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    Old 12-05-2005, 05:15 AM   #1
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    lorazepam is it safe to use in lupus

    hi all,

    am taking the drug lorazepam for anxiety it seemed tohelp calm my lupus symptons down at first. but now im not so sure have looppy symptons back after five days. i took an anti depressant too for a day called citalopram and i think it offset symptons again but discontinued it.

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    Re: lorazepam is it safe to use in lupus

    Hi Zorm,

    Just wanted to relate something about lorazepam. My husband is getting chemo right now and is on his second round. He was given a prescription of lorazepam to take as an anti anxiety and anti nausea med when he started his first round. Lorazepam made my husband confused and disoriented after about the third day and made him constantly groggy and unaware of what was happening around him. The effects built up and finally after about a week I spoke to the nurse and they quickly took him off it. Our pharmacist said it is can be a pretty rough drug. My husband does take other meds for things not related to the cancer and perhaps it just caused the effects of the lorazepam to intensify, I don't know, but there was not a drug interaction he just could not take that drug. The thing is my husband did not realize what effects lorazepam was having on him, he was just totally unaware. I don't know what would happen to someone who was alone and had the same reaction to the drug.

    Just wanted to relate that bit of personal experience hope all is going well for you.


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    Your post actually has two parts.

    First, Ativan. Any antianxiety med is going to make you dopey at first. That is their purpose: to calm you down. Sometimes it is too strong for people, but sometimes they just haven't let their system adapt to it. I started this journey with Ativan and thought I couldn't stand it. I'm now on all sorts of downers in the forms of antianxiety meds, pain pills, muscle relaxers, etc., and I stay awake just fine.

    Secondly, the antidepressants. One day of an antidepressant isn't going to do anything. Most antidepressants take 4-6 weeks to have an effect.

    Even once the meds take effect, the doctor may have to adjust ("tweak") them until it's the right fit for you. The same med can work very differently in different people, and even in the same person at different times. It takes patience to work with both of these kinds of meds. Be sure you have given them a long enough trial before you write them off. Also, many people with lupus need psychotherapy or counselling to learn new coping skills to adapt to their illness. You may find this beneficial along with the Ativan. I know I did!

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