• Dani with Anxiety Dani with Anxiety
    December 09, 2013
    Is Ativan addictive?
    Dani with Anxiety Dani with Anxiety
    December 09, 2013

    I have anxiety and depression, and have been fighting through them for a long time now. I recently began taking Venafaxline and it has helped immensely! But my doctor also have me a small perscription of Ativan for the emergency times I might need it. After having taken it to get through a panic attack on a plane, I have noticed that whenever I even begin to feel anxious, I immediately think of taking Ativan. So far, I have only done that twice, but I'm worried that I might start becoming addicted to it. It's just that for someone who has lived their life with anxiety daily, it's nice to have something that removes a majority of it. Is Ativan addictive?



  • Eileen Bailey
    Health Guide
    December 17, 2013
    Eileen Bailey
    Health Guide
    December 17, 2013



    Thank you for your quesiton. I imagine that you think of taking Ativan when you feel anxious because it helped you in the past. However, if you continue to only take it when absolutely necessary you shouldn't have a problem. I would suggest keeping a log of when you take it. This way you will immediately notice if you are taking it more often or on a regular basis and can talk to your doctor. Although it is addictive, taking it once in a while is not going to cause addiction.



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  • Crystal December 18, 2013
    December 18, 2013
    According to my pdoc, there is a difference between addiction and dependence. Yes, you can become dependent. My pdoc's orders are as follows, I take it as needed and no more than 4 a day during the bad times only. I also take one every morning and 1/2 pill at night. I shared with her my concern of becoming dependent and she said, if you need it you need it, if down the road you don't, we will simply taper you off of it. Hope this helps. READ MORE
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