Does intake of Ativan help in treating anxiety?
I have been taking .5 mg (half a tablet) for the past two days. I would like to take on a PRN basis. Would it be possible that just a few of these pills would be able to calm my anxiety enough that I wouldn't have to take a long term med? I would really prefer not to take a long term med.
Psychotherapy and Ativan PRN.
Welcome to HCM.
I can understand your concerns.
Ativan is working for your health related anxiety.
I would like to tell you that anxiety disorder is a recurring and relapsing condition.
Your symptoms related to a particular body part may be resolved for now. But then, health related anxiety can manifest in any form/symptom.
You can take ativan on PRN basis. I would also like to advice CBT and relaxation exercises for you. You can consult a trained CBT specialist or a psychotherapist for the same. Practicing these techniques can calm down your anxiety for long term.
Hope this helps.
Feel free to ask further.
Depends on rapport.
You are most welcome.
Actually, effectiveness of CBT (or any psychotherapy) depends on the rapport established between the client and therapist.
If you feel comfortable online, it can prove as effective as in-person CBT.
Hope this answers your query satisfactorily.
Kindly close the discussion if you are satisfied with response and give your valuable feedback.
Dr. Shubham Mehta, MD(Psychiatry).
Wellbutrin is weight-neutral.
Zoloft is a good drug but you have to take it for long term. It takes 1-2 weeks to show its effect.
At present, if your anxiety is well controlled by ativan, I would not suggest you to start this.
Almost all psychotropic drugs can cause weight gain. Wellbutrin is considered to be weight neutral.
If you are thinking to use Zoloft, wellbutrin can be an option too.
Hope this answers your query.
I think 10 days ativan is sufficient for you.
You can take it on PRN basis.
Practice relaxation exercises simultaneously.
If you have any further queries, you are always welcome.
Wish you well.
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