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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?
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Dr. Daniel McGee
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Daniel McGee
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Ativan (lorazepam)
Depends on dose, how often & what the extra dose is for.

In brief: Ativan (lorazepam)
Depends on dose, how often & what the extra dose is for.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: YES
Benzodiazepine drugs are used to treat anxiety related conditions.
They should not be used for insomnia.

In brief: YES
Benzodiazepine drugs are used to treat anxiety related conditions.
They should not be used for insomnia.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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