A 25-year-old female asked:
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i take .5 mg ativan (lorazepam).usually only at night because of attacks. lately i notice i'm using it every day/night as sleep aid. can't be good? what do i do

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Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
Not a sleep aid: Ativan (lorazepam) disrupts normal sleep. It interferes with entry into REM stage sleep. Generally speaking as a short acting benzodiazepine it is not a good choice for anxiety disorders. What Ativan (lorazepam) is good for is the ICU treatment of life threatening uncontrolled seizures. It can also be used short term for alcohol withdrawal. Very occasional use for anxiety or panic that is situational is also accepted.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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