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   Posted 6/9/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay due to shoulder/arm pain issues have to have MRI - UGH!! Not a good history with these, so doc has given me 2mg of Ativan to take before procedure to help - is this alot? I react VERY strongly to meds. I only take 0.125 of Klonopin three times a day and a HALF of .25 of Xanax as emergency pill b/c things are strong for me. So will 2 mg of Ativan knock me on my face? Maybe I should break it in half?!!?! Just curious.

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   Posted 6/9/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes if I took 1 mg ativan it knocked me for a loop. Would sleep immediately I used to cut in quarters for the dentist. I take 1 1/2 xanax and am fine and feeling good.

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   Posted 6/9/2009 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I would take it all. I get clostrophobic.
Taking 2mg does not seem to be double of 1mg in response.
And I would guage it on how much you can handle the procedure really.

I have a script for 2mg for sleep so it is not tooo much..

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   Posted 6/9/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
why do they make ativan to dissolve in your mouth?

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   Posted 6/10/2009 2:00 AM (GMT -7)   
You're supposed to dissolve it under your tongue. It gets into your blood steam faster that way. I do this with the Klonopin I take.

Why don't you take half an hour or 45 minutes before and if you're still anxious, take the other half about 5-10 minutes before the scan. You may want to ask them how long you will have to sit and wait before they see you to make sure the medicine works.
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