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Ativan

(Lorazepam)

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Ativan (Lorazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety and sleep. Less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

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Upsides

  • Effective at relieving short-term anxiety and sleeplessness.
  • Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in (it can take several weeks).
  • Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other benzodiazepines, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications.
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Downsides

  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Compared to other benzodiazepines, more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then stop suddenly.
  • Most people find that it gets less effective over time.

What to expect when you take Ativan (Lorazepam) for Anxiety

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Side effect rates for Ativan (Lorazepam)

3500 From clinical trials of Ativan / Anxiety
  • Relaxation or sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Unsteadiness

Risks and Warnings for Ativan (Lorazepam)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking more than the prescribed dose
    • Taking longer than 4 weeks
    • History of drug abuse

    If you use Ativan (Lorazepam) for 4 weeks or more, it's likely that your body will develop tolerance to it, which means that more and more of the medication is needed to achieve the same effect. You're also likely to become physically dependent on the medication, which means that you'll feel withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it all at once. You can avoid withdrawal by weaning off of the medication very slowly with the help of a doctor. Take only the prescribed dose to minimize risks of abuse and overdose. Ativan (Lorazepam) should not be used by people with a history of drug abuse if an alternative medication is available.

Common concerns from people taking Ativan (Lorazepam)

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Interactions
  • Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other benzodiazepines, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications.
Alcohol
  • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Not safe to use with alcohol.
Pain
  • It can be habit forming and wd can be a pain. However when you need relief and have terrible anxiety it can be good. Also the brain fog sucks
Sleep
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Took for sleep and anxiety. Some jittery side effects. Can keep you calm
  • I didn't sleep the whole night, made my insomnia even worse
  • I take it to help me sleep on very stressful days. The effect lasts several hours, so if I don't take it and wake up in the middle of the night, I can't take it since the side effects would last into the morning. No hangover when I wake up.