As far as I know, not usually. Ativan is one of the many drugs of class of benzodiazapines that are often given to patients with anxiety/panic attacks and/or seizures. People with bipolar disorder needs to have their moods stabilized to avoid the.
Mood disorders are medicated with mood stabilizing medication. No, Ativan is a benzodiazepine and it would be contraindicated for any one that had Bipolar D/O. Your psychiatrist would review your full health history and choose the best one for you.
People with bipolar disorder needs to have their moods stabilized to avoid the up & downs of their mood swing. A common medication is lithium.
Atavan is often prescribed as a temporary mood stabilizer to calm out-of-control patients and to ward off symptoms of seizure in patients brought into the ER in a high state of intoxication or in withdrawal from ETOH, or other substances.
As a few points of information there are a number of new medications to treat Bi-Polar d/o that have come on the market in recent years. The person to ask for a definitive answer should by all means be credentialed for prescribing drugs.
Ativan is a temporary mood stabilizer so it wouldn’t be an unusual prescription to help someone get their emotions settled down. It depends on the symptoms and the doctor prescribing.
Anyone prescribing a highly addictive benzo like lorazepam (Ativan is brand name) should be rethinking their choice of medication and get up to date with current treatments such as atypical anti-psychotics particularly quetiapine.
I remember one of the residents senior to me was treating this patient with clonazepam. Clonazepam was not helpful. The patient not only remained floridly manic, but was also delirious.
I do remember a patient from over 25 years ago who was floridly manic. Clonazepam (a longer acting benzodiazepine) had been used in seizure control, and some researchers had had some minimal success (by report in the literature at that time). At the time, anti seizure medications were just beginning to be used in mania.
Benzodiazepines are an injectable drug of choice for many physicians and prescribed for two weeks, (OS) orally or less for severe anxiety. Understand that anxiety is a mood —and when seen in trauma centers, if often treated with benzodiazepenes because they work to stabilize immediate symptoms doctor’s want to quickly get under control. You must know that some drugs defy the literature, for example a lesser than recommended dose of an anti depressant may be used to treat sleeplessness in some patients who aren’t depressed. Two weeks is the recommended time lapse for the use of Lorazepines, but doctors risk drug dependence in those patients they believe will benefit from a longer course of treatment.
Lorazepam (Ativan is a brand name) is a benzodiazepine and is not effective in preventing mania or depression. It can be used during mania or anxious depressions as an “adjunct” medication to help calm a patient.
I can attest to it its ineffectiveness through personal experience. I enjoyed that for three months when I decided to stop taking it and present myself at my local guest house for the manically florid for a period of in-patient to get the mania sorted. The same clueless GP prescribed me nitrazepam as a replacement. Luckily I decided to do some research and stopped taking it after a week before it got me in its clutches. It has been used in the past for control of manic episodes but it is highly addictive and not particularly effective.
A doctor may use Ativan for bi polar patients who don’t tolerate more traditional drugs such as Lithium. I had a patient whose doctor had on a maintenance dose of Lorazepam and had been on it for 10 months for slight, but resistant depression, another mood. doctor’s often substitute drugs when another, recommended drug doesn’t work.
Ativan is one of the many drugs of class of benzodiazapines that are often given to patients with anxiety/panic attacks and/or seizures. As far as I know, not usually.
They are used for insomnia, anxiety… calming a person down. Ativan (lorazapam) is in a class of drugs know as benzodiazapams. The downside is that they are habit forming and can be abused.
Drug management is complex and requires skill from those responsible for managing different reactions from different patients. I worked on call in a trauma center and also down the hall from a detox ward in a free standing hospital for drug abuse o I’m not speaking from the literature or what I hear on Quora.
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It can be. It is in the benzo class of drugs and it has great calming properties and helps sleep. Due to addictive properties most docs steer away from it.