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Unread 07-20-2007, 06:23 PM
Ativan--anyone else take this?

I finally called my dr today and told them that I have averaged less than 3 hours of sleep every night since last Saturday. I also have zero appetite and am nauseated when I do try to eat. So I get a prescription of Ativan, 1 mg, 5 pills, take 1 tablet twice a day as needed for anxiety. Sure hope this gets me thru the weekend. My pre-op appt is on Monday and I'm afraid after that appt my anxiety will really get worse. I wonder if he will prescribe me more at the pre-op to take from Monday until I check in to the castle on Wednesday. Only 1mg, but it seems to help, I am terrible sleepy....still don't feel like eating nerves are shot!!!

Anyone else take this??

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Unread 07-20-2007, 07:50 PM

I take the generic version, lorazepam. I have a panic disorder and take them "as needed". For me they are a lifesaver! I call them my "chill pill". They will make you drowsy. Sometimes I'll take just a 1/2 if I just need to take the edge off, but don't want to be dopey. They work pretty quick. If you're worried about more anxiety up to your surg. date, ask for more! I know I'll be getting a refill to keep on hand before my surgery!
Unread 07-21-2007, 10:28 PM
Ativan--anyone else take this?

I also take Lorazapam, generic form of Ativan. I have anxiety attacks and in the middle of one, my DH gives me one of those pills and it really calms me down so I don't hyperventilate.
I also have GAD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, so that helps w/ that too. In the last couple weeks I've also had insomnia but the Ativan hasn't been helping w/ that. So I've been taking OTC sleep aids for that,so far that's helped me sleep better. My surgery isn't until Sept. but I feel like I am in anxiety overload lately
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Unread 07-22-2007, 08:33 AM
Ativan--anyone else take this?

Works great to relieve anxiety and promote relaxation (when taken at bedtime), but it can make you drowsy or impair your judgment or reaction time, so do be careful about driving when you are taking it.

My dr. gave me a sleeping pill to take the night before the surgery so I would not be unable to sleep.

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