Ativan and gaba

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1326513 tn?1276521601 Probably not -- ativan targets GABA receptors. Don't know how frequently you take ativan. GABA isn't a particularly effective supplement for anxiety. For one thing, it can cause anxiety. For another, and most important, it doesn't cross the blood/brain barrier well. A better way to get GABA is to take taurine, which along with B-6 is what the body uses to make GABA, but since you're taking the ativan, I'd be careful about this.
Avatar f tn ive been on it for 23 years , yes its very addicting, but i dont take it enought to get used to it, i might take once every 3 months or longer, if you need something more than once a day or more than twice a week you need to ask for the long term benz, like klonopin, your body will get use to that dose and after awhile need more ativan, if you take it everyday , but with klonopin it is made to take everyday twice a day and you should never need anymore ,thats what ive been told, i took klonopin
Avatar n tn I am also going to keep following my primary doctors prescription for Ativan and keep it at 1.5mg a day and hopefully with therapy I can begin to get off it. I'm also going to try the tea tonight but drink it before I take my Ativan and Valium. If I feel it has good results I will try to stop the Valium at night and just stick with Ativan. Thanks again for your.
Avatar f tn I started at a low dose of .5mg and took them only at bedtime and took Suntheanine during the day and lemon balm. Then after about a month I quit the Lorazepam. No one said to taper at all. Suddenly I wasn't able to sleep a wink and didn't know why. The Dr. should have given me a different sleep aid or told me it would go away eventually, but he increased the dosage to 1 mg. at bedtime. I needed sleep so bad that I used them & became unable to sleep w/out them. Then my Dr.
Avatar f tn I didn't want to do it and upped my Celexa instead for the time being to 40mg to give it a longer shot, but my fear is that the Gabapentin works on GABA and the Klonopin works on GABA, and that worries me, and now you say the Depakote isn't a good idea if you're on Klonopin.
Avatar m tn This morning I took .25 mg and felt wide awake and jittery. I have been taking GABA as recommended by a naturopathic doctor. It seems to help with the anxiety without side effects. My question is what is the best way to taper off Ativan? I am so confused if I should follow my doctor or the pharmacist. I greatly appreciate any advice for those who has taken Ativan in past. I really wanted to take a more natural approach in controlling my anxiety.
233616 tn?1312790796 and just think, after getting off the Ativan, I've still got the remeron and the Ambien to go!!! (and Ambien works on Gaba the same as the benzos....remeron like the trycylics...so none of this stuff is easy to get back off of. I like the way the Oxford doc in my link decribes withdrawal...she says the sides can be so bad that this causes its own Post traumatic stress syndrome....pretty funny....or not.
992677 tn?1537672503 What I've found and have been reading about is GABA and HTP-5. Has anyone here tried using these? And if so, being as the issues with Chiari come and go, do they actually help with the CM related axiety?
Avatar m tn If i ease of the atarax are my withdrawal symptoms off the ativan likely to worsen I have been to 2 psychiatrist and 3 doctors and a homeopath who don't know, their answers have been mixed. Two said i should go on antidepressants ( which i do not want to do) the others wanted to put me on a different benzo despite me telling them i was allergic.
Avatar n tn I have been on a slow gradual detox from 3 mg. of Ativan for the last 3 months. Now I am at .25 mg. My problem is that I cannot sleep at all and have severe heart palpitations. It feels like my heart is coming through my chest. Along with the insomnia is severe muscle spasms in my back. Is there anything natural that I can use for the insomnia in particular since I absolutely need sleep and also the back spasms, is there anything that I can take for them that is natural? Thanks.
Avatar n tn the 2 drugs that cannot be stopped abruptly w/out the risk of seizures are alcohol & benzodiazapeines , ativan (brand name for lorazapam) is a benzo, so please talk to your doctor before stopping. just for some info cuz i know a bit about benzos as i am prescribed xanax (brand name for alprazolam)& hav taken every kind, alcohol and benzos work on the same receptor GABA and can be used inplace of each other incase of emergency , but Not together.
Avatar m tn This does not sound to me like withdrawal but almost the opposite like the ativan was masking the stomach pain and when you take away the ativan the stomach (GI system) acts up. Please go to your doctor about your stomach pain. Especially since you describe it as getting worse! You don't want to overlook some problem that might be easily fixed.
Avatar n tn I had been taking 1mg of ativan for about a month and a half and then stopped cold turkey. (that dosage is not that high at all). On the 3rd day without, I had a nosebleed..haven't had one in many years. Later that night-in bed, I had another one and then went to the bathroom where I had a bad seizure. I've never had one in my life..maybe not even seen a real one, but there was no mistaking what happened. I woke up the house and promptly had another one!..
1298588 tn?1330322581 Hi, I have a first hand experience with Ativan... I have taken both 0.5 mg and 1.0mg and had absolutely no negative side effects while taking either dose. I too recommend only taking it when necessary which is what I did and there were no withdrawal symptoms... If you find that you have to take it daily then I recommend only doing that for a short period of time and then having your doctor switch you to something else....
Avatar m tn Everyone is affected differently by medication. Ativan ( or lorazapam) is a benzodiazpam and should relax you via gaba receptors.
1021784 tn?1306366611 even if they all affect the Gaba-A receptors in the brain... The ativan have a strong amnesic effect and may not be suitable for panic attacks and better before a surgery...that's my experience and no wonder why it's giving very often before a surgery...
Avatar m tn Now, I'm not a doctor, and I can't tell you what to do, I can only suggest something that might help. And I can only think of two things. One is to go back on the Ativan and see if your symptoms go away, which would indicated that's the problem. Then you'd have to very slowly taper down off of it since you have this unusual sensitivity to it.
Avatar f tn If you should run out of Ativan, there are herbs, however, that target the same neurotransmitter (GABA) as Ativan, and they might temporarily give you some relief. Some examples are kava, valerian, and passionflower. Holy Basil is also a good adaptogen to limit your cortisol releases from your adrenals, and might help as well.
Avatar m tn Well, this has been absolutely awful. It's 4am now and I have not slept and I'm shaky and jittery and try so hard not to have any panic attacks. I read online that if you quit cold turkey after having been on Ativan for so long that you can go into convulsions and seizures. I'm terrified of this. I think this is one of the reasons I can't sleep - I think I'm going to have a convulsion or seizure in my sleep. So this is keeping me up. What a mess.
Avatar m tn I got off, and had a rough time for about 6 months up and down. But more ups and downs. I was on ativan for 4 years. Got up to about 2mgs. I have been anxiety and symptom free for 2 years now almost! YOU WILL HEAL!!! I DID!!! How fast did they take you off ativan? I had to SLOWLY wean off. Like 2 months worth of weaning, but I should have taken longer. Get well! If you are having too many issues, ask your Dr. about getting back on it, and doing a slower taper. Good luck!
Avatar f tn Anyhow, onto my question... In addition to depression, I struggle with anxiety and take 1 mg Ativan as needed, up to 3x/day. The Ativan helps with the anxiety but I've noticed if I have to take it for a few days in a row it really seems to affect my mood, in that I often feel even more depressed than I did before taking it.
11083698 tn?1415154804 First, pharmacists don't know anything about natural remedies. They don't get trained in them. Second, yes, if you're on Ativan, don't take GABA -- the Ativan is already targeting GABA. Don't take the taurine either. There are ways to take natural relaxants along with benzos, but if you're not expert in natural medicine I wouldn't play around.
Avatar n tn I tried using a natural GABA but I didn't get much relief. It was VERY mild and not enough for me and I had to take ALOT of it. The ativan.... I only take .25mg. 1-2 times a day and sometimes I don't need any on the second day.
Avatar m tn can I take Lorazepam (ativan) if I'm taking 5 HTP? Please if anyone knows the answer to this (dr, R.N.) anyone with experience or knowledge, please let me know. Thanks.
Avatar m tn The gabapentin might help in the same way as the benzo helped, as it's basically an artificial form of GABA that supposedly acts as GABA does but isn't the same chemical composition and GABA is the neurotransmitter targeted by benzos -- but that will take time to start working and it won't stop your withdrawal if you have some and certainly won't stop seizures. Now, most people don't get seizures, only some do, and a lot of people go on and off drugs as if it were water.
424839 tn?1268189846 Benzodiazepines include tranquilizers such as diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), oxazepam (Serax), lorazepam (Ativan), clonazepam (Klonopin) and chlordiazepoxide (Librium). • Central nervous system stimulants. This class of drugs includes amphetamines, methamphetamine, cocaine and methylphenidate (Ritalin). • Designer drugs. Synthetic compounds, such as Ecstasy, which has both amphetamine-like and hallucinogenic effects, are included in this category. • Hallucinogens.
Avatar n tn === Diazepam is an anti-anxiety medication in the benzodiazepine family, the same family that includes alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), flurazepam (Dalmane), and others. Diazepam and other benzodiazepines act by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter (a chemical that nerve cells use to communicate with each other) that inhibits activity in the brain.
Avatar f tn another doc came into picture and saw me and insisted on Ativan. said I was anxiety stricken. I listened. I was on 1=2mg of Ativan for 9 days, and it kept making me sicker. Other doc reinstated me on 7.5remeron and was not happy I took Ativan. same thing is happening to me on Ativan. again! tried to pull me off it since only short duration, and I didn't sleep at all for 4 nights. 9 days got my brain re-hooked on Ativan. I am in a constant state of withdrawal.
Avatar f tn another doc came into picture and saw me and insisted on Ativan. said I was anxiety stricken. I listened. I was on 1=2mg of Ativan for 9 days, and it kept making me sicker. Other doc reinstated me on 7.5remeron and was not happy I took Ativan. same thing is happening to me on Ativan. again! tried to pull me off it since only short duration, and I didn't sleep at all for 4 nights. 9 days got my brain re-hooked on Ativan. I am in a constant state of withdrawal.
Avatar m tn Starting out on 5mg of Ativan orally or even IV, is unlikely, because that is a very large dose, and basically and generally, unless you are well known and thought to be incredibly resistant to drugs, they wouldn't start you on 5mg of Ativan. A good pharmacist would have questioned that dose. 0.5 mg of Ativan sounds more like the start dose. Usually, when 1/2 mg of Ativan are prescribed, it is written as 0.