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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

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Is it ok to take my Ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety when I need it if I've been recently also been dealing with some depression?

Is it ok to take my Ativan (lorazepam) for anxiety when I need it if I've been recently also been dealing with some depression?

Check in..: Ativan (lorazepam) is commonly given for anxiety to be taken regularly and/or "as needed." Should be fine, but suggest you check with your prescribing doctor, who knows you best, to clarify directions and also to let him/her know about any recent depression. ...Read more

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How much ativan (lorazepam) could cause dangerous resp. Depression in a 5'5" 138lb male. Got prescription for 1mg tabs, scared to take them.

How much ativan (lorazepam) could cause dangerous resp. Depression in a 5'5" 138lb male. Got prescription for 1mg tabs, scared to take them.

It's ok: 1 mg every 6 hours is safe. You can always cut the tablet in half and start with a lower dose to see how it will affect you. You will not have any respiratory depression at 1 mg dosage though. ...Read more

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Gad/depression well managed w/paxil for 2mos. The last week my symptoms have increased- need to take 1-2 ativan/day to cope. Advice/is this normal?

Gad/depression well managed w/paxil for 2mos. The last week my symptoms have increased- need to take 1-2 ativan/day to cope. Advice/is this normal?

Add CBT: I would suggest finding a skilled cognitive behavioral therapist to assist with psychological portion along with your physician who manages medication. That way, you are working with a medical doctor to manage medications while having a therapist assist with cognitive restructuring, providing behavioral tools (such as worry exposure), and other techniques for coping. Good luck! ...Read more

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Lexapro (escitalopram) works wonders for depression where no others have but is somewhat stimulating. Need to take low dose Ativan. ..is this often prescribed?

Lexapro (escitalopram) works wonders for depression where no others have but is somewhat stimulating. Need to take low dose Ativan. ..is this often prescribed?

Lexapro (escitalopram): You are right about this particular property frequently reported about escitalopram. However, this has been mostly considered a positive effect. In some instances, the medication has to be adjusted if a stimulant effect is uncomfortable. One possibility is to adjust the dose a notch down. Also, undiagnosed bipolar conditions could be activated. Ativan (lorazepam) might not resolve this problem. ...Read more

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How do I treat my anxiety depression and insomnia? I have been on ativan (lorazepam) for 14 years and its doing nothing

How do I treat my anxiety depression and insomnia? I have been on ativan (lorazepam) for 14 years and its doing nothing

See a psychiatrist: Insomnia, anxiety and depression often go hand-in-hand. See a psychiatrist for evaluation and treatment with medication or with cognitive behavioral therapies. ...Read more

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Ever since they switched my clonazepam to ativan (lorazepam) then back to clonazepam I've been worst with anxiety and depression could the ativan (lorazepam) caused this?

Ever since they switched my clonazepam to ativan (lorazepam) then back to clonazepam I've been worst with anxiety and depression could the ativan (lorazepam) caused this?

Kyle: it is hard to: Say. Please provide more information like other medications you are currently on and list your anxiety disease (es) like gad, sad, ptsd, ocd, panic. Restate the question and i'd hopefully in a. Better position to answer your question. Thanks. Dr. J. ...Read more

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Is it ok to start naltrexone and ativan during detox from alcohol while already taking Effexor (venlafaxine) for depression?

Is it ok to start naltrexone and ativan during detox from alcohol while already taking Effexor (venlafaxine) for depression?

Safe detox: Not on your own it isn't! I have yet to see a patient successfully detox on their own! Now if you are in a medical detox center then possibly yes! ...Read more

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I am struggling with memory problems I am 30 years old on seroquel (quetiapine) Ativan and lexapeo for anxiety and depression?

I am struggling with memory problems I am 30 years old on seroquel (quetiapine) Ativan and lexapeo for anxiety and depression?

Medications: The number one culprit in your case would be medications which could have a variety of effects on your brain function. ...Read more

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Depression and mild ocd. I'm also on seroquel & ativan. How does Effexor (venlafaxine) XR help?

Depression and mild ocd. I'm also on seroquel & ativan. How does Effexor (venlafaxine) XR help?

Depression/OCD: Ocd &ocd spectrum symptoms respond best to ssri's such as lexapro, fluvoxamine. Etc. Medications like seroquel & other more potent Dopamine blockers are used as augmentation strategies. We generally try not to use short acting benzo's such as Ativan or xanax (alprazolam) because of interdose withdrawal, tolerance and gradual elevation of baseline anxiety (with time) please discuss with your psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Why is klonopin (clonazepam) known to cause depression more so than zanax or Ativan.....does it work against and lower serotonin?

Why is klonopin (clonazepam) known to cause depression more so than zanax or Ativan.....does it work against and lower serotonin?

Klonopin (clonazepam) & mood: I'm not aware that Klonopin, Xanax (alprazolam) or Ativan cause major depression or have a significant if any effect on serotonin levels. In fact, all 3 medications can be used with antidepressants to target anxiety symptoms. Biggest concern is mild sedation and not wanting to induce drug dependence or give to anyone who will abuse these meds. If depressed mood develops, stop or lower dose and reassess. ...Read more

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Can I take same methionine for my depression like my psychiatrist suggested if I'm already taking inositol, ativan, and minocin (minocycline) for my skin?

Yes, alt tx: These are alternative 'natural' remedies for depression. My experience is that they are only marginally effective alone and require multiple combinations of natural compounds to equal a standard antidepressant. The cost of all the 'natural' ingredients is often more than most meds and I wouldn't necessarily assume that they are any safer as there is no fda regulation of these 'supplements'. ...Read more

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I've been prescribed ativan for post partum depression. Is like to switch to cymbalta (duloxetine) as I heard the side effects are better it's easier wean off????

I've been prescribed ativan for post partum depression. Is like to switch to cymbalta (duloxetine) as I heard the side effects are better it's easier wean off????

No ativan (lorazepam): Ativan is NOT a great drug for post partum depression. Ativan treats anxiety, not depression. Ask your doctor about lexapro. Cymbalta (duloxetine) can also be used as can prozac.

Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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I take celexa (citalopram) 40mg daily and ativan 1mg (as needed) for depression and anxiety. My doctor just prescribed trazodone for sleep. Safe to take together?

I take celexa (citalopram) 40mg daily and ativan 1mg (as needed) for depression and anxiety. My doctor just prescribed trazodone for sleep. Safe to take together?

Yes, usually...: Trazodone is another antidepressant that is often used on small doses as a sleeping pill because antidepressants are not addictive. It is usually fine to take with something like celexa (citalopram). However one must be careful about using it with Ativan and /or hydrocodone as the sedating effects can add up. It can add some extra anti anxiety effect to the picture. ...Read more

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I have GAD depression I'm Zoloft 50mg Risperdal. 025mg ativan 2mg Buspar (buspirone) 20mg im not anouxis but im depressed all day is the dose of Zoloft not enough?

I have GAD depression I'm Zoloft 50mg Risperdal. 025mg ativan 2mg Buspar (buspirone) 20mg im not anouxis but im depressed all day is the dose of Zoloft not enough?

Not on the internet: I would advise you to be wary of any answer to this question from a stranger. Mental health treatment advice should never come from someone who is unknown to you and who does not know you. Your physician should be informed your treatment is not working. ...Read more

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I'm on Zoloft (sertraline) 100 ativan 2mg im very anxious evry dy but no mor depressed what can I do is ther any combination exist to reduce anxiety??

I'm on Zoloft (sertraline) 100 ativan 2mg im very anxious evry dy but no mor depressed what can I do is ther any combination exist to reduce anxiety??

Treatable: This is likely treatable. I assume you are seeing a mental health professional. Ask him/her if what you are describing as anxiety could be agitation. It is possible that you may need your medications tweaked or may need another medication added. ...Read more

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It seems as if psychiatrists prescribe more klonopin (clonazepam) and md's more Ativan for anxious depressed patients....is this accurate?

It seems as if psychiatrists prescribe more klonopin (clonazepam) and md's more Ativan for anxious depressed patients....is this accurate?

Maybe: The general trend by most doctors has been not to prescribe benzodiazepines as much as before. New studies have shown that they may carry a risk of dementia if used long term. That said, psychiatrists tend to use clonazepam because of its long half life and delayed onset of action, which makes it less Limey to be abused. Other doctors use lorazepam because it helps a lot of things. ...Read more

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Anxiety disorder on Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg & Ativan 0.5mg have suicidal thoughts but I do not feel that depressed what to do? See my pysch doctor?

Anxiety disorder on Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg & Ativan 0.5mg have suicidal thoughts but I do not feel that depressed what to do? See my pysch doctor?

Consult your doctor: Suicidal thoughts are a known side effect of all antidepressants in young people in their late teens. Most of the time the thoughts go away quickly and do not return. However, you should notify your doctor as soon as possible so the two of you can make a decision whether it is best for you to stop the medication or not. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed w/anxiety & depressive disorder. Meds are Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg and ativan 0.5mg what side effects could I expect?

Recently diagnosed w/anxiety & depressive disorder. Meds are Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg and ativan 0.5mg what side effects could I expect?

Risks: Ativan can cause sedation and physical dependence. Zoloft (sertraline) can cause stomach upset, headache, sleep disruption, nervousness, and sexual side effects. This is not a complete list. ...Read more

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Gonna take 20 of Ativan (lorazepam) 0.5mg is it dangerous? SAttempt (last SAtempt 4/17/13) PCOS HTN G.A.D Depressive Disorder

Gonna take 20 of Ativan (lorazepam) 0.5mg is it dangerous? SAttempt (last SAtempt 4/17/13) PCOS HTN G.A.D Depressive Disorder

Wanting to Die: Are you reaching out here for help or just telling the world that you have had it? Please call 911 or your family doctor or the local county hotline for suicide. I understand how painful it can be to feel like you want or should die. But, Ativan (lorazepam) will not in any way help you feel better, treat the underlying depression, or cure your anxiety. Now that you have reached out make the call to 911. ...Read more

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What could happen if I took 20 Lorazepam 0.5mg pills? HTN PCOS Anxiety Depressive Disorder Provera Zestoretic Ativan Zoloft (sertraline)

Don't Do It: Obviously you could have serious side effects. The fact that you are asking this question means that you care about yourself and you want help. You should speak with a psychiatrist or other mental health professional. Therapy does work. You may benefit by medication or a combination of medicine along with therapy. Self experimentation with meds is rarely helpful ...Read more

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Pain tenderness and swelling in calf after a long car trip of 7 hrs Cause? HTN Provera (medroxyprogesterone) Zestoretic Ativan Sertraline G.A.D Depressive Disorder

Pain tenderness and swelling in calf after a long car trip of 7 hrs Cause? HTN Provera (medroxyprogesterone) Zestoretic Ativan Sertraline G.A.D Depressive Disorder

Get checked for DVT: DVT-deep vein thrombosis. Unlikely from what you describe brought it on, but still possible based on your symptoms. An ER is best for you to rule this out. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the signs/symptoms of depressions in teenagers?

Can you tell me the signs/symptoms of depressions in teenagers?

Teen depression: Is harder to diagnose than depression in adults. All teens have some moodiness and rapid mood swings which can be similar to depression. If you are concerned about a teenager you know consider speaking with a psychologist about your concerns and possibly set up an evaluation for the teen. If a teen is extremely isolated and lacking interest in life (possibly suicidal) get help asap. ...Read more

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What can I do for depression?

What can I do for depression?

Many things: I agree with dr. Saponaro about using psychotherapy with medications, rather than meds alone. Some studies have also shown consistent exercise to be as effective as antidepressants in treating depression. Nutritionally, you can also make sure to have enough vitamin d and omega-3 fats. If not eating wild alaskan salmon at least 2x/week, be sure to take good quality fish oil w/1000mg epa/day. ...Read more

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Is ativan (lorazepam) addicting?

Is ativan (lorazepam) addicting?

Yes: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazipine, this class of meds can be addicting, even small doses used over an extended period of time can be very difficult to stop. Some people take them as prescribe and find it very hard to stop, others can be more overtly addicted and continue to take higher and higher doses. In general best for short term use only. Try to avoid if history of addiction like alcohol. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have depression?

How do I know if I have depression?

Common: Symptoms of depression are sadness, fatigue, low drive, isolation, avoidance of others, poor appetite, poor sleep, irritability etc. If you have any or most of these symptoms see a doctor for a full diagnosis and begin some treatment plan. ...Read more

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How dangerous is Ativan (lorazepam)?

How dangerous is Ativan (lorazepam)?

Ativan (lorazepam): Mainly sedation, depends on dose. Also since it is short-acting, tolerance & abuse can develop with continued use. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take ativan (lorazepam)?

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Is it okay to take ativan (lorazepam)?

Ativan (lorazepam): As prescribed, and along with counseling, yes. ...Read more

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Can you die from 100 ativan (lorazepam)?

Can you die from 100 ativan (lorazepam)?

Overdosing: If you are considering overdosing on Ativan (lorazepam) or any other medication or substance, please don't. You can go to an emergency room, dial 911, or call 1-800-273-talk (8255) -- the national suicide prevention lifeline. They will connect you with local resources to help you. ...Read more

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Have really bad depression, please help?

Have really bad depression, please help?

Please seek medical: Evaluation and treatment. Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active. ...Read more

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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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What is it like to be on the drug ativan (lorazepam)?

What is it like to be on the drug ativan (lorazepam)?

Sedative: Fairly immediate onset benzodiazepine, the class of drugs that are used to reduce anxiety, sedate or put to sleep, also used for seizures (to stop them quickly) and sometimes for dizziness or nausea because of the sedation, but also can cause amnesia. Sometimes used to relax muscles but the reason is because of the CNS sedation. Useful, but very addictive. ...Read more

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What are the warnings for depression to look out for?

Types of Depression: There are several types of depression. Reactive depression occurs as a result of loss and eventually we adjust. If one does not adjust or if the cause is not clear certainly seek professional help. "feeling good" by david burns is an excellent self-help book based on science. Don't let the thickness of it intimidate you. Take it bit by bit. Lack of interest in life, fatigue, crying, are signs. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some biological leads to of depression?

Biological causes: Biological causes of depression include differences in brain chemistry, inherited traits, hormonal changes and illnesses (i.e. Hypothyroidism) which adversely affect the level of one's hormones or brain chemistry. ...Read more

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I've took 8mg of ativan (lorazepam) in an hiur. Is that overdosing? What shold I do? Thanks

I've took 8mg of ativan (lorazepam) in an hiur. Is that overdosing? What shold I do? Thanks

Yes.: What should you do? Depends. Was the Ativan (lorazepam) prescribed or purchased? If the former, find a decent physician or psychiatrist who isn't ignorant. If the latter, find a psychiatrist to treat your addiction illness. ...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