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to CynAnn~I have been taking Ativan off and on for many years. I have found it to be very safe(and helpful) for anxiety. I used to take it only infrequently~like once or twice a month. However~for the last 3 months I have taken 1mg daily to help control BP spikes. I dont intend to try to go without it because I have read that if stopped abruptly~there can be withdrawl symptoms~the worst being seizures. I was in a major dither because the internist I saw(only once) would not refill it :( I had to call my gynecologist to get a refill. Next month I am going to a new doc who is going to discuss what else I can take instead of/or in addition to the Ativan that works better. I will be happy to share what I learn then. Sorry I cant help sooner. I have not had any weight gain from Ativan. I have never taken it at night as a sleep aid like you are doing. Only during the day while I am active~so maybe that is the difference? I am no expert~but the long term side effects of Ativan are not as bad as the SSRI group meds. I think the biggest concern is that one can become physically and mentally dependent on it. If you want to taper down~call your doc and ask how to do it safely. But be grateful that he was free to offer it. Many docs are totally against benzo's.
best of luck~RR :)

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