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User Reviews for Lorazepam

Also known as: Ativan, Lorazepam Intensol

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Reviews for Lorazepam

Nervis Jervis · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 18, 2019

Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: "Do not hype yourself up about addiction, but do know certain people will be at risk more than others, high stress jobs (where people's lives are on the line), addictive personality, or using these to "solve" problems, should find other ways to cope. The .05 pills are gentle, they take the edge off. Things like alcohol, and opiates seem like they are WAY more addictive. I had to deal with my mom who had a high stress job and was HORRIBLY addicted to Xanax, almost died taking them. I refused to take benzos my whole life for that reason until I just recently needed them due to a miscarriage. Will only use them as needed (during PMS) I had absolutely NO withdrawals or odd sensations the next day after taking. Have seen what benzos do to some people. I am hoping that not to be me, nor do I get the withdrawals people say they get the next day. Everyone reacts to drugs differently. I cannot tolerate MJ, most other people can."

Kramer August 12, 2019

For Insomnia: "Lorazepam helps 80 % of the time. I say this because if I am extremely anxious it won’t help unless I take more than a usual dose. Zoplicone works even better. Each person has a different experience. I only take half of their smallest dose. Also I limit my usage to 2 times week. What I take every night is seroquel. It is usually used for mental illness( bipolar) but in high dose. In a very small dose many docs recommend it for sleep but unlike the other 2 it is not addictive and you don’t have to increase the dose overtime. If I take half of their lowest dose, I sleep very well 5 or 6 nights a week, but I am finding a half is too much for me and can be quite depressed first thing in the morn. I am trying a quarter as I am running out of solutions. As mentioned, everyone has a different experience depending on their physical and mental make up. I have tried meditation, herbal teas, valerian root, not strong enough."

Alexzara · Taken for 2 to 5 years August 11, 2019

For Anxiety: "Started Ativan 1mg 4 times daily after steroid induced psychosis during cancer treatment. I was suicidal, incoherent & unsafe to look after my children. Ativan saved my life. It brought me back to reality now 4 years post diagnosis, I might take 1mg x2 weekly with no side effects at all. I can’t speak highly enough about this drug.... an answer to my prayers.... xxxxx"

Speced August 8, 2019

Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: "Lost my husband suddenly right next to me of a stroke during the night. It was a shock. I have PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Use Ativan in tiny dose to sleep . Do wake up very drowsy and super sensitive to meds. Can be addictive but not for me. Calms me while grieving."

Myself · Taken for 10 years or more August 4, 2019

For Anxiety: "I am 64 years old and still work full time running my own cleaning business. I have been taking 1mg ativan for over 40 years. I have never asked another doctor for refills. I have never lost a prescription. I treat my anxiety and panic and insomnia with this medication and I don't have any problems until recent. My doctor who I have had all my life passed away and I was forced to find a new doctor. I started looking and was shocked to see they all wanted to put me on antidepressants and quit my ativan . Needless to say I was shocked after researching the side effects of the antidepressants. I do really well on my Ativan and persisted looking for a new doctor. Finally god gave me a new doctor who understood I just want to live my life as I have in the past. People be prepared for doctors to treat you like a drug addict and make you feel terrible about yourself. One doctor actually gave me pamphlets for a drug rehab center. Good luck to you all"

Ashlyn August 1, 2019

For Anxiety: "I'm reading all of these positive reviews but if I'm completely honest this is making it much worse. It makes me feel like I'm having more of an out of body experience. Like I can't grasp reality however I am completely able to carry on as if everything is just fine. It's just very uncomfortable. I do not recommend this over xanax in any way. Not for me anyway."

Bob54 · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 1, 2019

For Insomnia: "It works well...but getting off makes the original insomnia much worse plus more. I was battling chronic pain and insomnia and prescribed this for 2 weeks, 2 to 3 days in a row max. Day 1, 1mg gave me 7 hrs great sleep. Day 2, thought I'd wind down slowly, 1/2 mg, 6-7 hrs, then 1/4 tablet I only got 2 1/2 hrs... even less than the 4 to 5 broken hours I was getting prior. I worked back to 4 to 5 hrs, then a few days later developed disassociation and anxiety. Worked through that, back on pills to combat pain and sleep. Then got hit with depression. It wasn't until it was too late I realised there was a pattern...3 to 4 days after each time I stopped.... that's when side effects are at the worst. Then I was screwed, cycled through various alternatives which made things worse and had to start taking Lorazepam daily as I could only sleep for 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hrs a night by that point. Then finally over a month I started paroxetine and CBT and I slowly weaned me off. Stay away especially if prone to anxiety or depression."

Zion · Taken for less than 1 month July 29, 2019

Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: "I’ve done research as I suffer from anxiety I had a doctor prescribe me Xanax and from all I’ve read online they are almost identical to each other. I would rate Xanax much Lower than Ativan. Ativan truly cures anxiety and all I need is 1 pill for 3 days and I feel normal and functioning. Xanax makes you feel drunk and wake up with an anxious “hangover”. Must be my genetic make up but I highly prefer Ativan just do not abuse it. You must respect this medication"

Muzz · Taken for less than 1 month July 29, 2019

For Anxiety: "Works well for anxiety attacks relieves stress calms the nightmare down in my head for some peace to get through."

Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 28, 2019

Ativan (lorazepam) for Panic Disorder: "I was put on Ativan after I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Embolism. I was given Ativan while in the ER and during my hospital stay. After I was released, I was given a prescription of Ativan (with no refills). It helped me tremendously. I didn't take it daily, only when I felt a panic attack coming on, or felt my anxiety creeping up also. My primary physician prescribed me another prescription after I was out of the one from the hospital. That one had no refills also. She prescribed it to me because I was a mess from PE and was suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and she diagnosed me with PTSD. I was moving also (out of state) and she said that the new doctors I would be seeing wouldn't prescribe me this again, so that is why she prescribed one more 30-count for me. I only took it when I knew I needed to take it. I never abused the drug, and it helped me so much it was a life-changer. I never had any issues with Ativan, no side effects, I love it!"

Inkaisua · Taken for 5 to 10 years July 25, 2019

Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: "I’ve been taking Ativan on an off for the past 9 years. Started on 0.5 mg, moved up to 1 mg per day as needed. I’ve heard and read about addiction horror stories, but I’ve personally never had to up my dose (except going from 0.5 to 1 mg) and haven’t had the urge to take more than prescribed. I suffer from major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Ativan helps my anxiety immensely. Especially useful for full-blown panic attacks - within half an hour I feel normal again. At first it made me sleepy, but as my body got used to it, that side effect went away. There was a time when I was having debilitating anxiety on a daily basis, and my pdoc advised me that I could take up to 4 mg per day. Thankfully, I haven’t had the need to take that much. Overall, Ativan is a great medicine. I could go days without taking it with no adverse effects (I.e. withdrawal). This medicine works well for me. Good luck!!"

PN78 · Taken for less than 1 month July 23, 2019

Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: "This would be my 3rd time in 14 years of getting a weeks’ worth prescription of Ativan(0.5mg). I never seem to take them all. Does calm anxiety and with the low dosage. I don’t get drowsy or have any other side effects. I would suggest taking a pill only when necessary. I could see how this could become habit forming. Sometimes you just naturally need to fight through an anxiety episode."

Azgirl1226 · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 21, 2019

For Panic Disorder: "I started taking lorazepam 3 years ago after my first panic attack landed me in the ER. I took Zoloft once a day and took lorazepam as needed for extreme anxiety or panic attacks. It did help great for anxiety. However I started using lorazepam daily for a month after my son passed away and when I tried to stop I had the worst withdrawal symptoms. Racing heart beat pounding in my chest, nausea, dizzy and felt like I was dying. I was only on 0.5 so tapering wasn't really an option. I checked out and researched some detox places and the success rates aren't good with tapering. I finally found a rapid detox in Phoenix and it cost me 9 thousand bucks but it beats 30 day inpatient. Beware taking any benzo. I didn't think I was an addict and never taken a drug but I became physically addicted to this prescribed med. The withdrawals are horrific."

samer60 · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 20, 2019

For Cervical Dystonia: "I had lorazepan 2mg in divide dose with Voltaren sustained cap 75 mg daily helped me more than 3 years but side effects of 2 drugs be difficult.. best wishes.."

M · Taken for less than 1 month July 19, 2019

Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: "I was put on a low dose of Ativan by my PCP one week ago for an unusual and isolated anxiety attack. He gave me a month supply (2x a day) plus 20 mg of Celexa for depression. Ativan makes me very very drowsy (definitely not anxious or depressed!) It's meant to have a calming effect on severely anxious individuals or help ease insomnia. I've read Ativan is prescribed to calm patients before surgery. I may have had it before surgery, but right now I believe it's unnecessary and overkill. I thought the Celexa was causing the fatigue!"

Viva La Resistance · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 19, 2019

For Anxiety: "I was diagnosed with panic disorder, anxiety disorder, and PTSD at 15. I went untreated for 6 years and I just started seeing a psychiatrist, who wrote me a script for Prozac and Ativan. I take the Prozac daily and the Ativan when I have a severe panic attack. Addiction runs in my family so I usually only take half of an Ativan to start and go from there. It has worked well for me so far, but I do get very very exhausted after taking it."

A~ · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 16, 2019

Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety: "Ativan is an amazing drug to take for sleep and for anxiety however proceed with caution if you struggle with depression and are not on other meds for depression. I started taking Ativan for insomnia and for anxiety but it unmasked depression for me and put me in a real dark place and all I did was cry before I would finally go to sleep. I slept amazing but like I said, it made me feel more depressed. :( So for that reason I had to stop taking it. But it is the best for sleep, I always woke up feeling super refreshed if I took Ativan the night before and it didn’t make me have any crazy dreams like some meds for sleep can do. Like I said, only side effects for me were worsening depression and sometimes upon wakening feeling confused. Other than that, I highly recommend Ativan ❤️"

dizzyat35 · Taken for 1 to 2 years July 7, 2019

For Nausea/Vomiting: "I was prescribed lorazapam for anxiety, and while it works fine for that, I have found that it treats my undiagnosed nausea and dizzy spells the best! When the lightheadedness begins, I take one and 15 mins later I'm fine. Since it doesn't make me sleepy at all, I can go about my day no problem."

Mom · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 2, 2019

For Panic Disorder: "Was having anxiety and panic attack and couldn’t sleep . Lorazepam Ativan calmed me down. I took one right now. The last time I took one before today was a month ago a day after being in the hospital for an anxiety attack. :("

Anxiousintheusa · Taken for 10 years or more July 1, 2019

For Insomnia: "lorazepam works great, klonopine too, saved my life."

Anaksunamoon · Taken for 2 to 5 years June 30, 2019

For Anxiety: "I started taking lorazepam after I developed panic attacks and severe anxiety. I didn't realize it was suppose to be for short term use. 3 years later I want off this med so bad. I've tried taking myself off but the withdrawals are horrendous. I'm going to have to get professional help to get off this. And once I'm off in never taking another benzo ever again. Stay away!!!!!"

Mosquita · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 23, 2019

For Anxiety: "I had horrible anxiety for years and tried numerous drug treatments. I wanted something I could take as needed which would give fast results. Many of the other anxiety drugs I tried had negative side effects but Lorazepam had none (with me anyway). It would immediately make me feel calm and helped me to sleep at night. I was taking 2mg/day. I stayed on it for over a year and feel like it was a life saver. When my doctor retired, I decided to wean myself off of Lorazepam, mostly over concerns of these types of drugs being linked to dementia in later life. I went through horrible withdrawals (very bad anxiety, insomnia, agitation, quick to anger, etc) that took over a month to stabilize. I quit cold turkey which you're not suppose to do. Now months later I still have bouts with anxiety but I'm trying to manage it without drugs. I wish there was something safe and effective that I could use long term."

perslagauche June 22, 2019

For Anxiety: "Using this drug only when I need it for semi-special occasions, a full dose including the possibility/amount of tablets to take two a day will last me a longish time. But in those times when I fear that anxiety will be a problem, it always helps tremendously."

Digital · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 22, 2019

Ativan (lorazepam) for Insomnia: "I have been using Ativan for sleep over the last few months and I must say it's been a real help. I strongly recommend that you only take it two to three times a week maximum otherwise you could become addicted to it and it's effects might no longer work. Moderation is the key here."

Kath · Taken for less than 1 month June 14, 2019

For Nausea/Vomiting: "I was miserable with gastroparesis, then because I have several other conditions, my doc gave me Ativan. OMG it has practically eliminated gastroparesis! No nausea, no pain, I am still constipated but am successfully dealing with that!"