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Q. My wife and I have a serious problem related to her use of Ativan. We are both in our mid-60s, and she's been tied down for several years taking care of her mother, who has Alzheimer's disease. She started off taking a 0.5mg tablet of Ativan, which her doctor prescribed on an "as needed" basis for episodes of anxiety, once a day. But over time, she's moved into taking the Ativan five or six times a day. She realizes she's developed a serious dependency on the drug and wants to stop, but her efforts to quit or taper off have all ended in failure.Back to Article

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