How much Ativan is really necessary?
March 2, 2009 7:23 PM Subscribe
How much Ativan to take for a plane flight?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm afraid of flying, and I'm going on a trans-Atlantic flight soon. The flight has three legs on both the departure and return trip. The first leg is 2 hours, the second around 8 hours, and the third around 1 hour.
I asked my doctor to prescribe me some anti-anxiety medication, and he gave me generic Ativan. I've been reading up about the drug, and I'm scared of the side effects/dependency. He prescribed me .25 mg pills.
My intent is to take one pill at the gate for the second leg, then take another while I'm in the air. Would this be enough to calm me/knock me out? I'd like to take medicine for all of the legs, but I don't think that's realistic.
I'm taking distractions like a NDS and an MP3 player, but the last flight I took I cried all during take-off and landing.
Coping tips are appreciated (I read the other recent thread) but I'm especially concerned about the Atvian dosing.
Also, the old adage that, "Planes are safer than driving! You should be more afraid of getting in your car, yadda yadda," doesn't work for me. I don't like cars either.
Here is my throwaway address: firstname.lastname@example.org