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Concord, VT
A 44-year-old female asked:

How do i treat my anxiety depression and insomnia? i have been on ativan (lorazepam) for 14 years and its doing nothing

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Wrong med: While Ativan (lorazepam) can be used in short term to treat anxiety, it is highly addicting. Worse, it can aggravate & in some cases, cause depression. Yes, it can cause sedation, so some might use it for insomnia, but this isn't recommended in long run. Losing its effect & doing nothing is even more reason to taper off under physician supervision (don't stop abruptly). Consider cognitive behavior
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
See a psychiatrist: Insomnia, anxiety and depression often go hand-in-hand. See a psychiatrist for evaluation and treatment with medication or with cognitive behavioral therapies.
Dr. Nayana Trivedi
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
May need SSRI: Ativan (lorazepam) is like a Band Aid and is addictive. It may help you with Insomnia but not with Anxiety and depression. Consult the Psychiatrist.

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