6 patient evaluations for Lorazepam taken for the purpose of 'anxious mood' with a perceived effectiveness rating of Slight

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Mar 30, 2014 (Started Oct 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for social anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for panic disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for phobic disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (mood swings, crying)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: mood swings

Oct 15, 2012 (Started Oct 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for social anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for panic disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for phobic disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (mood swings, crying)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: mood swings

Mar 25, 2011 (Started Oct 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (mood swings, crying)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I only take this in an extreme case (panic attack, etc.) and it has been recommended I do not ever take this medication by my psychiatrist. However, I fear having a major panic attack and keep this on hand just in case. This medication is prescribed by my primary MD. This medication strongly affects my mood symptoms. I have to weigh the risks of taking this with having mood issues for the next couple of days. The mixture causes uncontrollable crying. It feels like I have been slam-dunked into severe depression. Very uncomfortable feeling. It passes after a day or so, but taking this Ativan is really not worth the trip. Of course feeling like I am going to come out of my skin and manic isn't very comfortable either. What to do?!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: mood swings

Jan 3, 2011 (Started Oct 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (mood swings, crying)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Altough Ativan works well for anxiety, which I have during mania, I do have a lot of problems if I take it for more than one day. It grabs ahold of the manic side of my bipolar disorder and slam dunks me into depression within 24 hours. I cry continuously for absolutely no reason and I have hallucinations. I cannot stop crying. It's like being on top of the world and falling into hell in less than 24 hours. I was almost hospitalized. It must interfere with my mood stablizer. I learned after a couple of incidents what was causing my psychotic episodes and now use Ativan only for major anxiety or panic attacks and then only once or twice a week if at all. Main problem I think is not enough communicating between my psychiatrist and my primary.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: mood swings

Nov 25, 2009 (Started Oct 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (mood swings, crying)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I was feeling very manic so I started taking this medication a couple times a day. After about 3 or 4 days of this, I changed mood dangerously fast from manic to depression with anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations, crying for no reason, it was terrible. I was so upset I could not work. I stopped immediately. Haven't taken it in a few days and I feel better. Now I am taking only Wellbutrin. I will continue to dose myself until I can get to my new psych on December 18.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: mood swings

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Oct 31, 2010 (Started Jul 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tension headaches, dizziness, eye floaters)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: On one hand I'm glad my doctor could some what manage my anxiety with the ativan till she could get me on another medication (zoloft), but on the other going off of it was difficult and the side affects of ativan almost counteract the treatment itself...my opinion is that it is good as a take as needed pill not a daily regimen.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: tension headaches, dizziness, eye floaters

Oct 8, 2010 (Started Jul 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tension headaches, dizziness, eye floaters)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This medication is extremely addictive, and shouldn't be taken for a long period of time, it should be used as needed, because once you get addicted it is very difficult to end. I'm currently in the process of going off of it, and I'm having withdrawals such as anxiety and headaches. Some unexpected side affects of this medication is eyesight issues(floaters and trouble focusing) tension headaches(pulse in the head, pressure unbearable) and sluggishness. It's extremely annoying to take it three times a day, since it only lasts six hours, and you feel the side affects fairly shortly when you skip a dose. I'd say overall that I regret having this treatment and it's caused more trouble than help.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: tension headaches, dizziness, eye floaters

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Jul 2, 2010 (Started Oct 05, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 6 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: 3 times a day made me sleep too much. I now take it twice daily

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Feb 1, 2010 (Started Apr 14, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily

Nov 30, 2009 (Started Apr 14, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Daily

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Dec 24, 2009 (Started Nov 23, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (jerky movements, shakiness worsened)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily
Side effects: jerky movements, shakiness worsened

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Nov 15, 2009 (Started Jul 11, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: just another in a long list of meds i was taking every day.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: decreased sex drive (libido)

Dec 11, 2008 (Started Jul 11, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (decreased sex drive (libido))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: My experience is that it takes the edge off of emotions. I am aware when I should have hightened emotions... i.e. marriage, birth of a baby, funerals, trauma... etc. I do feel the emotions but I dont believe that I am feeling them appropriately.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: decreased sex drive (libido)

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