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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.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Ativan (lorazepam): Not if u r taking it to treat anxiety &u r monitored by physician. If taken to produce sedation or a high feeling when u r without anxiety, it can be.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Ativan: Ativan (Lorazepam) is a benzodiazapine that is used as a sedative, seizure and anti-anxiety medication. It can be addictive.

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What is ativan (lorazepam)?

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Dr. Chaim Colen
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Benzo: Ativan is a benzodiazepine drug. It is also known generically as lorazepam. It has many uses including; to decrease anxiety, prevent seizures, relax muscles... Importantly, be careful, Lorazepam also has abuse potential.

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