4 doctors weighed in:

Can ativan help with the side effects when you start taking effexor (venlafaxine)?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ativan (lorazepam)

Depends on side effects, Ativan (lorazepam) helps with agitation & irritability.

In brief: Ativan (lorazepam)

Depends on side effects, Ativan (lorazepam) helps with agitation & irritability.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
Thank
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry

In brief: Yes

Some people experience an increase in anxiety with starting effexor (venlafaxine).
Other solutions could be starting with a smaller dose, taking Effexor (venlafaxine) with regular pudding or yogurt to delay stomach emptying or try something other than effexor (venlafaxine). Ativan can also be an alternative, but it should only be taken for a short time.

In brief: Yes

Some people experience an increase in anxiety with starting effexor (venlafaxine).
Other solutions could be starting with a smaller dose, taking Effexor (venlafaxine) with regular pudding or yogurt to delay stomach emptying or try something other than effexor (venlafaxine). Ativan can also be an alternative, but it should only be taken for a short time.
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
48 years in practice
55M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors