Has anyone been prescribed a benzo( Ativan,lorazepam, diazepam) along with citalopram

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My doc prescribed me lorazepam to take when needed along with my citalopram. And i have had to take it a few times to calm down and Everytime I take it I feel bad that I couldn't calm myself down. Just wondering if anyone else has had something like that prescribed for them and if they have used it. Scares me coz I heard they are addictive and I don't want to. But sometimes so bad I have to take on. 0.5mg is the dose she prescribed.

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    Many medications we take need to be taken frequently.

    Yes there can be withdrawal although if done well we are ok

    Talk to your GP if you have any doubts regarding your medication

    BOB

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    I've been prescribed both also.  I have depression and anxiety.  The Citalopram helps somewhat with expression but doesn't help the anxiety much at all so I take the lorazepam at night to make sure I get good nights sleep (which I do) and if needed, I take .05 mg lorazepam during the day.  This has worked for me  until lately....now, the anxiety is wore so will see my dr in 2 wks.

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      I take 10mg Citalopram. Very sensitive to meds.  I've been taking it for about 5yrs or so. I've been taking Ativan for many years,over 10 yrs.  I've remained at same dosage. I'm probably dependent on it and maybe addicted but the low dosage I take and how it helps me are well worth it. Depression and anxiety are difficult to,live with. Quality of life is important so I believe if you're knowledgeable and respect the meds for what they can and can't do, it's an individual choice.

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    Hi, yes I was prescribed diazepam I had it for a good few weeks and took A's and when I needed it or when the panic was too much, don't feel bad for taking it you won't need it forever and you shouldn't get addicted as long as you don't take it everyday for long periods. I found that l if I took diazepam in the evening to sleep I would wake up panicking even more in the morning because I'd been so relaxed. The Drs then put me on to Propranolol which is not addictive and just calms your physical symptoms down a bit. Hope you feel better soon xx

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      How long have you been taking propranolol?  I take it also as I have essential tremor.  A well as helping with anxiety, it helps my tremors which is why it was prescribed for me. What dosage do you take?
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      I ended up having to take lorazepam 4 days in a row..... And I feel down on myself for that. But I hope it's ok I took it this much. I just couldn't calm down and was desperate.

      I heard some people take it often. I just want to feel normal again.

      What dose of citalopram are you on and for how long?

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      I'm taking 40mg of Citalopram at the moment I'll probably be on it a while dr says to keep taking it until I've had 3 months of feeling ok xx

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    Don't feel bad Hun , I used to take 3mg every morning for about 2 weeks and the occasional 4 mg at night to get me to sleep.

    All you do is try do your breathing to calm you, and if u need it u need it Hun, it helps. You won't need it for long though I promise.

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