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Old March 3 2013, 07:55 PM   #1
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Need advice on how to try out a drug....

When I fly I have a very bad time. This has led to me being prescribed Ativan. I have been told just to try it out before I fly to make sure there are no issues. So I am trying to figure out the best why to try it out. Because I feel like I shouldn't just take one at home and watch basketball to test it out. If I am going to be taking this around people, should I just go over to some Friends and hang out to gauge the effects? How hard does the stuff hit? Any advice is appreciated.
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Old March 3 2013, 08:12 PM   #2
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Re: Need advice on how to try out a drug....

Seems to be pretty heavy stuff from what I can tell from wikipedia. I wouldn't take it too often without a good reason if I were you.
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Old March 3 2013, 08:12 PM   #3
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Re: Need advice on how to try out a drug....

You're worrying too much. Ativan will fix that.

Seriously, they tell you to try it because it can make you drowsy. They just prescribed it to you to help you relax. Take it in the evening a few hours before you go to bed and when you have no plans to drive, and see how it effects you.
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Old March 3 2013, 09:38 PM   #4
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Re: Need advice on how to try out a drug....

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When I fly I have a very bad time. This has led to me being prescribed Ativan. I have been told just to try it out before I fly to make sure there are no issues. So I am trying to figure out the best why to try it out. Because I feel like I shouldn't just take one at home and watch basketball to test it out. If I am going to be taking this around people, should I just go over to some Friends and hang out to gauge the effects? How hard does the stuff hit? Any advice is appreciated.
Ativan is a very potent benzodiazepine, and it's frequently used to assist in detoxing alcoholics and getting them through withdrawal. So ... it can have a pretty strong effect. I wouldn't recommend using it for the first time in any situation where you would need to travel somewhere or need to operate a vehicle, anything like that.
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Old March 3 2013, 09:41 PM   #5
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Re: Need advice on how to try out a drug....

I'm not trying to advocate lack of caution or anything, but popping an Ativan before a flight isn't that big a deal (so long as you're not the pilot)...
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Old March 3 2013, 10:18 PM   #6
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I'm not trying to advocate lack of caution or anything, but popping an Ativan before a flight isn't that big a deal (so long as you're not the pilot)...
I was referring more to popping one and then heading out somewhere, not the flight.
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Old March 3 2013, 10:44 PM   #7
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Re: Need advice on how to try out a drug....

Where ever I try it, I wasn't planning on operating any machinery, but since I would have to interact with people while flying, I feel like I should test that part out as well if I can.
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Old March 3 2013, 10:47 PM   #8
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^Really, all it does is chill you out. Unless you're taking a dozen of them, it's not going to make you act weird or alter your perceptions or anything like that.
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Old March 3 2013, 10:47 PM   #9
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My husband's a pharmacist. He says to take 1/2 while at home. Do NOT drive. This will let you judge the effect before you fly.
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Old March 3 2013, 11:04 PM   #10
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My husband's a pharmacist. He says to take 1/2 while at home. Do NOT drive. This will let you judge the effect before you fly.
I was going to suggest taking half as well. It depends on what you know about your own body. Medication strongly affects me, I don't even like taking a Tylenol because of the side effects, so I always cut pills into smaller portions when trying something new. I remember trying Vicodin for the first time with half a pill and then throwing up several times.
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Old March 4 2013, 05:54 AM   #11
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Re: Need advice on how to try out a drug....

There are different doses of Ativan, IIRC, so he might not have a heavy dose that he needs to half it. You should follow the doctor's instructions first and foremost. If he/she didn't say anything about halving it then don't do that. Test it on a night you have nothing to do to make sure it doesn't give you any weird side effects and that's all you need.
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Old March 4 2013, 06:32 AM   #12
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Re: Need advice on how to try out a drug....

Well I just took an ambien and three glasses of red wine -- not a usuall thing for me. Been a few years actually, but the man was bringin' me down today -- anyway, and the sweet that is sweeter than sweet baby jesus' sweet tears is sweet. SO take this as either precaution or reafuckingsurance that your're gonna be just fine on a little pop of the benz!

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Old March 4 2013, 04:08 PM   #13
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^OMG! One Ambien, all by itself, and I start hallucinating.
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Old March 4 2013, 04:55 PM   #14
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Well I just took an ambien and three glasses of red wine -- not a usuall thing for me. Been a few years actually, but the man was bringin' me down today -- anyway, and the sweet that is sweeter than sweet baby jesus' sweet tears is sweet. SO take this as either precaution or reafuckingsurance that your're gonna be just fine on a little pop of the benz!

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Old March 4 2013, 05:21 PM   #15
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Well I just took an ambien and three glasses of red wine -- not a usuall thing for me. Been a few years actually, but the man was bringin' me down today -- anyway, and the sweet that is sweeter than sweet baby jesus' sweet tears is sweet. SO take this as either precaution or reafuckingsurance that your're gonna be just fine on a little pop of the benz!

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