So here’s the big compare! As mentioned, I got the Ativan (Lorazepam) yesterday and the dosage calls for 1 tablet every 8 hours, max three tablets per day. Well I’m only taking it at night, not during the day, so do I take one or two, to knock me out? These are 1mg tablets (sometimes they’re given in .5mg tablets). I tried to track the experiment via twitter which really didn’t go over so well but here are my posts.
#ambien I woke at 5:54 not sure how all this played out and how well I did. Got to make the donuts! #PGHL #myeloma #SCT #cancer
By 5:54 I forgot I was tweeting about Ativan, not Ambien! Ativan is supposed to be a quick acting drug, offering a very calm and relaxed feeling that will help you fall asleep. Taking too much will leave you not caring about much and being very clumsy (“clumbsy” as noted in one google search). I spoke to my friend the NP and she advised one tablet. Noting the time frames above, I took the Ativan at 21:43 and didn’t put my book down till 22:10. I actually felt a bit like my heart was racing. I didn’t feel ‘drugged’, drunk or anything similar – just tired. So from 22:10 till 01:20 is about three hours. From 02:32 till 05:54 is another three hours. I don’t remember getting up in that last bit but it is possible.
One other note, thanks to Amy G via Twitter who said she had similar sleep issues for the first two months following her SCT. So it gives me a time frame and expectation to look at.