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Ativan (lorazepam)

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AtivanŽ

Generic Name: Lorazepam lor-AZ-e-pam

Drug Class: Benzodiazepines

 

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Description
Ativan is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines and is used to treat patients with anxiety or panic disorder.

Your doctor may use this medicine to treat other conditions as well.

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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
Follow the directions given to you by your doctor. This medicine is taken by mouth with water and can be taken with or without food. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice with this medicine.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • Some common side effects reported with this medicine include:
      • drowsiness
      • dizziness
      • unusual weakness
      • headache
      • clumsiness
    • Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away; restlessness or excitement, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision or changes in sex drive.
    • anxiety, depression
    • If you experience memory loss, behavioral problems, or involuntary muscle movements, talk to your doctor right away.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • This medicine is meant for short term use. If your symptoms continue, talk to your health care provider.
    • Benzodiazepines can be addictive. This medicine should not be taken for long periods of time.
    • This medicine can aggravate narrow-angle glaucoma.
    • This medicine may cause dizziness and drowsiness.
    • Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
    • Don't drive until you know how you will react to this medicine.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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Drug Interactions
    • Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all other medicines that you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products.

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Pregnancy/Nursing
This medicine should not be used if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. This medicine can cause harm to your fetus. For breast-feeding mothers, check with your doctor to discuss any possible risks to your baby while taking this medicine.
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More Information

For more information about this medicine, talk to your healthcare provider.
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badwolf76
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Registered: January 2014
Location: Canada
Posts: 28
Wed July 9, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $15.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: fast-acting, covered under most insurance(s), relatively inexpensive
CONS: loses affect when taking for long periods of time, habit forming, although I've no problem going without

I've taken Ativan mainly for anxiety. As of the past few months I've been taking it at bed time and usually mid-sleep to due to waking up with anxiety.It does seem to lose it's affect. This results in taking more than the prescribed dose. However, my doctor has told me that taking a little more than prescribed when necessary is okay. In regards to dependency; this has not been an issue for me. I've taken Ativan on and off for years and I've never had withdrawal. I am also very cautious about taking something with the risk of addiction. So, I try my best to not take it daily and if things are going well; I really don't feel the urge or need to take it.

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GlaringofGrimalkins
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Registered: September 2013
Posts: 7
Mon September 23, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Good for getting off booze.
CONS: Hard to acquire.

Very good benzo.

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Thu May 2, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: worked very well for anxiety til it pooped out on me
CONS: poop out after certain dosage over time; could cause some drowsiness

Worked best for anxiety as far as any med I have taken.

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doyoutrustme
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Registered: June 2012
Posts: 640
Thu May 2, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS:
CONS:

gets rid of anxiety fast, but also very drowsy.

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Dave21
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Toronto, Ca
Posts: 24
Mon January 14, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: side-effects,calm/serenity.
CONS: will 'stop' your workday??

My clonazapam was running low on effect\side.So i've taken this for small panic-attacks!!

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PsychoSpaceman
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Registered: August 2011
Posts: 4
Wed May 30, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $4.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Very effective for anmxiety. panic, and severe agitation. Insignificant side effects. Effects don't last too long, a good thing in some instances
CONS: Shorter duration of action than clonazepam or diazepam. a bad thing for prolonged anxiety. Can be habit forming.

Very effective for panic and generalized anxiety disorder. Probably slightly more effecti8ve than alprazolam and diazepam for anxiety. Of the benzodiazepines I have used, only temazepam, nitrazepam, and clonazepam were as powerful for treating anxiety and the temazepam and nitrazepam were a bit too sedating to use during the day.

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shanbug15
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Registered: July 2011
Location: dixon, ca
Posts: 7
Thu August 4, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: works fast and lasts also doesnt make you loopy
CONS: addictive, withdraw is bad

the only negative is i have been on it for 3 and 1//2 years 3mg a day so if i miss 1 day i have withdraw starting

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erin654
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Registered: May 2011
Location: Orem, UT, USA
Posts: 16
Sat May 21, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS:
CONS:

When I was prescribed Ativan, I was told to take it 3x daily. If I took the medicine even 20 minutes later than usual I felt just awful! I later found out that Ativan is supposed to be taken AS NEEDED. I guess my doctor was a twit.

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crazypurple12
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Registered: January 2007
Location: Beantown
Posts: 4
Mon December 13, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: help me mind calm also help my ear ringing
CONS: depend on it for long time

yes for long time i do remmy i did stop whole summer but i got fire in my old apt like trauma

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josh14
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Registered: March 2009
Location: nm
Posts: 30
Sat December 11, 2010 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: controls my anxiety/panic attacks
CONS: you will be more sleepy and it is highly addictive

ok, ive been taking ativan for about 5 years. was prescribed to help with my panic/anxiety attacks. i started out taking 1mg twice a day. took it for 3 months daily and then i decided i wanted to come off of it. i had to miss work and did not sleep foron 3 days till i finally couldn't take the panic/anxiety constant feeling so i called the doctor for the refill. then ive went to taking 3mgs a day to what im taking now which is 1mg in the morning only and 1 in the evening if i need it. i would say yes it does work well for anxiety/panic attacks. depending on your tolerance of the medication its better to take it before the panic or anxiety attack reaches its high. i was actually able to succesfully stop taking ativan after almost 2 years only because the pd prescribed a withdrawal drug to counter the severe withdrawal effects. and to my surprise that actually worked, although i can't remember that drug he game me to take for 2 weeks after gradualing coming off the ativan. so i stayed off of it for almost 1 year, and now have been back on it for 3 years. one suggestion i would give is something i wish i would have done. everyones different. but, when i look back i probably could have coped only taking it when the panic/anxiety attacks would get bad. instead i was so fed up with the attacks i just started taking it daily immediately just so i wouldn't have to deal with anymore attacks at all. well so then i became completely dependent on it. which i don't like. so if you can manage to function by taking it like 3 or 4 times a week instead of everyday i would try that to keep from getting totally dependent on it. Goodluck, God bless, josh

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Sultrysorrow
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 77
Tue September 14, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $8.50| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Currently taking it for Anxiety and sedative help
CONS: Nothing yet

Calming effect, relaxing, slight euphoria.. I'll take these effects over hard liquor any day.

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Sultrysorrow
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 77
Wed August 18, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Works great for alcohol detox and withdrawl
CONS: Prepare to see things in slow motion lol!!!

You'll get a lot of funny looks from your friends and co-workers while on this smack..

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mhswarriors
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Registered: June 2010
Wed June 16, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $9.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: works well
CONS: none so far

I have been on this for 3 days and it's great. I take .5 mg as needed during the day. Day 1 i took 1 mg, Day 2, .5, then today 1 mg. It works to calm you down.

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Ultimata49
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Registered: June 2010
Tue June 15, 2010 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: Fast acting
CONS: Doesnt always work, not as strong as some others

I have anxiety and would take this as needed. when i took it i took it when i felt anxious. sometimes it would work and sometimes it would do nothing. in severe situations it worked but in bad (not as bad as severe) situations it was luck of the draw. Have now switched to klonopin.

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nebulosity
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Registered: April 2010
Sat April 17, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: It completely stops panic attacks in 15-20 minutes for me at 0.5mg dose. NO SIDE EFFECTS when taken as directed.
CONS: While Ativan didn't make me drowsy, it did make it near impossible to employ problem solving skills for a technical problem (i.e. research, homework, etc). For "pinchy" anxiety related skin/arm/leg pain, it did nothing, even at a 1mg dose.

Like I said, it completely stops panic attacks in 15-20 minutes for me at 0.5mg dose. It doesn't make me drowsy AT ALL. Instead of making you feel "better" it simply stops extreme emotions so that you're okay -- so that can have an important conversation, give a presentation, function coherently at work, etc. The way I describe it, it's good for stopping hysterical crying, but for steady, bothersome anxiety, Ativan did nothing for me. It only did something when I was having an emotional breakdown (panic attack). And even after it helped me get control of the panic attack, 30% of the lingering anxiety was still there. That's when you talk to your doctor about some other medication to manage the steady anxiety.

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phoenix47baby
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Registered: September 2009
Location: Southern California
Posts: 619
Tue November 17, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $30.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: good tranquilizer
CONS: addictive

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garretis4real
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Registered: October 2009
Tue October 20, 2009 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $9.77| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: That I switched to a different medication
CONS: Drowsiness, headache, dizziness, nausea, and weakness.

OH BOY! If you are thinking about taking Ativan, please consider something else. As you can tell in my cons that I will never take Ativan again. Just please listen to me and "DON'T" take it. You do not need the sickness I got.

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sunnyday
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Registered: May 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 16
Wed June 3, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: works fast, helps me sleep
CONS: none

I use it for sleep, no other sleeping med worked for me.

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Elysium
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Registered: March 2009
Location: So Cal
Posts: 3342
Thu May 28, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Oral may be used sub-lingual as well, relatively short lasting.
CONS: Easy to become dependent on this med.

This medication is a God sent!! I only use 1-2mg's per day, yet when I need it, I need it and it works well to help ease my anxiety and keep me in a safer and healthier place.

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mffnewjersey
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Registered: February 2009
Fri March 6, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: stops anxiety and panic attacks RIGHT AWAY
CONS: none

Love it, when I need it.

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cgniech
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Registered: November 2008
Wed February 11, 2009 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: it got rid of anxious feelings!
CONS: drowsiness, forgetfulness

Ativan relieved me of anxious feelings but did not get rid of the thoughts thayt were causing my anxiety. It made me feel loopy. I got very drows and spacedy out and couldn't do much of anything, which sucked because i always took it in daytime. 1 milligram was too much for me, i had to cut it into half or quarters because the side effects were too strong.

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gordonsetter
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Registered: November 2008
Location: Indiana
Posts: 27
Wed December 10, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $67.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: reduced panic attacks
CONS: drowiness

Ativan reduced my panic attacks but didn't totally stop them

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nightbird
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Registered: January 2008
Posts: 4178
Tue July 8, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: it works, but doesn't last long, and if taken under tongue, better for your liver
CONS: the body and headaches from missed doses is extremely uncomfortable

This drug helps me with panic attacks and general anxiety @2mg. twice a day. If I were to get off this medication, I would want to do it in a hospital because from what I have already experienced by missing a few doses, with head and ear aches that are horrid, to body and leg aches, after 3 years, I'm going to get off it the correct way... when there is a better replacement for it, of course.

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modernmaster
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Registered: May 2008
Location: Central,va
Sun June 29, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Fast acting, short half life, easy on body organs
CONS: withdraw is very bad, watch your driving

Ativan one of my first legal drugs, no more paper bags for panic attacks. I have been on it about 7 years. It can be used as powdered alcohol,as I did Now I take as told. The benefits out weight the drawbacks.I have noticed this month that walmarts lorazepam is about 33% less potient then my new pharmcy. This is from my experience only! as an alcoholic in recovery. 4 years, 3 slips

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Sandra28
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Registered: April 2008
Mon April 21, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Calms me down within 2 hours
CONS: none that I am aware of. Only take it when needed!

Good drug if you can only take it as needed. Useful for Menopause and the mood anxiety swings!

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puckyjan56
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Registered: December 2007
Location: nc, usa
Posts: 332
Sat March 8, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: helps me calm down and to sleep much better
CONS: just a little drowsy

I take 2mg of lorazepam and ambien at night w/seroquel. Most of the time I sleep but I don't hear anything or anyone after I am asleep. That's kind of worrisome to me. I do not babysit if I have taken it, I don't want to take any chances w/the kids. Better to be safe.

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Rascal
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Registered: December 2007
Posts: 2
Sat January 5, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: great for gad
CONS: mind fog

it is helping me with anxiety.

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BelleSomnium
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Registered: December 2007
Location: South Carolina
Sun December 23, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Decreased anxiety
CONS: Confusion

Lorazepam is very good for calming and relaxing anxiety. It does cause a bit of confusion and sedation, but all medications of this type do. I would definitely use it again if I needed to.

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WoahMan
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Registered: November 2007
Sun November 4, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: great anti-anexity agent, good for agiation
CONS: drunk feeling, amnesia

Ativan is great for anxiety. I've tried Xanax and Valium once before with no luck. Xanax helped with extreme anxitey though. I notice for me ativan takes about a hour to kick in. Sometimes it's amnesiac effects make me forget that i even took it. I take 1mg two times a day, for social phobia and anxiety from work if needed. No need to take any at night since the daily dose usually makes me drowsy by the end of the day. Not to mention a hard day at work. It doesn't effect my work ethics at this dose, thought sometimes i forget where i put things. It is a longer lasting Benzodiazepin, unlike xanax or valium which usually lasts 2 hours at max. Ativan lasts about four to six hours for me, sometimes only having to take 1mg a day. One thing i notice is that if i do take it at night sometimes for insomnia, in the morning it is hard to get up. What i do is drink some coffee, for some reason it cancels some of the effects of ativan. So far this is the only benzo that has worked for my anxiety when needed. Xanax was good but was short acting and i think would be way more addicting since it has a short half-life, so i wanted to stop taking it. Ativan was a good replacement my pdoc said.

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BerBer
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Registered: September 2007
Sun September 2, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Stops panic attacks
CONS: Forgetfulness, lowered inhibitions

Taking these has helped keep me in school when I was about to drop out because of the panic attacks I was having. No real complaints except when I take it I tend to feel a little like I'm high or drunk only in the way where I'm not afraid to say what ever comes to mind. I guess thats just because it is so relaxing that you don't feel like you have to worry about what you say.

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ChipsAhoy
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Registered: August 2007
Location: Minneapolis MN
Posts: 25
Fri August 31, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: fast-acting; effective; minimal side effects
CONS: few side effects (drowsiness, amnesia)

i have had a pretty good experience with Lorazepam since i first started using it 2 years ago. i find that it takes about 2 hours to take full effect and the half-life is about 12 hours, so if you take 2-3 mg at least some of the effect will be with you for the whole day, at least in my case. i have been taking it for social phobia, and i find that it is very effective in reducing the amount of anxiety that i experience in social situations. it is also helpful for depression. sometimes i will take a few when i become very depressed and it is usually enough to elate my mood for the rest of the day (at least in my experience, please remember that it will act differently in everybody). my psychiatrist said that it is a fairly safe medication to take. the tolerance starts building up if you take it for a period for longer than four months so be sure to keep in contact with your therapist or your psychiatrist to report how you feel. if you take just a couple a week my psychiatrist said that there should be no problem with addiction and doses much higher than that are required for a tolerance to begin to build up. some of the side effects that i experienced on this medication are drowsiness, lethargy, and amnesia. they were all pretty mild and were not a big deal. the most notable was the amnesia. once that Lorazepam wears off you may find it hard to remember some of the details of what occurred during your experience on the Lorazepam. it also tends to make me moderately drowsy but that side effect is not too difficult to cope with for me. my psychiatrist said that this drug also tends to cause dis inhibition, much the way that alcohol does. i would recommend this drug for anybody who has been diagnosed with any type of anxiety disorder. ask your doctor about it and see if she thinks that you are a good candidate for this medication.

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xd42
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Registered: August 2007
Posts: 2
Sun August 26, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: good anxiety reduction
CONS: addictive, can zonk you out sometimes

I've found this drug (.5mg) can be a savior during times of severe anxiety. I take this only when I've having a really bad time with anxiety as I'm afraid of its addictive potential. I usually tolerate the medicine well but there have been a few times I took it and it really zonked me out, kinda like a strong cold medicine. Zonked out is better than an anxiety attack though.

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buzzie
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Registered: March 2006
Location: Southern CA
Thu August 2, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Takes my anxiety away and helps with PMS
CONS: Addicting been on it for 13 years (not everday)

Excellent for me with a panic attack, anxiety, pms, and anger issues. Was having really bad panick attacks and constant anxiety. I still feel I was having a nervous break down. Was put on different medswhich made me worse, thought I was going crazy. Couldn't drive, was agoraphobic, and really deppressed. I thought I was crazy then a doc gave me ativan and within 30 minutes I felt totally "normal" started to cry cuz it triped me out to feel so normal. It got me back out driving when I could not drive across the street. I try not to take everyday and I weaned myself to a much lower dosage. Sometimes I get really bummed out on being on this med for so long and my doctor would always tell me why make yourself suffer if it works. That is true and yes it is addicting but so is food, coffee, cigs, alchol, etc..... It did help me big time and the biggest plus is my kids didn't have to see me freak out all the time. It has helped me function along with an anti-deppresent. The only thing that sucks is yes it's addicting.

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Nighthawk1979
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Registered: May 2007
Mon July 2, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Fast acting and works well. I've found the name brand is better than the generic
CONS: Drowsiness during the day

Works well and works rapidly. I take it more during the daythan at night - a lower dose helps with the drowsiness.

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DoubtingThomasina
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Registered: April 2007
Location: North Dakota, ASA
Posts: 13
Wed April 11, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: My favorite anti-anxiety med!
CONS: Dependency is inevitable if not weaned off.

For people with anxiety disorders, this pill is a godsend. However, use only when needed; such as agitation, irritation, obsessive compulsive, racing thoughts, panic attacks etc. Do not use as a sleeping aid unless prescribed by a physician. Avoid staying on the medication for more than one month. For me, I keep a stash of 15 pills for emergencies only (e.g panic attack).

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leenie41
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Registered: March 2007
Location: pa
Sat March 31, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: helped me sleep
CONS: didn't do much for my anxiety, very, very addictive

I was put on this with zoloft, and paxil. I did need it, not for panic attacks, but for extreme, and constant anxiety. It may have helped somewhat, but overall, no it did not! Will make you drowsy, but as far as for anxiety, not worth it, just very addictive, and that's a high price to pay for a pill that doesn't do it's job.

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The_Matrix
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Registered: February 2007
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Posts: 18
Wed March 28, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: works quickly, effective, relatively safe
CONS: slight drowsiness

i found this drug very effective for anxiety. it would kick in 30-45 minutes after i took it and the effect would last from 3-5 hours. i took it for GAD

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loupopeye22
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Registered: March 2007
Posts: 1
Fri March 23, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: reduced agitation
CONS: not that I'd know of

would recommend for people who become either panic attack or agitation, then this ativan would alleviate this nasty symptoms. While I was in hospital I couldn't sleep and desperately to abscond from the unit and go to the lake in the middle of the windy night but I was given that meds and didn't think it would work. However, it calmed me down gently and sleep soundly without any problem.

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Juliana
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Registered: March 2007
Location: Canada
Posts: 887
Sat March 3, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: instant anxiety relief
CONS: drowsiness and blackouts

I took Ativan to calm myself down so I was able to fly multiple times this summer. I had recently recovered from a 3 year bout with agoraphobia and was still suffering from occasional panic attacks and anxiety.I hadn't flown in 10 years and was phobic about being trapped somewhere I couldn't leave. I was also afraid of being in a large, crowded airport and having to stand in lines. Ativan calmed me down enough to do all of these things with ease. It helped me overcome some of those phobias and I gained a lot of confidence. I am now able to fly without taking any drugs.I've been told that Ativan can be addictive, but I didn't take it on a regular basis. I took about 20 tablets in total during my summer travels and haven't taken it since. It worked extremely well for me.As for side effects: I have no memory or limited memory of some of my experiences while I was taking Ativan. There are entire flights that are totally blacked out in my memory. Other flights are just a blur. I remember bits and pieces but not the whole experience. I can't imagine functioning at work or handling daily tasks requiring focus while on this medication. It's difficult to form thoughts clearly and I found that things were getting stuck on the tip of my tongue while I was speaking. I felt very SLOW. Fortunately, the effects of the medication wear off quite quickly.

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Thomi
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Registered: February 2007
Location: Maine
Posts: 36
Sat February 17, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 0 

 
PROS: Helps ease my anxiety and helps me sleep
CONS: can be habit forming

I take it as needed to ease my anxiety and to help me sleep. This med is the best by far in helping with anxiety. It can be habit forming but since I don't use it everyday, I have not had that problem.

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bobthesponge
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Registered: February 2007
Posts: 1
Fri February 2, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Really helped me sleep.
CONS: It's addictive and can only be used a short time.

This medicine help to calm my nerves and made me quit worrying about everything I had to do the next day or what I did that day. It really helped me get to sleep. The only problem is it is addictive so it can only be used a short time.

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mama2ak
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Registered: December 2006
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 4
Sun December 31, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: immediacy of action
CONS: only works in high doses (at least for me)

I was given this during two seperate postpartum depression episodes with two different children. Neither time did it do much of anything. I was on 0.5 mg 3x a day and it did nothing. 2 mg barely helped me sleep. It works to take 2 mg if you are having a panic attack and need to lie down - it will help you fall asleep. Otherwise, did nada.

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Brookester
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Registered: December 2006
Location: California
Posts: 47
Fri December 22, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

 
PROS: knocks out PANIC
CONS: HIGHLY ADDICTIVE

DRUG OF CHOICE FOR PANIC ATTACKS. IT KNOCKS THEM OUT RIGHT AWAY. CAN ALSO BE USED TO HELP SLEEP. HIGHLY ADDICTIVE. ONE CAN BECOME ADDICTED TO IT IN A FEW SHORT WEEKS. I HAD TO GO TO DRUG REHAB IN ORDER TO SAFELY TAPER OFF THIS MED.

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Amerikasend
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Registered: December 2006
Location: Merryland
Posts: 22
Tue December 5, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: reduced anxiety somewhat, good for sleep
CONS: I would sometimes blackout from this stuff

This stuff is ok, it helped relieve my anxiety somewhat. It worked well for my sleep. The bad thing about this drug was I would blackout when on it. I didn't enjoy not knowing what I had done and it freaked me out. I was taking 2mg twice a day.

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prodigiousgamer
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Registered: October 2006
Location: tampa, fl
Posts: 45
Sun October 22, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: mild reduction of anxiety in specific situations
CONS: mild to moderate drowsiness and vertigo

i did not like this medication because of the side effects that it caused. it caused moderate drowsiness and vertigo. the positive effects of this medication were weak. i only experienced a very mild reduction of anxiety in specific situations. i would not recommend this medicine for people with mild anxiety issues like myself.

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SerenitysWave
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Registered: December 2005
Location: Vermont
Posts: 1529
Sun October 22, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Fast working-takes edge off anxiety-relaxes and aides with sleeping
CONS: none that I can think of

I didnt experience any side effects which was a huge bonus... I dont recall what I pay for it, but I know it was inexpensive. I take on an as needed basis which I like because many times just knowing that I have something extra to fall back on helps me get over the bump...

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alittlehoshime
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Registered: September 2006
Location: kuala lumpur, malaysia
Posts: 269
Tue September 26, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: Be able to sleep
CONS: still feel anxious, palm sweat , Headache, dizziness, vomitting , nausea, cant breath at times

hate medsssssssss eat also die dont eat also die even more worst no choice so got to eat lor sigh........... persevere persevere

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Anonymous
Fri September 22, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $1.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: calming
CONS: memory problems

Loved that it mellowed me out so well. Hated that I couldn't remember anything about the times when I was taking it. Worked well, though during a tough time. Might be hard to kick if you get hooked on it.

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darkeyes
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Registered: May 2001
Location: US
Posts: 6683
Fri September 15, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Helps reduce anxiety,racing thoughts,which can help patient have a better sleep. I suggest only use as directed by the prescribing physician.
CONS: If taken during the day,may cause drowsiness.

I have found this medication usefull when I am having extreme stress,which causes me to not sleep well, and tightness in chest. I do suggest,one not use it often,only as directed by your pdoc. It can cause drowsiness, slight "brain fog". Klonopin may be a better alternative if you need to have an anti-anxiety med. that can be used during the day,works great for potential anxiety attacks or present ones. But for evening use, I'd rate Ativan,excellent.

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eskielover
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Registered: October 2004
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 11071
Thu September 14, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: effective in shot form to help with side effects
CONS:

I have found that when atavin has been given to me in IV or shot form for immediate treatment of a side effect or extreme anxiety attack that needs treated, it is very effective. However in pill form to take for anxiety, it is very ineffective.

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