I am supposed to take it right because bed. I am mostly nervous because the nurse said she took one and slept for 12 hours. I have panic attacks during the day and she said they wont stop those from happening, so then what is the point of taking them if they dont help my problem? I also would like to know how they make you feel. The doctor didn't give me any information about the pills, so whatever you know from experience would be helpful. Thank you!
Ativan will make you tired especially if you're on a high dose (you didn't mention your dose amount) As for the nurse saying that is totally untrue. It will help your anxiety in the day if you take it daily when needed, but try not taking them over a few weeks if possible. Are you on an antidepressant for your anxiety as there are many that help with panic attacks and anxiety.
Taking Ativan only before bed will not help daytime panic attacks as it is not that long acting. It is possible that the doctor thinks proper sleep will help the anxiety during the day. There are longer acting meds in this category of drug such as Klonopin. It stays in your system over a longer period of time and therefore works more constantly. As pamee mentioned there are also many antidepressants that also help with anxiety and panic attacks. Discussing these options with the doctor maybe helpful. In the meantime, try the Ativan before bed and be prepared to sleep 8 or so hours the first time. You'll know pretty quick how you are going to respond and can adjust your sleep schedule accordingly.
I've been prescribed Ativan, Klonopin, Valium and Xanax over the years and I think Xanax is the best for treating panic attacks. Ativan is a pretty fast acting benzo so it should help your anxiety but you might want to try switching to Xanax if the Ativan doesn't work for you, or go up to 2mgs of Ativan.
- Ativan Information for Consumers
- Ativan Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ativan (detailed)
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