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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

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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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Was taking 4mg of ativan (lorazepam) a day for over 2 years.. Insurance coverage ran out and had to quit cold turkey. Any advice for safety or ease?

Was taking 4mg of ativan (lorazepam) a day for over 2 years.. Insurance coverage ran out and had to quit cold turkey. Any advice for safety or ease?

Ativan (lorazepam) withdrawal : if you knew this was going to happen I would immediately drop to 3 MG a day for 7 days then 2mg for 7 days the 1 MG for 7 and then 0.5mg for 7. If you don't have the warning it's best to reduce usage to maybe 1 MG a day and the 0.5 making your pills last as long as possible. Paying for them yourself following the first taper would work as well. Good luck ...Read more

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Weaning off ativan (lorazepam) down to my last 6 pills been taking 0.75 a day now how do I wean with the last 6. 0.5 for a few days then half of that then quit?

Weaning off ativan (lorazepam) down to my last 6 pills been taking 0.75 a day now how do I wean with the last 6. 0.5 for a few days then half of that then quit?

The last dose: Depending the duration of use, the withdrawal is likely. Sometimes things get really bad after stopping the last dose. You should do this under medical supervision. An old method includes the use of Phenobarbital (an antiseizure medication), but there are other ways to slowly taper. Slowly means weeks for people on long term benzodiazepine use. ...Read more

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I have been taking .5 ativan (lorazepam) twice a day for 3 weeks for anxiety as prescribed by my m.D. If i quit cold turkey will I have any withdrawal problems?

I have been taking .5 ativan (lorazepam) twice a day for 3 weeks for anxiety as prescribed by my m.D.  If i quit cold turkey will I have any withdrawal problems?

You will have it!: Withdrawal sx would be somewhat dependent on the time you have been taking the ativan (lorazepam). Your med bio says you've been on it three weeks, so i would cut back to 1/2 twice daily, 1/2 once daily, and stop. ...Read more

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How long would it take for ativan to leave one's system if they took .5mg twice a day for 10 days?

Ativan and drug test: Generally benzodiazepines (ativan is one of them) take up to 7 days to clear with chronic use - see https://www.practicalpainmanagement.com/treatments/pharmacological/demystifying-benzodiazepine-urine-drug-screen-results. None of the OTC remedies will work - don't waste your money. The only solution is time - or having a script for the ativan. ...Read more

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I had 0.5 mg of Ativan at 8:30 am and 0.5 mg at 11:30, it is now 3 pm and I would like to go out for some drinks with friends. Is this okay? I don't plan on taking anymore Ativan.

I had 0.5 mg of Ativan at 8:30 am and 0.5 mg at 11:30, it is now 3 pm and I would like to go out for some drinks with friends. Is this okay? I don't plan on taking anymore Ativan.

Ativan and alcohol: You should be safe as long as you don't overdo it with the drinks. Both ativan and alcohol are central nervous system depressants - you might notice that become sleepy sooner or feel drunk sooner. IT is NOT safe to consume alcohol and ativan at the same time. ...Read more

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How is ativan (lorazepam)?

For what condition: Please give us a little more information. Otherwise you can look it up on wikipedia.Com and simply type in Ativan (lorazepam) if general information about the medication is all that you desire. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is ativan (lorazepam)?

What is ativan (lorazepam)?

A Mild Tranquilizer: Ativan (generic lorazepam) belongs to the benzodiazepine family of medications. Ativan when prescribed and taken appropriately can be used for the short-term relief of mild anxiety. It is addictive and has potential for abuse. Close monitoring is important. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest interval. Other members of this family include valium, xanax, (alprazolam) and klonopin. ...Read more

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Is ativan (lorazepam) addicting?

Is ativan (lorazepam) addicting?

Yes: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazipine, this class of meds can be addicting, even small doses used over an extended period of time can be very difficult to stop. Some people take them as prescribe and find it very hard to stop, others can be more overtly addicted and continue to take higher and higher doses. In general best for short term use only. Try to avoid if history of addiction like alcohol. ...Read more

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How dangerous is Ativan (lorazepam)?

How dangerous is Ativan (lorazepam)?

Ativan (lorazepam): Mainly sedation, depends on dose. Also since it is short-acting, tolerance & abuse can develop with continued use. ...Read more

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Can you die from 100 ativan (lorazepam)?

Can you die from 100 ativan (lorazepam)?

Overdosing: If you are considering overdosing on Ativan (lorazepam) or any other medication or substance, please don't. You can go to an emergency room, dial 911, or call 1-800-273-talk (8255) -- the national suicide prevention lifeline. They will connect you with local resources to help you. ...Read more

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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

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How can I use my ativan (lorazepam) wisely?

How can I use my ativan (lorazepam) wisely?

Wise Use of Ativan: I commend you for wanting to use Ativan wisely. Use Ativan for following symptoms if their intensity is 7 or more on a Scale of 10: • Excessive worrying and brooding • Mind racing • Restlessness • Difficulty in concentration • Irritability • Upsetness • Muscular tension •Physical symptoms due to Anxiety •Avoid Alcohol Dose, frequency and duration of Ativan should be monitored by your Psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Ativan ( lorazepam ) tolerance, what to do?

Ativan ( lorazepam ) tolerance, what to do?

Wean off ativan (lorazepam): Ativan (lorazepam) is meant for short term use or occasional rescue use only. This is because people will develop tolerance and dependence on ativan (lorazepam). For persistent anxiety an long term anxiety controller medication should be used. Ativan (lorazepam) must be weaned off slowly to minimize withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more

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What sort of medicine is ativan (lorazepam)?

What sort of medicine is ativan (lorazepam)?

Anti-anxiety: Ativan (lorazepam) is a medication used to treat anxiety, panic attacks in particular. It is in a class of medications known as benzodiazepines which share similar properties such as valium, klonopin, xanax, (alprazolam) and Librium the advantage is that it works quickly, but the risks are developing a physical dependence (tolerance over time and withdrawal when stopping it) or an addiction. ...Read more

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Can I take ativan (lorazepam) and ibrophen ?

Ativan/Ibrophen: Added sedation is expected. Review with your doctor. ...Read more

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