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I took Luna children's sleep aid that contains 10mg of valerian and 0.2 melatonin. 3 hours later can I take. 25 Ativan to help me sleep?

I took Luna children's sleep aid that contains 10mg of valerian and 0.2 melatonin. 3 hours later can I take. 25 Ativan to help me sleep?

Yes, it is safe if: The Ativan has been prescribed by your doctor for episodic use. If you are having recurrent sleep issues, it is important to follow up with your doctor for further assessment as daily Ativan can be habit forming. Melatonin is a chemical made naturally by the body and it is safe to take up to 5 mg before bedtime. ...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


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Lexapro (escitalopram) 5 mg, I noticed my pupils get really big, is that normal? Also I feel numb. Like my feelings are shut off? Can I take ativan to help me sleep

Lexapro (escitalopram) 5 mg, I noticed my pupils get really big, is that normal? Also I feel numb. Like my feelings are shut off? Can I take ativan to help me sleep

Apprehension?: Most patients are on 20-30mg of lexapro (escitalopram) & it takes 2-3 weeks to start to work & about 6 to be fully effective. Some pts are slow metabolizers and reach a higher blood level with a small dose. My guess is that you are worried about loss of control & anticipate a negative outcome--discuss your concerns with doc. Also no problem taking Ativan 0.5 with it. ...Read more

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I take. 5mg of Ativan (lorazepam) to help me sleep due to anxiety (started 2 days ago) I had 2 glasses of wine tonight with dinner. Should I take my dose tonight?

I take. 5mg of Ativan (lorazepam) to help me sleep due to anxiety (started 2 days ago) I had 2 glasses of wine tonight with dinner. Should I take my dose tonight?

No: Ativan (lorazepam) should not be mixed with alcohol as it can cause pronounced sedation and even breathing difficulties. Since you have only taken it for 2 days, there is no concern with missing tonight's dose. ...Read more

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I take Ativan 2 mg to help me sleep. Have been experiencing severe back pain and would like to take 10 mg of norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). Is it safe to take together?

I take Ativan 2 mg to help me sleep. Have been experiencing severe back pain and would like to take 10 mg of norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen). Is it safe to take together?

Not safe.: Using Lorazepam that is ativan together with Hydrocodone that is norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience some impairment in thinking and judgment. You should tell your doctor about all other medications you use and get approval of your doctor. ...Read more

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I took 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) to help me sleep but it doesn't seem to be working. Could I take. 5 Ativan or 1mg Ativan to help?

I took 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) to help me sleep but it doesn't seem to be working. Could I take. 5 Ativan or 1mg Ativan to help?

Benzodiazapines: Benzodiazapines are NOT candy. Playing with these medications is not safe. Please talk with your physician. ...Read more

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Why ativan (lorazepam) all of a sudden allowed me to get a great sleep?

Why ativan (lorazepam) all of a sudden allowed me to get a great sleep?

It is sedating: & if anxiety was keeping your mind overstimulated, decreasing that may allow you to slow down enough to fall asleep. ...Read more

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Can I take 1 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) and 0.5 mg of clonanzepam (Rivotril) together for sleep once in a while?

Insomnia: Both Ativan (lorazepam) and Clonanzepam are medications for Anxiety. In decreasing Anxiety thoughts and anxiety feeling, EITHER Medication can help you sleep. Therapy for stress will benefit.
Consider:
Exercise or Yoga in the evening.
Close that day’s Chapter in Book of Life

Before sleeping, do Breathing and Music Relaxation,
Visual imagery of National Park
Meditation.

Let Rest and Sleep Happen!
Good Night ...Read more

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I just took my first dose of ativan (lorazepam). 1/2 of a. 5 mg tab and I feel hyper. Is this normal? How long is it in my system? Will I be able to sleep?

I just took my first dose of ativan (lorazepam). 1/2 of a. 5 mg tab and I feel hyper. Is this normal? How long is it in my system? Will I be able to sleep?

Paradoxical response: This is not an uncommon phenomena. I would note your response to benzodiazepines, and not take them anymore. If you can't sleep tonight try a little over the counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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Will. 25 Ativan (lorazepam) give me a full nights sleep without anxiety interruption waking me up and then I can't get backtosleep. Also started taking 40mgpaxil?

Will. 25 Ativan (lorazepam) give me a full nights sleep without anxiety interruption waking me up and then I can't get backtosleep. Also started taking 40mgpaxil?

Probably not: All tranquilizers will relax you at first, but then the effect wears off if you continue to take them. They are best taken occasionally rather than regularly. There is not a sleep med that will always let you fall asleep quickly, sleep all night, and wake up without feeling groggy. Try playing relaxing music as you go to sleep. Also sometimes melatonin can help. Also your Paxil (paroxetine) may help. ...Read more

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I am wondering what helps you sleep better, ativan or seroquel (quetiapine)?

I am wondering what helps you sleep better, ativan or seroquel (quetiapine)?

Hmm: Each person responds differently. Each med has their pro's & their con's. There is no one size fits all response for this. You would need to take them to see how they impacted your personally. ...Read more

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Does ambien provide restorative good sleep? Is it like taking Ativan? Will I sleep well on ambien?

Does ambien provide restorative good sleep? Is it like taking Ativan? Will I sleep well on ambien?

Ambien: Ambien can lead to good quality sleep. I can not tell you if it will give you the desired effect. Ativan is an anxiolytic medication. I am hopeful for you that use can find non-pharmacological ways to address your sleep. Both ambien and Ativan use can lead to drug tolerance. ...Read more

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Dr. Added. 25 mg or trazadone to my usual 1 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) for sleep. ..is this ok and commonly done?

Dr. Added. 25 mg or trazadone to my usual 1 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) for sleep. ..is this ok and commonly done?

Probably safe: Neither of these is primarily a sleeping pill but are often used to help people get to sleep through the drowsiness side effects. One is often for anxiety and the new one is for depression. Each are a low doseage and at bedtime you'll not be driving or operating machinery. Just relax and sleep while on them. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a sleep problem. I am used to taking ativan, (lorazepam) can anybody suggest good remidies?

What to do if I have a sleep problem. I am used to taking ativan, (lorazepam) can anybody suggest good remidies?

Sleep Hygiene: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take three Xanax (alprazolam) per day and one Ativan at night for sleep? This cocktail of meds seems a bit much......

Is it okay to take three Xanax (alprazolam) per day and one Ativan at night for sleep? This cocktail of meds seems a bit much......

Yes: Xanax (alprazolam) is typically given 3 or 4 times/day. I'm not sure why you were prescribed Ativan at night; an extra Xanax (alprazolam) should work just as well. ...Read more

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I took 3.75mg of zopiclone. 2.5 hrs later I can not sleep. I have not slept for 3 days (<2hrs of sleep a night). Is it safe to take 1mg Ativan?

I took 3.75mg of zopiclone. 2.5 hrs later I can not sleep. I have not slept for 3 days (<2hrs of sleep a night). Is it safe to take 1mg Ativan?

Probably safe: I doubt you would cause harm, but I would never recommend someone take Ativan after a sleep aid. You are essentially stimulating the same receptors in the brain. There is similarity between the two medications. You do risk over stimulating those receptors and causing excess sedation. It also depends how close together you take the medications. We always advise against taking sedating medications. ...Read more

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I been taken ativan for anxiety and ambiem for sleep. Recently the 10mg of ambien (zolpidem) is not doing anything. Can I take a little more. Please help?

I been taken ativan for anxiety and ambiem for sleep. Recently the 10mg of ambien (zolpidem) is not doing anything. Can I take a little more. Please help?

Caution: Ambien (zolpidem) is not intended for long-term sleep problems. You may be developing tolerance to 10 mg dose already. You're also taking Ativan and Codeine which interact to increase side effects eg., dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Review with prescribing doctor to consider an antidepressant for anxiety. Your sleep may improve as well. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/insomnia/expert-answers/ambien/FAQ-20058103 I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I was prescribed 50mg of Trazodone six weeks ago to help sleep. I am also on 1.5mg of Ativan (lorazepam) (6+ years). I would like to stop both, Traz first.

I was prescribed 50mg of Trazodone six weeks ago to help sleep. I am also on 1.5mg of Ativan (lorazepam) (6+ years). I would like to stop both, Traz first.

See your physician: See your physician before making any medication changes, which can be dangerous. He/she will want to explore your reasons for wanting to come off the medications, as well as perform a physical examination. You will be able to come off these medications safely under your physician's guidance. Http://www. Bcnc. Org. Uk/symptoms. Html, http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682053.html ...Read more

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Couldn't sleep very stressfulnight took. 25 ativan (lorazepam) actually made anxiety worse then let me sleep a little Is it because of low dose usually take. 5?

Couldn't sleep very stressfulnight took. 25 ativan (lorazepam) actually made anxiety worse then let me sleep a little Is it because of low dose usually take. 5?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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I have sleeping problem. I want to take medicine for long sleep. First I use ativan (lorazepam) but is not so effective any noice in room I wake up so what medicin?

I have sleeping problem. I want to take medicine for long sleep. First I use ativan (lorazepam) but is not so effective any noice in room I wake up so what medicin?

Ear plugs: Sleep problems are very common. Try herbal teas with warm milk. Try melatonin. Use ear plugs and blinders. Try to avoid drugs. May try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but avoid alcohol and no caffeine after noon. ...Read more

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Took 1 mg klonopin (clonazepam) 1 mg ativan 30 mg hydrocodone, will I be ok to sleep?

Took 1 mg klonopin (clonazepam) 1 mg ativan 30 mg hydrocodone, will I be ok to sleep?

Combo: By the time you read this, you would probably be up with a yawn. ...Read more

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My dr added. 25 of trazadone to 1 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) for sleep...seem lethargic during day could it be from this?

My dr added. 25 of trazadone to 1 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) for sleep...seem lethargic during day could it be from this?

Talk to your doctor: The combination of Trazodone and Ativan (lorazepam) can be sedating with a hangover effect. Talk to your doctor about a medication adjustment. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Individual choice I'm sure --but which do you see used more for daytime anxiety and which for sleep....Klonopin (clonazepam) or ativan?

Individual choice I'm sure --but which do you see used more for daytime anxiety and which for sleep....Klonopin (clonazepam) or ativan?

Neither: Benzodiazepines are habit forming and potentially addictive. There are better, safer medications to use, such as zolpidem (ambien) and Eszopiclone (lunesta). However, even these drugs can become habit forming, for long-term use, a sedating antidepressant may be the safest medical therapy. ...Read more

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87 yr old taking care of wife with alzh. Getting no sleep can I take ambien (zolpidem) at night? I take Ativan during the day for anziety

87 yr old taking care of wife with alzh. Getting no sleep can I take ambien (zolpidem) at night? I take Ativan during the day for anziety

Stress: You are to be congratulated for your dedication to your wife as this is a huge burden. Would not recommend Ambien due to sleep walking risk and relatively rapid tolerance. You might do better with Lunesta (eszopiclone) or Trazadone. Phone your doctor about these approaches. However, if reversal of sleep-waking cycle affecting your wife, you may need outside help in dealing with all of this. ...Read more

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1mg of ativan (lorazepam).Bc pain is triggering my anxiety and cannot sleep. I don't take this every day. Is it normal not to help? Is there a better medication?

1mg of ativan (lorazepam).Bc pain is triggering my anxiety and cannot sleep. I don't take this every day. Is it normal not to help? Is there a better medication?

Get proper help: Ativan (lorazepam) is a short acting Benzo that is associated with gradual tolerance and with time, an increase in baseline anxiety because of interdose withdrawal. So please get proper evaluation and if you have a clinical Anxiety disorder then entreat is available and effective ...Read more

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I take. 5 mg ativan (lorazepam).Usually only at night because of attacks. Lately I notice I'm using it every day/night as sleep aid. Can't be good? What do I do

I take. 5 mg ativan (lorazepam).Usually only at night because of attacks. Lately I notice I'm using it every day/night as sleep aid. Can't be good? What do I do

Not a sleep aid: Ativan (lorazepam) disrupts normal sleep. It interferes with entry into REM stage sleep. Generally speaking as a short acting benzodiazepine it is not a good choice for anxiety disorders. What Ativan (lorazepam) is good for is the ICU treatment of life threatening uncontrolled seizures. It can also be used short term for alcohol withdrawal. Very occasional use for anxiety or panic that is situational is also accepted. ...Read more

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Pamelor (nortriptyline) 25mg daily. Desryl 50-100 mg for sleep. Risperadol. 5 twice a day ativan prn does this seem like a safe \ effective combo second opinion wise?

Could be: There could. Be good reasons for all of your meds. I'd talk it over with your doc before getting another opinion. If you aren't doing well & tell your doc you want another opinion he will probably refer you. ...Read more

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Can I safely use Ambien for sleep, then Xanax (alprazolam) during the day for anxiety? Can I safely switch between Xanax (alprazolam) or Ativan If I find one works better?

Can I safely use Ambien for sleep, then Xanax (alprazolam) during the day for anxiety? Can I safely switch between Xanax (alprazolam) or Ativan If I find one works better?

Your question sounds: Like there may not be a prescribing physician involved with this, or at least you don't say anything about the advice of that physician. Benzodiazepines are not necessarily the best treatment for chronic anxiety states like generalized anxiety disorder, panic and especially not PTSD. Antidepressants work without producing tolerance and with much less of a risk of dependency. Talk to the prescriber ...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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more