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    Unhappy Lorazepam--how to manage

    I am new on this site and, honestly, after having an aorta valve replacemnet done on July 21 and having stopped smoking on that date after 60 years I have been having a real bad, hard time--my doc prescribed lorazepam for anxiety and to get some sleep--have been taking it for a month now--still can't figure out how long it takes to 'kick' in and how long the effects last.
    I am either walking around like a zombie or wanting to sleep very badly during the day but unable to nap or full of anx!
    Can anyone be of help or lead me to info regarding drug.
    Feel free to e-mail me at mgood66@juno.com as I really need help!
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    Hi GreatMartin

    Congratulations, on the Quiting smoking,I did that not to long ago also...
    The lorazapam should work 20 minutes after you take it.
    What time are you taking it? day or night? how much ?
    Let us know maybe we can help more...
    Have a good day, Melinda

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    Default Lorazepam

    At first I was prescribed 1-2 .05 mg tablets 'as needed'--then 1/2 of a .05 in the morning then 1/2 of a .05 in the afternoon and 2 .05 tablets at night--now I am suppose to be taking 1mg tablet in morning and 1mg tablet at night.
    I've been taking 1 mg at night at about 10 PM but don't go to sleep until midnight or later--when I am starting to feel anxious in the morning I'll take 1/2 of a .05 at 11 AM bvut it doesn't seem to kick in on the anxiety level but makes me feel drowsy.
    I haven't done the 1 mg in the AM and 1 mg at night YET--I'm sort of afraid of that 1 mg in morning as being a little too much.
    I am open to any suggestions!!

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    Hi GreatMartin
    The lorazepam or any of the benzodiazepines family will make you drowsy and make you feel like a zombie.LOL.
    If you take them during the day I never found a way around it.
    I was RX a benzo for anxiety,It worked for awhile but then stopped working.
    I need to tel you that benzo's are meant for short term use, are doctors forget to tell us that.they should not be used for over two weeks if taken everyday.
    I don't know if your doctor wants you on them for you heart condition.
    But please be careful the rebound effect is horrible when you stop taking them.
    I know what it is like to have anxiety,I wish i could tell you something that would help you more.
    but just so you know what your getting into just look up benzo withdrawal on the net.I'm sure someone else will post and maybe they will be more help.
    good luck let us know if we can help. Melinda

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    Yes, I've heard it is very addictive though I am being told I am taking a very lopw dose--also as someone said I was addicted to smoking (3 packs a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for the other 30) so why am I worried about this--well, I am but right now I need them--will talk with primary at my Thursday appointmnet and see what he says--I've been on lorazapem since Sept. 4 and xanax for a couple of weeks before that.
    I really would like to get it 'regulated' so I can live with it.

    Appreciate your responding to me as I'm 'lost'. :O)

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    HiGreatMartin
    I know im sorry,I just dont want you to have to go through what i went through,It was the worst...
    I was a smoker to...
    I sure wish you the best...
    Please keep posting so we know that you are allright ! ! !
    you will be in my prayers,Melinda

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatMartin View Post
    Yes, I've heard it is very addictive though I am being told I am taking a very lopw dose--also as someone said I was addicted to smoking (3 packs a day for 30 years, 2 packs a day for the other 30) so why am I worried about this--well, I am but right now I need them--will talk with primary at my Thursday appointmnet and see what he says--I've been on lorazapem since Sept. 4 and xanax for a couple of weeks before that.
    I really would like to get it 'regulated' so I can live with it.

    Appreciate your responding to me as I'm 'lost'. :O)




    I see where you have described your lorazepam doses in your other posts. Have you discontinued the xanax or are you still taking any xanax at all? This is the only place that I notice xanax being brought up but no dose is mentioned.

    While you are describing a relatively small dose for ativan please realize that these benzos can sneak up on you so fast it will literally spin you around. I am serious. I was on them for 25 years plus. Benzos are more addictive than lots of the street drugs out there. Not saying they are always bad, just please respect what these drugs can do to you. And when you decide to stop them it's a horror. ENOUGH SAID. Done preaching to you. I just hate to see anyone have to go through what I did with benzos.

    The most effective way for benzos to be RXd is taking a small dose (that is relative to what our tolerance is) 2-3 times spaced throughout the day and a final dose of whatever at bedtime. The small doses during the day are for ongoing general anxiety disorder and then the dose before bedtime is obviously just for that. You would take a larger dose at bedtime, but the smaller doses during the day should not put you to sleep if it's RXd properly. If your being put to sleep then the daytime dose should be reduced a little. For example one could be taking .25mg or .5mg 2-3 times during the day and then 1mg-2mg at bedtime. This is pretty standard for prescribing benzos. Please be careful. Good luck and God bless.
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    Default Xanax/lorazepem

    Robert, thanks for responding--I am starting to get scared about the warnings I am getting about lorazepem and the addiction aspect!!!
    I was taking 0.25 mgs of xanax twice a day but stopped as soon as I went on lorazepem and have been on the latter since Sept. 4.
    As I mentioned I have been taking 1/2 of a 0.5 tablet twice a day and 1 whole one at night--now I am suppose to take 1 mg during the day and 1 mg at night--from what I have read this is a pretty low dose--I just can't seem to get a balance between not being anxious and not being sleepy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreatMartin View Post
    Robert, thanks for responding--I am starting to get scared about the warnings I am getting about lorazepem and the addiction aspect!!!
    I was taking 0.25 mgs of xanax twice a day but stopped as soon as I went on lorazepem and have been on the latter since Sept. 4.
    As I mentioned I have been taking 1/2 of a 0.5 tablet twice a day and 1 whole one at night--now I am suppose to take 1 mg during the day and 1 mg at night--from what I have read this is a pretty low dose--I just can't seem to get a balance between not being anxious and not being sleepy.


    We don't set out to scare people intentionally. But quite honestly if that is what it takes to at least make someone aware of the dangers associated with benzo dependency then it was worth the scare. I really believe that way. Some people need to take benzos but it's important that they don't dismiss the seriousness of what they are doing. Please be careful.

    I am not going to dispute what dose the dr is telling you to take. I don't know your complete medical history, plus I wouldn't second guess the dr over a dosing question like this. But my experience is that you take the lowest possible doses during the day, enough to keep you from having any panic attacks but not enough to make you sleepy, then take a large enough dose to go ahead and get some sleep at night.

    It shouldn't be taking you hours after your bedtime dose to get to sleep. Either you are not ready to go to bed yet when you are taking that last dose or else it isn't high enough ... its one or the other. You are probably not ready for bed yet when you are taking the last dose. Plus you are most likely so uptight about the medication itself that you are too tensed up at night for it to work without taking a huge dose. Try to relax some and the medication will work better at night I am almost sure.

    You should be ready to go to sleep when you take the bedtime dose. Don't be sitting up and watching tv or doing anything but getting ready to go to sleep. It won't just knock you out. It's only supposed to AID you in getting to sleep. So it's important that you do the right activities that are conducive to going to sleep. Don't eat right before bedtime. Take a hot shower or bath an hour or so before you take the ativan. It helps you to relax. Think about what you are doing when you take the medication. Are you doing things that might be keeping your brain running when you should be shutting everything down??? God bless.

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