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Could someone get addicted to apo lorazepam?

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: It is a benzodiazepine which is addictive.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Yes and no: BTW the 'apo' is just a brand name and has nothing to do with the drug effects. Lorazepam (ativan) is a benzodiazepine, and all of these drugs cause physical dependency. Anybody taking these drugs regularly in enough of a dose long enough develops such dependency and drug must be tapered. Addiction is another matter entirely, and involves using drug for wrong reasons & inability to control it.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can it be possible for you to get addicted to apo lorazepam?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Yes: Lorazepam can be addictive and can be very unsafe to withdraw from. While it is safe to withdraw from narcotics, benzodiazepines have to be carefully weaned to avoid seizures. Lorazepam can be a very safe and effective medication but it can definitely be addictive. Be cautious and share any concerns with your prescriber.

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