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    Old 08-07-2007, 05:23 AM   #1
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    Ativan(lorazepam)

    Hi Everyone,

    Just wondering how many of you have ever had problems
    with breathing while on Lorazepam? I have been on it now
    or about 2 months,at first I was put on it only taking as
    need for seizures.But,it worked so great for my anxiety,that
    my doctor put me on a very low dose (0.5) daily.Now I am
    having very difficulty breathing.I am going to call my doctor
    later this morning (when they open).Just wondering if this is
    a usual side efftect.It does state that this can be a very serious
    side effect,and to call dr. immediately.Again,I am in about an hour.

    Any other medicines that can work just as well? Because Ativan
    has been a wonder drug for me. I just hate going off of it,and hope
    that there is something out there can work as well.I am suppose
    to start my Zoloft today.

    Any opinions or info. appreciated. Sherri

     
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    Old 08-07-2007, 05:33 AM   #2
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    Hey Sherri,

    Make sure you talk with your doctor today. I never really had breathing trouble with Ativan - I wasn't on it long.

    Have you talked to your doctor about Klonopin for anxiety and seizures. It is used for both.

    I take it as needed - which used to be a couple of times a month - now it is more often. But I really like it. And I have had great success with it to treat my anxiety and panic.

     
    Old 08-07-2007, 05:36 AM   #3
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    Hi j2006,

    Thanks so much for the info. I will mention to my doctor
    today.I am going to call at 9am when they open the office.
    I'll let you know what happens.Again,thanks so much. Sherri

     
    Old 08-07-2007, 05:53 AM   #4
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    You are so welcome.

    How is your breathing?

    I was thinking..... maybe your not taking enough??? Maybe your anxiety is higher today because you are starting the zoloft???

     
    Old 08-07-2007, 03:19 PM   #5
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    Hi j2006,

    Talked to my dr. about and hour ago,she said because of
    me also having bad headaches for two past day,and urinating
    constantly,12 times or more each day,shakiness,and now slight
    case of diarhea,plus bad dizziness,she wants me to go to ER.

    My parents are on their way over here to take me.I hope this is
    not a wasted trip.I still have to pay 20% and that can add up.
    I did read that another person on here had breathing problems
    and her doctor increased her dose which helped.Well,right or wrong,
    I took another Ativan and it has seemed to help a little.Still going to
    ER to be checked out.Maybe it was a panic attack.Would that last
    2 or 3 days though,almost non-stop?I did read signs of panic(never
    had one before that I know of)and I had 5 out 9 symptoms.
    I'll let you know how things go.If you don't hear from me for a few
    days it will be becasue my parents might take me to their house if
    recommended.I live alone.
    Had a few auras with the last few days,just wondering could this
    be helping when I normally would of had seizures instead now
    panic attacks?Appreciate your opinion.
    Take care,Sherri

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    Old 08-07-2007, 07:40 PM   #6
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    Hi,

    Well,back from the ER,it was not the Ativan.It was actually
    an anxiety attack.That is why when I took another Ativan
    just for kicks about an hour before I to ER,I started to feel
    a little better.Never had a generalized anxiety attack like that
    before,only social anxiety.I thought how it was funny that a med
    for anxiety would cause that.Well,they said that since adding that
    Ativan to me other seizure meds (reason put on it)it actually helped
    me,I did not have any seizures this month,but,instead all the pressure
    build up in my brain had to come out somehow or another,so it was
    the anxiety attack.Don't know which is worse.Never had this,so scared
    the h*ll out of me,I thought I was dying.

    Good thing the doctor did not just assume it was the Ativan and
    take me off of it,or who knows what would have happened.But,since
    I had more symptoms on top the breathing issue,is why she sent me
    to ER.Thank God.Still having a little shortness of breath and headache.

    Take care,Sherri

     
    Old 08-07-2007, 08:30 PM   #7
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    I am taking this drug. I do have issues of where i feel like i cant get a good breath. It can go on all day and all nite. It gets better though when i take a pill. I know its not an anxiety attack all day, i have thought that this was caused by the medication.

     
    Old 08-08-2007, 03:44 AM   #8
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    So glad you are feeling better. Did they increase your medication?

    Did you start Zoloft today?

     
    Old 08-08-2007, 05:00 AM   #9
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    Hi j2006,

    No,they did not,they told me to talk to my doctor,and
    she also told me to call her today and let her know what
    happened at the ER.So,we'll see what she does.She had told
    me to increase on days I was having seizures,not having the
    seizures, I did not know to increase.Well,because mine are
    always before period(not real regular though)or when I think
    I should be about to start,I am going to increase whether having
    a seizure or not.

    Hi confused,

    Yes,I read that an anxiety attack can last for hours if not days,
    I don't think the panic attacks can,but,they said it was no form
    of panic I had,just the generalized anxiety.Again,I have never had
    ad GA only social anxiety.

    I'll let you all know what the doctor tells me later,she won't
    usually call until after her hours.

    My headache is gone this morning,still a little trouble breathing,
    nothing like the last 2 days,and my muscles seem a little stiff.

    Take care,Sherri

     
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