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is it okay to take ativan (lorazepam)?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Ativan (lorazepam): As prescribed, and along with counseling, yes.
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Ativan Indications: For following symptoms of Anxiety, it is OK to take Ativan- • excessive worrying • Mind racing • Difficulty in concentration • Irritability • Upsetness • Muscular tension • Physical symptoms due to Anxiety Dose, frequency and duration of Ativan should be monitored by the Psychiatrist.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Ativan: Only if specifically prescribed for you. I try to avoid prescribing Ativan for long-term use in patients.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Is ativan (lorazepam) addicting?

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazipine, this class of meds can be addicting, even small doses used over an extended period of time can be very difficult to stop. Some people take them as prescribe and find it very hard to stop, others can be more overtly addicted and continue to take higher and higher doses. In general best for short term use only. Try to avoid if history of addiction like alcohol.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can lorazepam cause depression?

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Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Mooreanswered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
No, but...: Lorazepam is a central nervous system depressant. It, like alcohol, can have a lot of different effects on people, including making them feel in ways that may seem like some forms of depression. The difference is that when the drug wears off, the symptoms go away. But in and of itself, Lorazepam does not cause depression.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What sort of medicine is ativan (lorazepam)?

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Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Anti-anxiety: Ativan (lorazepam) is a medication used to treat anxiety, panic attacks in particular. It is in a class of medications known as benzodiazepines which share similar properties such as valium, klonopin, xanax, (alprazolam) and Librium the advantage is that it works quickly, but the risks are developing a physical dependence (tolerance over time and withdrawal when stopping it) or an addiction.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Which medication is better alpraxolam or lorazepam?

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Dr. Malinda Linn
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Depends on you: These two medications are typically used for anxiety but can also have an impact on seizures and blood pressure. The best medication is the one that works best for your symptoms as all people will respond differently.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What does it feel like after taking ativan (lorazepam) for flying?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Douglas Laipple
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Sedation: And mental slowing, depending on the amount. Unless you're the pilot ... In which case you also feel panic as you lose control of your aircraft.
Dr. John Garner
Dr. John Garner commented
Cardiology 16 years experience
That... is... fantastic :)
Nov 30, 2012

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