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Are there any risks in taking lorazepam?

Lorazepam is habit-forming and carries a risk of addiction. Use lorazepam only under the supervision of a doctor and follow your doctor's instructions for taking lorazepam. It is not recommended for those with a history of alcohol or drug abuse. Lorazepam carries a risk of severe drowsiness and difficulty breathing that can be life-threatening. Using alcohol or narcotics with lorazepam can increase this risk. Lorazepam increases the risk of depression. If you have or have ever had depression, talk to your doctor about using lorazepam safely. Lorazepam can both cause depression and worsen existing depression. Lorazepam carries a risk of personality changes, and can make some people hostile, aggressive, anxious, restless and agitated. Talk to your doctor if you experience any personality changes while taking lorazepam. If you suffer from liver, lung, heart or kidney disease, lorazepam may not be prescribed. If you have glaucoma, lorazepam may not be prescribed. Do not take lorazepam while pregnant or breastfeeding.

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