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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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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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What is it like to be on the drug ativan (lorazepam)?

What is it like to be on the drug ativan (lorazepam)?

Sedative: Fairly immediate onset benzodiazepine, the class of drugs that are used to reduce anxiety, sedate or put to sleep, also used for seizures (to stop them quickly) and sometimes for dizziness or nausea because of the sedation, but also can cause amnesia. Sometimes used to relax muscles but the reason is because of the CNS sedation. Useful, but very addictive. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are some generics of the drug ativan (lorazepam)?

Need expert help here. What are some generics of the drug ativan (lorazepam)?

All are lorazepam : A list of the companies that manufacture generic Lorazepam can be found at the following website: www.Drugs.Com/availability/generic-ativan (lorazepam).Html generic drug availability, manufacturer information, and patent status on ativan (lorazepam). ...Read more

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Which drug stays in your system longer, ativan or xanax (alprazolam)?

Which drug stays in your system longer, ativan or xanax (alprazolam)?

Benzodiazepines & UA: They are literally the same chemicals. If you need to pass a ua they may be in the system up to six weeks. Benzodiazepines stay around a very long time. ...Read more

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Ativan (lorazepam) didn't show up on my drug test why? I take it but not daily

Ativan (lorazepam) didn't show up on my drug test why? I take it but not daily

Ativan (lorazepam): If not taken daily, it is possible, due to short half-life of ativan (lorazepam). ...Read more

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I know ativan and Xanax (alprazolam) are in the same drug class but what are some of the differences between the 2 drugs?

Ativan vs Xanax (alprazolam): Both Ativan (lorazepam) and xanax (alprazolam) are benzodiazepine tranquilizers. The main differences clinically are that Ativan is longer-acting and slightly more sedating than xanax. Most agree that xanax is more potent than Ativan on a milligram-for-milligram basis, and probably more addictive. However, both are considered high-potency benzodiazepines and both can lead to drug dependence. ...Read more

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My Dr prescribed me xanax, (alprazolam) I took a 0.5 mg at ativan bc I ran out of my Xanax (alprazolam) he drug tested me 5 hours after I took it.... how much will show up?

Tell Dr.: Instead of worrying about the medication not prescribed by your treating dr. showing up in the urine, you need to be honest with the dr. and let them know you took a different medication from someone else? You need to be honest and have a trusting relationship with your treating Dr. or you will only be fooling yourself. ...Read more

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I feel manic, I have Ativan (lorazepam) to take as needed. Is Ativan (lorazepam) a good drug to take when feeling manic?

If you are actually: manic (as opposed to hypomanic) you will likely need more intervention than ativan (lorazepam). Ativan (lorazepam) may help to mute the symptoms some. Please advise your psychiatrist ASAP. If you are in any danger due to mania either have someone transport you to ER or call 911 for assistance. Take care. ...Read more

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If I use .5 mg of ativan (lorazepam) every night for insomnia, in time will i build up resistance to drug and require a higher dose to give the same effect?

Very possible: This is a well-known and common risk of anti-anxiety medications chemically called "benzodiazepines" (or "benzos"). It's the main reason they are not recommended for long-term use, usually defined as over 2 weeks. Of course, not everyone reacts the same: some people develop tolerance (they "build up resistance") even sooner, while some take much longer, or never do. But why risk it? ...Read more

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What are safe drugs to use for anxiety. After reading about ativan and Xanax (alprazolam) they sound like bad drugs. ?

Therapy often better: Yes, tranquilizers are bad for anxiety. They're addictive & don't teach you how to deal w the feelings, just medicate them away. Many therapies, while more work, are much more effective in long term improvement for anxiety. What treatment is best depends on the type of anxiety you have. Consult a therapist specializing in anxiety. Ssris are called antidepressants but can be useful along w therapy. ...Read more

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I took 1 dose of ativan (lorazepam) 0.75 mg over 2 weeks ago for an anxiety attack. Will this still show up on a drug test now?

I took 1 dose of ativan (lorazepam) 0.75 mg over 2 weeks ago for an anxiety attack. Will this still show up on a drug test now?

Probably not: If it was just a single dose of Ativan (lorazepam) 0.75mg over 2 weeks ago, it would most likely be out of your system by now. Hopefully, it was actually prescribed to you, as taking medication prescribed to other people is not a good or safe idea. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Would you prescribe the drug Ativan (lorazepam) to a 93 year old lady suffering anxiety and if you did would it be strictly controlled?

Would you prescribe the drug Ativan (lorazepam) to a 93 year old lady suffering anxiety and if you did would it be strictly controlled?

After careful eval.: It may be cautiously prescribed and must be closely monitored. She should not be alone. It is very important in someone of that age to look for medical reasons for new onset anxiety. Prescribing an anti anxiety medication in lieu of such investigation risks missing a treatable medical condition. Be sure this has been done. ...Read more

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