I'm having an MRI tomorrow and have claustrophobia and anxiety. Is it safe to take an Ativan if in safe mode or pacemaker is turned off?  Was really counting on it. Thank you. 


Yes !

by IAN MC - 2022-01-11 05:37:51

It is absolutely safe to take Ativan , or any other medication ,before having an MRI.

Close your eyes and try to think of something really pleasant ; also don't be surprised by all the strange noises as MRI s are fairly noisy.....when you are lying there, do remember that it will soon be over ,because it will !

Best of luck


You'll Do Great!

by MinimeJer05 - 2022-01-11 10:13:50


I hope your MRI goes well for you! I am not the biggest fan of them, but have had many and they all seem to be about the same -- loud and long.

Usually when I go, they give headphones to pick out some music. Recently, they put on a pair of "glasses" that allowed me to see out of the tube. I originally thought this would be a dumb idea (I normally just keep my eyes closed), but being able to see out, REALLY helped me with the idea of being jammed into a tight space with walls on all sides. 

From that point, I spent most of the time just looking out of the capsule at the Techs running the scans. Watching them move around and do their thing took my mind off of things.

I hope it goes by quick and without incident for you. Let them know you have anxiety and claustrophobia and they will do what they can to make you comfortable and reassured.


Made it!

by Ms M - 2022-01-11 20:53:53

Thank you for your advice. It went very well mostly because it was a large bore machine. I did close my eyes before I went in and kept them closed until done. Seemed like tons of room and I never once felt claustrophobic. I did take the Ativan as well. They did put a cloth over my eyes, had a "hockey like" mask over my face and still had to wear a medical mask but he allowed me to pull it down past my chin. He talked me through each round of scans and how long each one would take which helped a lot. 

The whole process from the Pacemaker check and setting to MRI mode (pacing faster than my heart),  the 40 minute brain and orbits scans with and without contrast injection and the return to the Pacemaker Unit to have my settings put back was painless and professional. Without a doubt, I will always request a large bore MRI at this hospital. And I'm requiring less pacing than my last checkup so another minor setting change for the good. Next checkup in one year for Pacemaker. That's always good news!


Thanks again!

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