I keep a bottle of Lorazapam handy ( 1 milligram) but like I have all my life I try to keep from taking thias and anything else at all possible. But at times my anxiety that I have acquired in the last 10 months gets so bad that I have no choice. One time last week I took one of these and saw no difference. Afew days later I went to my local ER with intestinal pains and feelings of weekness. They brought in the psych ward people who screend me for serious emotonal proble,ms...didn't find any and then just treated me like a nut case from then on any way. They had me dring a cocktail of Lidocain and mylanta which numbs you ebtire mouthm tounge and throat and in about 10 to 15 mintues the pain in my gut did go away. With something as powerful as lidocain in your stomach, of course you are not going to feel anything. But eventually they gave me a 1 mil of atavan. For one or two hours I felt nothing so they game me another. I still didn't feel much by after I went home I laid on the couch and fell asleep for 4 hours. When I awoke I was groggy, had a slight head ache and was dizzy the rest of the day. Is the groody, headache and dizziness a side effect of lorazapam that you just have to live with? When I took Valium many months ago it seemed to calm me more. But I am not sure I felt any of these side effects. What is the trade off with these two sedatives? Why do the doctors push lorazapam more than the valium ? I am due for another large prescription of lorazapam...Should I instead ask for valium?