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Is ativan (lorazepam) used for depression?

5 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Borookhim
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Ativan (lorazepam) is used for: Symptoms of anxiety. It is not used for depression per say. It is an anxiolytic. Ativan (lorazepam) is relatively rapid acting and often can be abused by people once they try it. Some people use it as a sleep medication though that it not the correct indications for this medication.
Dr. William Drescher
Dr. William Drescher commented
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Ativan makes you not care as much about everything, so if you take Ativan you will not care you are depressed. This is not a good idea. Get the proper treatment.
Jan 30, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Weyeneth
Dr. Jeffrey Weyenethanswered
28 years experience
No: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine usually used for the treatment of anxiety. It may also be used to help with the anxiety symptoms sometimes associated with depression.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Ativan (lorazepam): Anxiety medications can be used for anxiety associated with depression, or for agitation, not to treat depression per se.
Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine 27 years experience
No: Ativan (lorazepam) is an anti-anxiety medication and used usually on a daily basis and does not treat depression.
Dr. Michael Borookhim
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
I agree. Its is an anxyolytic and not used for depression.
Jul 10, 2012
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Ativan: No, Ativan is not an antidepressant. It can be used for anxiety.
Last updated Mar 24, 2021


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