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Is ativan (lorazepam) used for depression?
15 doctors weighed in

7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Michael Borookhim
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Ativan (lorazepam) is used for
Symptoms of anxiety.
It is not used for depression per say. It is an anxiolytic. Ativan (lorazepam) is relatively rapid acting and often can be abused by people once they try it. Some people use it as a sleep medication though that it not the correct indications for this medication.

In brief: Ativan (lorazepam) is used for
Symptoms of anxiety.
It is not used for depression per say. It is an anxiolytic. Ativan (lorazepam) is relatively rapid acting and often can be abused by people once they try it. Some people use it as a sleep medication though that it not the correct indications for this medication.
Dr. Michael Borookhim
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Dr. William Drescher
Ativan makes you not care as much about everything, so if you take Ativan you will not care you are depressed. This is not a good idea. Get the proper treatment.
Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Ativan (lorazepam) is an anti-anxiety medication and used usually on a daily basis and does not treat depression.

In brief: No
Ativan (lorazepam) is an anti-anxiety medication and used usually on a daily basis and does not treat depression.
Dr. David Wyatt
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Dr. Michael Borookhim
I agree. Its is an anxyolytic and not used for depression.
Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Ativan (lorazepam)
Anxiety medications can be used for anxiety associated with depression, or for agitation, not to treat depression per se.

In brief: Ativan (lorazepam)
Anxiety medications can be used for anxiety associated with depression, or for agitation, not to treat depression per se.
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