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What are the common uses of lorazepam, and how often can it be used? Long term?

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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Try to avoid

Lorazepam is long acting antianxiety, but we have better drugs for that--it is used to stop seizures but used IV in the hospital---i am against long term oral intake of Lorazepam for any reason, other than a short course- Lorazepam should not be used for sleep.

In brief: Try to avoid

Lorazepam is long acting antianxiety, but we have better drugs for that--it is used to stop seizures but used IV in the hospital---i am against long term oral intake of Lorazepam for any reason, other than a short course- Lorazepam should not be used for sleep.
Dr. Gamal Boutros
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Dr. Krishna Kumar
Lorazepam is a good medication for treatment of Anxiety for short term. Depending upon severity of Anxiety, it can be used 1mg up to three times a day Patents with marked anxiety can have insomnia. By relieving anxiety, Ativan 1mg at bed time, it helps with sleep for short term, however, it is not a sleep medication. Due to Tolerance and being habit forming, it should not be used long term.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Lorazepam

Is a short acting benzodiazepine, which is a class of medications to treat anxiety.
However, it is also used for insomnia, for chemotherapy related nausea and to stop seizures. Because it is short acting, it's use in anxiety should be limited. The better way to treat anxiety is to prevent it from happening. Long term use would not be good.

In brief: Lorazepam

Is a short acting benzodiazepine, which is a class of medications to treat anxiety.
However, it is also used for insomnia, for chemotherapy related nausea and to stop seizures. Because it is short acting, it's use in anxiety should be limited. The better way to treat anxiety is to prevent it from happening. Long term use would not be good.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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