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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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Alprazolam (Definition)

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


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Is Ambien (zolpidem) addictive?

Is Ambien (zolpidem) addictive?

Yes.: Dependence is possible and we see it regularly. Further, all sleep aids can cause issues with psychological dependence, and they truly change sleep architecture in unnatural ways. Ideally, these medications should not be used for more than a few weeks. ...Read more

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Ambien (zolpidem) and claritind?

Sleepy not sneezy?: Ambien (zolpidem) will help you sleep; Claritin d will help with nasal allergy symptoms, but sometimes can cause restlessness and difficulty sleeping. ...Read more

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What benzodiazepine is stronger: klonopin (clonazepam) or ativan (lorazepam)?

What benzodiazepine is stronger: klonopin (clonazepam) or ativan (lorazepam)?

They differ: Klonopin (clonazepam) is longer acting but takes just slightly longer to start working. Ativan works quicker but clears from your system quicker then Klonopin (clonazepam) although it can stay in your system for a while. ...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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Klonopin (clonazepam) and trazodone for sleep safe?

Klonopin (clonazepam) and trazodone for sleep safe?

Yes: It is a safe combination. I can think of a number of clinical scenarios where this would be very appropriate and I have quite a few patients on this combination. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) habit forming?

Is Xanax (alprazolam) habit forming?

Xanax (alprazolam) and habit: Yes it can be habit forming. Be careful and discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Clonazepam .5 mg effect like xanax (alprazolam)?

Clonazepam .5 mg effect like xanax (alprazolam)?

Yes and no: Clonazepam and xanax (alprazolam) are benzodiazepines often used to treat anxiety-panic attcks, gad or ptsd. They are similar but xanax (alprazolam) is shorter acting and more potent than Clonazepam whixh is less strong and action lasts longer. Xanax (alprazolam) also can lead to addiction more than clonazepam. ...Read more

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) different from valium?

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Is Xanax (alprazolam) different from valium?

Xanax (alprazolam): Xanax (alprazolam) is shorter-acting benzo. More potent for panic attacks than valium. Both are addicting & tolerance develops with continued use. ...Read more

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Is Ambien (zolpidem) habit forming?

Yes: Yes it can be habit forming. Other sleeping agents are not. Ask your dr if any options exist for you. ...Read more

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Is klonipin safer than xanax (alprazolam)?

Is klonipin safer than xanax (alprazolam)?

No: The safety of any medication depends on its use or misuse. When taken as prescribed, for the treatment of a condition for which the medication is indicated for or deemed so by your doctor and closely monitored, the safety of any medication is improved. ...Read more

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Tranxene (clorazepate) withdrawal?

Tranxene (clorazepate)  withdrawal?

Can Be Serious: It depends on the length of time the person took tranxene (clorazepate) and the daily dose. If a person takes tranxene (clorazepate) everyday for at least month, he or she may have mild to moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms, again depending on the daily dose. The symptoms would be anxiety, irritability, tremors, insomnia and even withdrawal seizures. It is important to discuss slowly tapering off with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is klonopin (clonazepam) addicting?

Why is klonopin (clonazepam) addicting?

Klonopin (clonazepam) addiction: Good question. For vulnerable people, the pleasurable sensations that make addictive drugs disastrously attractive occur when Dopamine levels in the brain’s reward area surge abruptly. Usually there are neurons in the brain that inhibit this result, by downregulating dopamine-producing neurons. Benzos like Klonopin (clonazepam) inhibit these "inhibitory" neurons -- taking the brakes off the Dopamine surge. ...Read more

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Lunesta (eszopiclone) withdrawal symptoms?

Rare: In clinical trials, patients that stopped Lunesta (eszopiclone) typically did not have noticeable withdrawal symptoms, but anything is possible. Sometimes if you have gotten used to taking a sleep medication at night and you try to stop it, your body can have a little more difficulty in falling asleep without the help of the medication. You can try cutting the dose more slowly. ...Read more

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Alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, or clonazepam, which is better?

Benzodiazepines: The medications that you have listed are benzodiazepines and used to treat anxiety, panic disorders, seizures, and are sedatives. These medications vary in the onset of action, side effects and all can be habit forming. The best medication is the one that best fits the patients clinical problem. ...Read more

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Ativan (lorazepam) and hyrdoxyzine together okay?

Ativan (lorazepam) and hyrdoxyzine together okay?

Ativan + Hydroxyzine: Both Ativan and Hydroxyzine are used for Anxiety and tension. Let the Wise Person in you ask: •Reasons for taking Ativan •Tolerance •Use of Alcohol •Stresses in life causing Anxiety and tension •Reasons to add Hydroxyzine See a Psychiatrist for: •Benefits and side effects •Tolerance and Habit forming of Ativan •Therapy for stresses of life •Breathing Relaxation •Music Relaxation •Meditation ...Read more

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My dr has me on low dose methotrexate, tramadol, Wellbutrin xr, buspar, (buspirone) Xanax and ambien. Are all these drugs safe together?

Comments: I would not be surprised to encounter drug-drug interactions here, which could enhance adverse effects, and even compromise intended efficacy. Not having a clue as to why you take any of these, I cannot advise further, but think you would do well to have an extensive discussion with your doctor about all of this. ...Read more

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Im in menopause, take lamictal &wake up at 4, can't get back to sleep. I've practiced sleep hygiene, natural remedies &xanax. Would Ambien (zolpidem) work?

Im in menopause, take lamictal &wake up at 4, can't get back to sleep.  I've practiced sleep hygiene, natural remedies &xanax.  Would Ambien (zolpidem) work?

Bioidentical hormone: Menopause symptoms are caused by Estradiol and Progesterone deficiency. The best and most natural way to treat menopausal symptoms is by replacing those actual hormones. Bioidentical Estradiol and Progesterone are identical in molecular structure to hormones the body (the ovaries) used to produce before menopause. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Xanax (alprazolam) and ambien?

Class of drug: Xanax or Alprazolam is a benzodiazepine that affects your gaba receptors targeting anxiety. It has a risk of addiction. Ambien or zolpidem is a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic that is indicated for sleep. The risk of addiction is present, but much smaller than xanax/alprazolam. ...Read more

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Please help me! accidentally took Xanax (alprazolam) and Ambien at same time!?

SHOULD BE OK: Should be fine. May be extra sleepy. Would not be an overdose. Be more cautious with medications. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could take Ambien Xanax (alprazolam) remeron and hydroxozine at the same time?

Would not advise it: These are all sedating drugs, and may work in either an additive or synergistic way. Even if only additive, the accumulated effect may be excessive sleepiness, which could be dangerous if alertness is required - like driving or operating machinery, or even taking care of children and crossing a street. If synergistic, the effects could be dangerous and include respiratory depression. Talk to md. ...Read more

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Will Xanax (alprazolam) and Ambien help me sleep if i drank a lot of coffee?

Xanax (alprazolam): Only if ok with your prescribing doctor, since he knows the dosages of your medications. ...Read more

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I suffer from anxiety related IBS with diarrhoea, could Xanax (alprazolam) and Ambien be making it worse as when i take them the anxiety goes away butmybellyissore?

I suffer from anxiety related IBS with diarrhoea, could Xanax (alprazolam) and Ambien be making it worse as when i take them the anxiety goes away butmybellyissore?

IBS/anxiety d/o: You need to discuss this with the GI doctor seeing you. Both of these medications have potential for addiction and should not be taken without a clear indication. If they treat your anxiety effectively they are not likely to be responsible for abdominal pain. ...Read more

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I have anxiety , adderall, Xanax , Buspar (buspirone) , ambien, what to do?

I have anxiety , adderall, Xanax , Buspar (buspirone) , ambien, what to do?

Multiple meds: It sounds like someone is trying to help you with your anxiety -- since you have many prescribed medications. I suggest working with that physician. And if you have not yet seen a psychiatrist, please do. Psychotherapies can also be helpful with anxiety. ...Read more

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Is it OK to take .25mg Xanax and 5 mg Ambien?

No!: Do not take this two together. They are the same type of medication and you can become overly sedated, or worse, by mixing them. ...Read more

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Can I take one Xanax (alprazolam) and one Ambien together?

Can I take one  Xanax (alprazolam) and one Ambien together?

Xanax (alprazolam) and ambien: If you go by textbookks and fda, it is a risky mixture because both medications can cause a negative additive effect in sedation.It is for this reason that medical judgement that includes your genetic metabolism, the dosage, illnesses such as asthma, concurrent medications such as pain killer will decide if the combination will help. ...Read more

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Should I taper myself off of Ambien and xanax (alprazolam)?

Under supervision: Highly recommended that you taper under a doctor's/provider's supervision. Not only can there by uncomfortable withdrawals, medications like Xanax/alprazolam can result in life-threatening withdrawal seizures if an appropriate/safe tapering does not take place. What does of Xanax, how often taking? High dose/daily use may require inpatient detoxification. ...Read more

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After 3yrs of xanax, (alprazolam) roxi, oxy, ambien.I choose to stop bc of dependence.It's been 6mths and i can't stand my pain. How do I ask for help w/ new paindr ?

After 3yrs of xanax, (alprazolam) roxi, oxy, ambien.I choose to stop bc of dependence.It's been 6mths and i can't stand my pain. How do I ask for help w/ new paindr ?

Use NAMI Website: www.nami.org, is a helpful patient-consumer oriented website. They have both a call-line, as well as a directory of all nami chapters in cities all across the us. Whenever a loved one or friend needs such help, best idea is to actually attend a nami meeting in your city, and ask others, "who is a good doctor in our area?". ...Read more

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Is it safe to mix oxycodone with Ambien and xanax (alprazolam)?

Is it safe to mix oxycodone with Ambien and xanax (alprazolam)?

Only if prescribed: Oxycodonw combined with xanax (alprazolam) and Ambien can result in fatal respiratory depression. They should only be used in combination if prescribed by the same physician. Too often patients are seeing several doctors who may be unaware of what each other is prescribing leading to potentially dangerous combinations. ...Read more

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Hardly slept at a for more than a week. Tried, valerian root, melatonin, kava, motrinpm, ambien, and xanax (alprazolam). Xanax (alprazolam) helped two nights but does not work now.Also tried relaxation techniques suggested.Help?

Hardly slept at a for more than a week. Tried, valerian root, melatonin, kava, motrinpm, ambien, and xanax (alprazolam). Xanax (alprazolam) helped two nights but does not work now.Also tried relaxation techniques suggested.Help?

Please see doctor: If you're not sleeping for over a week, there are multiple possible causes including bipolar hypomania or mania, intoxication with stimulants, withdrawal from alcohol or other drugs, etc. You need to see a physician -- preferably a psychiatrist -- in person for an evaluation to see what's going on and to get the right kind of help. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Xanax (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more


Ambien (Definition)

Zolpidem is a sleep-inducer which is a kind of ...Read more