User Reviews for Lorazepam to treat Anxiety
Also known as: Ativan, Lorazepam Intensol
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Reviews for Lorazepam
Ativan (lorazepam): "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."
"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"
Ativan (lorazepam): "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."
"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"
"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."
Ativan (lorazepam): "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"
"Works well for anxiety attacks relieves stress calms the nightmare down in my head for some peace to get through."
Ativan (lorazepam): "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!!"
Ativan (lorazepam): "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."
Ativan (lorazepam): "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!"
"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."
Ativan (lorazepam): "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 ❤️"
"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!!!!!"
"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."
"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."
Ativan (lorazepam): "Addiction, dependence, and abuse are all 3 very different things and carry different definitions and connotations. I see many worried about addiction. As with any of the many drugs that change a physiological function, our bodies can become up or down-regulated and normalize the presence of the drug. Any mammal reducing or discontinuing certain drugs, like Ativan, can experience dependence, characterized by physical and emotional distress at withdrawal. This is should NOT alone be considered ADDICTION. Addiction often involves dependence, but that's not all. If you discontinue Ativan and find yourself drinking uncharacteristically more, or pursuing other chemical ways to cope, you may have a valid addiction concern. Phy./emo. dependence, is not the only criteria for AdXN. Dr's are generally accepting of this and should take no offence. Consult an expert, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and alcohol are the only common substances that can be dangerous if d/c'd suddenly."
Lorazepam Intensol (lorazepam): "I have severe social anxiety, am uncomfortable with groups of people and was like this all through my high school and college years. It had a profound effect on what I was able to articulate in. During my annual physical in my middle twenties my PC picked up on the fact that I was depressed and sent me to a social worker. After several sessions I was referred to a psychiatrist and diagnosed with severe depression with anxiety disorder. He put me on many different anti depressants and anti anxiety medications until finally the combination of Cymbalta and Ativan finally started working for me. That was 6 years ago and I feel like a new person. I can get up in front of a group and speak! Something I would have died for I had to do before. All that time I thought something was terribly wrong with me. Ativan saved my life."
"It works for me, originally for everyday anxiety. I now use it occasionally for anxiety and sleep at a dosage of 1mg. A word of caution, it has withdrawal effects. I used to take 4mg a day. Nobody intends to get on a large dose, it slowly crept up on me. And dealing with withdrawals made managing anxiety much more difficult."
"Been taking Lorazapam for many years. Pharmacy switched lorazepam to “Leading Pharma” brand several months ago and I am having all kinds of problems. Checked around and all local a Pharmacy’s have the same brand. I’m sure it’s a Money thing... Profits over health."
"Not sure what fillers they are putting in Lorazapam now. I have been on it many years and always worked for my anxiety but now it makes it worse. More fillers less medicine? Makes me dizzy and lightheaded and a sick feeling. Maybe need to get off the generic and go to Ativan. But insurances won't cover them. Why make non generic if no one can get them????"
"I take it for anxiety, for 4 months now , because of financial and sentimental problems. It's very effective for me 2mg/Day , no side effects, but I want to stop it because I'm afraid of the long term effects."
"My doctor FINALLY prescribed me a benzo after having numerous meltdowns in her office. Also after switch SSRI medications multiple times. I have had panic attacks and anxiety since I was 15 years old. She wrote me lorazepam & I was so happy. I wanted something to stop the attacks. She wrote me 0.5 mg so the next panic attack I took one & nothing. So next panic attack I tried it again & nothing. I knew you could take up to 2mg so the next panic attack I took 1mg. So next I tried 2mg. NOTHING. I'm a Pharmacy Tech so I asked my pharmacist if that happened often & he was very surprised. He said it should have helped & he didn't understand at all how I didn't feel at ease once I had taken the drug. I have never been on drugs, I had never taken a benzo before. All I take is effexor & prozac. I was so disappointed & I don't think my doctor will ever give me anything again because it was like pulling teeth to get that prescription. I don't know why its so hard to get help. "
"Ativan used to work for me and it doesn’t anymore, I’m wondering if they changed it some how. A one month supply would last me a good six months. I don’t think it is a tolerance thing. I primarily used it for flying and it really isn’t helping with that anymore."
Ativan (lorazepam): "I had a health issue that started my panic attacks for two months. Started taking 1/2 Xanax and continued having panic attacks. After seeing the Dr. she gave me two 1 mg. of Ativan. In 15 minutes or so I was so calm and relaxed! Ativan really makes you very comfortable fast! I love that! Started on Zoloft for a long term fix. Now on 50 mgs a day. Wanting to get off both Ativan and Zoloft, I researched homeopathic options and found that L-theanine and Ashwagandha and Magnesium all have amazing reviews. So I’m going to try the combination of the three. Will be receiving the L-theanine and Magnesium today. I will update as soon as I see results! Hopefully will wean off of Zoloft and Ativan! God bless anyone who suffers!"
Ativan (lorazepam): "With diagnosis of PTSD, anxiety, major/clinical depression, adult onset ADD with BPD on the side, ativan has been in my life for a while and I have never had a problem with it and its never negatively effected my life. It's maybe saved my life a few times."
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