A 53-year-old female asked:
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my son is taking ativan (lorazepam) .5 mg. works ok but makes him lose weight. 25lbs in 6 1/2 months. this makes his anxiety go up. what other pill works like ati?

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Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Chronic use Ativan (lorazepam): While this is a very common story, it is not good medicine to be on daily or chronic use of benzodiazepines. Ativan (lorazepam) is in this class of drugs. It sounds like he is having negative effects from this and he should, in my opinion, stop the medication and get to his psychiatrist...Or choose a new mental health provider to discuss safer and more effective drugs to prevent anxiety
Answered on Jan 24, 2016
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