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Re: Help with anxiety/benzos: Xanax/Ativan? cache-monkey

Posted by Fred23 on October 8, 2004, at 19:33:47

In reply to Re: Help with anxiety/benzos: Xanax/Ativan?, posted by cache-monkey on October 7, 2004, at 13:47:35

> So I'm wondering about Ativan. Anyone have experiences with it? Efficacy? Any sort of "hang over" effect?

After spending a few months working with it, and getting my GP to up the dose once, so far, it seems that it may be the trickiest one to take effectively.

Therefore it is likely that it is not being prescribed in an effective way, leading patients to think that it "doesn't work." Which then means they have to "choose" between Xanax or Klonopin.

What I've learned so far:
1. I takes at least as four time as much Ativan to be as effective as Xanax.
2. Its duration of action is much shorter than its rated half-life, so a dose is needed every 6 hours or so.
3. Real Ativan is needed; the generic is useless.
4. It takes longer to find the "right" daily dose, so more upping of the dosage may be needed along the way.
5. Ativan has a more human "feel" to it than Xanax, which is somewhat distancing.




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