Just to start off....I am not a good flyer. I get shakey, tearful, and just plain nervous. I have in the past taken Xanax about a half hour before I got on a plane which helped maybe 50 percent. But didn't last long enough. We are leaving for vacation next month and yesterday my doctor perscribed a half milligram of Ativan to take 15 minuites before take-off. I have never heard of this. Does anyone else take this for flying or anything else for that matter, and what am I to expect? I don't want to be a zombie throughout the entire flight. Thanks
If you were previously using Xanax, I can't see you having any bad side effects as they are a similar drug, both in the benzodiazepines group. If the Xanax didn't make you into a zombie they shouldn't either.
Possibly your doctor thinks it will have a longer effect on you.
And yes,I used lorazepam[same thing] and as long as I didn't take more than the doc said I was ok.
I am a nervous flyer too! I have to travel quite a bit for work, so I carry Ativan with me whenever I have to get on a flight. It takes about 1 hour to fully kick in...so take it well before you board the plane. It doesn't make me a zombie at all!