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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Ativan
Ativan [posted 12//08/98]
Answer: Ativan is addicting both to you and your fetus. It should be avoided if possible, while pregnant. Drugs like prozac, paxil etc can be used-but, the effect on the fetus is less well known. I'd probably recommend as low a dose of ativan as possible. But, you're in a bit of a pickle. Anxiety does not cause asthma, but anxiety often makes one feel short of breath.(Then again so does pregnancy).
Ativan General Information [posted
Answer: Happy to help;but, what do you need? Ativan belongs to a class called benzodiazepines which are used for sedation, anxiety disorders etc. I would refer you to a basic text like Goodman and Gilman's Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics by Hardman(available in all medical libraries and most large libraries) for a long discussion.
Ativan Dependency Concerns
Answer: It can be taken as needed or on a regular basis. The more that is taken and the more regularly that it is taken will increase the risk of dependence. There is no obvious interaction with St. John's Wort.
Ativan Costs [posted 9/29/98]
Answer:Ativan is sold under the generic name of lorazepam and is made by at least two other companies than the brand name.. I'm not aware of any monopoly price fixing concerning this drug. However, I do think many drug prices are over inflated. Some of my patients travel to Mexico and return with a years supply of various medications for about 1/2 price or less. There are many pharmacies just over the border in Texas and California who specialize in this business.
Ativan Prescription Filling
Answer: Most states have limits on controlled drugs that do not allow a pharmacist to fill it after a certain time duration so that unless the number is increased on the prescription it cannot be refilled.
Ativan [posted 7/21/98]
Answer: Sometimes the SRI antidepressant group, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft will be useful in blocking the anxiety while you withdraw. Do not stop this drug all at once because seizures can occur. You will need to slowly cut back - decrease your dosage 0.25 mg a week for 8 weeks or so. Start the SRI first or as you get to a total dosage of about 1.5 mg.
Answer: Ativan is a sedative in the benzodiazepine class (like valium, librium, xanax). This drug is used to treat anxiety, help induce sleep, panic disorders, etc.
Answer: Ativan is dosed by individual symptoms. Some individuals will require fairly high doses, some smaller. When side effects are seen, the drug should be decreased in dose. For some, depending on size, age and other medications this may be 0.5 tid or so. Others will develop tolerance over time and will need much larger doses. Toxicity in these individuals is rarely seen.
Answer:Ativan is a drug used to sedate individuals or treatment of anxiety. I really have no idea why you even carry this drug since it requires strict inventory control like any narcotic or sedative. Information on heat sensitivity and out-dating can best he obtained from the company which manufactures it (Wyeth-Ayerst Labs).
Answer: Why is your friend taking ativan? This depends a great deal on whether there is an alternative drug.
Answer: Ativan belongs to the class of drugs called benzodiazepines. This class
includes valium, librium and several more. They are addicting and should not be stopped
"cold turkey" as seizures can result. The drug is a sedative and will have the
side effect of depression in some patients. When used on a regular basis for more than 3
months or so you can expect some physical and mental dependency. I would express my
concerns in a non-judgmental way. It would be helpful if other family members or friends
would gather for this purpose. Sometimes a facilitator from a drug treatment program is
useful to moderate(fee of course). Attacking in a judgmental way will rarely lead to
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