My primary care doctor prescribed Ativan (a brand name for lorazepam) for me a few months ago to help with episodes of extreme anxiety. He warned that because of its potentially addictive and harmful side effects and properties I should not take it more than as needed. My psychiatrist and his nurse decided to put me on a trial period of Ativan at 1.5 milligrams a day for one week, and they gave me the same warning about its addictive properties and promised that I would only use it temporarily. Yesterday, I went to my psychiatrist and he vehemently denied that it was addictive and instead said that:
Ativan isn't addictive due to its sedative side effects when you take more than needed
The above quote doesn't make sense to me because while it provides evidence that there are consequences for getting high off of Ativan, it doesn't provide evidence against a dependence on small amounts of the medicine. When I said that his office and my primary care doctor had said that it was addictive, he responded with something to the tune of the following:
Who do you trust more, someone who specializes in pyschiatry or your primary care doctor?
The above argument is an appeal to authority fallacy, but that doesn't invalidate his conclusion. Therefore, my question is: Is Ativan Addictive?