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  • ativan

    i'm wondering if anyone has had success with this drug for ic/fm? i dont know much about it...does it cause dependency like opiods/xanax etc? i'm really trying to stay away from the meds that cause dependency....

  • #2
    I've never tried ativan, so I don't have anything to offer as far as experiences...but I do know that ativan is a benzodiazepine and is in the same class as xanax, valium, klonopin. All of these drugs have the potential for dependency.

    But I believe some on here have had benefits from using these drugs. They are normally used for people with anxiety/panic attacks.

    I would talk to your uro about it.

    Nicole blink


    • #3
      I have taken Ativan for occasional use when I have been very panicky about something. You can become addicted to it so I don't think it is a good long-term medication.

      It also makes me very very drowsy and dilates my pupils so I have a hard time reading after I have taken it but it really calms me down.


      • #4
        I take ativan, and would be lost without it. When I get to hurting bad, and feel a flare starting, I get really uptight, which then only makes the pain worse. Usually just one little ativan makes me feel better and cope better as well. Best of luck to you. grouphug
        Wishing you the best, today, tomorrow, and always! Sheri G


        • #5
          I am one of those people who can NOT take ativan it really brings out the meanest in me out it makes me so ill i can't even stand my self but on the other hand i do great on my klonpin's ativan is just a drug that just doesnt mix with my system.
          Medicine taken daily or as needed:
          1. Heaprin and Marcaine rescue installment 1 to 3x daily as needed.
          2. MS.Cotin 100mg 3x daily
          3. MSIR 30mg 1 or 2 every 4-6hrs as needed for breakthrew pain.
          4. Fentanyl 100 mg Change every 48hrs.
          5. Gentamicin 80mg install after each rescue treatment
          5 Leviquin 500mg self start as needed.
          6. Klonopin 1 or 2 daily as needed.
          7. Prosed/DS as 1 every 6hrs as needed.

          I have IC, but IC doesn't have me anymore!


          • #6
            I take .5 mg Ativan, have taken it for years. Long story, but an allergist prescribed it for "pseudo-asthma" which I do not have. The idea was that it would help me breathe better. As it turns out, my breathing problems were related to tightened muscles in my pelvic/abdominal area from the IC pain. Anyway, I only used Ativan when I think I need it. It is great for the nights when I can't sleep due to pain--I take one before going to bed or if I wake up in the middle of the night and know that I won't/can't go back to sleep. Doc told me that .5 mg is a miniscule amount, but I never have the urge to take anymore. On days when I am pain-free (seldom, but they do occur), I don't even think about taking Ativan. I would say if it helps, do what it takes. I have no side effects--takes about an hour to work. Good luck!


            • #7
              P.S. I take Lorazepam, the generic which is cheaper.