FYI information about Ativan

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wen4003
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   Posted 12/24/2007 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
When I saw my pdoc last week I complained to him about my memory loss issues.  I couldn't remember many things - conversations, things that I had done or not done.  It was becoming a huge issue for me.  He then told me that the culprit for this issue was the Ativan - I was on 2mg.  He said that Ativan is notorius for causing memory loss. 
 
There are other medications that can be used that will provide the same thing that Ativan does - help keep the anxiety down.  One of those meds is Valium which is what I am on now.  I won't get back the things I couldn't remember before, but at least I will be able to remember what is going on now.  I just wanted to share this info. with you all in case you are on Ativan and having the same issue.  If anyone is, then maybe you should talk to your pdoc about this and try a different me. 
 
I hope this information has helped.
 
Hugs to all,
Wen

Dx:  Agoraphobia, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Narcolepsy, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Severe Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea, Social Anxiety

 Rx: Abilify, Ambien CR, Ativan, Flexeril, Lamictal, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin ER, Valium

 

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/24/2007 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Wen........
When I was on the 2 mg 3times a day I had the same problems as you are talking about
No the valium does not cause the same thing
**THIS is why ATIVAN is not good for seniors with alzheimers ..............
Thanks for the info
While it may not do this to all it does have a bad rep for doing the " memory game" to many of ppl on it ..especially 2 mgs..........

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   Posted 12/24/2007 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Wen and to go a step further, my Pdoc feels all the benzos are  not good long term as they do act as a sedative and therefore you don't think as clear on the meds as off.

I believe they have their place in the treatment of anxiety but I am willing to give it a go without them.........not until after the holidays thow. :)  I am down to 1 mg of Valium per day.

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   Posted 12/24/2007 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I am doing good too lil sis
Am on the one a day program lol til Christmas is over and family is GONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Am telling brother it is time to go ya know what I mean EH.........Stepped on too long.....

Love you and Happy Christmas Eve Lil sis

Big sis
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wen4003
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   Posted 12/24/2007 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Lyn and Kitt,
 
Thank you for more information on this issue.  I too was on 2mg 3x/day with the Ativan.  Now I'm on Valium 1mg 3x/day but can also have up to 6/day if needed.  So far the most I have had is 4.  Although I am not a senior (yet - LOL), the memory loss was a HUGE issue for me and frankly, it's quite scary to think that a prescription drug can cause this kind of a problem.
 
Here's hoping we all have the best time tomorrow.
 
Love to both of you,
 
Wen

Dx:  Agoraphobia, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Narcolepsy, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Severe Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea, Social Anxiety

 Rx: Abilify, Ambien CR, Ativan, Flexeril, Lamictal, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin ER, Valium

 

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than any other one thing.

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   Posted 12/24/2007 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Love to you too sweet WEN..........
It was a big prob with me too ....no chitting

Merry Christmas and yak tomorrow ...........

Loves
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   Posted 12/25/2007 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Wen,
 
So glad you posted this.  I was on Ativan for 7 years, and changed to Clonazepam about 6 months ago.  It definitely has affected my memory.  My pdoc didn't specify which drug caused this (I've been on so many over the years) but now I am sure that could have been it.
 
Anyway, hope you are continuing to get well hun :-)
Mogs
 
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   Posted 12/25/2007 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I agree this was great to post as not many ppl realize that the memory is or can be affected very badly from Ativan.especially at the 2 mg levels

Again I stress that is the reason the Alzheimer's patients SHould NOT be given this med yet many docs still do .....

When will they ever listen to the patient and the caretakers ...........THEY are not God they are human too
Am glad my doc listened to me
Another med I was on for IV antibiotics for long periods of time has ruined the nerves in one ear almost leaving me totally deaf and other ear is getting almost as bad .........

Yes there are GREAT meds out there and reasons for taking them yet we have to remember that some do have serious side effects

Great thread WEN..........S.I.S.
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wen4003
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   Posted 12/25/2007 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so glad this information has helped others.  Even though I'm not on the Ativan now (only been a few days), I'm still having trouble with my memory.  My daughter told me today that yesterday I told her she could do something - I don't remember even having this conversation!!!!!!!!  This is so annoying and frustrating.  Oy Vei!
 
Again, glad I could help.  I hope everyone has had a great day today!  Merry Christmas all.
 
Wen

Dx:  Agoraphobia, Barrett's Esophagus, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Fibromyalgia, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Narcolepsy, PTSD, Restless Leg Syndrome, Severe Acid Reflux, Sleep Apnea, Social Anxiety

 Rx: Abilify, Ambien CR, Ativan, Flexeril, Lamictal, Neurontin, Nexium, Requip, Ritalin ER, Valium

 

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important

than any other one thing.

Abraham Lincoln

 

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