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Ativan: yes or no. My mom, dad, sister her husband

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Posted on Tue, 26 Feb 2019
Question: Ativan: yes or no. My mom, dad, sister her husband all take prescribed Ativan via legitimate prescriptions. i have taking it for the past 6 months via the dark market to treat anxiety. i am trying to decide should i get off the medication and deal with the withdrawals or should i get my own prescription. Is long term Ativan a legitimate way to deal with anxiety.
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Ativan is used to treat anxiety in the short term,follow the advice below.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear and welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Ativan is a medication in the group of benzodiazepines.

It is used to treat anxiety in the short term.

It is not recommended for long-term use for more than four months.

Taking Ativan for longer than a few months can cause some serious side effects such as addiction.

Do I would recommend other alternative treatments for anxiety.

Psychotherapy is one of the common ways to deal with anxiety. In this case you should consult a psychologist for better evaluation.

I also recommend using herbal supplements for relaxation.

As per medication, there are several medications used to treat anxiety.

I would recommend Buspirone for long term treatment of anxiety.

It is a prescription medication, so you should consult your doctor before using it.

I recommend a healthy lifestyle, eating healthy and getting enough hours of sleep.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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Ativan: yes or no. My mom, dad, sister her husband

Brief Answer: Ativan is used to treat anxiety in the short term,follow the advice below. Detailed Answer: Hello dear and welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Ativan is a medication in the group of benzodiazepines. It is used to treat anxiety in the short term. It is not recommended for long-term use for more than four months. Taking Ativan for longer than a few months can cause some serious side effects such as addiction. Do I would recommend other alternative treatments for anxiety. Psychotherapy is one of the common ways to deal with anxiety. In this case you should consult a psychologist for better evaluation. I also recommend using herbal supplements for relaxation. As per medication, there are several medications used to treat anxiety. I would recommend Buspirone for long term treatment of anxiety. It is a prescription medication, so you should consult your doctor before using it. I recommend a healthy lifestyle, eating healthy and getting enough hours of sleep. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.