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Effects of long term Ativan use

Post: #1
01-26-2014, 04:07 AM
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Effects of long term Ativan use

I have read that you are only supposed to take Ativan for 3 to 4 months at a time. Is this true? I have a family member who has been taking it for years and her doctors keep refilling her prescription.



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Post: #2
02-07-2014, 07:21 PM
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RE: Effects of long term Ativan use

(01-26-2014 04:07 AM)sillylucy Wrote:  I have read that you are only supposed to take Ativan for 3 to 4 months at a time. Is this true? I have a family member who has been taking it for years and her doctors keep refilling her prescription.

I think it depends on the dosage and frequency of use. Does she use it on a daily basis or only when her symptoms are acute?

I know it isn't comparable to a professional's opinion, but on WebMD it says this medication can lose effectiveness if used over a long period of time. However, if your family member still thinks it is working, I wouldn't be overly concerned.



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Post: #3
08-19-2014, 01:44 AM
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RE: Effects of long term Ativan use

I have been prescribed ativan for over 15 years. But I do not use it daily. I use it only when I begin to panick on buses and in enclosed spaces. I was diagnosed with Panick Attack Disorder with Claustrophobia. I have had a prescription of 30 pills for over one year now and I still have 20 left. So they still work for me and I am not addicted etc. It was a good alternative for me in place of anti-depressants. I have not been on anti-depressants and I am glad. I used it to manage my anxiety and it was a God send. I feel I am so much better now and if I had been put on anti-depressants for the rest of my life things may have turned out a lot worse.



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Post: #4
04-09-2017, 06:19 AM
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RE: Effects of long term Ativan use

​My doctor prescribed me Ativan for just 3 months in daily basis (Twice a day). I am now fully recover and doctor told me to stop taking Ativan. So I think if you are already recovered then you should stop taking it.



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