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does ativan (lorazepam) help ocd and intrusive thoughts? does it cause weight gain? what would you recommend.

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Dr. Alon Seifan
Neurology 13 years experience
Yes but not longterm: Ativan, (lorazepam) a benzodiazepine, can help with anxiety related behaviors and thoughts. However, it is not an ideal choice for long term use because one can develop tolerance for this group of drugs. Behavioral therapy is foundational for you to be able to het better with or without meds. Exercise can also be very helpful. Med choice may include an ssri.

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Yes: Most newborns will lose weight initially. Babies are born with some extra fluid weight, probably to prepare them for the transition when breast milk is low volume at first. They will typically lose some of that weight at first - even formula-fed babies will. We like to see them regain their birth weight by at least 2 weeks of age.
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Is having a guilty conscious about food a healthy way to lose weight?

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No: A guilty conscience about food is not a healthy way to lose weight. Healthy food nourishes your body and keeps it running well. Emotional problems can sometimes confuse and complicate the process of eating, though. For instance, some with binge eating disorder suffer guilt about food. See your physician if you're concerned about your weight or your feelings about food.
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Is losing 25lbs in 3 mnths a reasonable or achievable weight loss goal?

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Yes: The answer depends on your baseline weight but in general a pace of 0.5-2 lbs/week is acceptable and achievable. The most important thing is how you are doing this. Make sure you stick to a program that you know you can maintain lifelong instead of falling for the fad diets/regimen. Good luck to you.
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I have shoulder calcification can I still exercise take weights?

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No: You can still lift weights and exercise as tolerated. You may be limited by discomfort and if your are then you may need to have it further evaluated to determine if you need any intervention.
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What could cause a sudden weight loss of 10 pounds?

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How sudden?: Rapid weight gain could be due to fluid buildup or as a side effect of several drugs. See a doctor.

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