Question about how to take ativan

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   Posted 2/11/2007 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone tongue How are you all doing?
I have a question about ativan. I take it as needed for high anxiety days but was wondering if ativan, like xanax, can be dissolved under the tongue to work a bit faster? There are times when my anxiety really appears at the worst possible times, like while I am driving and stuff like that and it would be a huge help if the ativan could kick in a bit faster...Thanks for your help!!
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   Posted 2/11/2007 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
  Hi shellyg
What you may try doing is to take it an 1/2 hour before you know that your anxiety is going to be high like that I do this all the time with my Valium for it dose tend to take up to 20 mins for the full affect to kick in
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   Posted 2/11/2007 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think you should try putting Ativan under your tongue.  Why not ask your doctor or pharmacist?  They would know how this might affect you.


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   Posted 2/11/2007 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I take my ativan under my tounge sometimes if I am having a really bad panic attack. I have the type you are supposed to swallow whole. You might want to ask you pharmacist about it.

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   Posted 2/11/2007 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
yes its ok to put it under your tounge it wont hurt you.... im not a doctor but i know it is fine.... but i just let mine dissolve on top of my tounge as i dont want it lingering around under my tounge but yes it will kick in alot faster if you let it dissolve .......

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   Posted 2/11/2007 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
hey, yeah i also put mine under my tounge, my doctor told me it would kick it faster when i need it to.

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   Posted 2/12/2007 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Mostly the sublingual ativan are the ones that go under the tongue kinda like a nitro pill and goes immediately into bloodstream ...
I use both and I still let both disolve on or under tongue
Regular ones still take a wee bit longer than sublingual ones from my experience
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   Posted 2/12/2007 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
i was going to actually say for you to ask your doctor for sublingual ones, i use them also, as well as normal ones that you just swallow, but like i said, my doctor told me to put the normal ones under my tounge also, saying that it still would work alot faster than just swallowing them. Francis
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