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Dont let people scare you. I was on ativan (probably a higher dose than that) on a daily basis for about a year and a half along with zoloft for depression and anxiety when i was in high school. My anxiety got under control and i just stopped taking both drugs all together because i didnt feel i needed them anymore, not because my dr or anyone told me to- my dr would have kept perscribing them had i kept going. No weaning off, no side effects, no withdrawls, nothing. The only reason i need an ativan now a days (which i dont even have) is when my anxiety gets really bad and i know im going to have an anxiety attack, which is most days. Not sure why everybody has such problems with this medication though- so i dont see why you would have a problem.
I took benzos daily to treat muscular spasms. I too was concerned enough about addiction to ask my doctor about it. I was told that since I was taking it as prescribed for a medical condition and didn’t have an addictive personality, it wouldn’t be a problem. I was also told that when it was time to come off, there’d be help available. Neither of those things was true.
I’m not going to describe what happened to me as it was truly horrific. Instead I’m going to give you the advice that I wish had been given to me. Seek healthy ways to address your insomnia and anxiety even if it requires a bit of work on your part. Benzodiazepines don’t cure anything and can potentially leave you much, much worse off than you were.
So my answer, based on my personal experience, is no. It isn’t safe to take Ativan (or any other benzo) on a daily basis.
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As a Pharmacist, I would see no problem if taking that dose daily. There would be minimal addiction potential at that dose, but probably very little therapeutic effect too.
If you really need it & the benefits outweigh the negatives for your personal situation then you kinda of don’t have a choice. Try not to take them long term. Benzos aren’t even designed to be taken for more than 6 months (and that’s max)… Hopefully your dr did that and analyzed your situation…
Sadly not all do very well though in regards to that especially in the states where overprescriptipn of such drugs is becoming a problem.
Watch your memory turn into a goldfish though from using that everyday. Just a heads up lol.
And it is likely that you will have to up your dose if you plan on using benzos long term, which I don’t reccomend. Before you know it the dose you mentioned will barley do anything. It’s called tolerance my friend.
I speak from experience previously using low doses of benzos to deal with horrible anxiety due to certain things. Luckily I tapered my self off them. Severe memory & cognitive issues being the main reason as they worked wonders otherwise. They are helpful though. Only if you really need them – You and your hopefully not prescription trigger happy dr can help you decide that.
Also everyday use of benzos for a month or more can lead to addiction and or physical dependence. Which isn’t a pretty sight. Technically benzo withdrawl is more dangerous & apparently worse of an experience than opiate withdrawl. So that sounds bad. Something I’ve also had to go through – opiate withdrawal not benzo wd. Thank God I didn’t take benzos for too long so I didn’t get too dependent. : But don’t take my word for it only. Look online at the countless benzo addiction and withdrawl experiences.
Anyways. Best of luck dealing with your anxiety. There are more natural ways too so I suggest looking into that. And I know for some it doesn’t suffice but good sleeping habits, daily I tense excersise for 30mins and minimizing drug use helps for some too.
If the no medication route isn’t your thing look int maybe less harmful but still kinda bad anxiety reducing drugs like medical cannabis or lyrica.
Ativan 1 mg is a medication that is used to treat the mental disease known as anxiety. Ativan belongs to the benzodiazepines class of drugs and they act directly on the central nervous system, which will indeed create a cooling effect. They will in fact enhance various natural chemicals that are present in the body.
How to use Ativan Pills
Your pharmacist or doctor can really guide you in using Ativan drug as there are various ways of using it. If not used in the right way, it can have more complications on your mental and physical health.
The medication can be taken by mouth either alone or along with the food based on the instructions given by the doctor. Based on your age and medical condition, the dosage of Ativan can vary. If you take this drug as per the correct instructions from your doctor, then you will be getting the best results. You also need to take the drug at the same time each day.
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Yes, if your doctor has prescribed this medication. If used for anxiety I would suggest it short term. You need to learn from professionals how to cope with your anxiety as dependence and tolerance of this drug can occur.
I have a psychiatrist from Columbia/Yale prescribing me .5 mg 2x per day. I started at .25 now I’m taking .75 and I am comfortable with that as a maximum. I could not function before. I had a panic attack and was in the ER. I don’t leave the house and I am in constant fear. So… the benefits outweigh the risk for now. Listen to your doctor and if you want get a second opinion. Do not listen to people on here who are not familiar with your own unique situation and are not medical professionals.
After just finishing a 2-month taper off 0.5 mg of Ativan, all I can say is don’t even try it. That tiny pill will become a craving every day. I took it for three months, one pill daily, and was crawling the walls, waiting for my next pill. Try anything else—just not this drug. It’s evil in a capsule, believe me. There are other ways to deal with anxiety—tapping, yoga, meditation, deep breathing, and other methods. Talk with your doctor about an alternative to Ativan, as this drug is very addictive. I have tapered off, but am still experiencing rebound insomnia. Damn near ruined my life.
Ask your doctor more about it. Seriously. That’s a very low dose. Xanax is dangerous and Valium is a bad idea because it’s a 24 hour drug. Ativan wears off completely in three to four hours.
Are you sure this isn’t anxiety talking? It’s something I’m familiar with
Addicts are psychologically dependent. You’re worried about physical dependency. It’s different. But the real problem is what anxiety can do to you. It’s not an inconvenience. When you get Ativan it’s a condition.
The possible alternative is propanol and melatonin but that doesn’t work for every one. But we’re not doctors- so take your meds and talk to yours.
No medication is okay to take on a daily basis because it’s not making it go away, it’s just masking it. Depending on how long you have been on it, and if you take it every night.. Everyone’s body is different. But if you have been on it for more than 6 months and take it every night, and then just quit, then yes, you are going to feel some sort of withdrawal symptoms. A huge side effect can be seizures which can be life threatening. Benzos are one of the only medications that you can die from from withdrawals. I would consult a physician if you need help.
It may be safe under the supervision of a licensed provider. Lorazepam (Ativan) is a Schedule IV controlled substance, which means that is has a low potential for abuse relative to the drugs and other substances in Schedule III, e.g., anabolic steroids and Ketamine. Abuse may lead to physical or psychological dependence relative to the drugs or other substances in schedule III.