I have a teacher who takes Ativan and she says its addicting and she has taken it for years that she can't tamper off it because her Doc said it can cause memory loss? She says tthat SSRI's are better and don't cause much damage .. any opinions need help?
This question has also been asked and answered here: Ativan vs Xanax - What is the difference?
Any benzo can cause memory problems. (sorry pledge) It is even printed on the literature that the pharmacy gives out to patients.
Pledge is a brilliant guy, but I disagree with him on this. If you want to find out definitely, call your nearest pharmacy and ask. Or go to drugs A to Z, above, and look up any benzo, xanax, ativan, clonaz, diaz, etc.
But I must say that your teacher is wrong, she could taper off of it at any time. The memory problems occur while taking a benzo, not when stopping one.
Best wishes to you,
Hi all. I was doing research and my doctor has told me that permanent memory loss would only e in case of constant overdose. I am given clonazepam for fibromyalgia for 11 years now. Though it is not a common drug used for the disease, I have tried over 37 drugs that are and this is the only one that has worked somewhat just to relax the muscles a bit. However, at a high cost. At first I thought it was a God send as it eased my pain and cured insomnia. It still does help with my pain ( I only take at night, and because it does help me, I am torn on the idea of getting off of it). Obviously it helps with anxiety, but long term, I will tell you that it is not as effective and that cognitive behavior therapy helps me more with anxiety than the drug itself.
I find it truly hard to focus. I am professor and an avid reader, but have been unable to concentrate; (I am on temporary leave due to medical issues such as these).
I am very positive that the drug causes memory loss while you are on it, and getting off of a 1.5 mg dose after prolonged periods is very difficult. DO NOT GET OFF THIS DRUG WITHOUT SUPERVISION DUE TO SEIZURE THREAT. I am looking to lower the dose while replacing with something that will help a little to ease withdrawal and help sleep. I would love any and all suggestions, but in short, YES while on the medicine, you will not have the memory you had before on it, but the brain has neuroplasticity and without the med and with introducing new cognitive efforts, I do believe that memory does come back. (I am not a doctor, but having many medical conditions, and knowing my body well, i am sharing my knowledge to the best of my ability.) One's body becomes highly reliant on this drug, and it is well know to be one of the most difficult drugs to get off of with a long withdrawal period. If other drugs work for you for whatever condition, no matter how miraculous and calming and wonderful this drug may at first seem, i beg you to try all other drugs that could modify the problem first. Hope this helps. Wishing all wellness, health, and a lifetime of REMEMBERED joyful days.
I take 2 milligrams of Ativan daily 1 in the morning and one in the evening. I take it for anxiety and Mild tremors( hands Shake). After taking it for several weeks I have noticed that I cannot remember things that I have done mostly in the evenings. like eating, driving, even talking to family members. I conduct myself normally but I do not remember hours sometimes even a full day. So I do not agree that Ativan or benzodiazepines do not cause short term memory loss.
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