Ativan and xanax

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Avatar m tn I am currently taking about 2 mg of xanax per day (for approx 1 month) and also taking about 4mg of Ativan. Whats the chance of being able to quit the Xanax and increase the Ativan and then simply wean off the ativan. The Ativan just seems safer to me and if I'm going to have to wean off something then i would rather keep taking the Ativan. Any thoughts? Thanks!
Avatar m tn I am currently prescribed both xanax and ativan. I took an ativan at 3:30 and my anxietyty hasn't subsided. How long should I wait ti take a xanax?
Avatar f tn They are both very addictive along with every other benzodiazepine(valium,klonopin,ativan, librium,xanax) with xanax the one thing that can make it worse is the fact that if you abruptly stop using it you can have a siezure depening on your dose and how long you've been taking it. But in the end ativan and xanax basically rank about the same in my opinion, but you should really contact your prescribing doctor to get their opinion.
Avatar m tn I as well have taken both Xanax and Ativan. I personally feel that the Ativan is better. I do not take it often. Only when I am having an attack coming. The biggest difference I felt in the two medications was that with Xanax, I woke up very groggy still not much calmer. Ativan I do not wake up groggy and I actually am relaxed. I think you would benefit from trying it. IF you do not care for it than either ask to be put back on Xanax or a different one all together. Good luck!
Avatar f tn It sounds like you are having tolerance issues and you are needing more of the drug. Ativan is short acting and highly addictive. In 1999 I took 1mg ativan and it turned into 3mg a day. I didn't know they were addictive. Just needed them to feel "normal" again. When tried to stop I went into severe withdrawals. Xanax it even shorter acting and highly addictive. It doesn't take long to get addicted to these benzodiazepine drugs.
1880256 tn?1322573508 Hi, I have never taken Ativan but I have taken Xanax in the past which is also in the same family. I took it at pretty high doses up to 5 months once before when I was in the middle of a medicine change and once my meds got straightened out I was able to come off of it without any withdrawal problems whatsoever. Of course you should check with you doctor. By the way, I am on 100 of Zoloft also (along with nuerontin and abilify) and doing really well on it.
Avatar n tn If this question has already been answered please forgive repetition as I am new to the site and may have missed a thread. My GP and I have discussed possible addiction to Ativan and she encourages me to take it if needed and not be frightened of the drug. It is the only thing (am also on 50 mg Zoloft) that really helps although am trying not to take it as, even though I trust my doctor, there is a real fear of becoming addicted.
414333 tn?1226195093 75mg but you started taking ativan along with the clonazepam and it is the ativan that you started taking at 2mg/day. Is that correct? Now you are trying to get off the ativan and you are down to .80mg How often do you take the clonazepam per day and what is the dose each time. The same question for the often/day and what is each dose. Are you on any other medications?
Avatar m tn At first she thought it was peri menopausal and was prescribed Xanax and Zoloft. Both gave me horrible side effects. The she prescribed me .5 Ativan and Lexapro. Ativan works for a little bit but whenever I take .5 mg of Lexapro it seems to exaggerate the anxiety. I started taking the medications for 4 days now . Is it possible to have any withdrawal symptoms from taking Ativan? I am determined to find something like herbal supplements to help me with the anxiety. Please help me. Thank you.
Avatar f tn The LESS you take, the better!! Ativan and Xanax are BOTH short acting benzos. They are both best used on an "as needed" basis. The Ativan's duration is longer, which is why you probably aren't needing it in the evening. You can't be too careful with your history, and you being so freshly clean. My advice to you is to take it ONLY when the anxiety is severe. If you can, I would even try to skip the morning dose from time to time also.
Avatar m tn Lorazepam (Ativan) is alot like Xanax. It binds to the same plasma proteins, has almost the same properties, is a CNS depressant, etc. My Father has been addicted to Ativan for 3 years. Continued use of Ativan will lessen motor skills and should be taken in small doses until you know how it will affect you.
Avatar n tn it definately has the potential for addiction/withdraw problems just as xanax and valium have. same class as those.
Avatar n tn I was put on a low dose of Paxil and given Ativan. I only took the Ativan as needed, normally at night, but still use the Paxil to this day. The Ativan, in my opinion (and I am not a medical professional), should only be used to get you through a bad episode. You would need to speak with your GP about what kinds of maintenance meds he or she would reccomend and they sometimes it's trial and error. The other option is distraction and then realization.
7680419 tn?1399060411 I will make sure to do some research also but I wanted to know if ativan can help with coming off pain meds. I was prescribed this for several months a while ago but canceled it because I was talking it and nervous to take it. I did taken it a few times for anxiaty. Literally only a few. I don't even remember the last time i had one. And only twice the first time I tried to come off the norco before joining this site. Is it addictive? Can it help if not abused.
Avatar f tn I have been on xanax in the past and i felt that worked immediately, and i liked that i was able to take as needed, but with the Ativan i have to take it twice a day, I'm confused?? Also, i know its a tricky situation because i am newly recovered from opiates, but i just cant handle not taking anything.
Avatar f tn Anxiety meds are all about trial and error. Make take one go and you find the right one. Make take ten goes. Then you have to find the right dose. I think I saw another thread that you were on something else too? Combined they could be knocking you for six. Making you feel as you are. Finding the right dose when on a few tablets is again part of the guessing game with a doctor. Hence you tell him how you feel and I have no doubt he with adjust the dose or suggest something else. Trial and error.
689267 tn?1235245349 My question, however, is about ativan. I took xanax about 15 years ago for anxiety until it turned on me and my panic attacks actually became more frequent. My dr. then switched me to ativan. I have taken it ever since, and now that I am off tram, I am thinking about going off that as well. I am scared to because I am afraid of the panic getting worse. I will say that ativan has helped me personally thru the tram nightmare.
Avatar f tn Normally they would be able to do that as it was their mistake. Ativan and xanax are about the same in dose. Strength wise. But I doubt one would replace the other and it would be as simple as that. I think it would be more complicated. And withdrawls may be felt. The xanax may ease you anxiety somewhat. But you have been on the ativan for about two years at a good auld dose. That will be missed by your body. If worse comes to worse a trip to your nearest ER. Explain what happened.
Avatar f tn If someone has been on ativan and xanax for ten years, how do they wean themselves off them safely? This discussion is related to <a href='/posts/show/1023172'>xanax withdrawal</a>.
Avatar n tn Hi, I get severe panic attacks and was put on 1 mg Ativan and 0.5mg Xanax daily. Also I was getting major adrenaline rushes at night that would wake me up and I'd go straight into a panic so they started me on zolpidem 10 at night. I have been on it for 18 months now and zolpidem does not work, and I don't want to take more, so will try wean off that, but I know what will happen, back to adrenalin rushes...
Avatar m tn My friend that is a doctor called me in a perscrition of Ativan and said to take 1mg as needed and that I should be fine and would detox from the pain meds and xanax in a few days. Fact is, I'm really not even sure if/which one I'm craving, But I know that in the afternooons I have to take something to get rid of the jitterbugs. I have an appointment with another doctor (addictionoligist) in a few days but if anyone could offer some advice here I would surely appreciate it. Thanks!!
Avatar m tn I was prescribed the xanax at the ER and Ativan from my PCP. The ER only gave me a 2 day supply and had to switch to the ativan because I ran out of xanax. I am supposed to take on a as needed basis. Thank you for your help in advance. This won't be happening again. Thank you.
Avatar f tn Hey Guys, Do any of you know the difference in these benzos, like which one is supposed to do what and what is stronger and less strong, etc? I've taken Ativan for anxiety as needed, and my doc mentioned switching to klonopin or xanax since the ativan doesnt work that great anymore...can anyone help?
Avatar m tn Hello all, Ive been taking one ativan once a day in the morning and a xanax at bed time is it ok to take both those meds in the same day cause I don't know if this is safe to do and the doses are xanax 0.25 at night and ativan 0.5 during the morning?
Avatar m tn I've heard that ativan is actually the worst for you from several doctors but was only trying to get users experience. With xanax I can still function great at work and I've heard valium and ativans just knock you out and tranquilize you to the state of uselessness.
Avatar n tn The psychiatrist in the hospital prescribed her Ativan (along with a smaller dose of xanax) to help ease the xanax withdrawal effects (?) and now we're in the process of reducing the Ativan and then the Xanax. Have you heard of this approach before?
4776875 tn?1359052364 I've tried Ativanan and Xanax and they don't help at all. Has anyone else had trouble finding a medicine to work? What worked for you?