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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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I"ve been on ativan (lorazepam) 2mg for 10 yrs. I am experiencing major hair loss. If I stop taking it, will my hair grow back or is the hair loss irreversible?

I"ve been on ativan (lorazepam) 2mg for 10 yrs. I am experiencing major hair loss. If I stop taking it, will my hair grow back or is the hair loss irreversible?

Ativan (lorazepam) & hair loss?: Hair loss has been associated with Ativan (lorazepam) use, but the frequency is unknown. I'd be wondering about additional possible causes in your case -- like ongoing anxiety & stress that may have made your doctor prescribe Ativan (lorazepam) in the first place? Have you resolved these issues? How about your diet? Are you getting necessary nutrients? Has your thyroid function been checked recently? See your doctor. ...Read more

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Well its day 7 from my switch to ativan from klonopin (clonazepam) only thing I sweat easy and a little anxiety not bad and swimmy headed butholding strong normal?

Well its day 7 from my switch to ativan from klonopin (clonazepam) only thing I sweat easy and a little anxiety not bad and swimmy headed butholding strong normal?

Possibly: Without knowledge of the dosing and frequency of the Ativan as it compares to prior use of Klonopin (clonazepam) as well as other (or lack thereof) health conditions, it's difficult to comment on whether or not the symptoms are consistent with mild benzodiazepine withdrawal, an underlying mental health condition and/or something else altogether. Safe switching from Klonopin (clonazepam) to Ativan requires doctor guidance. ...Read more

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Switched from clonazapam. 5 mg twice a day to 1 mg of ativan twice a day. And lex 20 mg to Zoloft (sertraline) 50 mg. Feeling really headed. Withdrawl or side effe?

Switched from clonazapam. 5 mg twice a day to 1 mg of ativan twice a day. And lex 20 mg to Zoloft (sertraline) 50 mg. Feeling really headed. Withdrawl or side effe?

More likely: Withdrawal from klonopin, Lexapro (escitalopram) or both. I would recommend you contact your prescribing physician for advice as to what you can do to improve the symptoms that you are experiencing. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I slept off and on last night, yesterday I had a horrible anxiety attack that lasted all day. Took. 5 ativan (lorazepam) at 730 8pm and another at 3am. Could that be why I'm so tired? Heads full and heavy. Dizzy

I slept off and on last night, yesterday I had a horrible anxiety attack that lasted all day. Took. 5 ativan (lorazepam) at 730 8pm and another at 3am. Could that be why I'm so tired? Heads full and heavy. Dizzy

High anxiety: Ativan (lorazepam) 1 mg last night, especially if not used to it, could be be part of your fatigue. But main cause is likely lack of restful sleep and stress from severe anxiety. Do let prescribing doctor know about bad night/anxiety. There are more effective medications to block anxiety attacks. Consider therapy for relaxation strategies and insight. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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So would it make sense to come off ativan and go on skelaxin (metaxalone)? I don't feel anxiety in my head. I feel insane tension in my body

So would it make sense to come off ativan and go on skelaxin (metaxalone)? I don't feel anxiety in my head. I feel insane tension in my body

Anxiety: I understand your distress.
Ativan helps with anxiety and tension.
“Insane tension in the body” indicates insufficient dose of Ativan, (lorazepam) lack of resolution of stresses of relationship, marriage, separation, work and finances or new stressors in life at this time.
Skelaxin can cause nervousness or irritability.
See a Psychiatrist soon for Diagnosis, Therapy, Medication, Relaxation, Meditation. ...Read more

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The side effects of lexapro (escitalopram) are safe right? I'm not in any danger? Is it okay to take. 5 mg of ativan while on it? My head has funny pressure it sucks

The side effects of lexapro (escitalopram) are safe right? I'm not in any danger? Is it okay to take. 5 mg of ativan while on it? My head has funny pressure it sucks

Generally, yes: Lexapro (escitalopram) often has early side effects which should disappear over the next few weeks. If any of the symptoms you are feeling in your head become severe, call your doc. The Ativan. 5mg is fine, assuming that your doc prescribed it and knows that you are taking it. ...Read more

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Feeling kinda swimmy headed I don't know i'f it's because the change from my klonopin (clonazepam) I been on for years to ativan or vertigo? Just dizzy withdrawa?

Feeling kinda swimmy headed I don't know i'f it's because the change from my klonopin (clonazepam) I been on for years to ativan or vertigo? Just dizzy withdrawa?

K withdrawal effects: Withdrawing:
you should not stop taking Klonopin (clonazepam) abruptly. Because Klonopin (clonazepam) can cause dependency issues. You can reduce the symptoms you feel during withdrawal by slowly tapering off of Klonopin (clonazepam) over time.
Possible symptoms of Klonopin (clonazepam) withdrawal:
hallucinations
seizures
behavioral changes
sweating
tremors or uncontro. ...Read more

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I experience a constant strong throbbing on the sides of my head. I was taken off of Klonopin (clonazepam), (clonazepam) which reduced this. Urgent Care or hospitals will no longer prescribe Klonopin (clonazepam) or Ativan. I cannot function with thi

I experience a constant strong throbbing on the sides of my head. I was taken off of Klonopin (clonazepam), (clonazepam) which reduced this. Urgent Care or hospitals will no longer prescribe Klonopin (clonazepam) or Ativan. I cannot function with thi

Sounds like: You need a Mental Health Care Professional since ER and Hospital based clinics will not prescribe PSYCHO-ACTIVE medications without a diagnosis. I assume that you have had a complete PHYSICAL EXAM as well. For example is your Blood Pressure normal??

Call your local Public Health Department. A mental Health Clinic may be available in your Community!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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For the past 2.5 yrs, I've felt nerve tingling in my legs, feet & occas. Hands & head, at night after lying down for a few hrs. Can't sleep w/o ativan (lorazepam)?

For the past 2.5 yrs, I've felt nerve tingling in my legs, feet & occas. Hands & head, at night after lying down for a few hrs. Can't sleep w/o ativan (lorazepam)?

Exam needed: You will need an exam to get your answer.
This will address both your problems, the sleep issue and the "nerve tingling"

It is impossible to give you a accurate DX without the exam and full medical history. ...Read more

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Costochondritis for a month. Have had heart, lungs and blood clots ruled out. On Motrin and ativan (lorazepam).Been having weird head pains for a week is it the meds?

Costochondritis for a month. Have had heart, lungs and blood clots ruled out. On Motrin and ativan (lorazepam).Been having weird head pains for a week is it the meds?

Motrin: Yes. Sometimes antiinflammatories can cause these side effects. Make sure you are taking the correct dose and check with your doctor. You may have to change this medication. ...Read more

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Does ativan (lorazepam) raise eye pressure?

Does ativan (lorazepam) raise eye pressure?

It should not: Ativan is lorazepam. It is a variant of valium. It is a calming agent and muscle relaxant. Eye pressure may be due to glaucoma that can be made worse with certain medications. However, I am not aware of Ativan being one of those medications. You need to consult your eye specialist. ...Read more

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Can I take same methionine for my depression like my psychiatrist suggested if I'm already taking inositol, ativan, and minocin (minocycline) for my skin?

Can I take same methionine for my depression like my psychiatrist suggested if I'm already taking inositol, ativan, and minocin (minocycline) for my skin?

Yes, alt tx: These are alternative 'natural' remedies for depression. My experience is that they are only marginally effective alone and require multiple combinations of natural compounds to equal a standard antidepressant. The cost of all the 'natural' ingredients is often more than most meds and I wouldn't necessarily assume that they are any safer as there is no fda regulation of these 'supplements'. ...Read more

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Would 1 mg of ativan be about equal to 1 mg of klonopin (clonazepam). Keeping in mind the klonopin (clonazepam) is lowered by 600mg of tegretol by about 30%?

Would 1 mg of ativan be about equal to 1 mg of klonopin (clonazepam). Keeping in mind the klonopin (clonazepam) is lowered by 600mg of tegretol by about 30%?

Longer duration: Klonopin (clonazepam) has a much longer effect than Ativan although I feel the tranquilizing effects are comparable. However different people react in differing ways to these 2 tranquilizers. ...Read more

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I start to lose hair since one year can any of my medication make that I take zoloft (sertraline) 100mg risprdal.025mg Ativan 2mg trazadon 50 any of this make that

I start to lose hair since one year can any of my medication make that I take zoloft (sertraline) 100mg risprdal.025mg Ativan 2mg trazadon 50 any of this make that

Yes: Although these medications are not notorious for causing hair loss or alopecia, it is quite possible. Of the three medications you mentioned, I would place my bet on the Risperdal. Talk with your doctor before changing anything or stopping any of your medicine. ...Read more

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I think someone is mind controlling me so I can't sleep or is this a symptom of med withdrawal like geodon, (ziprasidone) trazodone, ativan. Mind control?

I think someone is mind controlling me so I can't sleep or is this a symptom of med withdrawal like geodon, (ziprasidone) trazodone, ativan. Mind control?

Mind Control: It is possibly a withdrawal symptom but not necessarily. Please contact your prescribing doctor immediately to learn what is causing your thinking to be distorted. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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Dr prescribed me Ativan 0.5mg by mouth every 6H for vertigo & sched MRI later. Wat happens if I take it if BP, pulse, and RR are w/in normal limits?

Dr prescribed me Ativan 0.5mg by mouth every 6H for vertigo & sched MRI later. Wat happens if I take it if BP, pulse, and RR are w/in normal limits?

Ativan is sedating: Hi, Thank you for your question.

You would feel sedated. Your BP HR and RR could lower but it may not be clinically significant.

Hope that helps. Contact me if you have any other questions :-)
Dr. M ...Read more

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Was on klonopin for years switched to ativan (lorazepam) 6mg for 15 days now switched back to my clonazepam 2mg on my 4th day bavk on klonopin noticed mypulse been a little low high 60 to low 70's is this normal?

Was on klonopin for years switched to ativan (lorazepam) 6mg for 15 days now switched back to my clonazepam 2mg on my 4th day bavk on klonopin noticed mypulse been a little low high 60 to low 70's is this normal?

Pulse: Your pulse rate seems to be within normal limits. However, I'm concerned with the dosage of medication you describe and recommend that you visit with your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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Ok so I'm on my second day back on clonazepam 2mg I switched from ativan (lorazepam) 6mg snd pulse is low it's 65 should I be worried?

Treating Anxiety: These drugs are so similar there will be no discernible difference. The side effects will be exactly the same. And, remember these drugs are not curing or preventing anxiety. You need a fully different approach to do that. These drugs are sedatives. They do not prevent or cure anxiety. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 1 mg of ativan (lorazepam) divided up within 7-8 hours. I took. 5 last night around 8 and now another hour ago I woke up in a panic and can't get back to sleep. Perscibed 0.5 2x a day as needed?

Is it safe to take 1 mg of ativan (lorazepam) divided up within 7-8 hours. I took. 5 last night around 8 and now another hour ago I woke up in a panic and can't get back to sleep. Perscibed 0.5 2x a day as needed?

It is safe: As long as not doing this regularly. But you should not drive or participate in any potentially dangerous activities while taking Ativan (lorazepam). Taking Ativan (lorazepam) regularly can lead to tolerance, dependence, and/or addiction. It is safe to take on an as needed basis. ...Read more

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Lower back pain, spasms, hurt bending coming back up about a week ago. No better; which med Mobic, (meloxicam) Flexeril or Tyl/codeine? Take 0.5 Ativan 1 a day.

Lower back pain, spasms, hurt bending coming back up about a week ago. No better; which med Mobic, (meloxicam) Flexeril or Tyl/codeine? Take 0.5 Ativan 1 a day.

Talk to your doctor: Typically non-steroidals and rest is best. No heavy lifting. Conservative treatment over several weeks. ...Read more

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I took. 5 mg of klonopin (clonazepam) at 8am and it didn't seem to agree with me, how long do I have to wait to go back to the 1 mg Ativan?

4 to 6 hours: How did it "not agree" with you? The clonazepam should be wearing off within 4 to 6 hours, at least enough that a previously well tolerated medication can be reintroduced. ...Read more

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Decreasing prn meds due to all the meds I take for back issues. Is l-theanine a good substitute for ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety? How effective is it?

Decreasing prn meds due to all the meds I take for back issues. Is l-theanine a good substitute for ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety? How effective is it?

Complex situation: I don't know what dose of Lorazepam you are on or how long you've been on it. I would not however utilize l-theanine as a substitute for lorazepam. You would first have to gradually, and I mean very gradually taper down the dose of Lorazepam under the supervision of your prescribing physician. L-theanine has shown to be as effective as Lorazepam in some studies. However, it does not block Lorazepam withdrawal. After you were to withdraw from the lorazepam, your doctor would some point introduce the other over-the-counter substance to see if it would help in terms of your anxiety. ...Read more