xanax vs ativan

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  1. verti

    verti New Member

    I am very stressed waiting to hear from mammogram & UltraS. & trying to have a plan if I have to have surgery. In your experience which of the above anti anxiety drugs is the best to prevent MM attack especially after surgery? Thanks for your help.

    2DAMNDIZZY New Member

    I have taken both of these over the years and Xanax worked a little better for me. If your doctor will give you Valium that worked even better than the others (for me). Let us know the results of your mammogram and unlta sound.

  3. Alfie

    Alfie New Member

    I don't know the answer to your specific question, but do have some advise gained from mutiple surgeries. Ask for zofran as your antinausea instead of phenergran. The dose of phenergran that they give made me so groggy that it was to hard to find my way out of it, if that makes sense. I was so out of it that that made me panic. When we rely so much on our eyes and muscles for a sense of balance and those are fuzzy both by pain meds and pherergran, it's scary. That stress can cause an attack, it did for me. At least that is my experience.

    They won't give you the zofran unless you ask for it, because it is very expensive, but it will just all be added to the hospital bill. If you have a copay, then it cost no more. Even if you pay a %, I would do it in a heartbeat.

    Best of luck to you. Keep us posted.
  4. verti

    verti New Member

    Thanks everyone. I'm glad you told me about Zofran because I have a problem with Phenergan side effects also.
  5. joyoncnrse

    joyoncnrse New Member

    I had been taking valium however it made me too groggy to work, so my ENT switched me to Xanax .25mg. It really worked just as well for me as valium.
    The specialist in Nasvhille I went to recently gave me a new medc( 2 years) called Niravam .5 mg. You put it under the tongue (sublingual) and let it melt. Its suppose to work in 15 seconds. I have only had it a short time and have taken it once with good results. It took though about 10-15 min before my vertigo was under control enough to drive. You might ask your MD about his medication. It gives more control(seemingly) because it works faster than taking somthing by mouth. Good luck.
  6. joy

    joy New Member

    I'm sure you probably already have this in mind, but it's really really important to ask your doctor (or preferably the anesthesiologist) about this, too. My husband's had multiple surgeries and the docs have always been extremely concerned about all the drugs he's taking - and how each one reacts with what they plan on giving him - both before surgery and waking up afterwards.

    Paige, did the Niravam have any side effects?
  7. PrismaColor

    PrismaColor New Member


    I take .5mg Niravam under the tongue when needed for anxiety. I can feel a difference. I feel a tiny bit off but not bad at all. In fact I feel better. It does not make me so sleepy I have to go to sleep like Valium or Ativan. I used to take an Ativan under the tongue at the beginning of a vertigo attack and just go to sleep for five hours. But Niravam makes me a little sleepier and if I do go sit down or take a nap, I will sleep harder and longer than normal like an hour instead of 20 minutes. I will also be inclined to take more naps while on it, but I can override that by keeping going. I cannot do that with Ativan. One Ativan and I am out.
  8. joyoncnrse

    joyoncnrse New Member

    I did get mildly sleepy with the Niravam but not like valium and it works faster than taking anything by mouth (vs under the tongue). I am glad the specialist thought to prescribe. It makes me feel better just knowing I have a quick emergency medication in case I am not at home. I would love as I am sure most MM pts NOT to have to take anything, but sadly that is not the case.
  9. Aladdin

    Aladdin Guest

    zofran for nausea, then phenegran

    ativan for uncontrolled nausea/vomitting

    xanax for spiral vertigo/vomitting uncontrollable

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