I've never been prescribed a benzo type medication before. I have taken clonidine and a few different betablockers in the past for my social anxiety issues which I only take a few times a month at most. My anxiety is okay on a day to day basis but I cannot do anything such as public presentations, being the centre of attention and have issues with things like staff meetings where I may have to speak in a group.
I'm getting married this year and as happy as I am about being married, I'm having terrible anxiety about the actual wedding ceremony and wedding. Being the centre of attention causes me to feel faint, that I can't breath, have trouble moving my lips and speaking, feel shaky, can't concentrate on what is going on around me and what I need to say and I also get red blotches on my chest/neck/upper arms when very nervous (or with any type of strong emotion).
My doctor has prescribed me sublingual lorazepam (generic Ativan) for the wedding day. These are 0.5 mg and he told me I can take 1 or 2 every 6 hours as needed the day of the wedding, but to avoid alcohol (which I will be sure to avoid with these pills). I've only been given 10 pills so will try 1 before the wedding to see how it effects me.
Just wondering if anyone has experience with sublingual Ativan?
How quickly does it work?
How long before the ceremony should I take it?
Will 0.5mg likely control the type of anxiety I have (I'm 110 lb female)?
Am I likely to appear drunk or have any other undesirable side effects?
Has anyone taken this with propranolol and/or clondine?
Any advice you can provide is appreciated. Thanks.