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Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: I received a shot last week of this at the hospital. It was great at first and was working great for my severe panic attacks, then about 45 minutes later, I started seeing Mickey mouse bumper boats and pink pigs standing in cake. The hospital didn't do anything for me and this is considered a severe side effect. They sent me home and then I slept for 36 hours and had a Migraine for 2 days after. I image it works for others but not me, way to many side effects, when I have 2 kids I have to take care of.
lorazepam for Sedation: I have (had) a severe needle phobia. I got really sick and was often given high doses of Ativan while in the hospital, that exposure to needles did help a little bit. Now I need to get my blood tested often. I used to take three or four 0.5mg pills before getting my blood taken and with family member support was able to have blood taken with little drama. I would usually fall asleep for several hours after. I have been able to work my way down to one 0.5mg pill when I get blood taken and after a half hour nap I am fine.
I would not take this day to day for anxiety because of the drowsiness, I also don't feel it is necessary for me.
Ativan has been wonderful helping me get over my phobia.
Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: I am a 79 year old woman. I was prescribed 1MG of Ativan years ago for sleep as I am a naturally anxious person...worrier etc. Last November I went through a traumatizing surgery on my back and came up with GAD. I was put on Cymbalta, which made me very sick. I was left with this jittery, crying daily problem and I finally asked if I could break up a 1MG Ativan pill and take some of it when I felt these awful jitters coming on. He agreed it was O.K. I resisted it for a week or two after reading some of the posts but I now think I am old and I need to stop being anxiety ridden. My family deserves for me to be normal. If taking Ativan accomplishes this. O.K.
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Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: I was on Ativan for Generalized Anxiety Disorder with Panic Disorder. It worked okay, however once I started seeing a specialist, I changed to Klonopin. I find that Klonopin is much more consistent, meaning I don't feel it kick in and wear off like I did the Ativan, this apparently is due to its longer half-life. I did find out the hard way, that these are abused by some people, so don't leave them accessible in any way. I had mine stolen once, bad experience!
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lorazepam for Anxiety: I couldn't think straight, get a full breath, became very disorientated and nothing made sense. For a long time I thought I was going crazy! I started the drug and only had to use 1mg once a month due to an attack. After a bad break up and change in life I experienced anxiety everyday and the only thing that will stop that is this pill. It works great but don't like how I have to take once a day now. I believe once I get to a better place in my life I will need less doses. I will not go anywhere without my bottle. I am trying to get off this pill now and trying it with the Lexapro.
lorazepam for Anxiety: I just recently discovered I had really bad GAD. More bad than I thought. I always knew I had it and a few bars of Xanax always worked wonders in those harsh times. But unfortunately I can no longer get Xanax so decided to just finally go to Doctor. My doctor put me first on Paxil which works....just not good enough for me. Then he prescribed me 0.5mg Ativan every 8 hours. This is a great medicine for Anxiety. It's working great for me, just like the Xanax was. I'm content with these medicine.
Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: I started having anxiety attacks after divorce and bankruptcy/foreclosure loss of business and having to take jobs I really wasn't suited for. I went to see a therapist and was prescribed Lorazepam 0.5mg twice a day. That helped a little bit but within the first month I was taking 1mg 3 times a day to control it. Now, over a year later I take up to 5, 1mg tabs a day and some days don't need any. It has been a life saver and it even helped with chronic muscle spasms I have in my back.
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Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: I was a major addict (meaning like 5 blunts a day), and was having trouble quitting. Every time I would stop smoking I would have major anxiety attacks. I would get super angry over small things, snap quickly, yell at my girlfriend, and crave smoking like crazy because I knew the anxiety came from not smoking. As soon as I started smoking again I would feel fine. So I quit again, but this time I started an Ativan regimen and am now smoke free. The side effects of feeling tired or a little lazy, doesn't compare to the side effects of smoking, being a bum and having no motivation. I wonder if this would work for cigarette smokers?
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lorazepam for Anxiety: This drug works very well for anxiety, and I find it works better than Klonopin without causing the unbearable drowsiness from Xanax. I would give it a 10 because of how much it helped me control some irrational thinking and anger problems, along with frequent panic attacks.
Yes, I am physically addicted to this drug but it has made a great difference in my life for the better.
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lorazepam for Light Anesthesia: My dentist doesn't use sedation so he prescribed 2mg lorazepam the night before, 1 in the morning and 1 an hour before my tooth extractions!! It worked wonders. I'm terrified of dentists by the way. I also was prescribed this same dosing for a closed machine MRI, it was very effective. I also use 1 mg for anxiety (panic attacks). It is a bit less effective - I'd give it a 7 out of 10 for that use.
Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: With proper dosing, i.e.,enough mgs, Ativan works very well in controlling my irritability and anxiety. The only temporary, mild side-effects that occurred were a slight lack of motivation, slight feelings of disorientation, which these dissipated quickly.
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lorazepam for Anxiety: I have been using Ativan for over 1 year and I am extremely pleased with its actions. I have been a chronic back pain sufferer for over a decade. My pain, medications, and change of lifestyle cause much anxiety, and my quality of life has greatly been improved since beginning use of Ativan. I was started on 1 mg 3X a day (when required) and still find it effective, at same dosage, but have noticed I don't get as tired after taking a dose as I once did, which is a good thing.
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lorazepam for Anxiety: I've been taking Bupropion for depression about 5 years and my doctor added Lorazapam about 6 months ago for anxiety. I take 1 mg usually once a day although sometimes the day may call for a second dose. I try to wait until late in the day to take it, since I also take Rozerum for sleeplessness. Lorazapam usually works in about 20 minutes to calm things down but probably half the time I may not realize any change. Rozerum alone at bedtime gives me 3-4 hours sleep but by taking Lorazapam a few hours sooner I get 5-6 hours sleep. No noticeable side effects.
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Ativan (lorazepam) for Sedation: Ativan was prescribed to me for severe anxiety. I took 2mg one to two times daily. I took the medication for two months. I however, DID NOT follow the advise of my doctor and quit cold turkey. It was five days of hell for me. I did not sleep AT ALL, I had panic attacks, trouble breathing, and severe sweating for two more weeks when I did start sleeping again. The medication was very helpful but when I quit the side effects were just about unbearable. My advice is use this medication with caution and follow doctor instructions to the latter.
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Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: I have been dealing with a lot of stress, and ended up in the hospital with a panic attack. I have anxiety and panic disorder, and I have been taking Ativan for nearly three months. I only take it when I am at the point I can no longer breathe, and I am shaking. It is quick and effective, it causes me to calm down enough that I can breath, I stop shaking, and I am able to concentrate. I love it, and am pleased with the effects of it. The down side, is I tend to feel a bit loopy for like an hour after taking it, but then I'm fine again, also eating helps this time period. Unfortunately I have to switch to Xanax because my new doctor likes them more. I'm hoping for the same effect, but I would completely recommend it.
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Ativan (lorazepam) for Sedation: Ativan is the best drug ever prescribed to me. I take 2 mg twice a day. It calms me during the day and at night I sleep like a baby. There are no side effects when you wake as well.
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Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: Overall great medication, keep it at a small dose use only when you really need it. First try fighting your anxiety and then if that doesn't help, use your medicines. This drug has been proven to become addicting, I hope this has helped some out there like me suffering from panic attacks and anxiety.
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