Hello to all! I have been taking Ativan(1mg daily) for about 8 months. It has helped keep me calm and keep my BP from spiking. Sometimes though,I feel I need a bit more back-up when I have a really busy or rough day. I have two teens who are active in sports and music and some days I have anxiety trying to keep up with them and the many obligations that just being a mom brings. My question.....I have a bottle of Xanax (.25mg-low dose) that I never had the courage to try. Would it be helpful/safe to take a Xanax "with" my Ativan on those hairy days that I need something extra? If anyone has taken these together~please fill me in. Xanax seems to be the one that most people say is "addictive"~so I wouldnt want to take it daily like I do the Ativan~but "as needed" WITH Ativan is something I might want to try if it is safe to do so. I am grateful for any comments/suggestions.
ativan and xanax are both short acting similar benzodiazepines. they are never usually prescribed to be taken at the same time. i took ativan for 7 years and i can tell you that you have probably built up a tolerance to your dose as i did. what you need is more ativan, not xanax. they are both equally addicting so be careful.
Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine, and as such, it addictive. Xanax (alprazolam) is just as addictive -- they all are. And one shouldn't combine two benzo's -- at least not b/f checking with your doctor. (In general, anything ending in "zam", "pam", or "lam", or anything with an "A Z " sound in it (chlorAZEpate) is a benzo.)
Thank you all for your replies. Sounds like some of you say it's ok and some not to mix the Ativan with a low dose Xanax. I have tried increasing the Ativan on "hairy" days like pleasantville metioned and that worked~BUT~I keep reading that for anxiety(panic) that Xanax is the best. And truth is I have a large bottle that is bought and paid for just going unused. Since I know and trust the Ativan I have stuck with it~but I thought the addition of LOW DOSE Xanax would be a good combo to use only as needed because the Xanax runs thru the system faster and if I only used it sparingly~I would hopefully bypass the tolerance build-up. I have never asked a pharmacist about such things because they dont want to be held liable for anything. My doctor has retired and I am looking for a new one~so much for asking him? I guess I am being overly cautious but that is how we anxiety people are! We want/need meds and yet we fear them at the same time! RR
You know what? I personally would try it, at least once, but I'm not you. I now take ativan occasionally for panic attacks (doesn't seeem to work) and chlorazepate daily for anxiety. I've tried ADs and they don't work. Ironically, I had just come off a daily (75mg) dose of clobazam (aka, frissium, a benzo), which I'd been taking for three years for seizure control. No one told me of the danger of taking a daily high-dose benzo long-term, and I'm left with having to take yet another benzo just to relieve the after effects of the first benzo I'd taken. I've been having panic attacks since March, when I stopped the frissium.
My naturopath told me about a Chinese herb called Bupleurum D. I find that it often, not always, works, and has the happy side effect of lowering your cholesterol. I take two x three times a day. If you don't have access to a health food store, or they don't carry it, you can get it online. Remember to get Bupleurum D -- it's a compound. Straight Bupleurum doesn't work. It's better if you take it b/f you begin to panic -- ie, take it whether you think you need it or not, three times a day. It doesn't work so well if you're in the throes, though it still helps.
Also, you might want to try 3000mg of fish oil (mine is wild salmon) and a lot of magnesium. They help. I take both of those.
I'm really ticked off. at my doctors. I seem destined to panic forever. I thought in August/September that I was nearly done, but no -- in September the attacks came roaring back, and I'm almost as bad now as I was last March. Bupleurum D really helps though.
I hope this helps. I don't envy anyone who has panic attacks.
Hello. Ativan is just as addictive as Xanax, and I personally wouldn't take 2 benzo's together. But talk to your doctor cause maybe he knows best. I mean I've heard you can take an antidepressant in combo with ativan or xanax but not 2 benzo's together. Just be careful, because it sounds like you are needing more ativan and thus might be becoming addicted to it. Good Luck to ya!
Thanks a bunch jinglebts for all the excellennt suggestions! I have heard that fish oil is good for many things(including anxiety). I plan on trying it.
littlemiracle~thanks too for your input. Im not sure I agree about Ativan being as addictive as Xanax. Reason being is that Xanax runs thru the system in 4 hrs whereas Ativan lasts for 8(at least it does for me). I only feel like I need more for certain situations(like a funeral I went to recently) and some days that are more demanding~but otherwise 1 mg is fine for me. Most posters here claim that Xanax is best-BUT-easy to get hooked to. I have not heard of taking 2 benzo's together either~didn't know if I should or not? The Xanax I have is low dose(.25 mg). Maybe I should take it alone and see how I feel-BEFORE-adding it to my Ativan? If I get courageous~maybe I will? RR