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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

Dr. Alan Ali
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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 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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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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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?

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?

Insomnia: Benzos such as xanax (alprazolam) are not good options for treating insomnia. Several viable options exist such as trazodone or seroquel, etc. Your prescribing doctor can help u taper off benzos and explore alternatives. ...Read more

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Took 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) to help sleep and it's not working. Would it be safe to take 1mg attivan too?

Took 2mg Xanax (alprazolam) to help sleep and it's not working. Would it be safe to take 1mg attivan too?

No: Mixing your benzodiazapines is not safe. You need to talk to your doctor about this - rather than getting your medical directives from on-line doctors who don't know you. ...Read more

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What is more addictive, Xanax (alprazolam) or ativan?

What is more addictive, Xanax (alprazolam) or ativan?

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 more

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Will medicaid pay for .05mg.Ativans (lorazepam) and .05 xanaxs?

Will medicaid pay for .05mg.Ativans (lorazepam) and .05 xanaxs?

They may pay but: The pharmacist and your dr may question the idea of giving two benzodiazepenes. You can take just one and increase the dose. Have a blessed and cheerful holiday! ...Read more

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How can you seperate Xanax (alprazolam) or ativan from the pill form into an injectible form?

How can you seperate Xanax (alprazolam) or ativan from the pill form into an injectible form?

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

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Are their any permenent side effects of being treated with Xanax (alprazolam) or ativan forever?

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

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My dr switched me over from Xanax (alprazolam) to ativan apparently equivalent in dosage, with no taper is this safe?

My dr switched me over from Xanax (alprazolam) to ativan apparently equivalent in dosage,  with no taper is this safe?

It's safe: There is cross tolerance between xanax (alprazolam) and ativan, so you should be safe if taking this medication as prescribed. Xanax (alprazolam) is a little different molecule from ativan, though. Stay in touch with your doctor for any difficulties. ...Read more

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I got an ativan shot around 10pm lastnight. Is it safe to take the Xanax (alprazolam) 0.25 mg that they prescribed me right now? Plz answer asap! thank you!

Possibly: Depending on what your prescribing doctor told you about use of the xanax, (alprazolam) taking it 12 hours after your Ativan shot could be safe. Asking the doctor who actually knows you and your case would provide you a more reliable answer than asking online physicians who have never met you, though. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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 more

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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?

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

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Can bozos make you Xanax (alprazolam) ativan?

Xanax (alprazolam): I do not understand your question, but yes, both are benzos. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get high on ativan or xanax (alprazolam)?

Is it possible to get high on ativan or xanax (alprazolam)?

Likely: You can get a feeling of euphoria from these medications. These medications can also cause altered mental status and delirium depending on dose, metabolism, height, weight, age, etc. ...Read more

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How can I get my dr. To switch me from ativan to xanax (alprazolam)?

You are asking the: wrong doctor this question, because I am on the other side of that argument. I think we would all be better off if this drug were not on the market. Xanax (alprazolam) is rapidly absorbed and rapidly excreted, which creates a far more abuse-prone drug than Lorazepam (ativan). If it is very occasional panic attacks or anxiety, and you take it rarely, it's fine.For chronic use, Ativan or Klonopin are better. ...Read more

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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

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


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