Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 320503

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ativan/lorazepam sublingually = faster effect?

Posted by profiles on March 5, 2004, at 2:38:23

Is it true that putting regular ativan under the tongue (instead of taking it with water) is faster and possibly more effective?
Does anybody know if there is a sublingual version of ativan available in the USA?

 

Re: ativan/lorazepam sublingually = faster effect? profiles

Posted by btnd on March 5, 2004, at 4:42:26

In reply to ativan/lorazepam sublingually = faster effect?, posted by profiles on March 5, 2004, at 2:38:23

> Is it true that putting regular ativan under the tongue (instead of taking it with water) is faster and possibly more effective?

Never tried other benzos - but I used to crush Klonopin to powder, and put it under my tongue. It has a minty taste, and dissolves quickly. The benefit: the onset is faster - sublingually: 5-10 mins, normally: 30-40 mins. Effectiveness is the same.
If you're looking for a faster on-set with Ativan - I suggest you give it a try, although you might not like the taste (never tried it, but heard that Ativan and Xanax have HORRIBLE taste when used sublingually/crushed.)
Just my 2 cents.

 

Re: ativan/lorazepam sublingually = faster effect?

Posted by CarolW on March 5, 2004, at 10:59:17

In reply to ativan/lorazepam sublingually = faster effect?, posted by profiles on March 5, 2004, at 2:38:23

As far as my experience went, Lorazepam is always able to be used sublingually. You should confirm with your pharmacist. I used to use 1 mg. sublingually as needed (that's how my doc prescribed it). Personally, I used to cut the pills in half and let is sit under my tongue if I was really anxious.
One warning though... Ativan is really hard to get off of for many people (including me). My psychiatrist told me it's one of the most addictive drugs (Xanax is, too). After just a month, it can begin to get addictive. And, you will probably need more and more of it to get the same effect. Just a word of caution...
Good luck to you.

 

Re: ativan/lorazepam sublingually = faster effect?

Posted by KXo on March 5, 2004, at 18:10:34

In reply to Re: ativan/lorazepam sublingually = faster effect? profiles, posted by btnd on March 5, 2004, at 4:42:26

I use Klonopin sometimes sublingually, dissolving the pill under my tongue and sometimes with water. I find it works faster when taken sublingually and it tastes like toothpaste.
Do you know why it works faster when taken sublingually?
KXo


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