Lorazepam is typically utilized to treat anxiety disorders. Its use is not recommended for people with a primary diagnosis of depression or psychosis. A physician should evaluate your use of Lorazepam periodically to assess its usefulness as there are many adverse reactions to long term use that can occur.
Increased Episodic Depression
A pre-existing diagnosis of depression and long term use of lorazepam may cause the symptoms of depression to re-emerge or worsen.
Possible Respiratory Decline
Long term use of Lorazepam may have an adverse reaction on respiratory processes, including a decline in the ability to breathe.
Lower Tolerance for Alcohol
Long term and short term use of Lorazepam lowers your body's tolerance to alcohol and other medications.
Possible Physical and Psychological Dependence
Long term use can lead to both physical and psychological dependence of lorazepam.
Possible Toxic Psychosis
Long term use of lorazepam can cause your body to be in a constant state of intoxication resulting in toxic psychosis.
Possible Withdrawal Symptoms with Cessation
Taking lorazepam for a short a time as a week and then stopping abruptly can cause withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, confusion, insomnia, and dizziness among many other symptoms.