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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?

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?

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 ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Does ativan (lorazepam) cause weight gain?

Does ativan (lorazepam) cause weight gain?

Rare wt gain Ativan (lorazepam): Lorazepam if anything more commonly although not all that commonly causes weight loss. On those extremely rare occasions where it can cause weight gain, the weight gain tends to be rapid and it is quite obvious that it is due to the medication. If you notice rapid weight gain obviously tell your practitioner as soon as possible so that is an alternative treatment can be found. ...Read more

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Does ativan (lorazepam) help OCD and intrusive thoughts? Does it cause weight gain? What would you recommend.

Does ativan (lorazepam) help OCD and intrusive thoughts? Does it cause weight gain? What would you recommend.

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. ...Read more

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I"ve been on ativan (lorazepam) 2mg for 10 yrs. I am experiencing major hair loss. If i stop taking it, will my hair grow back or is the hair loss irreversible?

I"ve been on ativan (lorazepam) 2mg for 10 yrs. I am experiencing major hair loss.  If i stop taking it, will my hair grow back or is the hair loss irreversible?

Ativan (lorazepam) & hair loss?: Hair loss has been associated with Ativan (lorazepam) use, but the frequency is unknown. I'd be wondering about additional possible causes in your case -- like ongoing anxiety & stress that may have made your doctor prescribe Ativan (lorazepam) in the first place? Have you resolved these issues? How about your diet? Are you getting necessary nutrients? Has your thyroid function been checked recently? See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can Ativan (lorazepam) cause headaches?

Can Ativan (lorazepam) cause headaches?

Yes.: It is an uncommon, but possible, side effect. ...Read more

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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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Is it ok to take ativan (lorazepam) before an exam? Will it cause drowsiness?

Is it ok to take ativan (lorazepam) before an exam? Will it cause drowsiness?

Maybe: If you are overly nervous, it is possible that taking Ativan (lorazepam) could calm you down and improve your performance. However, too much could impair your performance. ...Read more

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I took 200 mg ibprofine is it ok to take an Ativan (lorazepam) cause I have anxiety it's Only 0.5 mg?

I took 200 mg ibprofine is it ok to take an Ativan (lorazepam) cause I have anxiety it's Only 0.5 mg?

Yes: No drug interactions were found using the Drugs.Com drug interaction checker. See: https://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=1310-0,1488-899 ...Read more

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Under what circumstances-medical or otherwise -would low dose ativan (lorazepam) -1mg twice daily cause breathing difficulties?

Under what circumstances-medical or otherwise -would low dose ativan (lorazepam) -1mg twice daily cause breathing difficulties?

Ativan (lorazepam) : Ativan, (lorazepam) a sedative benzodiazepine, could reduce the respiratory rate, particularly if in combination with opiates, alcohol, other sedatives, and in cases of respiratory disease like copd, breathing related sleep disorders like sleep apnea. At at a dose of 1 mg twice a day, it is unusual to cause strong effects but it could if other circumstances are present. ...Read more

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Could ativan (lorazepam) make you lose or gain weight?

Either one: It can cause either weight loss or rare rapid weight gain according to www.Drugs.Com. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could ativan (lorazepam) cause short-term memory?

Could ativan (lorazepam) cause short-term memory?

Yes: Lorazepam (Ativan) is a member of the benzodiazepine class of medications. These suppress certain brain chemicals which is intended to reduce anxiety.

However, side effects may include short-term memory loss and sedation, among others.

Speak with your prescribing physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could ativan (lorazepam) cause short-term memory?

Please tell me, could ativan (lorazepam) cause short-term memory?

Perhaps: In my experience, one of the most common causes of memory issues are the anticholinergic adverse effects of multiple medications. Since Ativan (lorazepam) has this potential, you may have pinpointed the culprit. Work closely with your doctor, as getting off could be problematic if done too rapidly. ...Read more

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Can dilaudid and ativan (lorazepam) combo cause dillusions and breaking in and out of reality? My husband takes it. I am looking for answers to odd behavior.

Yes: That's a potentially dangerous combination. It might threaten your marriage to report your concerns to his doctor; it might threaten his life for you not to do so. ...Read more

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I have been taking .5 mg ativan (lorazepam) for almost 4 months almost everyday sometimes even 1mg. I am 22 years old and weight about 110 lbs. I feel like i can't function without it and at night my anxiety gets really bad. During the day i have horrible

I have been taking .5 mg ativan (lorazepam) for almost 4 months almost everyday sometimes even 1mg. I am 22 years old and weight about 110 lbs. I feel like i can't function without it and at night my anxiety gets really bad. During the day i have horrible

Anxiety?: The anxiety may be the problem but the ativan (lorazepam) may not be the right treatment. You are quite young to be taking a lot of ativan (lorazepam). See your doctor and you may also need an antidepressant to help control the anxiety and lessen the need for so much ativan (lorazepam).
Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can ativan (lorazepam) decrease libido and cause an inability to have an orgasm?

Potentially: Ativan (lorazepam) is a sedative. Like any other benzodiazepine, alcohol, barbiturate, etc., it will have a dose-dependent depressant effect on your energy / motivation (hence libido), and in higher doses can basically prolong physiologic process to orgasm so long as to make unobtainable. Talk to your dr about this important side effect and treatment alternatives. ...Read more

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I have some gastric upset due to my anxiety and i was wondering if ativan (lorazepam) will cause gastric upset or make me feel sick?

I have some gastric upset due to my anxiety and i was wondering if ativan (lorazepam) will cause gastric upset or make me feel sick?

Can not tell you IF: You will develop gastric upset with ativan (lorazepam). However, there is potential for abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting. One option for GI upset is ginger. You can drink slightly flattened ginger ale or nibble on crystallized ginger. Or pour boiling water over freshly sliced organic ginger ; steep x 5 min in a covered pot. Sip. ...Read more

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Prescribed both Ativan 1mg twice daily, and a long acting Hydrocodone (Hysingla ER 20mg). I've read combining these can cause problems. Safe?

Prescribed both Ativan 1mg twice daily, and a long acting Hydrocodone (Hysingla ER 20mg). I've read combining these can cause problems. Safe?

Probably safe: Combining benzodiazepines (like Ativan) and opioids (like hydrocodone) can lead to respiratory depression, meaning you don't want to breathe. That can be dangerous. But at those low doses, and esp if you take the hydrocodone in the morning, it should be safe to use at those doses.

When are you going to stop taking those medications? ...Read more

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Had a couple of drinks tonight and have a denist appnt at 8am and need to take 2mg of ativan (lorazepam).Will i be ok? 5 foot 9 and weight is 250 pounds

It should be ok: If you have only two drinks like two glasses of wine or two beers, or two shots of spirits, half of it will be metabolised in 4 hours and more than 75% in 8 hours and you can safely take 2mgm of ativan, (lorazepam) but you should not drive after finishing with dentist as you will be drowsy and not fit to drive. ...Read more

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What does rapid weight gain mean? I take Ativan (lorazepam) every once in a while so would I see any signs of weight gain by now or could I gain weight each time?

What does rapid weight gain mean? I take Ativan (lorazepam) every once in a while so would I see any signs of weight gain by now or could I gain weight each time?

No relationship: Taking Ativan (lorazepam) "every once in a while" has no effect on one's weight. That means one's weight can go up or down, but will not be due to taking Ativan (lorazepam) once in a while. ...Read more

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I was prescribed 1mg Ativan (lorazepam) 2x/day today by a specialist who knows I take 10mg Percocet 5x/day. I've read that it is not safe to mix the two and I don't want to cause more problems than I have already. Is this safe? What could happen? Suggesti

I was prescribed 1mg Ativan (lorazepam) 2x/day today by a specialist who knows I take 10mg Percocet 5x/day. I've read that it is not safe to mix the two and I don't want to cause more problems than I have already. Is this safe? What could happen? Suggesti

Talk with doctor: The combination of opiates (Percocet) and benzodiazepines (Ativan) can depress respiratory function and be a problem. They are frequently used together however. Adding a sleep aid such as Ambien (zolpidem) makes this even more risky (think of Heath Ledger) so you should discuss your concerns with your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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What to if I am on ativan (lorazepam) for my anxiety, and i was wondering if they caused seizures?

What to if I am on ativan (lorazepam) for my anxiety, and i was wondering if they caused seizures?

Only if: Only if you take them for a long time and with large quantities then you could become dependent on them. If you are dependent and stop the medication abruptly then that could cause seizures.
They themselves don't cause seizures. They are used to treat seizures. ...Read more

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Can klonopin (clonazepam) or ativan cause sinus problems

Can klonopin (clonazepam) or ativan cause sinus problems

No: Sinus problems are not a typical side effect of benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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I weight 150 lbs. I took two .5 Ativan (lorazepam) will I be able to pass a urine drug screen in 14 days?

I weight 150 lbs. I took two .5 Ativan (lorazepam)  will I be able to pass a urine drug screen in 14 days?

Probably: if detected, it will probably be under threshold for a positive. Please don't take that stuff without talking with your physician first. It can be bad for you. ...Read more

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I feel like my heart is always racing never use to do this.i take ativan (lorazepam) at night. Can it cause this? It's so uncomfortable!

I feel like my heart is always racing never use to do this.i take ativan (lorazepam) at night. Can it cause this? It's so uncomfortable!

Heart Racing: Palpitations can be a symptom for a lot of issues.At a young age its unlikely for a heart related condition Getting a physical some basic labs Thyroid levels etc be the best to start if its anxiety related getting an evaluation to address the with meds and therapy.Just taking ativan (lorazepam) is not the best as the tolerance with that med can be an issue.All the best hope you feel better soon ...Read more

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Can ativan (lorazepam) 1mg. Cause trouble breathing? I've been on it for months now but have trouble breathing constantly. But it's tolerable.

Can ativan (lorazepam) 1mg. Cause trouble breathing? I've been on it for months now but have trouble breathing constantly. But it's tolerable.

Unlikely: In someone with severe lung disease there might be an effect on breathing but in an otherwise healthy person that is very unlikely. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Jane Steiner
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Ativan (Definition)

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 ...Read more