I Need Help With Ativan Info

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dexter Says:

I was proscribed klonapin about a year ago i took it for about 3 weeks i stopped because it made me depressed. then a summer passed i got it again with celexa the same thing happened again i stoppped taking it. i was put on xanax 1mg i started on .25 but ended up 1mg 3 times a day. this did not wokr the anxiety was still there and i was more aggiteated and stressed then usualy they made me calm but nothing. after i went back to my dr he put me on valium i took 2 5mg one day the next i tried 10mg the day after 20mg split up into the morning and the night, but the valium had absolutly no effect one me i did not feel anything like i hadnt even taken them. my anxiety is very severe to the point were i am stressed i have migrains 5 days out of the week every day, my hands shake alot and they sweat constandtly. i was put on ativan 3 tablets of 1mg 3 times a day i took one earlier but they dont start acting until 2 hours after you take them. i need help on what the ativan should do and will do to help me with my anxety and panic attacks. the panic attacks hit me about 5-6 times a day and they can happen at any point even if i am sitting in a room with nothing in it nothing going on.

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dexter Says:

i am only 18 years old. this is not a joke and this is seriously a pronlem i have faced for over 10 years now but it has been the worste now

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dexter Says:

i have taken the second one and still no calming feeling

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marcia Says:

There ar emany reasons for anxiety. My brother and daughter suffer and it seems to be related to insulin resistance. Maybe you should if there is a problem with your sugar

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Nick Says:

Dexter,

So sorry to hear about your anxiety issues. Marcia makes a good point that there can be underlying causes.

Have you only seen an M.D. so far, or have you also seen a psychiatrist? The causes of your anxiety may be physical in nature, or mental/emotional in nature.

Do you know if there are any specific triggers before you have an anxiety attack? For instance, can you try paying more attention to your thoughts during the day, and then try to pinpoint if you were thinking of specific things each time the attack started? That might help to determine if the anxiety attacks are mental/emotional in nature. You may be sitting in a room with nothing going on, but your mind can still take you anywhere with it. The mind is so powerful that it can create strong responses from the body.

Also, how long do your panic attacks usually last for?

I wish I could offer you more specific advice - It is my hope that your doctor is open to approaching your symptoms from all angles, including holistic ones. I send my best to you. Please post back with any other details you can think of.

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dexter Says:

There is no trigger to the anxiety. It happens on and off. The sever attacks last for 4 plus hours.At the moment i have only seen a M.D. but am on the way to see a psychiatrist. I have had the thinking of maybe it is smoething i had to think about or somehting along those lines but it isn't.I just got back from the DR about 10 min ago. thank you for your posts. I will post back in a while awaiting your next post.

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Nick Says:

What sort of thoughts enter your mind WHILE you are having the anxiety? Or is it like a numbing attack and a fear of life in general? If your anxiety attack or "inner voice" was saying something to you, what would it be?

I know these are abstract questions, but our body uses signals to tell us something. Good idea to go to the psychiatrist, so far it sounds like your M.D. has not been able to isolate the cause yet. Good luck and keep us all posted...

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dexter Says:

There usualy isn't a voice when it is an out of the blue attack... but most of them are crap how am i going ot get that work done, or how am i going to go do this and this today. There is no general type part of it when it is an inner voice. i dont hear anything it is my thaghts are more of crap how am i going to get this dont. i procrastinate on mostly everything because i don't want to deal with the anxiety. Sorry for the typing but im having one right now...sigh. it is in the works to see a psyciatrist.

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dexter Says:

i would say both.

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Nick Says:

It sounds like runaway thoughts which have taken you over. Even if you are not specifically aware of thoughts before the anxiety sets in, there are most likely sponsoring thoughts. The more you practice "observing" your thoughts instead of being them, the less of an effect they will have on you. It will also allow you to become more aware of why they are triggering anxiety attacks.

Of course, this is only part of the picture, and professional care is always recommened. I'm just speaking to you from one person to another.

There are many holistic options available for treatment as well, which take a direct approach to healing any mental or emotional causes. They take the stance that the human body is designed by nature to heal itself, and that blockages in our energy system (including mental energy) can cause all sorts of problems.

At this point, are you able to imagine yourself being free? By free, I mean free from crippling feelings. Walking freely down a sandy beach, or simply letting all your worries go?

One day you may indeed be at the point where you decide to say F*!k it and realize that nothing is important enough to ruin your day over. All things eventually pass, and all that matters is that you can find one thing, no matter how small, to feel joyful for right now. It can be as simple as a chocolate bar.

I'm just trying to throw as many ideas out there for you as possible, to help ease your pain between now and the time you are able to see a psychiatrist.

Have you ever heard of holistic methods such as EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), or The Sedona Method? Those are alternative approaches which may serve you as well. Hang in there!

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taylor Says:

OMG don't start the ativan whatever you do...I took it for 2 years and had the worst withdrawls for almost 4 months. It is one of the worst drugs to come off of. There is very little info on coming off it, but I know first hand it was worse than anything I have ever expierenced...It can take up to 18 months to completly stop? I was lucky and only had a few months. In stopped cold turkey and was awake for 9 days straight....BADD STUFF...IF YOU TAKE DON';T TAKE IT FOR VERY LONG!!!!

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taylor Says:

Also The ativan will make you severly depressed.Not at first but, down the road after you are on it awhile I ws very sucidal and it is why I stopped. ATVIN bad [email protected]#

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dexter Says:

I'm not going ot take any of the meds. till this point i have delt with it my own pay to not deal with it i would go on with my day and fele fine. i only started tlkaing to a dr about this stupid anxiety nonsence maybe 8 months ago. it has been bad but im the kind fo perosn that cna keep a lot of pain in or whatnot not trying to sound like a big man or anything,,, but i mean hell im 18 man its hard. i stopped the ativan i only took it like 3 times it didnt even work. i was thinking about aqupuncture or something along those lines. im not going to end up a vegt head form some crazed psyc making me take 200 diff meds.i try ot not let it rule my life i have days where i just say f it and go on with ym day. but there are some where i dont want ot get out of bed and deal with everything that day. and nick no i have not tryed any of those. seriously thank you everyone who has posted back this has seriously helped and is still helping. my reluctancy for seeing a psyc is that im not willing to be some test subject.i find a better prospective on a website like this then talking to some theropist. you guys have gone throught this and can understand where im coming from. sorry for the late posts. i check this usualy every hour. thank you to all who have posted back

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dexter Says:

I am not willing to take the long term drugs the ones oh yah take this for a month see how it feels ive tryed that junk twice. made me depressed and i stoppped i will only deal with xanax or valium something along those lines but yes screw ativan and all its nonsencefull suicide bulls%^$&

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dexter Says:

when you mena free in that sence i was for about 2 months. i was in europe for those 2 months with my paretns and my sster. the usual day was wake up go to a cafe. go eat dinner and go out that night usualy to a club. im not going to lie i drank a lot in these 2 months maybe a good portion of it was me drinking. not to hide the anxiety becasue not to much was there i felt free there. it was good i felt no pressures or obligations. it was just vacation. there was one week where it got really bad somehting had happened a fmaily member had died and i eneded up drinking very heavily for 6 days ever night i imght have had 16 shots of tequila and about 4-5 beers but that was months ago. once i came ack it was fine for the first 2 months then once school started up again and before it did i started feeling the anxiety again. this makes me look like a bad person buut im really not. i just wantto get rif od this and just tel it to f^&k off anf let me bee.

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Nick Says:

Well Dexter you sound level headed enough to know what you want and what you do not want. There is no judgment for you drinking a lot, I'm sure most of us have been there at one point or another.

To tell you the truth I feel relieved and excited for you that you have already made the decision that you do not want to become drugged up all the time.

I feel that I can share some other knowledge with you at this point, since you don't feel very strongly about needing medications. I always try to be sensitive to everyone's position and needs, and I first wanted to make sure that you would not feel threatened by the idea that you can overcome your anxieties naturally.

One of the most influential authors in my life, Eckhart Tolle, stated that the more we identify with our mind and thoughts, the more suffering we create for ourselves. He says that allowing the present moment to be as it is without judging or needing anything from it, is the key to inner peace.

This basically means that while we need our mind because it is a powerful TOOL (when used correctly), the problems arise when we mistake the mind for WHO we are. I don't know if that makes sense, but I will try to give you an example.

I was once very stressed out and anxious about going in for a surgery I needed. Particularly about getting put to sleep with anethesia and waking up feeling like crap. My mind raced for days before and I was hardly able to sleep properly. My digestive system was all out of whack because of my nerves, and my mind kept replaying terrible scenarios over and over. Now, the surgery came and went, and I can say that it was nowhere near as horrible as I thought it would be. My mind had made it out to be 100 times worse than it actually was. The mind tends to do that. But the reason things are never as bad as the mind makes them out to be is because all events unfold in the moment of NOW. The present moment is never really threatening - it is our judgment of the present moment that makes it unbearable sometimes.

So my whole point with that story is that we should try as best as we can not to take things very seriously. I don't know what your religious/spiritual beliefs are, or if you believe in life after death. But one undeniable fact is that we aren't going to be on this earth forever. So anything that seems so horrible or important, will be gone sooner or later. If we can look at that fact from the right perspective, we can immediately be liberated from all of our problems.

You see, we are not who our birth certificates say we are, we are not our jobs, we are not what people label us. Society has conditioned us to be fear based, with negativity bombarding us from all corners. Fear, violence, spending money, attacking our enemies, etc etc, seem to be the main motivations behind much of what we as a society do.

I may have gotten a little off track here, but I really think you can use this anxiety as a tool for growth. It is through our greatest adversities that we can learn the most about ourselves ... the suffering that will set us free in the end. When we've had absolutely enough of all the madness then we can let it all go and realize that we are truly FREE in the end. Because all things pass, the only constant thing that remains through it all is our consciousness (life). I hope that makes sense.

All I can say is to use this opportunity to remember who you really are. Let go of what your thoughts tell you and know you are infinite potential. If you allow things to be as they are and let go of putting so much pressure on yourself, then you will be one step closer to freedom. After all, true freedom is an inner state.

I'm signing off for the night, so I'll be able to check back tomorrow afternoon sometime.

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dexter Says:

nick you good sir are the kind of person i have been searching for to talk to. maybe some psyciatist might have sad some of those things but very doughtfull in my mind. there first line is hey here are some pills well fix you right up..... I wish there was some other way for you and myself to speak. this message board is great but only if you would be willing to talk to me outside of this basis would be amazing. i think there is a god, but i am not to into anything atm. if you choose to i would like you to email me.. prolly a bad idea to put it up but oh well. i cna always change it... please send me something at mechlab at comcast .net you seriously seem like one of the most reasonable poeple that i have ever tlkaed to online. thank you for all your help. i completly understand what you were saying and where you were coming form. again thank you and i hope you send an email.

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Jane Says:

I started taking Ativan about 8 months ago. I take .5mg twice a day. It worked in the beginning...but now I feel tired and depressed. I have COPD and it makes my breathing worse. How hard is it to withdraw? I would like to get off this

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rex Says:

Chloradiazapoxide might be the benzo for uu oxapam is great for ptsd and severe anxiaty also great for sleep

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dyslexic Says:

I take 6mg ATIVAN a day I take 2mg 3 times a day , 6am -2pm-10pm that way you don't wait for it to work because I covers you for the day . I am not an addictive person so I can tolerate 6mg , I have to take a AD has well, has depression can happen if on a large mg of Ativan so the AD covers that . I took it 35 years

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Dr H Says:

I usually prescribe Ativan and Zoloft together for someone that has the problems that you are describing. You will not see immediate results with this treatment because the Zoloft has to build up in your body and you start at a low dose of Zoloft and work up to the therapeutic dose. Zoloft increases the serotonin in your brain and this has to be a gradual increase otherwise you will have some side effects that you really do not want. Talk to your doctor about adding Zoloft to your medication. I have had excellent results with this combination and have been able after a couple of months I have been able to lower the dose of Ativan.

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