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Xanax And Ativan Together?


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#1 lostanddelirious

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Posted 27 May 2008 - 09:39 AM

Can ativan and xanax be combined? I found a xanax and took it about an hour after I took a .5 mg of ativan.
Is that okay? Will it just make more drowsy???
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Posted 27 May 2008 - 11:16 AM

Can ativan and xanax be combined? I found a xanax and took it about an hour after I took a .5 mg of ativan.
Is that okay? Will it just make more drowsy???


Making it a regular practice isn't that great of an idea. Doctors don't like prescribing two benzos at once, for lots of good reasons.

Just once though should just really mellow you out, maybe even knock you out.

Assuming you don't have a paradoxical reaction. That's highly unlikely, but always possible.
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Posted 27 May 2008 - 11:53 AM

Thank you. I feel better. Considering that I have a high tolerance of ativan the xanax just made me very sleepy. Basically temporarily dimished my very depressed mood. I just woke up :mad: so I am on with my day...
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Posted 27 May 2008 - 07:20 PM

Sure sounds like it! Which is stronger? Ativan or xanax?
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Posted 16 June 2008 - 11:53 AM

There is no point in a doc scripting xanax and ativan. He should pick one or the other (or substitute one with Klonopin). They are both short-acting meds, suitable for prn use. Ativan has less abuse potential, but xanax is more potent. Ativan is kind of stupefying, more so than xanax, in my experience. This is not medical advice.

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Posted 16 June 2008 - 10:02 PM

I personally find xanax more paradoxical. I personally have mixed benzos. I don't recommend it. It's very difficult to hurt yourself with one benzo alone. Two and you're getting into a grey area. People do it, but a bigger dose of just one is probably safer. Less side effects, less interaction potential.

All the benzos do express cross tolerance. If you're tolerant to xanax, you're tolerant to ativan etc, with respect to sedation.

More or less, you should NOT do this. It's not a screaming nono like mixing in alcohol or a barb. You shouldn't get yourself to an ER, but you should definitely not do it again. Finding it rather hard to express where between 'this is safe and okay' and 'absolutely no' this is.
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