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Hey guys. I have a prescription for Ativan (lorazepam) for panic attacks, but I'm afraid to try it. I would appreciate if those of you who have used Ativan, or any other benzo (Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, etc.) would tell me what your experience with them has been like. What do they make you feel like? If you take one in the middle of a panic attack, does the panic go away?

Also, do you swallow the tablet or take it sublingually (dissolve under tongue)?

Thank you very much.
[QUOTE=Timber]Hey guys. I have a prescription for Ativan (lorazepam) for panic attacks, but I'm afraid to try it. I would appreciate if those of you who have used Ativan, or any other benzo (Valium, Xanax, Klonopin, etc.) would tell me what your experience with them has been like. What do they make you feel like? If you take one in the middle of a panic attack, does the panic go away?

Also, do you swallow the tablet or take it sublingually (dissolve under tongue)?

Thank you very much.[/QUOTE]

Hi there. I take Xanax. I take .25 two or three times a day depending on how high my anxiety level is. Lately I've been taking it three times a day. The only effect I feel is that I'm more calm. I don't feel "woozy", "foggy", "out of it", "high" or anything else like that. Sometimes I do feel just slightly dizzy for a few seconds, but that's about it. It's been a lifesaver for me lately. I just hope that I can overcome this bout so I can quit taking it. I hope this helped you!
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Benzos feel pretty dam good, especially if your having a panic attack. They can be used on an as needed basis and they kick butt for acute attacks. The only problem i had with them is that i built a tolerance to the previously effective thereauputic dose and i didnt want to keep raising the dosage. Many fortunate panic sufferers do not build tolerance though. I'm jeolous.

Take the Ativan without food because it absorbs in your stomach. You dont need to sit and wait for it to dissolve under your toungue. Just swallow it with a glass of water. Ativan is an extremely safe medication and has no adverse effects on the liver (Serax also). All of the benzodiazepines are even safe in overdose. Just make sure you take it exactly as prescribed and do not escalate the dosage on your own or fall into a temptation to take more. Tell your doctor if the prescribed dosage is still not working effectively enough to control your panic symtoms. Remember, Ativan works better on an empty stomach. The other benzos, it doesnt matter.

good luck
i am taking xanax .25mg 3 times a day.. i feel nothing but better... no side effects at all for me.. i sleep all night also without waking up 5 or more times for no reason.. i was afraid to try a benzo at first like many people are but it turned out they just work for me and i was worried about nothing.. good luck with whatever you decide to do.
Hey everybody, thanks a lot. Your posts are very helpful and reassuring. I'm especially glad to hear that no one feels "drugged" or strange on the benzos. That was my biggest worry.
I was afraid of this too. I've had a bottle of xanax for a month and have been too afraid to take a .25mg pill because I have a child and didn't want to be a zombie or something. Thanks to all for helping us feel better.





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