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I have a biochemical depression, not bipolar nor constant.

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I have a biochemical depression, not bipolar nor constant. My circadian rhythm consistently contains 3 depressed times: noon, early morning, middle of the night. I have taken Lorazepam (.5 mg per tablet) each of those times for 3 years, which fine. Should I wean myself from this Rx,& is there a better Rx available?
Lloyd Rediger (*****@******.***)
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Susan RN replied 7 years ago.

Hello, GL Rediger, I will do my best to try and help answer your questions. I do have a few questions so that I can get to know more about your general health and well-being.

Is there any particular reason why you want to stop taking the lorazepam?

Do you live alone?

What other medical conditions do you have?

What other medicines do you take?

Do you see a doctor &/or counselor on a regular basis?

Thank you.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
My primary care physician says my depression should be remedied by now, & taking Lorazepam longer will likely have less effect & may have bad side effects. I live happily with my wife. I have osteoporosis & arthritic knees. I take Simvistatin (40 mg) & 1 aspirin (81) at night. I see my primary care physician 2/year & cardiologist (I have had bypass surgery) 1/year.
Expert:  Susan RN replied 7 years ago.

Awesome! You sound like you are doing well. Since your depression is biochemical, that tells me that once you are tapered off the lorazepam, your depression could come back. There are other medicines on the market for depression.

I would ask your doctor how he would like you to wean off the lorazepam. I would NOT stop taking it all together because that could give you side effects as well as increase in anxiety &/or depression, lack of appetite, insomnia, vomiting, muscle twitching, confusion, and trouble walking.

Ask your doctor about an SSRI medicine for depression. Many have few side effects and can be taken for the long term.

Continue to take care and please let me know if you have any more questions or concerns. I am here to help you.

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