Which do you find more helpful, Ativan or Xanax?

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Hopegirl
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   Posted 9/30/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Doesn't ativan take longer to work but last's longer or do I have it mixed up?
 
 
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nervymeg
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   Posted 10/1/2008 1:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Hopegirl,

I'm really not 100% sure. I am at work (and have people looking over shoulder) otherwise I would look it up for you. I do believe that xanax is faster acting but doesn't last as long as ativan. I don't think you are mixed up. Ativan has a longer half life than xanax. Is there a reason you ask??

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nervymeg
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   Posted 10/1/2008 1:03 AM (GMT -7)   

And sorry, to answer your original question. I prefer ativan as it does not give me rebound anxiety. That's just me though. Take care.

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   Posted 10/1/2008 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I personally prefer Xanax myself because it is faster acting and that seems to be what "I" need more. I have found though that Valium gives me rebound anxiety like Meg said she's experienced with Xanax. I guess we are all a little different with our meds. Good luck!
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   Posted 10/1/2008 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Hopegirl,

I will try to answer your question but please remember I am not a professional. rolleyes

Xanax: Peak plasma concentration is achieved in 1-2 hours.  It is the drug with the faster onset of these 2 meds you are asking about.

However it has a half life of 6-12 hours.

Half-life: time taken for blood concentration to fall to half its peak value after a single dose. . This time may vary considerably between individuals.

Ativan: Peak plasma concentration  peaks at around 2 hours.

The half life for Ativan is 10-20 hours so it is the longer acting. Reference: PDR

You are right in your statement.  Take care and keep posting.


 

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nervymeg
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   Posted 10/1/2008 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Kitt, you wizz!

I knew someone would have the skinny on it!

Hopegirl, I hope this has helped out.

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SunnyDaze
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   Posted 10/2/2008 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Xanax my self. Isnt Ativan one you take regularly and Xanax one you take as soon as a panic attack feeling comes on (sorry.the question mark key on my key board is broken) I take 1 to 2 .5 milligrams of Xanax. I think if your anxiety or panic is something that is longer lasting after it hits ya then Ativan is better and more efficient for you. And Xanax is for the shorter lasting panic\anxiety attacks. It usually works after about 20 min for me.
I think someone with a daily type anxiety is one who does better with Ativan. I have soo enjoyed reading posts on this site of people with similar problems. People one can relate to ;)

percycat
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   Posted 10/2/2008 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
All,

I guess I must be the oddball in the mix. Ativan works much more quickly for me than xanax does, and it seems to wear off quickly too. I never had much luck at all with either xanax or klonopin because they both seemed a little slow. Maybe it was just the dosage, though. I only take any of the three on an as-needed basis, so very, very rarely now. Maybe there's also a difference because I take Paxil daily? Go figure.

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/3/2008 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
NOPE if you are an oddball lol so am I
Ativan for me does the same
I also take 15 mg of valium per day if needed

I found that the ativan was causing sme memory probs but then too it could be the fibro

Gosh what a GRREAT life it tis EH percycat............

"I am an oddball but thats okay
I dont shake too much all day ...
I take my meds and
Do my Techniques
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percycat
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   Posted 10/3/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Lyn,

I am giggling out loud at your poem!

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   Posted 10/3/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I swears my friend
I HAVE lost if fer sure

Glad you are LOL.........Luvs
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stkitt
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   Posted 10/3/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Oh My Big Sis, I did not know you had such talent.  Your a poet and didn't know it.  cool

Hugs and sleep well...........

Percy and I understand, not to worry. shocked    shocked

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   Posted 10/4/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
AHHHHHHHHH
I am sure glad someone understands .......

CAUSE me sure dont ..................ROFLMBO

I could not get the tune out of head ....................lol

Loves Big sis

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stkitt
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   Posted 10/4/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Well if I had to choose between Ativan and Xanax I guess I would choose the one that worked the quickest.

Kitt


 

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Shortstop
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   Posted 10/5/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 1mg Ativan at bedtime and a 1/2 of one in the morning. It works well for me....I cannot take Xanax...
 
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   Posted 10/7/2008 3:04 PM (GMT -7)   
GREAT to see you posting Shortstop

Have not seen you in a long time
How goes the battle my friend

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