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started waking from deep sleep with severe blood pressure spikes and trembling with spasm in muscles. I was put on Ativan and while it helped me sleep in the beginning it is not so effective.They are looking into hormone, adenaline imbalances, etc. Need something to help me rest that is not benzo related. Thank you for listening.
Ativan (lorazepam) is a short acting benzodiazepine used for anxiety, sedation, and sleep. It also has muscle relaxant properties. You want something for "rest" so I assume you are primarily looking for a medication for insomnia. If so, several non-benzodiazepine varieties are available, like Ambien, Sonata and Rozerem. Speak to your physician about them, or visit their respective websites for more information.
If muscle spasm is still a concern, then you may need to add a prescription muscle relaxer also. Options include Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine), baclofen, Skelaxin, Zanaflex and others.
Of course, most importantly, you need to talk with your physician and discuss your needs. Keeping a journal of your sleep experiences and any other related issues is a good idea. Best wishes. Hope this helps.
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