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Dr told me to use .5 mg of ativan (lorazepam) for insomnia, but to prevent addiction or need for higher dose, take sun thru thurs & not on fri. And sat. ?

For awhile maybe: Then the psychological dependency may also begin , i.e. , if you have a couple of poor nights sleep on the Ativan (lorazepam) nights and perhaps some struggling more than normal on the off nights, you may find yourself taking an extra dose on your medication nights or perhaps a dose on your off nights. At the end of the day, it's a temporary solution to a longer term problem, even taking it prn. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more


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Any suggestions how to cope with stress and anxiety that is affecting my job performance. Use .5 mg ativan (lorazepam) for insomnia & lamictal for mood disorder?

Any suggestions how to cope with stress and anxiety that is  affecting my job performance.  Use .5 mg ativan (lorazepam) for insomnia & lamictal for mood disorder?

Anxiety: Try using the free anti anxiety app featured on the soundmindz.Org website and also consider reading my latest book, "managing the stress of success" featured on the same site. If your stress continues consult a mental health professional as psychotherapy can be very helpful in reducing stress and anxiety. Best. ...Read more

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Do you suggest bdz ( lorazepam ) to cure insomnia in a person in ipomaniacal phase? Does he risk paradox effect( agitation)? Thanks

Do you suggest bdz ( lorazepam ) to cure insomnia in a person in ipomaniacal phase? Does he risk paradox effect( agitation)? Thanks

See a psychiatrist.: You could not cure insomnia with any drug. Insomnia is a symptom and you need to find out the root cause of insomnia to treat it. I am not sure what ipomaniacal phase means . Do you mean hypomanic state? It is a state of mind that is less severe than manic state and insomnia is often a symptom. Lorazepam would help but some people have paradoxical effects. Please see a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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If I use .5 mg of ativan (lorazepam) every night for insomnia, in time will i build up resistance to drug and require a higher dose to give the same effect?

Very possible: This is a well-known and common risk of anti-anxiety medications chemically called "benzodiazepines" (or "benzos"). It's the main reason they are not recommended for long-term use, usually defined as over 2 weeks. Of course, not everyone reacts the same: some people develop tolerance (they "build up resistance") even sooner, while some take much longer, or never do. But why risk it? ...Read more

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Have been taking .5 ativan (lorazepam) for 2 months for insomnia. Is it ok to continue. I know it is addictive but I only use it to sleep. Can't take ssri or seri?

Have been taking .5 ativan (lorazepam) for 2 months for insomnia. Is it ok to continue. I know it is addictive but I only use it to sleep. Can't take ssri or seri?

Sleep meds: CBT for Insomnia is usually the longer term answer for insomnia and I strongly recommend EMDR Therapy for anxiety. I can help you with an assessment and recommendations. ...Read more

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Any suggestions to cope with stress and anxiety that is affecting my job performance. Take .5 mg ativan (lorazepam) in the evening for insomnia.

Any suggestions to cope with stress and anxiety that is  affecting my job performance.  Take .5 mg ativan (lorazepam) in the evening for insomnia.

Manage anxiety: By learning relaxation skills & learning to modify the thoughts, perceptions & beliefs that trigger your anxiety. Learning to calm your body & your mind is the key. You can learn these skills on your own, but having a mental health professional "coach" you is quicker & more effective. Biofeedback helps learn relaxation skills (www.Bcia.Org & www.Aapb.Org). ...Read more

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I take .5 mg of ativan (lorazepam) a couple times a week at night for insomnia. Would it be habit forming if I took it at night more often?

I take .5 mg of ativan (lorazepam) a couple times a week at night for insomnia. Would it be habit forming if I took it at night more often?

Depends: We each respond differently to habit forming drugs. Some ppl are biochemically more likely to become tolerant, and thus addicted to drugs such as ativan (lorazepam). Ativan (lorazepam) is in the benzodiazepine family - a strongly habit forming drug. Rather than taking it more often, i recommend exploring why you are having insomnia, and address the underlying issues first. Good sleep hygeine and stress reduction may help. ...Read more

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What is the safest OTC medication for insomnia? I am taking lorazepam but i don't use it for insomnia. I use it for gad.

What is the safest OTC medication for insomnia? I am taking lorazepam but i don't use it for insomnia. I use it for gad.

I like melatonin.: Valerian root ; chamomile are also popular. Insure that you use good sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk. ...Read more

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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