Is it safe to take Ritalin in place of Ativan?
HI, deedee! No, not without your doctor's knowledge and supervision if you have concurrent ADHD with your anxiety disorder. Ativan is a benzodiazepine which are sedatives, whereas Ritalin is a central nervous system stimulant. They have entirely opposite effects on your metabolism... anxiety is a common side effect of stimulants. Your doctor won't know how a medication will affect you until you take it, but it's possible stimulants may make your anxiety symptoms worse.
Best regards, Wildcat
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