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Old 05-16-2008, 08:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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my doc prescribed .5mg to start with. it helped a little bit.
then increased to 1 mg.

I saw on the internet that the normal dose for lorazepam is 2 - 3 mg.
is that correct?
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Old 05-16-2008, 08:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know the exact range but try to stay as low as possible. If 0.5mg works, then take 0.5mg. I took 0.5mg for 6 months+ and it worked well throughout.
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I dont know the chemical name but I believe your speaking of Ativan.

In this case, the dose should be started at 1mg per day. This is under the assumption that no prior tolerance to benzos exists. This is effective for treating anxiety for most people for around one to two months.

After one month, the dose should be increased to 2-3mg per day depending on how the patient is responding.

This dose should be maintained until the patient develops tolerance.

After this happens, the patient should receive a dose of no less than 4mg per day of Ativan.

Because I am a scientist now (officially), I recommend an 8mg/day dose once the patient is tolerant to the 4mg dose. It seems that for many people, a fairly large dose of benzodiazepines once tolerance has occurred seems to maintain the anxiolytic effects of the drug without the prominent sedative effects as well.

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use benzos prn and you wont run into any trouble
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I take 2mg.
Once I took 4mg by mistake and was going all slurry and fell over.
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I dont know the chemical name but I believe your speaking of Ativan.

In this case, the dose should be started at 1mg per day. This is under the assumption that no prior tolerance to benzos exists. This is effective for treating anxiety for most people for around one to two months.

After one month, the dose should be increased to 2-3mg per day depending on how the patient is responding.

This dose should be maintained until the patient develops tolerance.

After this happens, the patient should receive a dose of no less than 4mg per day of Ativan.

Because I am a scientist now (officially), I recommend an 8mg/day dose once the patient is tolerant to the 4mg dose. It seems that for many people, a fairly large dose of benzodiazepines once tolerance has occurred seems to maintain the anxiolytic effects of the drug without the prominent sedative effects as well.

Thank you Winston Churchill.
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This advice is horrible. You better be joking.

You want to titrate* till you reach an optimal dose. If it means 0.25mg then you take 0.25mg.

Try to take the benzo. prn and you will have reduced chance of developing tolerance. You might even be able to continue taking the same dose (for months/years/ however long you need it) you started at.

The upper end for lorazepam is 6mg and this is for severe situations such as surgery (according to a nurse I talked to awhile back).

* titrate = start small and build up till you find a dose that works for you.
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I dont know the chemical name but I believe your speaking of Ativan.

In this case, the dose should be started at 1mg per day. This is under the assumption that no prior tolerance to benzos exists. This is effective for treating anxiety for most people for around one to two months.

After one month, the dose should be increased to 2-3mg per day depending on how the patient is responding.

This dose should be maintained until the patient develops tolerance.

After this happens, the patient should receive a dose of no less than 4mg per day of Ativan.

Because I am a scientist now (officially), I recommend an 8mg/day dose once the patient is tolerant to the 4mg dose. It seems that for many people, a fairly large dose of benzodiazepines once tolerance has occurred seems to maintain the anxiolytic effects of the drug without the prominent sedative effects as well.

Thank you Winston Churchill.
NO NO NO NO
This advice is horrible. You better be joking.

You want to titrate* till you reach an optimal dose. If it means 0.25mg then you take 0.25mg.

Try to take the benzo. prn and you will have reduced chance of developing tolerance. You might even be able to continue taking the same dose (for months/years/ however long you need it) you started at.

The upper end for lorazepam is 6mg and this is for severe situations such as surgery (according to a nurse I talked to awhile back).

* titrate = start small and build up till you find a dose that works for you.
i agree his advice was pretty ****ty
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I dont know the chemical name but I believe your speaking of Ativan.

In this case, the dose should be started at 1mg per day. This is under the assumption that no prior tolerance to benzos exists. This is effective for treating anxiety for most people for around one to two months.

After one month, the dose should be increased to 2-3mg per day depending on how the patient is responding.

This dose should be maintained until the patient develops tolerance.

After this happens, the patient should receive a dose of no less than 4mg per day of Ativan.

Because I am a scientist now (officially), I recommend an 8mg/day dose once the patient is tolerant to the 4mg dose. It seems that for many people, a fairly large dose of benzodiazepines once tolerance has occurred seems to maintain the anxiolytic effects of the drug without the prominent sedative effects as well.

Thank you Winston Churchill.
NO NO NO NO
This advice is horrible. You better be joking.

You want to titrate* till you reach an optimal dose. If it means 0.25mg then you take 0.25mg.

Try to take the benzo. prn and you will have reduced chance of developing tolerance. You might even be able to continue taking the same dose (for months/years/ however long you need it) you started at.

The upper end for lorazepam is 6mg and this is for severe situations such as surgery (according to a nurse I talked to awhile back).

* titrate = start small and build up till you find a dose that works for you.
i agree his advice was pretty @#%$
I am a scientist. I have a degree. I am smart and know many things and know how to properly use big words.

This makes my opinions more valuable because I have established credibility. If I think 8mg/day is good eventually then this is how it will be.

The whole argument that you must only take as much as necessary is bunk. This is because if some of the medication works good then alot of the medication will work GREAT. Also you invariably develop tolerance to benzos with daily use.

There are no logical inconsistencies within my argument. It cannot be refuted.

6mg Ativan is a wussy dose. It equals 2.41mg Klonopin. My dad was on 4mg/day Ativan and he was only messed up for part of the day on that. If any doc said I was getting 6mg of Ativan for surgery I would take a **** on his shoe and piss on his leg.

For any surgery I get, I demand high doses of Fentanyl and Versed. This is standard for "real" surgeries that actually are painful.
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I am a scientist. I have a degree. I am smart and know many things and know how to properly use big words.

This makes my opinions more valuable because I have established credibility. If I think 8mg/day is good eventually then this is how it will be.
But diploma mill degrees don't count, scott (just kidding). It might be wise to use some emoticons so people know you are joking.

Personally, I've been using .5mg off and on for several years now. I've seen too many people develop a tolerance to the drug and then they have to keep uping the dosage. It is not a good situation to get into. The drug also affects one's memory. I know I need a break from the drug when I start forgetting everything.
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8mg sounds far too much for a person with social anxiety
for severe mental illnesses or extreme cases as one off then yeah but maybe if you were on an I.V drip in hospital. All the doctors and psychiatrists i have seen do not prescribe anyone 8MG for generalized or social anxiety disorder.

Its different for everyone when it comes to tolerance
Most people will start with any benzo on either 0.25 or 0.5 bare in mind diazepam is 10 times less potent than Clonazepam and alprazolam and 5 times less potent than lorazepam (Ativan) so all i can advise is what i was prescribed to begin with
i started on 0.5MG three times a day followed by 0.5MG four times a day (i do not know why they did not give me the pill in 2MG form instead of four little pills) and i found that between 2-4MG of lorazepam is more than enough, much more and it does help social anxiety and it calms me right down and i am able to look at things logically
heck, on 1MG i am able to see things more realistically and do not feel as anxious

There is no real normal dose as everyone has different forms of anxiety, some are higher than others so they will need a stronger med or a higher dose.
For someone who is physically ill aswell as socially anxious may be on higher doses of benzos for the pain. My dads first wife had heart problems and was put on diazepam to calm her body down and her heart rate stabilized

Going by what u have said, i think you are doing well on the dose you are on
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8mg must be a joke, there is no doubt about this. When I started taking lorazepam 1mg was enough for most of social situations. 2mg was literaly killing my SA. Now I need 3mg so some tolerance is building up.

Lorazepam is very effective for my SA but there are problems with addiction, tolerance and impairment of cognitive functions.
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I built up a tolerance wicked quick. By my 5th dose I was up to 3 mg. Then I ran out of the stuff and never refilled my prescription.
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i have been on benzos for 8 years now. just about all of them to find the right combo to control my severe SA, and panic w/agoraphobia. i am now on ativan 2mg qid and prn for a total of 8mg a day, 10mg if i need it (10mg/day is the MAX dose and IS considered a therapeutic dose. of course you have to be tolerant and have horrible anx to need that much. it does not sedate me at all). i am also on tranxene 15mg twice daily. (plus lexapro, dexedrine, and clonidine)... so yes, it is prescribed in doses that high. but it is not often AT ALL! i've seen 0.5mg make someone act like they're drunk and not remember it. guess it just depends.
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Some seriously bad advice given here.

1 mg of Ativan = 5-10 mg of Valium

Please read for yourself about half lives and duration of action

I would not get dependent on this drug
I made that mistake and paid for it.

I am glad to be off of that poison.
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http://www.benzo.org.uk/bzequiv.htm
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.5-2mg would be the average for anxiety while dosages around 2-4mg are more often used for insomnia. Getting above 2mg is difficult and above 4 usually near impossible. Also pointless. If you've surpassed 4mg the tolerance has probably reached a level that lorazepam at minimum but possibly all benzos are no longer useful enough and you should be looking at something that can be taken more regularly long term.
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Some seriously bad advice given here.

1 mg of Ativan = 5-10 mg of Valium

Please read for yourself about half lives and duration of action

I would not get dependent on this drug
I made that mistake and paid for it.

I am glad to be off of that poison.
how were you able to get off
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can somebody tell me how can i get off ativan
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Ativan suspends excellent in water
I did a water titration.

It was long and slow but I am free now of drugs and feeling great.
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can somebody tell me how can i get off ativan
How much are you on and for how long ?

There were websites to helP guide people off benzos.
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