Ativan - Can you take it "occasionally"? Side effects you've had?

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Brain Fart Lifer
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   Posted Yesterday 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm considering taking Ativan for my anxiety. I've been laid off work for a couple months now and have noticed my anxiety has increased.

I suffer from Fibromyalgia, chronic neck pain, and anxiety. I've tried Lexapro, Lyrica, and Cymbalta. Lyrica and Cymbalta gave me very bad side effects and in fact increased my anxiety. So, I'm concerned about taking Ativan. Can you take it when you want to? Say, for just those "bad days".
39 year old female. Not overweight, non-smoker, non-drug user, occasional drinker
Diagnosis: Fibro, TMJ, IBS w/constipation, Sinus, some anxiety/depression, trouble sleeping
X-rays -normal, shock test of nerves-normal, bloodwork including thyroid/lyme-normal
Doctor: Neurologist
Current Meds: Lyrica 150 mg. a day, Skelaxin, Tramadol (Ultrum) 50 mg., Ambien, Nasarel nose spray for sinuses, Bed Buddy.
Former Meds: Cymbalta, Nortriptyline, Lexapro, Percocet
Supplements: Multi vitamin, B-12, Omega3, Psyllium Husk for constipation, Malic Acid/Magnesium


stkitt
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   Posted Yesterday 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Ativan is a use as needed medication but only within the amount order by your physician.


It is also a med that works well for helping you sleep however I was on a very high dose and weaning off it was not easy.



I suggest talking it over with your physician and making an informed consent.



Good luck and sorry to hear your anxiety is rising.



Hugs,

Kitt

dixibella
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   Posted Today 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess it would really depend on what you are looking for out of a medication - if your anxiety is increasing and staying high on a daily basis, I would say you should see your doctor and talk about a daily medication that would be suitable. I had a horrible reaction to Cymbalta, but did ok with Zoloft, there are so many options for daily meds, its really about finding the right fit. I have Ativan for when I'm having a full out panic attack and need something right then to help settle me down, I rarely use them and try to keep it that way because they can be addictive, however I have them for when I really need it. It really just makes me sleepy, although sometimes the next day I feel like I have a bit of a "hangover" - it might be related to the Ativan or I could just be dehyrdated. I know all docs are different but I don't believe they typically prescribe Ativan for daily use, like Kitt said its more of an "as needed" drug. If you're feeling like you might only need a little help once in a while it might be good option, but if its daily you might consider other treatments. Talk to your doctor, I hope you can find a solution that works for you! Everyone is different so be open to whatever works for you! Good Luck!
~Dixi 

Post Edited (dixibella) : 12/3/2009 6:31:07 AM (GMT-7)


melodee
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   Posted Today 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking Ativan for 10 years. I take a small amount everyday and up the dose when needed for my anxiety and also as a muscle relaxant for my back and neck pain. Sometimes I forget to take it and that's good because it means I am not dependant on it. When I was on a higher dose, I did develop dependancy and it took me months to taper off the med. So I guess it depends on the dose. But the med has helped me tremendously especially when my panic attacks were severe and could not get any sleep at night. It worked better than any sleeping pill. :)

As Dixi said, everyone is different so please consult your doctor first before you decide to take it.
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Brain Fart Lifer
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 12/8/2009 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for your input. I've made an appt. with my doctor to discuss further.

I'm not taking Lyrica anymore. I updated my profile here after I posted the ativan question-sorry for the confusion.
39 year old female. Not overweight, non-smoker, non-drug user, occasional drinker
Diagnosis: Fibro, TMJ, IBS w/constipation, Sinus, some anxiety/depression, trouble sleeping
X-rays -normal, shock test of nerves-normal, bloodwork including thyroid/lyme-normal
Doctor: Neurologist
Current Meds: Tramadol (Ultrum) 50 mg., Ambien
Former Meds: Lyrica, Cymbalta, Nortriptyline, Lexapro, Percocet
Supplements: Multi vitamin, B-12, Vitamin D, Omega3, Psyllium Husk for constipation, Malic Acid/Magnesium, Bed Buddy, TMJ night guard

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