IMO, I'm not a doctor though. I used to take 1 mg of Ativan/Lorazepam a day. Taking the dose wouldn't make me entirely groggy as I'm such a panicky person as it is.... but I decided to cut the dose in half because it made a bit loopy.
Now I take .5 mgs a day. If that's what you're taking now and it's still too much; cut the pill in half.
Another recommendation would be to take something lighter. Klonopin is 1/4 times stronger than Ativan. Xanax is weaker.
Maybe a .5 mg of Xanax could be prescribed from the doc? Although for me; I took .5 mgs of Xanax and I was loopier than ever!! I'd never take it again!
Some benzos work differently for people. So if you still feel groggy even if you cut the dose in half.. I agree with the others... maybe an anti-depressant is in order or maybe even a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers are typically for high blood pressure but are also used in people with anxiety and panic. The beta-blocker helps to block the rush of sudden adrenaline. It's been successful with many people I know.
Just go to the doc if nothing gets better or if you feel the need to and discuss your options. It can't hurt to find the right combination or single dose of medications that work for you!!
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Posted 12/4/2007 2:34 PM (GMT -7)
It is a wonderful thing to have people out there on this site to let you know what you are going through there are a lot of others that are going through the same thing. I always thought I was the little lady in the little boat in the river sitting out there all alone, with no one to turn to , but thank God for this forum it has helped me in so many ways. The thing that I don't get now is why now am i starting to have these spells like i want to pass out. Is that a part of anxiety? I went to a new doctor the other day and he made me so mad, he told me that ther was nothing he could do for me and that what ever was bothereing me I needed to sit back and come to grips with the problem. I also asked him if he could do an EKG on me because my chest was hurting , he told me that I was to young to have a heart attack , now let me know this has there ever been a age limit on someone having a heart attack?I told him to deleate all my files from his office comouter because i would never come back to his office again, I think he needed a doctor himself. But my question still remains? Has there ever been anyone that has totally been freed from this illness.
Posted 12/4/2007 4:11 PM (GMT -7)
I take a silimar drug in the evening to help me sleep. Then when i take it in the morning it takes away the axiety. However i am very laid back and dont worry about getting things done. it help to take it in the evening - then i get a good nights sleep and life is much better with a full nigh sleep
Posted 12/5/2007 11:35 AM (GMT -7)
sandy,just wanted to respond to the passing out thing u mentioned....yes i often feel like im going to pass out..thank goodness i never have but feel like that often. one thing i have learned through this journey is,everyone is different and will have symptoms different than others....also...anxiety can cause just about
anything to go n with ur body
anyway glad you are on this forum this has been a live saver for me at times...know that we truly care and are here for you.
This too shall pass!! Take care,Dottie :)
Posted 12/5/2007 4:40 PM (GMT -7)
my doc just took my off ativan and put me on serax to help with the grogginess. She said it's underprescribed but in the same family (it's a benzo) so when you get yourself a new doc (and I recommend a psych to help with the anxiety, not just a gp) ask about it. she's definitely right. I can take it and go to work and it'll make me slightly foggy, but nothing like with ativan. I'm completely functional on the serax. I just can't tell how well it's working yet...
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