How Good Is Ativan????????

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Panike
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   Posted 1/26/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
hello everyone its me panike. i have a question has anyone ever taken ativan if so what kind of side effects did you get form it.I think I have taken them before but dont remember if they helped or not.The reason i asked is because my aunt is a nurse and she gave me some.Though I am not sure if i should take it. nono

Twiggygal
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   Posted 1/26/2008 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Ativan. I can take up to 2 mgs a day and I'm pregnant. The psychiatrist had to up my dose because the panic was getting worse.

I was on .5 mgs a day and now I take 1 mg a day but I have yet to try 2 mgs a day as I don't need to.

I like it except the side effects tend to be short term memory loss.... like I feel absolutely demented but it could also be from pregnancy amnesia... I don't know which to blame here.. but I'll forget whether I fed the dogs one day or put on deoderant... or that I even kissed my fiance like 10 mins previously and I'll get mad cuz I didn't think he kissed me when he got home but he already had.

AGAIN it could be my absentmindedness... who knows...

but I do like the Ativan... a lot more than Klonopin or Xanax.. those medications simply make me tired... Ativan I don't feel drowsy when taking it but instead I feel calm yet have energy.

However I don't recommend you take something unless you have spoken with your doctor.

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   Posted 1/27/2008 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   

I took 4 mg of Ativan a day and have now weaned off Ativan completely, but it works.  I did not have any problems with side effects but I seem to be able to tolerate large doses fairly well.

I also would not take someone else's medcation.  See your physician to set up your own plan and obtain your own Rx.

Good luck and take care.  Keep on posting. :)


 
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/27/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I had the same problem as Twiggy with my short term memory loss......
I do still have to take it when broken out in the Pyoderma but other than that I dont take them daily anymore
Like Kitt I too was able to handle large doses w/o any problems other than S/T memory loss which I have just discoved the last few months

Please do see your own doc for meds ...although your aunt is a nurse she still does not know IF you may have a reaction to this med and IMHO she should know better ...than to give her meds to any one else ....not being a grump here lol .........just letting you know it is not good practice

I am forever called by family members wanting this med or that med ( am a walking pharmacy lol) and although I am a nurse ( retired ) I will not give them any meds they have to see their docs for that .....Just my thoughts

Please let us know how you make out hun and keep posting k

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Panike
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   Posted 1/27/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you guys for your feed back,I took the ativan last night and i slept like a baby i am still sleepy now. about what you were sayin howlyncat, my aunt knows that she shouldn't share her meds but she has a little bout with anxiety too.She knows that i have panic attacks and how debilitating they can be for me.I told her i was having problems sleeping and i dont go back to the doctor until the middle of feb.So she just gave me a few until i go to dr and talk to him about my insomnia. Also i have taken similar meds before (xanax) prescribed by my doctor and she knew that.But i do understand your concerns.Also isn't that med(ativan) highly addictive?

stkitt
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   Posted 1/27/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Any of the benzos can be addicting or you may become just dependent on them.  If your taking for a short time I would not get concerned.

The AD's are not exactly addicting but withdrawal from them is tricky too.  Hugs to you (((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))))))
Kitt

 
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Panike
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   Posted 1/27/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks kitt I'm always worrying about getting addicted TO some medication and having a hard time getting off!!!! I dont need that of all things. DO you know anything i can take that is not too habit forming that can be used for times when you need almost instant relief. I mean I take zoloft and i,ve been taking a med called hydroxizine as needed but sometimes when i'm having a real melt down the hydroxizine does not work very well. Any advice on something else i can use thats very effective but not going to turn me into a drug addict(lol) PLease let me know kitt? thank you hon!!!!! ( BIG BIG BIG HUGS!!!!!!!!!)

Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/29/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
HI there
I dont think there is anything out there that is not habit forming to a point that will help you in this case

Benzos are used to get a faster acting result for your a/p and they are mostly habit forming........
The ativan like I said is a good drug it just gave me some short temr memory loss.......

I do wish you all the best in finding something.........

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Newmother
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   Posted 1/29/2008 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Ativan worked great for my anxiety. They didn't want to prescribe more than 12... it does get habit forming, because it relieves you so quickly... I was in the hospital thinking I had a kidney infection, once they gave me a shot of ativan, I was happy and ready to go home, lol.. its not always a good answer though, just because you have to learn how to handle these situations yourself when you can't get medication. I try yoga and meditation or self talk.. Meds are great, but knowing you can control the situation is so rewarding.
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