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15 Apr 2003

xanor & ativan
Dear Cybershrink

What is Xanor and Ativan? Why are they prescribed? What are the side-effects, especially if they are precribed together?

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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

Dear worried,
Well, they're generally used to relieve the symptoms of anxiety --- so if they're worrying you, that's not a great idea ! They are both members of the benzodiazepine family of drugs, relatives of Valium. They can relieve smptoms of anxiety, and are sedative. So they tend to make one sleepy, perhaps unsteady on one's feet, and perhaps not reliable as a driver or for operating machinery.
They are both rather strong / powerful members of their family. I have never come across any situation in which it is wise to prescribe both together, as they have very much the same actions and results. So it's like putting sugar in your coffee, as well as Canderel --- at best it's not likely to give any more benefits, and at worst, one might have more side-effects, like coffee that's then too darn sweet.
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