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Subject:Anxiety Medication

I was diagnosed with breast cancer a year and a half ago.  Because anxiety prevents me from sleeping soundly, my oncologist continues to prescribe Lorazepam.  Might I be better treated taking another medication such as Ambien?  Why or why not?

Posted: 11 May 2007 04:20 PM
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Subject:Anxiety Medication

If anxiety is preventing you from falling asleep, an anti-anxiety drug such as lorazepam, is good for treating that anxiety and allowing you to fall asleep. If you are having difficulty staying asleep, sometimes a sleeping medication such as Ambien can get you to sleep and keep you asleep. Review the type of insomnia you are having with your physician. If lorazepam is working, there is no reason to change it.

Mary K. Hughes, R.N., C.N.S.
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Psychiatry Department
1515 Holcombe, 453
Houston, TX 77030
Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
Voice Mail: 713-745-4630
Office: 713-745-3344
Clinic: 713-792-6600
Fax: 713-794-4999

This communication is not intended as professional medical advice nor is it a substitute for an office visit. The content provided is for general information purposes, not specific treatment. If you have a urgent problem, call the office immediately. Do not wait for an e-mailed response.

Posted: 14 May 2007 02:10 PM
Originally Posted: 14 May 2007 02:11 PM
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