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Ativan vs. Nortriptyline

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Panic attacks are repeated attacks of fear that can last for several minutes. See Answer

What Are Possible Side Effects of Ativan?

Most adverse reactions to benzodiazepines, including CNS effects and \respiratory depression, are dose dependent, with more severe effects occurring with high doses.

Common side effects of Ativan include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Nortriptyline?

Common side effects of Nortriptyline include:

What is Ativan?

Ativan (lorazepam) is indicated for the management of anxiety disorders or for the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety or anxiety associated with depressive symptoms. Anxiety or tension associated with the stress of everyday life usually does not require treatment with an anxiolytic.

What is Nortriptyline?

Nortriptyline hydrochloride is indicated for the relief of symptoms of depression.

Nortriptyline hydrochloride is not recommended for children.

What Drugs Interact With Ativan?

Ativan produces increased central nervous system (CNS) depressant effects when administered with other CNS depressants such as alcohol, barbiturates, antipsychotics, sedative/hypnotics, anxiolytics, antidepressants, narcotic analgesics, sedative antihistamines, anticonvulsants,and anesthetics

What Drugs Interact With Nortriptyline?

Do not take Nortriptyline if you:

Do not take an MAOI within 2 weeks of stopping Pamelor unless directed to do so by your physician.

Do not start Pamelor if you stopped taking an MAOI in the last 2 weeks unless directed to do so by your physician.

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How Should Ativan Be Taken?

Ativan (lorazepam) is administered orally. For optimal results, dose, frequency of administration, and duration of therapy should be individualized according to patient response. To facilitate this, 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg tablets are available.

The usual range is 2 to 6 mg/day given in divided doses, the largest dose being taken before bedtime, but the daily dosage may vary from 1 to 10 mg/day.

For anxiety, most patients require an initial dose of 2 to 3 mg/day given two or three times a day.

For insomnia due to anxiety or transient situational stress, a single daily dose of 2 to 4 mg may be given, usually at bedtime.

For elderly or debilitated patients, an initial dosage of 1 to 2 mg/day in divided doses is recommended, to be adjusted as needed and tolerated.

The dosage of Ativan (lorazepam) should be increased gradually when needed to help avoid adverse effects. When higher dosage is indicated, the evening dose should be increased before the daytime doses.

How Should Nortriptyline Be Taken?

Take Nortriptyline exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much Nortriptyline to take and when to take it. If you take too much Nortriptyline, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.

Do not take more Nortriptyline than prescribed.

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References

RxList. Ativan Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.rxlist.com/ativan-side-effects-drug-center.htm
DailyMed. Pamelor Prescribing Information.
https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=e17dc299-f52d-414d-ab6e-e809bd6f8acb&audience=consumer

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