Article at a Glance:
- Ativan (lorazepam) is not known to cause weight gain or weight loss.
- However, related drugs like Xanax (alprazolam) are linked to weight changes.
- Benzodiazepines like Ativan are often used alongside antidepressants and antipsychotics that can cause weight gain.
- Withdrawal from benzos can cause weight loss.
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How Lorazepam Affects Weight
Ativan does not usually impact weight, and weight changes are not a known side effect of the medication. However, other drugs that are prescribed alongside lorazepam can contribute to weight changes.
Ativan (Lorazepam) Weight Gain
Weight gain is not a known side effect of lorazepam. However, when used for mental health conditions, lorazepam may sometimes be used alongside other drug classes like antidepressants or antipsychotics, which have both been linked to weight gain. Someone may assume that lorazepam is causing their weight gain, but a different drug may be the culprit.
Ativan (Lorazepam) Weight Loss
Although lorazepam itself is not known to lead to weight changes, cases have been reported where it has been used alongside other drugs that were responsible for weight gain. This includes antipsychotics like olanzapine, which are commonly linked to weight gain.
- Does Ativan lose its effectiveness?
Benzos like Ativan do not typically lose their effectiveness over time. However, a person may stop experiencing side effects, like sedation, over time.
- Do all benzos make you gain weight?
Most benzos do not cause weight gain. However, they may be used alongside other medications like antidepressants that are linked to weight gain.
- Does alprazolam cause weight gain?
Alprazolam (Xanax) has been linked to weight gain in around 27% of people and weight loss in around 23%.
Ativan (lorazepam) Side Effects
Ativan’s most common side effects include:
Different Anti-Anxiety Drugs
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