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Dr. Jane Steiner
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Ativan (Overview)

Ativan (lorazepam) is a medication used to treat a person with anxiety or anxiety related to depression. Lorazepam is a type of medication called a benzodiazepine. It slows the activity in a person's brain, so he is able to better relax.


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What is ativan (lorazepam)?

What is ativan (lorazepam)?

A Mild Tranquilizer: Ativan (generic lorazepam) belongs to the benzodiazepine family of medications. Ativan when prescribed and taken appropriately can be used for the short-term relief of mild anxiety. It is addictive and has potential for abuse. Close monitoring is important. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest interval. Other members of this family include valium, xanax, (alprazolam) and klonopin. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane Steiner
548 doctors shared insights

Ativan (Overview)

Ativan (lorazepam) is a medication used to treat a person with anxiety or anxiety related to depression. Lorazepam is a type of medication called a benzodiazepine. It slows the activity in a person's brain, so he is able to better relax.


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What sort of medicine is ativan (lorazepam)?

What sort of medicine is ativan (lorazepam)?

Anti-anxiety: Ativan (lorazepam) is a medication used to treat anxiety, panic attacks in particular. It is in a class of medications known as benzodiazepines which share similar properties such as valium, klonopin, xanax, (alprazolam) and Librium the advantage is that it works quickly, but the risks are developing a physical dependence (tolerance over time and withdrawal when stopping it) or an addiction. ...Read more

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Please describe the weight side effects to ativan (lorazepam)?

Please describe the weight side effects to ativan (lorazepam)?

Haven't seen any: I've prescribed Ativan (lorazepam) for many years and weight has never come upas an issue. That doesn't mean it couldn't happen, but i haven't seen it with ativan (lorazepam). Definitely there is a weight gain issue with many of the other psychoactive medications, but even when some are known to put on weight some people don't do that. We're all different. If your dr is prescribing Ativan (lorazepam) there must be a reason. ...Read more

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How often can I take ATIVAN (lorazepam)? I was prescribed ATIVAN (lorazepam) in June and have taken maybe 5-6 pills total spread throughout the last 2-3 months at .5MG per.

How often can I take ATIVAN (lorazepam)? I was prescribed ATIVAN (lorazepam) in June and have taken maybe 5-6 pills total spread throughout the last 2-3 months at .5MG per.

It depends: Honestly,I don't feel comfortable giving you an answer that your prescribing physician may not agree with or feel comfortable with you increasing your dosing to.You really should probably talk to him/her as it is their license on the line and they know and understand your whole background much better than I or my fellow colleagues do.They may help decide you need to increase the frequency of dose ...Read more

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How often can a person use Ativan (lorazepam) without developing a tolerance?

How often can a person use Ativan (lorazepam) without developing a tolerance?

Depends: This is a complicated question that relies on many variables including dose, how often taken, for how long, whether taking any other meds that can effect Ativan (lorazepam), (lorazepam) Also the individuals size and metabolism are factors. I hope you are not in the process of taking Ativan (lorazepam) more frequently than needed. ...Read more

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Is ativan (lorazepam) used for depression?

Is ativan (lorazepam) used for depression?

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. ...Read more

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Can I take ativan (lorazepam) before work?

Can I take ativan (lorazepam) before work?

Carefully: Ativan (lorazepam) is a valium derivative that is used for anxiety, tension, and for seizures. The side effect is sleepiness. Low doses are usually well tolerated and will relax you and allow usual function. Higher doses will put you to sleep. Understand why you are using it. Balance the benefit to the side effects. ...Read more

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Can I safely use Ambien for sleep, then Xanax (alprazolam) during the day for anxiety? Can I safely switch between Xanax (alprazolam) or Ativan If I find one works better?

Can I safely use Ambien for sleep, then Xanax (alprazolam) during the day for anxiety?  Can I safely switch between  Xanax (alprazolam) or Ativan If I find one works better?

Your question sounds: like there may not be a prescribing physician involved with this, or at least you don't say anything about the advice of that physician. Benzodiazepines are not necessarily the best treatment for chronic anxiety states like generalized anxiety disorder, panic and especially not PTSD. Antidepressants work without producing tolerance and with much less of a risk of dependency. Talk to the prescriber ...Read more