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Xanax Alprazolam Ativan
Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system . So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight , dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more
I need medication to help me thru a c.T. Scan, I have tried haildol, xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, with no success, due to extreme claustrophobia! it is vital!
How much med can a : Woodchuck chuck. The failure to get a response from those meds may be dose related - not enough was provided or not via the best route. Sometimes intravenous medication has a more instant and significant response. Valium and Ativan (lorazepam) can be provided that way. Cognitive therapy, emdr (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), and hypnosis are non-med alternatives. Consider anesthesia consult. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How to know if you had an allergic reaction to anxiety meds. Through iv? Xanax, (alprazolam) ativan, and morphine for chest? Arms feel heavy? I went to ER 4 times.
3 : 3 CNS depressants that provoke dependency, tolerance, and can cause death for respiratory depression when combined unwisely or at a certain dose.Your question is referred to heaviness in arms and allergic reactions, signs of which i don t see in your description, possibly missing the real point. Ask your dr and report your symptoms, you might need some meds adjustment or change; maybe detox. ...Read more
Both: Both medications can be addictive. Xanax (alprazolam) acts quickly which is why it is desired by most people. Ativan acts relatively quickly as well but not as immediate as xanax (alprazolam). Both medications can be addicting and should only be taken as needed or as advised by your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do not do it: Both medications are in the benzodiazepine family. If injected they go fast to brain centers for breathing and heart rate. These should only be given IV in hospital setting with careful monitoring of breathing and heart rate. Iv Ativan (lorazepam) is often used in ers for seizures. Oral form is rapidly absorbed and can get into the system in a few minutes. ...Read more
Withdrawl: The issues of withdrawl are very prominant if you are taking these benzodiazepines for a long period. If you wish to stop i would recommend you discussing thsi with your phsyician and work on a gradula dose reduction plan. Do not stop aburptly ! ...Read more
My dr switched me over from Xanax (alprazolam) to ativan apparently equivalent in dosage, with no taper is this safe?
Which is better for someone with severe anxiety that effects thir entire life. Xanax (alprazolam) or ativan? Which would help most.
For severe anxiety: I would not be relying only on pharmaceuticals, but would also want to work on the specific anxieties the patient has. Cognitive therapy, mindfulness meditation, dynamic psychotherapies, all help the person learn about his/her own triggers and ways of dealing with them. Ssri antidepressants seem better at preventing panic attacks than episodic benzodiazepines (whether using xanax (alprazolam) or ativan). ...Read more
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
Any better med for sedation other than benzos? I"ve tried xanax, (alprazolam) klonopin, & ativan. none work great on me but i've never had more than 1mg of each
I have severe insomnia. I also have thyroiditis. I take Xanax (alprazolam) or ativan for sleep. Sometimes it works and sometimes no. What can I do?
Is Xanax (alprazolam) or ativan safer for long term use? & would either of these have the possibility to cause any cardiac effects like cardiac arrest? I
Xanax/Ativan: Not recommended for long-term use. If u r already prescribed one or the other, keeping the dose therapeutic & as prescribed, should not harm your cardiovascular system. I would recommend talking to your prescribing doc. About alternate medications for anxiety if u will be using long-term. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: You shouldn't. It is irrational to use two benzodiazepines at one time. If it is being prescribed, your prescriber may not be aware of the dangers (or irrationality) of using two potent benzos together. If it is not being prescribed, you are clearly having benzodiazepine abuse. This combination produces significant physical dependency, and should not be stopped abruptly but tapered. Seek help. ...Read more
Wondering how to go about asking my doctor to try me on Xanax (alprazolam) instead of ativan since I have to take too much ativan to and it still doen't work fully?
Doesn't work fully?: I am wondering what you mean by that. What are you hoping Ativan or xanax (alprazolam) will fully treat? Bipolar disorder should be treated with a mood stabilizer. There are various kinds and most will help a great deal with anxiety as well. Chronic anxiety is best treated with meds other than xanax (alprazolam), which often creates more anxiety when it leaves your system than you may have had to begin with ! ...Read more
Can i just switch from 0.5mg of Xanax (alprazolam) to 1mg ativan without any problems? Been on Xanax (alprazolam) at HS for a long time. Md thinks i need something longer act.
Why the switch?: I'm unsure if you're asking if you can switch w/o any adverse effects or it's more "dr. Wants to change rx" question. Either way, these are (short acting) benzos & may help you fall asleep, but not stay asleep. You may also wish to google "benzo equivalency chart" and you can see what's=to what.There are more modern drugs used worldwide for sleep tx. (z-drugs) is your rx for anxiety or insomnia? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I suffer from extreme insomnia, my doctor switched me frm .25 Xanax (alprazolam) to 1mg Ativan, I took at 7pm...it's now 1:48 am would it be ok to take the xanax (alprazolam)?
Advice for 9 h. ago: I never understand why people are not asking these questions when the doctor gives them the prescription, or the pharmacist dispenses it. They are your primary sources of information, or should be. Insomnia, especially when severe, is an indicator of an underlying problem, and not a diagnosis itself. Benzos should only be used short-term in most people. I couldn't say whether its ok or not. ...Read more
0.5mg Klonopin = 0.5mg Xanax (alprazolam) = 0.5mg Ativan in terms of strength? Which is "best" for fear for flying/claustrophobia on airplane? I can't tell.
Help!taking ativan 1mg. I started 0.5 mg Xanax (alprazolam) as replacement 4 ativan.Don't like how i feel on xanax (alprazolam). How long b4 Xanax (alprazolam) is out and can resume ativan?
Please: Ask your doctor directly, let her/him know what is going on with your medications, provide her/him with all info regarding all the medications u r taking. S/he will help you the best. This forum is not intended to replace face to face consultation. Be safe, follow your doctor prescription and refrain to self medicate urself. Thank u! ...Read more