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Old 09-14-2006, 02:48 PM   #1
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Ativan/lorazepam for anxiety medication/sleep

How many of you use this with success? I have been on it since February 05 and it has made a tremendous difference in my fatigue, sleep, and dizziness. I have tried other things too. I CANNOT take antidepressants. They make me so dizzy. They just don't agree with my body. I have tried amitriptyline, Celexa, Zoloft, and trazodone and they all give me that headachy, dizzy feeling in my head and I'm so out of it. I have had Chronic Fatigue SYndrome and fibromyalgia since 1995 and this is the first time in ages that I found something that actually helps me function better. My only problem is I got it from my endocrinologist when I was hyperthyroid and now she doesn't want to refill it, so I have to hurry up and find someone to represcribe it when those refills run out. My regular doc says it's to addictive. I only take 1 to 1.5 mg at night. If it helps, what's the big deal. All those ADs are addictive too. People have a horrible time coming off of them. I'm not abusing it. I don't understand the problem.


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Old 09-14-2006, 10:02 PM   #2
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Re: Ativan/lorazepam for anxiety medication/sleep

I tried Ativan. It helped me sleep but did not help my anxiety. As I tapered off, I got terrible cluster headaches. I gave up meds after that.

But everyone is different. I hope it works for you.

Old 09-15-2006, 03:26 AM   #3
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Re: Ativan/lorazepam for anxiety medication/sleep

i used to take ativan for anxiety / panic...
irony is i get pretty anxious about having to take ANY meds and their potential side effects, addictive nature, etc...
the ativan DID help me for a little while when i was going through the worst of it, but i tapered off (under dr. supervision) as soon as i could afterwards...

fyi... everything i've ever read suggests that the ssri's are NOT addictive and that the benzos (like ativan) ARE...

Old 09-15-2006, 10:58 AM   #4
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Re: Ativan/lorazepam for anxiety medication/sleep

Thanks for your replies. Please don't take offense, but I'm a little confused by the comment about SSRIs not being addictive. People are constantly saying how hard they were to get off and the side-effects they get in trying to get off of them. I guess it all depends on what you can tolerate. What works for one doesn't work for another. You guys have a great day and thanks.


Old 09-18-2006, 07:27 AM   #5
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Re: Ativan/lorazepam for anxiety medication/sleep

Ginny, I take lorazepam for anxiety and lexapro 20 mg. Now i think that lorazepam is very addicting, but i also no it helps me alot. when im having anxiety i take one and usually i only have to take one a day . I would rather have zero anxiety . So i understand your feelings if it works take it. good luck and get better Positivemom

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