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Re: ZO, ELIZABETH, ANYONE: How much Ativan for Sleep?

Posted by Jaynee on April 5, 2002, at 20:57:49

In reply to ZO, ELIZABETH, ANYONE: How much Ativan for Sleep?, posted by fachad on April 5, 2002, at 10:55:08

Hi I had always taken ativan for anxiety, when it's bad. This last anxiety ridden depression, my doc, decided to try me on (Klonopin). Oh man, I had a really bad reaction to it. I had one hell of a panic attack when I took only .25mg of the stuff. As soon as I took it I broke out into a sweat and started to shake something awful. I did manage to get about 5 hours of sleep, but felt like crap when I woke up. I love the ativan, it gives me a euphoric feeling, but doesn't last long enough. I believe Valium, gives the same euphoric feeling and lasts longer.

Everyone is different, but give me the ativan over Klonopin anyday. I will never take Klonopin again. I really have to watch myself with the ativan though, because I really like that stuff.

When I was really anxious and couldn't sleep, not even a milli-second, I would some times take 2mg to 3mg of ativan. I once took 6mg's one night, and boy did I have a memory problem the next day. I found that if I took the ativan about 1/2 hour before bed it worked best, and don't do what I did when I first tried it. I would lie in bed pop the pill and expect to be sleeping in a second. That was when I took the 6mg's, because I thought it wasn't working.

Another trick I have learned is taking Passion Flower tincture. If you take about 20 to 25 drops, 3 times a day, for awhile, you don't need as much ativan, to get the same effect, and it seems to last longer.

Good luck.




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