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Just kidding. Please respond if you can!

Is it possible for a benzo to not work? I take ativan (lorazepam actually) and I can never tell if it actually calms me down or if I calm down just from the comfort of knowing I have taken it?

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Is it possible for a benzo to not work? I take ativan (lorazepam actually) and I can never tell if it actually calms me down or if I calm down just from the comfort of knowing I have taken it?
The placebo effect exists; no more can be said than that. The effect is this: the person gets better regardless of whether he takes a sugar pill or the tranquilizer.
 

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Ativan like many of these types of medications will not work as well if you are using them alot. Your body becomes used to a certain level and after awhile may not work as well as it did in the beginning. The fear with these types of medications is addiction. Personally I think if used properly will work okay.

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So how do I know? What if oneday when I really need it, it doesnt work 'cause I'm not in the right frame of mind?

Plus me other question is, is it possible for a benzo to have no effect on someone?

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Thanks Gem we were posting at the same time.

I don't think I've built up a tollerance only because it has been this way since the first time I took it and I don't take alot and I don't take it often.

Even my doc said I havent taken it enought to suffer withdrawl.

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Your original question was this, which is about the placebo effect:

"I can never tell if it actually calms me down or if I calm down just from the comfort of knowing I have taken it?"

Now you ask, "...is it possible for a benzo to have no effect on someone?"

If that person takes tranquilizers now, a low dose of a tranquilizer may not work at all. This is what is meant by the benzedrine class of drugs being addictive -- a low dose does NOT work after a few months and the person has to increase the dosage to get any effect. Then, stopping the drug is described as pure hell, no matter how it is done.
 

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sillyness, (thought i better respond... or else) :lol:
Be careful with those benzos.... and to try and answer your question, everyone is different. Xanax works great for me (a little to great as I want to take it a little to often), but kolopin doesnt even phase me. So yes it is possible for one not to affect you.

Also your tolerance and addcition to benzo can come fast. Talked to my dr. today about my xanax use. She said it was fine to take up to 4mg a day and that I couldnt get addicted that fast.... but I have to say.... I think she might be wrong.

Does not sound like you are addicted or anything, just be careful. If it calms you down who cares if its the actual drug or a placebo effect... so long as it gets the job done. :wink:
 

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Yes, it is possible, especially if you have become tolerant and need larger and larger doses. If it's not working for you, take a break and let your brain chemistry try to settle down a bit.
 
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