Anxiety Part 2: Versed and Ativan

In Anxiety 1, I failed to mention there are pharmeceuticals your doctor may prescribe to help with anxiety. I'll mention two but you should discuss with your doctor the full range of possibilities. For anxiety before and during chemo, I was precribed Ativan (generic: lorazepam). Just a fraction of a pill and I was loopy as a loon, often falling asleep for a bit.

During bone marrow biopsies, they used a different drug - versed (generic: midazolam) which not only relieves anxiety/makes you drowsy, but actually can erase short-term memory. I would have little to no recollection what had taken place during the procedure! A bit disconcerting but good I am told.

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