Will Lorazepam Help Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Eric Fridley, Sep 16, 2014.

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    1. Eric Fridley

      Eric Fridley Member

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      my GP described me Lorazepame will it help with tinnitus or decrease it?
       
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    2. MikeA
      Curious

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      Like many benzos one could expect a decrease in the level of annoyance from T over the very short term. Lorazepam is a strong high-potency, intermediate-duration benzo. The US FDA advises against its use for longer than four weeks. Withdrawals particularly with a high potency, short acting benzo is not something one should take lightly. I would ask yourself whether your T is causing considerable distress at the moment. If not there are many potential strategies you might consider before you go down this path. Just my 2 cents.
       
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    3. SoulStation
      No Mood

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      Dude heed my warning. Don't take this more then you need. I'm trying to get off of it after 4 + years of taking this daily without any one telling me not to. It's a rocky road and don't think I'm better off for it. If you get addicted to things just beware.
       
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    4. Grace
      No Mood

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      It helps with your anxiety that comes along with T... If your feeling in a panic and are anxious ( not sleeping, barely socializing) then take it.. It calms you down. Just make sure your careful and take what your perscribed... Just listen to your doctor. These are life savers to me when i need them. For some it decreases the T hence less anxiety so take one see how you feel. I know everyone says avoid them but if your in a state of panic and nothing else helps then fuck it. The way i look at it anyways.... Just dont ever stop these cold turkey if your on them daily..
       
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    5. CathodeRaySound

      CathodeRaySound Member Benefactor

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      Benzodiazapene should make you indifferent to your tinnitus as well as most other things in your life. It will surely take the edge off the frustration and anxiety that tinnitus may bring on; however, this drug in itself wouldn't "cure" tinnitus. I think it would psychologically "mask" your tinnitus for the duration that you're on it. Just use it responsibly since it can form dependency...withdrawal from benzos are not fun. With all that said, yes it will help you cope with tinnitus on a psychological level.
       
    6. SoulStation
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      Grace my doctor told me to take it if it works and never told me to stop but why do you think the FDA advises against taking it for more the 4 weeks? Believe it or not if you take benzos on a schedule, you're addicted too. Just saying ... I've justified my taking Ativan with the whole if it helps you take it attitude.
       
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    7. SoulStation
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      I agree these are for times of extreme panic but if that panic is every day that how could you not want to take them daily?
       
    8. CathodeRaySound

      CathodeRaySound Member Benefactor

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      I'm currently studying psych as an undergraduate, like any other pyschoactive substance Benzodiazepene needs to be carefully weighed with the benefit/risk factor. Perhaps the patient and the doctor reached a conclusion that the benefits of taking this CNS depressant far outweighs the risk of mental deterioration and the impact that it has on the patient's daily lifestyle. For some people the severity of anxiety is so intense that taking Benzodiazapene on a frequent long-term basis is the difference between life and death. I know people that are crippled by physical pain to the point they need pharmaceutical heroine just to make it through each day, despite being a heroine addict at this point. So it comes down to the severity of your problem. It is a shame that your doctor just left you hanging onto this drug without any followups, was he thinking it was like popping an ibuprofen or something?
       
    9. SoulStation
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      She wasn't thinking, just dispensing meds like most psychiatrists tend to do. I know it's kind of a generalization but other than for asking me how my mood/concentration has been and giving me prescriptions that's all my psychiatrist ever did for me. She is a bad doctor and I need to find another. I want to confront her about how she could have let me stay on benzos for years but I don't even think it's worth it.
       
    10. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      If you take it be careful...it will work, then loose it effectiveness quickly. It doesn't take long to get addicted and also to build a tolerance to this drug, I took it for about three weeks and really lost it after I stopped.

      I had no idea I could be addicted so quickly. If you think your T stresses you now, wait until you discontinue this drug.

      Also withdrawal can cause worsening of tinnitus, sometime temporary, sometimes permanent.
       
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    11. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

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      Yes, in the short term. Helped cut my sounds in half and helped me sleep.
      Longer than 4 weeks on a daily schedule, and you run the risk of making your t worse in the long term, and disallowing its natural fade in the first year. Doctors are not aware or do not care about this. Benzos in the long term down regulate your natural GABA which inhibit the overfiring of t neurons.
      Be very very careful. Do your research.
      Benzobuddies is a good resource.
       
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    12. Lisa88

      Lisa88 Member

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      p.s. I was only on a low dose .5mg daily for 4 months, reached some level of tolerance, trying to withdraw. T has resorted to as loud as it was at first. Friends who developed t around the same time as me have all seen their t naturally fade in the first year. I now kick myself and the doctor for being on them longer than 4 weeks.
      There need to be more studies on benzos and t.
       
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    13. Eric Fridley

      Eric Fridley Member

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      so is it a bad idea to take lorazpam cause my T has been like 5/10 i dont want these pills to make it worser
       
    14. AntonR
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      AntonR Member Benefactor

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      It's definitely helped me at night (my toughest time). I wasn't sleeping well at all, falling asleep for 2 hours, and then cat napping for the rest of the night, 30 minutes awake, 30 minutes asleep type of thing.

      I started on .25mg of lorazepam yesterday... It definitely helps.. its almost scary how indifferent you become to the sound... Its as if you are temporarily habituated and I can see how this can ruse people into taking them for extended periods of time. After all the reading I've done on these forums, I'm going to tread this road very carefully and I won't be staying on them long..

      It's not going to make it worse, in fact it will make it significantly better in the short term.. Just please make sure you take it easy and don't end up popping these everyday throughout the week. Use them when you need them and you'll be fine.
       
    15. Grace
      No Mood

      Grace Member

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      Dont abuse them, and if you can help it only use them when you really really need too. If your tinnitus is a 5/10 then just mask if you can. If your having a horrible day and cant sleep, or panicking then take one. Everyones right saying these are good short term. Some people stay on long term and have problems getting off, some dont but its best to avoid being on these daily. i personally only take when needed and that usually comes out to be .5 to 1 mg a week and sometimes none but i have been on them for a year straight before and got off with no issues but your anxiety before you start them will just be waitin for you when you get off them, so try counselling or get on an AD daily and use these when needed. ( thats what i did and it seems to be working for me) plus i went to a psychologist too.----- if i recall, dr. Nagler was one of us who needed them daily and he said he was on alot to get him through the hump but came off of them just fine.
       
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    16. Grace
      No Mood

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      ANDDD dont get too excited if your T dissapears or gets so quiet while taking these, cause thats only going to make you wanna take more and more but eventually like everyone said your body gets use to the drug meaning you become dependent/addicted.. ( two different meanings)
       
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    17. Eric Fridley

      Eric Fridley Member

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      my doc sayes take 2 per day and has me on Nortriptyline i take 1 of those at night and 2 lorazpam 1mg per day
       
    18. Eric Fridley

      Eric Fridley Member

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      i feel really good with 1 pill not doing much for my tinnitus but it helps me ignore and put it into the background so ill be be taking 2 pills everyday until 1 month cause thats my next appointment with my GP
       
    19. Telis

      Telis Member Hall of Fame

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      Don't take if unless you have to.

      I wouldn't get into a habit of taking it every day. I'm sure most would agree here
       
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    20. Eric Fridley

      Eric Fridley Member

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      like i said im gonna listen to my GP and im gonna take it for a month 2 times a day 1mg each until i go back in for the appointment
       
    21. AntonR
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      AntonR Member Benefactor

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      Just be careful man, 2 MG a day is a fairly high dose, especially for someone who hasn't been on Benzo's before.
       
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    22. Eric Fridley

      Eric Fridley Member

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      yea but i use to smoke marijauna so it doesnt hurt me one bit
       
    23. AntonR
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      AntonR Member Benefactor

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      Don't get Marijuana and Benzo's confused.. Whole different ball game my friend, like I said, just be careful.
       
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    24. Relic Hunter
      Cynical

      Relic Hunter Member Benefactor

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      I stopped taking benzos about 2 years ago. I was up to a max. dosage of 6 mg a day. Even though I tapered off of these on a gradual basis of several months, final withdrawl was hell. Be very careful with these seemingly harmless but addictive drugs.
       
    25. AntonR
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      AntonR Member Benefactor

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      Yeah, I do believe Klonopin & Xanax are equal in terms of dosages.. I.E. .5mg of Klonopin = .5mg of Xanax
       
    26. Grace
      No Mood

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      I think 2 mg of xanex is like taking 1 mg of klonopin so in his case he would be taking .5 mg klonopin twice daily equaling 2 mg xanex cause klonopin is stronger... So actually 2 mg sounds like ALOT and for klonopin it is but not for xanex so that sounds like the proper dose perscribed for anxiety...
       
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    27. AntonR
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      AntonR Member Benefactor

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      Possibly, but from the way he worded it, it sounded like he was taking 1MG of klonopin, twice a day. Which is definitely a lot, I was just prescribed this stuff myself a couple of days ago and my Physciatrist strongly urged me to take .25mg once a night and only bump my dose if I don't notice any significant effect.

      I also wanted to comment on the Marijuana topic @Eric Fridley, The problem isn't how you will feel from the Klonopin, trust me I'm sure you feel fantastic. I just worry that at such a high dose, especially since you've just started them and will continue for the month you may get dependent on Klonopin and thats the last thing you want. You can smoke all the weed you want and quit cold turkey and nothing is going to happen, Benzo's aren't anywhere as friendly as mr.green when it comes to quitting.

      Don't get me wrong, this is just my opinion, I just don't want to see you suffer in the long run.. I have a family member who has serious drug problems, and dependency and withdrawals suck as much if not more than Tinnitus.
       
    28. Grace
      No Mood

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      Nah 1 mg of xanex twice a day = 2 mg which equals out to .5 mg klonopin twice a day ( its what i was perscibed for anxiety) which equals out to 1 mg of klonopin. Xanex is weaker so you see 2 mg seems like a lot but in reality it isnt. 2 mg of klonopin is a different story. Anyways still be cautious!
       
    29. Golly
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      Golly Member Benefactor Team Awareness Team Research

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      My understanding is that for Klonopin and Xanax, which have much different half-lives (Xanax is fast-acting, whereas Klonopin is relatively slow-acting), the doses can be compared one-for-one. See here, for example:

      http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/bzcha01.htm

      However, Professor Ashon admits that "[t]hese equivalents do not agree with those used by some authors."

      -Golly
       
    30. cullenbohannon
      Thinking

      cullenbohannon Member Benefactor

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      @Eric Fridley I can only speak for myself, but i used xanax everyday for the first 4 or 5 months. And did not have any negative effects. I think anxiety meds can be helpful but i would make sure as your using it you also take some steps to try and habituate your tinnitus. Otherwise once you stop taking them you'll be back to where you were. The meds wont get you over your t but they can be a helpful tool in trying to get better.

      give this a look through.

      http://stringplayer.websitetoolbox.com/post/words-of-wisdom-2964711
       
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