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User Reviews for Lorazepam to treat Anxiety (Page 2)

Also known as: Ativan, Lorazepam Intensol

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Lorazepam Rating Summary

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8.1/10 Average Rating
539 ratings from 588 user reviews

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Reviews for Lorazepam

Jr · Taken for 10 years or more October 17, 2019

Ativan (lorazepam): “I like Ativan better than valium but not xanax be careful on any benzodiazepines. They will mess with your brain up cause memory loss. I've been on them for 20 years. No way can I go off them now. I'm screwed. I tried twice and went insane. I kicked a 4 year opiate addiction with the help of suboxone and that was hard. Kicking benzos makes kicking opiates like candy. Trust me benzodiazepines are dangerous. My Dr never warned me of the addiction until I switched drugs. About 5 years in. Isn't that nice? I live with them they keep me calm. I have very bad anxiety but knowing what I know now I would have took a shot of vodka a couple times a day. I'm not a drinker but it beats the side effects of benzos. Moderation is the key.”

5 / 10
Restless · Taken for less than 1 month October 10, 2019

“Lorazepam Doctor gave me this at the hospital to deal with anxiety. Got a prescription for 8 tablets. I took the first tablet the following night and that was the worst night of my life. I was dreaming while awake, afraid to sleep for fear I will die in my sleep, having to use the fan in the winter because I was hot. Took 3 more tablets at different times and same negative results. Sleepless with my heart pounding I took a spoonful of Buckley's which calmed me down and I was able to sleep. Meantime I flushed the other 4 tablets down the drain. I now do my Buckley routine every time I am having anxiety. I will rather be addicted to Buckley's.”

2 / 10
Star · Taken for 10 years or more October 7, 2019

Ativan (lorazepam): “I've been taken Ativan since 2008 for the last five years I went up from 2 mg a day to 3mg I want to get off this drug because I feel my brain is cloudy. I went to my doctor and he gave me a schedule how to wean off but his schedule is not working for me I've been trying to wean off for the last 2 weeks and I finally got down to 2 mg today I feel a lot of anxiety and I had to take another half milligram the calm me down. Does anyone have any suggestions do I need to go to a hospital I have no family to help me ?”

10 / 10
Kate September 30, 2019

“I have severe depression and until I see a head doctor so to speak I am taking Lorazepam for anxiety I loath Valium and Xanax ! I've been on too many anti depressants and they did not work ! My MD put me on Abilify however I haven't started them yet ! I would like to try TMS treatments but the office is far from my house so having said that so far Lorazepam has made me actually fall asleep during the day ! I NEVER NAP during the day ! Thank you for giving me this opportunity to express myself”

6 / 10
Angler Lee · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 23, 2019

“My psych doctor switched me from 3 mg. diazepam/day to 0.5-1 mg lorazepam/day to help with near constant anxiety issues that peak in social situations due to a very severe lifelong hearing loss that has been corrected as much as possible with aids. I had been on the diazepam off and on for nearly 40 years for anxiety and Meniere's Disease and she had me switch because of lorazepam's shorter half life, important as I move into my late 60's. This med has helped me significantly with my social anxiety and with my anxiety in general. Although I realize I am on a pretty low dose (max of 1 mg daily..), I still try to take as little as needed to address my symptoms. Often, I am able to get by with as little as .5 to .75 total for the day. I believe this is important to do as I am also a recovering alcoholic with over 20 years sobriety. So, I'm pretty careful..”

8 / 10
Aliciac9 · Taken for less than 1 month September 21, 2019

“I suffer from anxiety and depression and was prescribed .05 mg. Unfortunately for me, it made me very depressed and very sleepy. Not suicidal, but just horribly sad and self loathing.”

1 / 10
Happy customer · Taken for 1 to 2 years September 21, 2019

Ativan (lorazepam): “the doctor gave me Ativan for treating bad anxiety/panic attacks. I just take 1/2 of a 1mg pill when I’m experiencing a panic attack. (The doctor was very reluctant to prescribe it as it is a benzo) but in my opinion it is 100% better than the long term stuff which just completely messed up my moods and made me depressed which I never was before. I keep the Ativan with me and if I start to feel a bad attack coming on I have 1/2 a pill and am completely fine again within 15 mins. It’s been a life saver for me as my panic attacks would sometimes last days and I’d be throwing up, the whole deal. Ativan has really helped, I’ve only had to use it twice in six months, but just knowing it’s there if I need it is great. The only side effect I get is drowsiness but usually I take it at night anyway so it’s good. I also get a lot of relief from cognitive behavioral therapy like tapping and meditating.”

10 / 10
Banana · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 17, 2019

“I love this, I have struggled with anxiety and depression for several years and switching medications to find one that worked for me. After going through 3 different kinds I gave up, until I found a dr who studied me and my symptoms for awhile.. ended up prescribing me lorazapam! I take 1mg twice a day as needed for anxiety, now I'm sleeping at night and doesn't make me feel like a zombie during the day. I feel like a normal person for once! I highly recommend it.”

10 / 10
EE · Taken for 1 to 2 years September 15, 2019

Ativan (lorazepam): “I absolutely hate it. I was given Ativan last summer when I was having a total mental break down. At first I waited and waited and felt absolutely nothing whatsoever, then I realized that it made me even more anxious and caused me to lash out at my parents. They ended up having to take me back to my house because they just couldn't deal with me. I decided to get some drinks at the bar and then at the cider house, and Thats When It Finally Started To Kick In. I was having a lot of trouble talking and had all these weird muscle jerks and having maybe convulsions.”

1 / 10
Jeff · Taken for 1 to 2 years August 28, 2019

“Works question about it, but I fear the day I go off it. That is the only reason I give it 8 instead of 10....because of the horror stories of withdrawal.”

8 / 10
Eddie1950 August 27, 2019

“I have recently dropped back from 120 lorazepam tablets (1mg) a month ativan to 60 a month. Today I woke up with my chest pounding head sweating or a full blown panic attack ! Should I get in touch of my doc that prescribed the ativan or simply wait until it passes”

Cordell · Taken for 1 to 2 years August 19, 2019

“Lorazepam is an amazing benzodiazepine. I’ve taken Klonopin and Xanax, and Ativan ‘takes the cake’. My family has addiction issues, but I never feel like taking more than 0.5mg a day! Great for going out with friends, just don’t drink or you’ll get very sleepy. I highly recommend this medication for anyone with GAD, Insomnia, Panic Disorder, etc. Takes the edge off within 30 minutes. If you put it under your tongue (instructed by my doc) it takes effect in about 15 minutes.”

9 / 10
Nervis Jervis · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 18, 2019

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.”

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

“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”

10 / 10
Speced August 8, 2019

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.”

8 / 10
Myself · Taken for 10 years or more August 4, 2019

“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”

10 / 10
Ashlyn August 1, 2019

“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.”

1 / 10
Zion · Taken for less than 1 month July 29, 2019

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”

10 / 10
Muzz · Taken for less than 1 month July 29, 2019

“Works well for anxiety attacks relieves stress calms the nightmare down in my head for some peace to get through.”

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

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!!”

10 / 10
PN78 · Taken for less than 1 month July 23, 2019

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.”

9 / 10
M · Taken for less than 1 month July 19, 2019

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!”

3 / 10
Viva La Resistance · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 19, 2019

“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.”

8 / 10
A~ · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 16, 2019

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 ❤️”

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

“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!!!!!”

10 / 10