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Putnam Valley, NY
A 31-year-old female asked:

If i'm prescribed ativan (lorazepam) 0.5 bid prn for post partum anxiety how long can i take it before it's addictive? it's helpful but i'm concerned.

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 55 years experience
Post partum anxiety: Medications such as Ativan (lorazepam) are addictive in the sense that they are quickly adapted to, and to achieve the same effect, higher doses are required. The general post-partum anxiety is caused in part by sudden drops in estrogen, but unless you are nursing, your regular cycle should resume within 6-8 weeks after delivery. You should consult your healthcare provider to evaluate the need to continue.

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