Do any of you take Ativan (Lorazepam) for sleep?

I have taken Ambien and Trazodone in the past, and started Ambien again three weeks ago but it isn't helping. When I occasionally take Ativan for anxiety, I sleep really well. I am wondering if I could take Ativan on a regular basis for sleep without it stopping working or serious side effects.
Babaghanouj Babaghanouj
26-30, F
4 Responses Aug 23, 2014

The problem with taking Ativan daily is addiction possibilities. Benzos are highly addictive whether we admit it or not. Even some who use them daily for intended purposes become hooked & dependent. :/ that's why I stopped taking my xanax, a sister drug.
Try looking into Z Quill, an over the counter sleep med.. Or natural supplements such as melatonin or L Theanine. I have both and they both help to create more sleep brain waves.

I do worry about becoming addicted to medications. When you stopped taking Xanax did you switch to another medication for anxiety? Thank you for your suggestions. I take 10mg of Melatonin; I will look into Z Quill.

No, but Motrin PM is really great for sleep. It's also supposed to be for pain... so when I feel guilty about using it for an unintended purpose, I think: "Well technically, MY SOUL IS IN PAIN... so I need it." So then I take it and won't wake up till eight or nine hours later.

"My soul is in pain..." Yes, how right you are.

What does your prescription say? How many times a day are you suppose to take it? is the medicine you take for sleep separate from your every day medicine?

I am supposed to be taking Ambien for sleep but it is not helping. I take the Ativan on occasion, as-needed. It works really well for me.

Ambien didn't work for me either, well it partially did. I would go to sleep but would not stay asleep. Maximum 4 hours of sleep. Doctor perscribed Trazodone and even with double dose, only 4 hours of sleep. It sucks. I have not found anything that does work I hope you find something and post back here.

I take a low dose of quetiapine 25 mg to help lower anxiety and sleep, it works most of the time, larger doses course bad side effects ...
I been in it ten years, and have had no resistance build up to it..

I was on 100mg of Quetiapine before I switched to Clozapine about a year ago. Quetiapine did help me sleep, but Clozapine not as much. I am glad that Quetiapine is working for you. Thanks for sharing.