sides and some people tolerate it better. Another option is sedation MRI where you get conscious sedation during your MRI scan. Again, this is not available in all practices or hospitals.

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Mri monday morning possible disc herniation. Doc wants me to take a Valium before hand, never called it in. I have Xanax (alprazolam) for my dog. (.5mg). Same?

Mri monday morning possible disc herniation. Doc wants me to take a Valium before hand, never called it in. I have Xanax (alprazolam) for my dog. (.5mg). Same?

Similar enough: Just make sure you have someone drive you. It takes 20 min for valium to work, but about 45 min for xanax (alprazolam). Depending on how claustrophobic you are, you may need to take two of pooches pills. May your test results show that you have a new leash, I mean lease, on life:). Best wishes. Make sure your dog sees a cognitive behavioral therapist so fido doesn't have to be on meds life-long.

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Vertigo on and off 4 years. Now having for 2 weeks. Had all ear tests, MRI, CT. Nothing found. Take valium, mech lizine, but it doesn't go away. Any?

Vertigo on and off 4 years. Now having for 2 weeks. Had all ear tests, MRI, CT. Nothing found. Take valium, mech lizine, but it doesn't go away. Any?

Try balance center: In my area of the country we have a balance center which I tell my patients is like physical therapy for the inner ear. They show you excercises and positioning to move the little crystals or "rocks" in the inner ear that stimulate the little nerve endings that make you feel dizzy. This assumes that everything else is normal ie no menerie's or acoustic neuroma.

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Can Valium cause extremely blurred vision where you can't see? . He has had two MRIs and checked by an eye Dr and they can't find anything wrong?

Yes: That is a reported side effect and if extreme can be a sign of allergic reaction to the drug. This is made more severe if taken in combo w/ alcohol. Definitely discuss the possibility of other Rx for anxiety - even more - consider non-drug techniques to manage anxiety. CBT, meditation, yoga, etc. Valium allergy can be very dangerous!

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Can I take valium?

Can I take valium?

Depends: It depends what you take it for, at what dosage and for how long. It depends on your health overall and if you are taking any other meds as drug interaction may happen. It should not be taken for a long period of time as it can cause dependance.

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How do I stop taking valium?

Valium: Very gradual tapering, depending on dose and how long u have been on it, under close supervision by your prescribing doc.

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Can you be 18 and take valium?

YES: There needs to be a medical condition to prescribe this medication though.

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Can you tell me what Valium is?

It is an anxiolytic: Medication that falls into the class of medications called benzodiazapines.

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Can claustrophobia be turned off?

Can claustrophobia be turned off?

CBT: It can be treated, but not likely turned off. Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Valium (Definition)

Valium (diazepam) is an older benzodiazepine tranquilizer. It was the #1 prescribed drug (of any kind) in the us in the late 1960s but is used less now due to drug interactions and active metabolites. It is still used for anxiety and as "pre-medication" for uncomfortable medical and minor surgical procedures. It is habit-forming, should not be used with alcohol, ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Claustrophobia (Definition)

Overwhelmig fear of being in an enclosed area or situation where one ...Read more