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In regard to flight anxiety for overseas trips, please go over your recommendation on which anxioytic to use, ativan (lorazepam) or Valium and the proper dosage. Additionally, what is a good hypnotic for sleeping good at night?

In regard to flight anxiety for overseas trips, please go over your recommendation on which anxioytic to use, ativan (lorazepam) or Valium and the proper dosage. Additionally, what is a good hypnotic for sleeping good at night?

SHORTER ACTING: I would recommend the shorter acting xanax or Ativan as these are more manageable to avoid over-sedation and lasting too long into the trip. As far as sleep aids to help with the whole time change thing, consider melatonin over the counter or even sonata (zaleplon). ...Read more

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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


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Horrible anxiety, and dizziness. I haven't slept well at all since Thursday night. What can I do? ER and therapist told me take my ativan (lorazepam) or valuim which is better? 0.5 ativan (lorazepam) or 2mg valium?

Horrible anxiety, and dizziness. I haven't slept well at all since Thursday night. What can I do? ER and therapist told me take my ativan (lorazepam) or valuim which is better? 0.5 ativan (lorazepam) or 2mg valium?

Better find the caus: Any of the 2 that works better for you. But our emphasis is on treating the cause. One of the greatest discoveries in medicine is that most mental symptoms result from physical causes not psychological causes. Please visit us www. Ehacstl. Com to learn how treating the cause can help you. Most common causes are environmental nutritional and hormonal limit space does not allow to discuss in detail ...Read more

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All anti dep & anti anxiety meds I've checked are incompatible w tramadol. It seems Valium or adavan are my only alternative. Agree? Any I've missed?

All anti dep & anti anxiety meds I've checked are incompatible w tramadol. It seems Valium or adavan are my only alternative. Agree? Any I've missed?

Tramadol is tricky: Tramadol interacts with many meds. Even combined with Valium or Ativan (lorazepam) there's a risk of cns/respiratory depression and psychomotor impairment. With most antidepressants there's a risk of serotonin syndrome too. If you must stay on tramadol, consider tricyclic antidepressants like imipramine. Sedation and serotonin syndrome are possible, but can be monitored by your doctor. ...Read more

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Which will keep me calmer while getting a crown -valium or ativan (lorazepam)? I got extremely anxious during a previous crown procedure.

Which will keep me calmer while getting a crown -valium or ativan (lorazepam)? I got extremely anxious during a previous crown procedure.

Same type: Both of these medicines are in the same class, and appropriately dosed they should give you a similar level of sedation; however valium will last longer in your system. ...Read more

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I take 8 mg of ativan (lorazepam) a day I have 60 10 mg tablets of Valium what's the best way to come off iam only prescribed 4mg of ativan (lorazepam) a day?

This is tricky: Brandsulli, this may not be something you can do on your own. Ativan (lorazepam) is short-acting; valium is long-acting. You may be able to use fewer valium/day and break them in half as you taper off. Bottom line: you need to talk to whoever is prescribing the Ativan (lorazepam) and look for something other than benzodiazepines to treat your anxiety. Ativan (lorazepam), valium and the like are for temporary use. ...Read more

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If I took a 2 mg Ativan, (lorazepam) how many hours do I wait until taking 10 mg of Valium which my psychiatrist switched me to?

8-10 hours: However, combining the two medications can cause excessive drowsiness. 10 mg of Valium is a high dose. The longer you stay on the medications of benzodiazepine category the more difficult it becomes to get off them. These medicines are a good quick fix but a more curative medication like escitalopram that yo are taking are more helpful in the longer run. ...Read more

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If taking a benzo. Klonopin/ativan/valium etc. And on it a few months at an average dose. If not helping do you still have to taper the same way?

Tapering recommended: Tapering is recommended for long-term use of benzodiazepines, such as klonapin or ativan, (lorazepam) as stopping abruptly leads to withdrawal symptoms. These include anxiety, sweating, palpitations, hallucinations, psychosis, and seizures, which can be life-threatening. ...Read more

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What happens if I have a valid prescription for ativan (lorazepam) yet took some old Valium I had, do the general tests reflect the *specific* med, or just as a benzo?

What happens if I have a valid prescription for ativan (lorazepam) yet took some old Valium I had, do the general tests reflect the *specific* med, or just as a benzo?

Drug tests: Most tests are general for benzos but there can be specific tests. The real issue is why are you concerned? You should be honest with your prescriber. I suspect that your prescriber doesn't fully trust you so you are going for drug testing. Don't play games, tell the truth or it is hard for others to help you. ...Read more

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Can you suggest a means to get my doctor to give me a benzo like xana, ativan (lorazepam) or valium?

Hmmm!: Discuss your symptoms with your physician. However, I would not expect the doctor to prescribe you benzodiazapines. It is a doctor's duty to first do no harm. You would need a medical indication for one of these medications and the doctor would need to determine that this was the best course of action. What you want and what the doctor believes you need may not be the same thing. ...Read more

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How to deal with benzo withdrawal (xanax, klonopin, (clonazepam) ativan, valium, etc.)?

Not fun: Usually the strategy is to slowly taper off the benzo and use a long-acting one, and sometimes it's really, really slow. Here's a trick I sometimes suggest to my patients: when your dose is pretty low, gently drag you pill across an emery board before you take it. One time the first day, two times the next, etc. That way you're very gradually cutting the dose down. Good luck and stick with it. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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How is ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety? How effective is it?

How is ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety? How effective is it?

Ativan effectiveness: For following symptoms of Anxiety, Ativan is effective:
• excessive worrying
• Mind racing
• Difficulty in concentration
• Irritability
• Upsetness
• Muscular tension
• Physical symptoms due to Anxiety
Dose, frequency and duration of Ativan should be monitored by the Psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I have bad anxiety need some medication Like valium to settle me?

Need to speak with: A mental health professional to go over your specific situation and see what your options may be. Valium and other controlled substances similar are not available through this network of healthcare. There are, however, very good mental health care folks here who could help you...just look for psychiatrist/psychologist on the home page when you sign on and you should pull a list up. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take ativan (lorazepam). 5 mg daily for anxiety long term?

Is it bad to take ativan (lorazepam). 5 mg daily for anxiety long term?

Ativan (lorazepam): No, if you have been prescribed it appropriately. Research shows that medicine plus psychotherapy are better together than either alone, so you might want to consider talk therapy as well if you are not already involved. ...Read more

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I'm out of my ativan, (lorazepam) is there any other useful ways to treat my anxiety?

I'm out of my ativan, (lorazepam) is there any other useful ways to treat my anxiety?

Yes, absolutely.: Are you out of Ativan (lorazepam) because you take more than prescribed and your prescription ran out early? Either way, meditation, yoga, exercise are all great anti-anxiety measures. You may also wish to try "naturopathic" treatments/remedies. There are also other rx medications used as a first line treatment for anxiety and you should speak with your physician about these. Best of luck and luck to you! ...Read more

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Was given Ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety is it ok to take 1/2 of mg for 3 nights in a row?

Was given Ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety is it ok to take 1/2 of mg for 3 nights in a row?

Anxiety: The Robitussin you take contains an antihistamine and likely also codeine. Both are sedating and are additive with sedating (making you drowsy) effects of Ativan. Ask prescribing doctor about alternative med for anxiety which doesn't have this side effect, eg, Buspar, (buspirone) propanolol. Consider behavioral strategies for anxiety http://www. Adaa. Org/finding-help/treatment/therapy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I am having very bad anxiety today and I have just taken 6 ativan (lorazepam) what else take?

I don't know: How much your Ativan (lorazepam) dose is? Is this an overdose? - if so, recommend that you call the poison control hotline at: 1-800-222-1222 or be evaluated at the emergency room. ...Read more

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What's a gentle dose of Valium to help sleep from time to time? Just started lexepro for anxiety.

What's a gentle dose of Valium to help sleep from time to time? Just started lexepro for anxiety.

Ask your doctor: If you're being treated for anxiety with lexapro, (escitalopram) it will take a few weeks to work consistently. Your doctor is the best one to advise about any additional medication use, including valium. Using this for sleep would be off-label. ...Read more

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I'm flying in a week, and having so much anxiety, can I start taking ativan (lorazepam)?

I'm flying in a week, and having so much anxiety, can I start taking ativan (lorazepam)?

Why?: It is much healthier to treat anxiety without pharmaceuticals. Physical activity like walking or jogging, hobbies like knitting, reading, meditating, yoga, watching a movie, cleaning the house and generally staying busy will take your mind off the upcoming trip. You should not drive or drink alcohol when you take Ativan (lorazepam) - save it for the flight! ...Read more

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Was given Ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety 1/2 of 1mg really concerned won how this will make me feel?

Was given Ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety 1/2 of 1mg really concerned won how this will make me feel?

Ativan (lorazepam): Try taking Ativan (lorazepam) pill at bedtime so you can sleep if it causes drowsiness. The dose is fairly low so you should be fine. Best to talk with prescribing doctor for guidance. Take care. ...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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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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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 severe night anxiety. New script: 30mg tamazepam, 10 mg valium, 5 hours after taking these I took another val. I feel ill. Is this normal?

Too much sedatives: Taking significant amounts of anxiolytics (sedative medication), and then following by taking a sleeping pill in the same medication family is guaranteed not only to make you feel poorly, but is a potential recipe for addiction or overdose.
A better approach would be to ask you physician to prescribe a medicine in the antidepressant family for both problems. Even better, consider counseling. ...Read more

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I have an anxiety disorder. I am taking Valium everyday. By taking it everyday is it reducing the chance of it working when I have an actually attack?

I have an anxiety disorder. I am taking Valium everyday. By taking it everyday is it reducing the chance of it working when I have an actually attack?

Some people do: Develop tolerance with benzodiazapines like valium. I would really encourage you to discuss other medications with your physician/ psychiatrist - such as SSRI's. Also - look to non-pharmaceutical options. There are a # of ways to address anxiety: Cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Acupressure, ...Read more

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Direalization feeling, I guess anxiety. I'm nervous about taking ativan (lorazepam) though even though I've taken it many times. Nervous it will make it worse.

Take it: If Ativan (lorazepam) has helped before, I would try it again. If this happens frequently, I would talk to your doctor about a more long term preventative medication or to a therapist about some ways to reduce anxiety. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...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