Replacement for ativan?
I have been taking Lopazepam(ativan) and was wondering if there was a vitamin or herb that would help my anxiety like ativan would
Asked by Lloyd Weltz 5 months ago.
Not at all. Ativan (lorazepam) is a potent anxiolytic that is effective for mild to the most extreme levels of anxiety. Only drugs with similar pharmacological actions will produce effects like Ativan, which is chemically classified as a benzodiazepine. Other classes of drugs with very similar actions could substitute but all those drugs are either/or far more dangerous or ineffective and include barbiturates, chloral hydrate, meprobamate, ethchlorvynol, glutethimide, and methaqualone (the last three drugs are not available in most countries). Vitamins are not helpful for almost any medical problem unless the problem is caused by a vitamin deficiency. Ativan acts by enhancing the effect of the brains principal inhibitory neurotransmitter called GABA. By enhancing GABA the amount of electrical transmission in the brain is reduced, causing the brain to be more "quiet," causing anxiolysis (reducing anxiety) and at higher doses sleep. Vitamins do not act on GABA at all. Some herbs do have very mild, almost non existent effects on GABA. However you would not experience any effects, it would be useless much like comparing the power of a small pistol to a nuclear weapon. Also drugs with effects like Ativan are controlled substances (this does include Ativan) because these types of drugs can potentially be abused (it is rare for addiction to occur, especially if you don't have a history of addiction). ANYTHING that could produce Ativan-like effects would also be controlled substances. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about taking Ativan. There are completely different types of drugs that are often effective and there are similar drugs that may be more effective (if the Ativan is a problem) like Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin, Rivotril (clonazepam), Valium (diazepam), Serax, Oxpam (oxazepam), and Lectopam (bromazepam). Also do NOT discontinue Ativan without talking with your doctor. If Ativan is taken continuously long term it can’t be abruptly stopped because in many people (1/3-1/2) the body becomes physically dependent on the drug (this is NOT the same as addiction) and if the drug is stopped too quickly the body can't adapt to the change fast enough, causing physical withdrawal. This is avoided by discontinuing the drug over several days or weeks. Answered by Kaley Courtright 5 months ago.
Ativan Substitute Answered by Scottie Tattershall 5 months ago.
As far as herbs and supplements go l theanine and lemon balm and valerian root extract are supposed to be good, before my doctor gave me ativan she had me on hydroxyzine which isn't as good but it does take the edge off when I don't have Ativan and it's not as addictive (it's similar to Benadryl) , hope that helps Answered by Jacob Conable 5 months ago.
There are two Excellent replacements. (1) Apigenin 50mg 2 - 2x/day (2) Kava Kava Extract Both can be purchased from Swanson Online. M.D. s know nothing about herbal medicine. Answered by Cherly Sato 5 months ago.
No herb is as strong or active as the pharmaceutical ativan. Many people find relief from taking cannabis. Let's talk more, www.letstalkaboutpot.com Answered by Kenisha Lavern 5 months ago.
try st johns wart or passion flower, whole foods stores. and trader joes might have something and bach flowers rescuse remedys might work, and flower ensenses might work? lavandar ones and aspen one works one at a time not all in a bottle.....seperate u can see how they work... peace Answered by Petrina Castelo 5 months ago.
Has Anyone Taken The Drug Ativan?
i started on mine yesterday. mine is just a 0.5mg. its for my nerves/anxiety. mine is horrible.but just wanted to know if anyone had taken this before. and did u have any of the side effects or anything. was it hard to quit taking them? give me all the information u have..lol..thanks
Asked by Hoyt Blosfield 5 months ago.
Hi...I haven't taken it but I am a medical student. So Lorazepam is a "benzodiazepine", which a group of medications that are mainly used to combat anxiety and convulsions (Correct altered brain chemicals) and they also relax muscles. It should not be used in people with kidney or liver diseases or those with open angle glaucoma or allergy to benzodiazepines (But I assume your doctor checked your medical history?) The possible side effects are: A. Serious side effects (See a doctor if you have any of them!): 1. Depression and maybe suicidal thoughts 2. Hyperactivity, agitation 3. Hallucinations 4. Feeling light-headed, fainting. B. Less serious side effects: 1. Skin rashes 2. Appetite changes 3. Forgetfulness 4. Sleeping problems 5. Nausea and sometimes constipation But if you have no diseases or allergies and followed the dose correctly, it is less likely that you'll have any serious side effects or most of the minor ones. Answered by Stephaine Bodell 5 months ago.
How dangerous is Ativan.?
Asked by Rosia Diflorio 5 months ago.
ATIVAN is a Brand Name of the drug called LORAZEPAM- Lorazepam, like other benzodiazepines, can cause psychological and/or physical dependence. Withdrawal symptoms similar in character to those of alcohol and barbiturates have been observed after abrupt discontinuation, therefore, a gradual taper is recommended over a period of weeks or even months, depending on the length of time it was used and the dosage taken. The likelihood of abuse, dependence and withdrawal symptoms is substantially greater with lorazepam relative to other benzodiazepines because of its short half-life, higher potency and stronger binding to the GABA receptor complex. In this regard it behaves like alprazolam (short half-life and high potency) and clonazepam (long half-life and high potency). Long term therapy may lead to cognitive deficits, however this is reversible upon discontinuation. Lorazepam belongs to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pregnancy category D which means that it is likely to cause harm to the unborn baby, although this is very rarely seen. Lorazepam given near the time of birth may cause floppy infant syndrome and withdrawal symptoms in the infant. In some cases there can be paradoxical effects with benzodiazepines, such as increased hostility and aggression. This is thought by some doctors to be due to disinhibition, and is therefore more likely to occur in those with preexisting personality disorders who may have less than average inhibition. ATIVAN is a tranqulizer and it will make you addict and a situtation will come without which you can not sleep.- Answered by Yvonne Lazzaro 5 months ago.
Considerable Answered by Jamaal Youla 5 months ago.
Slightly. Don't drink while you are taking it. Don't overdose either, you could lose consciousness and stop breathing. It will make you sleepy and light headed, so don't try to do anything that involves concentration or motor skills. Other than that, it is pretty safe. Answered by Eric Shirvanian 5 months ago.
I think Ativan is addictive right? If I take one in the morning and at night will that be ok. I really like the feeling it gives me. Why is it addictive?
Asked by Rosemary Dilmore 5 months ago.
I take ativan when I get sick because it is a medicine that is like a sedative.. it is supposed to relax you and put you to sleep. My brother is a doctor and he said no one should be taking more than one ativan a day -- for those exact reasons and because of some serious side effects. I am not sure why you take it in the morning... since it is a relaxer it is a medicine that puts you to sleep. It is used mainly to treat anxiety -- and it creates a calming effect to the body. Side effects : Drowsiness, dizziness, loss of coordination, headache, nausea, blurred vision, change in sexual interest/ability, hair loss, constipation, heartburn, or change in appetite may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. If you would like to take it on a daily basis, take it only at night. It will give you a good feeling as you fall asleep and help you stay asleep through the night -- and from my experience... you are usually in a good mood in the morning :) It is addictive because of the relief and calming/soothing feeling it gives you. So, please only take one at night.. one in the morning and one at night can create other medical issues. Good Luck! Answered by Kenneth Hellard 5 months ago.
Its not just psychologically addictive like someone else mentioned, its also physically addictive. Its not as bad as Xanax, but really, you shouldnt be taking it, and doctors that prescribe it over long term are bad doctors. If its a temporary problem, its OK to prescribe this drug, but if its a long term problem your having, this drug should be prescribed only long enough until an anti-depressant starts working. Anti-depressants have the same benefits as benzodiazepines and do not have all the same addictive qualities as benzodiazepines. And yes, twice a day is too much, even if your doctor says to take it that often. You should only take it when you really really need it. Answered by Jacinda Tewani 5 months ago.
Clonaxepam Is better Answered by Jonas Nogueda 5 months ago.
How helpful is ativan?
i used to take lexapro for almost 2 years but it slowly stopped working and my anxiety cam back in full force, now i suffer from occasional panic attacks and constant worrying, i'm going to see a psychiatrist this week but i would like any ativan feedback or any suggested medications
Asked by Dana Kuykendoll 5 months ago.
Ativan in my case has been very effective in relieving my occasional anxiety and panic attacks. I had been on it for over 10 years and have never had any need to increase my daily dose of 1 mg. at bedtime. I take it mainly to help me sleep. Without it, I'd be awake all night or feel that my head would fall off from my body. Being a physician myself, it's difficult to explain to my own physicians my dependence to Ativan. They have tried and I have tried to wean myself off of it, but I can't, without feeling miserable. It's really hard to explain to doctors who have no experience of personally taking it. Anyway, what may be good for Peter may not have the same effect on Paul so you may need to try it first. I do not consider myself addicted but truly dependent on it. My physician understands my need for it and she tried it too for the same reason as I but she found Xanax to work better for her. For me, I function better when I get some sleep and Ativan is the only medication that has worked for me. Answered by Rima Brightly 5 months ago.
Ativan is an anti-anxiety drug that belongs to the family of benzodiazepines. This drug is often prescribed by doctors in mild to severe cases of anxiety or panic disorder. Many people who are suffering from anxiety or panic disorder have got a lot of relief by using Ativan. This drug helps to reduce the symptoms that are associated with anxiety or panic disorder. The generic name for the Ativan drug is Lorazepam. Most people take the drugs that are given by the doctor without knowing the good and the bad effects of that drug.Most anxiety disorder medications give good relief from anxiety or panic disorder, but they need to be taken with a lot of care as there are known cases of drug abuse with most anxiety disorder medications. After taking Ativan, most people feel very sleepy, so it makes more sense to avoid driving or riding a vehicle after you have taken a dose of Ativan. Because Ativan affects the nervous system of humans, it gives a feeling of calmness. If there are any worries, people tend to forget them when they are under the influence of Ativan. Answered by Eusebio Lalone 5 months ago.
Does ativan really work?
Does ativan work well for treating anxiety? Is it one of the strongest meds besides xnax used to treat anxiety?
Asked by Bernarda He 5 months ago.
How well ativan works depends on the individual. Ativan is in a class of antianxiety drugs called benzodiazepines. The benzos are highly addictive and can lead to harsh withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking them too quickly. They have a short half-life, which means they leave your body very quickly. Thus people are advised to take Ativan twice a day. So a person might start at 0.5 mg twice a day, which leads to 1 mg twice daily. Eventually people wind up at 2 mg or a maximum of 4 mg daily. Ativan is far from being one of the strongest meds for anxiety. It is not necessarily stronger or better than xanax. People react very differently to psychiatric meds. It is often trial and error to find the med that works best for you. I have major depression and anxiety, and am totally addicted to a powerful benzo called Klonopin. I have been on it for over 10 years, and never been able to kick the habit. It can take 4 months or more to slowly taper off Klonopin. There is an anti-anxiety med called Buspar, which is not a benzo and is not addictive. You might talk to your doctor about Buspar. Unfortunately, most doctors are in complete denial about the addictive effects of benzos. I don't know anything about your anxiety. You might try psychotherapy. Some people claim that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to be very helpful. I find exercise to be extremely helpful for me. Also there are alternative medicine treatments like massage, yoga, meditation or other relaxation techniques to be very helpful to beat anxiety. Finally, research indicates the combination of therapy and medication to be more helpful than meds alone or therapy alone. Answered by Shannan Torrence 5 months ago.
Ativan works in taking the edge off and clearing my mind of constant worry thinking. At least that's what it does for me. It makes me feel like myself again so that I can make decisions and move forward with my day as opposed to being frozen in panic. Like everyone suggests, you should get advise from your dr. concerning dosage and hopefully use it on an 'as need' basis and short term only as it will not cure the real reason behind your anxiety. But as a tool to help you cope and be able to calm down enough to function or enjoy a moment in your life (like a party) then it's a great med. It's helped me a lot. Answered by Maybell Daner 5 months ago.
RE: does ativan really work? Does ativan work well for treating anxiety? Is it one of the strongest meds besides xnax used to treat anxiety? Answered by Harlan Aitken 5 months ago.
Ativan definitely works, but make sure you get it prescribed by your doc in the correct dosage. Answered by Dora Leibold 5 months ago.
yes it really works and t is very addictive and it depends on the mg .. i was on 2mg i started on .5 and it didn't work after a while and then i went up to 2mg and i needed something stronger.... Answered by Thanh Umbright 5 months ago.
Question about Ativan?
I am 18 years old and am having a gum graft surgery tomorrow. I am VERY scared & nervous. They are giving me 1mg of Ativan to take an hour and a half before surgery and told me to take another 1mg pill with me just incase one isn't enough. I have really high anxiety about this. I can't imaging mself being...
Asked by Kathryn Kubota 5 months ago.
I am 18 years old and am having a gum graft surgery tomorrow. I am VERY scared & nervous. They are giving me 1mg of Ativan to take an hour and a half before surgery and told me to take another 1mg pill with me just incase one isn't enough. I have really high anxiety about this. I can't imaging mself being calm while I'm in pain when they are doing the surgery. (I'm a big baby) lol so my questions: will 1mg bc enough, or will I have to take the other pill? How does it make you feel? How long will it stay in your system? (I'm 5'2 & 100 pounds, I don't know if that will make a difference of the effect it has on me) Answered by Ivelisse Cremona 5 months ago.
I have been on Ativan for about 10 years for OCD so no one knows better than me, lol! For your body weight and size 1mg will probably be enough. To make a comparison, doctors will often use 2mg of Ativan (Lorazepam) to sedate a person having a major seizure. So, if you aren't "used to them" like I am, I'm quite sure that will be enough. Ativan is a mental sedative. It's NOT a narcotic Pain Killer. It works totally differently than a pain killer does. Ativan will make you a bit groggy, extremely relaxed both mentally and physically, will greatly reduce mental stress or anxiety, and will make you feel very slow and sleepy. That's why people take them for OCD, Anxiety, and Seizures. So, yes it will also help your nerves! Ativan are an "as needed" drug so the dosage would normally be 1mg every 6-8 hours, so you can figure that taking one will last a good few hours and then dwindle off slowly. However, if you feel more comfortable taking 2mg there is no reason why you shouldn't. That dose will not hurt you and you may be more likely to fall asleep and actually stay asleep during the procedure. Chances are if you take just 1mg you will not be in a "deep sleep" and maybe not sleep at all. My daily dose is 1mg (which is pretty strong) every 6-8 hours so you can safely take my advice on these. Do not try to drive if you aren't used to them for at least a few hours, though. These are in the same class as Valium, Xanax, and Kolonipin. All of these are sedatives for the mind and body and relaxation and all work pretty much the same way. I have been on them all at one time or another and Ativan still works best out of them all for me, so your doc made a decent pick. Answered by Miguel Wittstock 5 months ago.
i became on ativan for anxeity. an rather low dose although. So it didnt somewhat do lots something for me. as quickly as i became already having an entire blown pannic atack it didnt look to help lots. I dont somewhat comprehend what suggestion you pick for yet i'm hoping this permits. Answered by Anita Fenton 5 months ago.
What's the difference between Xanax and Ativan?
I have taken Xanax before because I have General Anxiety Disorder. Yesterday, the doctor prescribed Ativan to me. I haven't taken it yet, but is it about the same?
Asked by Sherly Pikes 5 months ago.
Ativan (Lorazepam) is used more for treating anxiety related insomnia because it has strong sedative effects. Xanax (Alprazolam) is a more general drug for treating anxiety and panic. The comparable effects of Ativan are stronger than Xanax, so your doctor probably prescribed it because Xanax isn't strong enough for you Do know that compared to other anxiety treating drugs, including Xanax, Ativan can be addictive so be careful @Keith: I appreciate that you (say you) are a pharmacist but to be honest the information I have given is essentially the same as what you have written e.g Xanax is for anxiety and panic, Ativan is for anxiety/insomnia. I was attempting to speak from a general perspective without confusing the asker with terms like "benzodiazepines" with which they may not be familiar. To dismiss my answer as wholly incorrect is slightly immature for a supposed professional. I didn't claim outright that Ativan is stronger than Xanax or that Xanax couldn't cause drowsiness, I merely stated that Ativan's sedative effects are *generally* (but not always!) greater in most people which is why I used the phrase "comparable effects". Please try to read other peoples posts with proper consideration instead of simply skimming and branding them incorrect Answered by Jody Ghaemmaghami 5 months ago.
They are both in the same class so the effect is similar. The are different chemicals so they are proccessed with slight diferences in the body. Generally xanax is milder than ativan, but that's if the doses are the same. A big dose of xanax will be stronger than a small dose of ativan. Also it is believed xanax is safer as far as breathing side effects. Answered by Iona Yuro 5 months ago.
First of all I need to correct Mars as his comment is not correct. Both Ativan and Xanax can cause drowsiness and sedation. There is no clinical evidence to support the claim that Ativan has stronger sedative effects than Xanax. As far as FDA approved indications Xanax is FDA approved for Anxiety, Anxiety-depression and Panic disorder. Ativan is FDA approved for Anxiety. And finally, the Approximate equivalent dose when comparing Xanax to Ativan is 0.5mg of Xanax is = to Ativan 1mg. As a Pharmacist I feel it is important that when a question is asked that it be correctly answered. Now to answer your question I will tell you this. Both Xanax and Ativan are classified as Benzodiazepines. This class of medications are drugs of choice to treat Generalized Anxiety disorder. The Ativan should provide adequate relief for your Anxiety. However each individual responds a little different to any given medication. If it does not help you as well as Xanax did, simply inform your DR. Hope all goes well. @mars I read your comment very carefully I don't like to skim over stuff. My answer is completely based on facts. Where did you get your information? And why are you saying I am slightly immature? Most mature people I know do not refer to someone who has provided accurate and factual info in order to help ensure completeness of understanding as immature. They also do not refer to someone who has provided completely accurate info as a supposed professional. Instead they use it as a learning experience . On the other hand an immature person usually becomes easily offended and typically are not professional in any way. In fact they are not even supposed professionals! Answered by Chieko Gulinson 5 months ago.
In my opinion Xanax is more sedating in the sense that it gives you more of a "drunk" type of feeling. Ativan is just as relaxing, but with less of a head change. My doctor also told me that Ativan has less chance of abuse (not sure if that's correct or not). I also think that Xanax has a quicker onset and peak, and shorter duration than Ativan. Ativan is in your system longer. I found that Xanax is good for panic disorders, and Ativan is good for more generalized anxiety and sleep. Answered by Charlie Miser 5 months ago.
While the pharmacist is technically correct, in practice, Ativan does tend to be more sedating. That's why I sometimes use it on inpatients. Xanax is good if the patient is just anxious about surgery. Ativan is good if the patient is anxious and somewhat agitated. Answered by Lakisha Lillywhite 5 months ago.
Your doctor is smart , according to his point of view he does not like to stay on one medication for a long time which is a medicine school and i respect this attitude so much , Alprazolam ( Xanax) and Lorazepam ( Ativan) are of same pharmacological category which called Benzodiazepine and they treat anxiety and panic disorder , both of them are of Efficacy profile the same but doctor changed Xanax not to prolong its side effects in your body in same time he entered a new medication with the same pharmacological action to minimize the feeling of any side effects Because "THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE" you have to monitor in those medication is not its effect but its side effect. Answered by Ronny Miyares 5 months ago.
Ask pharmacist Answered by Nevada Altimus 5 months ago.
Questions about Ativan.....?
I started Ativan a few days ago and yesterday there were times I would just cry for no reason or over little things. Is that because of Ativan? Also when I get up in the morning I am really anxious and I need Ativan. I also had some soreness in my neck and muscle pain is that the drug. Does it sound like I am...
Asked by Dominick Boccard 5 months ago.
I started Ativan a few days ago and yesterday there were times I would just cry for no reason or over little things. Is that because of Ativan? Also when I get up in the morning I am really anxious and I need Ativan. I also had some soreness in my neck and muscle pain is that the drug. Does it sound like I am getting addicted? Answered by Brook Rew 5 months ago.
well, first of all Ativan is not something I would recomend taking. not only is it addicting, but once you stop taking it, the problem of anxiety still remains. It is a mere cover up if you will. Ativan is highly addicting. It should only be given to those in a recent tramatic experience. The issue here is trying to find out what is causing anxiety or panic attacks. Disease plays a huge role in how the body / brain reacts to it. You should really find out what is causing your issue. The liver has a lot to do with mental disease (as well as any other type of organ responsible for filtering our waste out of our body). What happens is when those waste products build up in the body, they eventually find their way to the brain, which then causes all sorts of mental issues. The toxicities from the waste products affect how the brain chemistry works. I would almost bet you have an underlying diseases or disorder of an organ such as the liver (which is one of the main organs responsible for filtering toxins out of the body) but a person can also have an issue with the kidney's, bladder or pancreas. I'd dig a little further for answers and demand the doctor tests you for diseases commonly seen with anxiety/panic attacks as a symptom. Anxiety is almost never a seperate issue. Mental disease is also usually the first sign of major organ malfuntion. good luck and yes, it sounds to me that Ativan is not the right medication for your particular problem. Crying uncontrollably is a bad sign. Soreness in the neck and muscle pain could stem from the medication, but I can almost bet on it , that it is something related to what's causing your anxiety. If your worried about becoming dependent on this medication, maybe you should ask your doctor about a non addicting form of medication called buspar. Good luck. p.s. if your having anxiety, caffiene will certainly be a factor to anxiety attacks, caffiene buildup is always a given in those with liver disease in which the liver is damaged. Answered by Sheryl Donis 5 months ago.
How could you be addicted if you just started it? No, it doesn't cause pain in the neck. It relaxes you from your anxiety. You must suffer from general anxiety or panic attacks, therefore, you need it to get through the day. It is addictive but it's worse to have anxiety. Answered by Bradley Persichetti 5 months ago.
i think thats how you spell it. what are its effects?
Asked by Quintin Karp 5 months ago.
Ativan is a nerve pill i take 1mg twice daily for anxiety it keeps my nerves under control and it does not make me sleepy unless u take alot of them at one time . To me it is not a very strong nerve pill for other pills such as valium and xanax are much stronger I just take Ativan to get by not for a high. There are different mg's I just take a low dose.and that's all my DR. will prescribe, which is a good thing because they can be addictive. Answered by Lorinda Dunahoo 5 months ago.
Ativan is in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Ativan affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. So it is used to relieve anxiety, nervousness, and tension associated with anxiety disorders. It is also used to treat certain types of seizure disorders and to relieve insomnia. Answered by Tyesha Hochfelder 5 months ago.
Attivan's efects are to induce relaxation, calm panic. If too much is taken it can make you sleepy or make tou sleep. Care should be taken when driving as it can definately affect you if you are too sleepy to drive. Answered by Rosy Vanzile 5 months ago.
Its a benzo Answered by Lovetta Raulston 5 months ago.