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Can lorazepam cause depression?

Can lorazepam cause depression?

Yes: Lorazepam is an anti-anxiety drug that is in the Valium (diazepam) family. It is short acting (about six hours, and when taken regularly for prolonged periods will lead to dependency, which means sudden cessation will lead to serious withdrawal sx, similar to alcohol withdrawal. Both alcohol and diazepams can lead to depression. You must see the prescriber, often ur gp, every 1-3 mos to monitor. ...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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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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Can OCD or depression treated with Prozac (fluoxetine) and Lorazepam cause forgottnes?

Can OCD or depression treated with Prozac (fluoxetine) and Lorazepam cause forgottnes?

Lorazepam can : cause forgetfulness & difficulty concentrating. Call your prescribing physician if the side effects impair your daily functioning. Make a list of all prescription & over-the-counter medicines you take, including vitamins, minerals & other dietary supplements. Keep this list with you for all medical & therapy visits & in case you ever end up in the ER because of accident, injury or acute illness. ...Read more

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Can OCD and major depression disorder treated with Prozac (fluoxetine) and Lorazepam, cause halucinations?

Can OCD and major depression disorder treated with Prozac (fluoxetine) and Lorazepam, cause halucinations?

NOT USUALLY: Hallucinations are typically an indication of a psychotic process or maybe less serious if it happens upon falling asleep or waking up. OCD does not involve hallucinations as a symptom. Antidepressants do not typically cause hallucinations either. If the is some connection then the diagnosis may need to be reconsider like possibly bipolar disorder. Speak with your doctor. ...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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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 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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Have gad/depression.Took Paxil (paroxetine) 10mg for 1 week, 20mg for the last 2.5. I'm not sad, but i'm not happy, and still somewhat anxious- taking lorazepam prn. How do I know if the dose should be increased?

Have gad/depression.Took Paxil (paroxetine) 10mg for 1 week, 20mg for the last 2.5. I'm not sad, but i'm not happy, and still somewhat anxious- taking lorazepam prn. How do I know if the dose should be increased?

Only Time will tell: Treatment of anxiety disorders with ssris takes longer and higher doses for most people than does depression. While 20 mg is toward the low end for anxiety, best to let is just work for another 1.5 weeks; if no change in mood or anxiety, then dosage increase is reasonable. If there is improvement in either in 10 days, then sit tight and watch for another ten-14 days. Gentleness is the key. ...Read more

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I've had panic disorder and depression for 22 years. It's been getting worse lately. I've been on Prozac and lorazepam all this time. What can I do?

I've had panic disorder and depression for 22 years. It's been getting worse lately. I've been on Prozac and lorazepam all this time. What can I do?

Let your prescribing: provider know. Add in non-pharmacologic treatments. Cognitive Behavioral therapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hrs sleep /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 or meditation. Take care. ...Read more

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I take 120 mg of Cymbalta (duloxetine) daily for severe depression. I appear to have more anxiety now, I am also taking 3mg Lorazepam a day. What are the risks?

I take 120 mg of Cymbalta (duloxetine) daily for severe depression.  I appear to have more anxiety now, I am also taking 3mg Lorazepam a day.  What are the risks?

Risks: Two important items:
1: You MUST see your Primary doctor!
2: You MUST also see a Psychologist to help you with your anxiety

Tough times but you will be carefully controlled by both doctors. Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Is it severe if I have OCD, major depression disorder treated with Lorazepam and Prozac (fluoxetine) and I'm cutting myself and thinking about suicide?

Is it severe if I have OCD, major depression disorder treated with Lorazepam and Prozac (fluoxetine) and I'm cutting myself and thinking about suicide?

Get help now.: This is serious.If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, please be seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you. If need be, you can call 911 for emergency services & they can provide transport. You can call the National Suicide hotline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255. Consider dialectica Behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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Can I take 1 aspirin, if I have a hedacke? I also have OCD and depression, so I take 3 Prozac (fluoxetine) and 1 Lorazepam. Is this ok?

Can I take 1 aspirin, if I have a hedacke? I also have OCD and depression, so I take 3 Prozac (fluoxetine) and 1 Lorazepam. Is this ok?

Drug interactions.: Although taking aspirin with prozac (fluoxetine) can increase risk of bleeding - that is more so with renal/ liver disease or in elderly. Taking one aspirin is not likely to cause a problem. ...Read more

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taking 6oomg tegretol, 10 mg of Lexapro, (escitalopram)25 mg of trazodone and 1.5 lorazepam for ocd/mood swings.still have depression.is this a strange combination?

 taking 6oomg tegretol, 10 mg of Lexapro, (escitalopram)25 mg of trazodone and 1.5 lorazepam for ocd/mood swings.still have depression.is this a strange combination?

Not common: discuss with prescribing doc and consider second opinion. I would be happy to consult with you through my virtual practice if you are a resident of CA. If not you may be able to locate another psychiatrist with a virtual practice who is licensed in your state ...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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Im 22 and started Zoloft (sertraline) but im also on lorepam I suffer greatly from anxiety but have no depression problems and now I have a low libido will it stay with me for long?

Im 22 and started Zoloft (sertraline) but im also on lorepam I suffer greatly from anxiety but have no depression problems and now I have a low libido will it stay with me for long?

Tell your physician: The reasons for low libido are multiple. If you suspect your medication to be the cause for low sex drive, talk to your doctor before making any changes. ...Read more

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Took 20 of Lorazepam 0.5mg Effects? Dangerous? HTN PCOS G.A.D Depressive Disorder Zestoretic 12-10mg Ativan0.5mg Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg

Took 20 of Lorazepam 0.5mg  Effects? Dangerous? HTN PCOS G.A.D Depressive Disorder Zestoretic 12-10mg Ativan0.5mg Zoloft (sertraline) 50mg

Go to ER: Ativan (lorazepam) is a sedative/hypnotic so yes it is dangerous since it will knock you out for hours! And if you took them intentionally (as a suicidal attempt) as opposed to accidentally, you certainly need to seek help for better treatment of your depression! GO TO ER , ask a friend/family/neighbor to take you there! ...Read more

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If I can't go to school, is this because obsessive-compulsive disorder and major depressive disorder? I also take Prozac (fluoxetine) and Lorazepam.

If I can't go to school, is this because obsessive-compulsive disorder and major depressive disorder? I also take Prozac (fluoxetine) and Lorazepam.

NEED A THERAPIST: Hey Jan you seem to have a lot of concerns and have questions about your medications and school. Please contact your doctor and get more answers. You seem to be on the right track. ...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)

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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I am depressed due to my dad recently passed away and we were close. Can't sleep and tried .5 lorazapam..Any suggestions?

I am depressed due to my dad recently passed away and we were close. Can't sleep and tried .5 lorazapam..Any suggestions?

Grieving: Grieving can feel a lot like depression, when we miss the one who has died. Sleep disturbances, appetite changes, and low energy are frequent, along with preoccupation with the deceased. Talking with others who knew your father may help, and perhaps a grief support group also. Temporary sleep aids like Ambien (zolpidem) may help you rest. If this edges into hopelessness, seeing a therapist is a good plan. ...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?

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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Can Lorazepam cause nightmares?

Can Lorazepam cause nightmares?

Ativan (lorazepam): Vivid dreams possible depending on the dose. ...Read more

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What cause depression?

What cause depression?

Causes of depression: Include a genetic component that increases your risk when a blood relative has depression, distressing experiences combined with dysfunctional negative thinking and beliefs, and behaviors that contribute to withdrawing socially & reducing pleasurable & rewarding activities. Cultivating an optimistic, resilient attitude that sees problems as solvable challenges help prevent depression. ...Read more

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What causes depression?

What causes depression?

Multitude of things: A question surely pondered thru the ages. Some people are born with a genetic predisposition and a strong family hty. Drug and alcohol abuse can cause depression. Prolonged exposure to stress can make the most resilient among us depressed. Medical depression may be related to inflammatory cytokines which travel from site of illness to brain (e.G mult. Sclerosis can present with depression). ...Read more

Dr. James Hall
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Lorazepam (Definition)

A medication of some versatility, a benzodiazepam of brief duration, that can be employed to stop ongoing seizure activity, can be used to control anxiety, assist as a sleep aide, and employed by a ...Read more