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Ativan (lorazepam)

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AtivanŽ

Generic Name: Lorazepam lor-AZ-e-pam

Drug Class: Benzodiazepines

 

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Description
Ativan is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines and is used to treat patients with anxiety or panic disorder.

Your doctor may use this medicine to treat other conditions as well.

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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
Follow the directions given to you by your doctor. This medicine is taken by mouth with water and can be taken with or without food. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice with this medicine.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • Some common side effects reported with this medicine include:
      • drowsiness
      • dizziness
      • unusual weakness
      • headache
      • clumsiness
    • Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away; restlessness or excitement, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision or changes in sex drive.
    • anxiety, depression
    • If you experience memory loss, behavioral problems, or involuntary muscle movements, talk to your doctor right away.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • This medicine is meant for short term use. If your symptoms continue, talk to your health care provider.
    • Benzodiazepines can be addictive. This medicine should not be taken for long periods of time.
    • This medicine can aggravate narrow-angle glaucoma.
    • This medicine may cause dizziness and drowsiness.
    • Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
    • Don't drive until you know how you will react to this medicine.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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Drug Interactions
    • Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all other medicines that you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products.

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Pregnancy/Nursing
This medicine should not be used if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. This medicine can cause harm to your fetus. For breast-feeding mothers, check with your doctor to discuss any possible risks to your baby while taking this medicine.
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More Information

For more information about this medicine, talk to your healthcare provider.
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DizzyLizzy
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Registered: August 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 13
Mon September 11, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: I was on the same dose for nearly 8 years before it started to lose effectiveness
CONS:

Ativan was a great med for me. I used it to help fall asleep at night and as needed for a panic attack.

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lenjan
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Registered: April 2004
Location: Milky Way galaxy
Posts: 4570
Sat September 9, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: excessive sedation properties make it outstanding for trying to sleep
CONS: I didn't find any!

Loved Ativan! Works quickly to relieve anxiety and help put you to sleep. Sadly, it's a bad thing to have around when suicidal, so my pdoc took mine and never gave it back.

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alisandria
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Registered: August 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 303
Fri September 8, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: Well, I didn't feel anxious.
CONS: Very tired, hazed feeling.

I think it would be good to use when having procedures done. Like a tooth pulled, or MRi or something. It really zonked me out, and I was on lowest dose. Alright for occassional use in those instances (for me anyway).

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LMo
Elder

Registered: January 2003
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 6224
Fri June 23, 2006 Recommended? No | Total Spent: $3.00| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: instant anxiety relief
CONS: addictive, dangerous for unborn fetuses, makes me too drowsy

I wasn't a huge fan of Ativan - knowing that it is both addictive and dangerous for unborn fetuses made me instantly cautious. The few times I did take it, it certainly worked to de-stress me, but it also made me so drowsy that I couldn't make good decisions. I took it 3 times and then threw the rest away. It wasn't worth the risk, but I suppose it would be good for someone who has more anxiety than I do.

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jennie
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Registered: December 2002
Location: DC metro area
Posts: 1366
Thu June 22, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: less impairment than others in drug class
CONS: driving impairment and forgetfulness

Helpful for learning to work through initial panic attacks. I'd happily resume this medication if I couldn't function. No need to suffer when ativan is there to help you through times of severe panic.

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Evangelista
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Registered: February 2006
Location: \"die bunte Kuh\"
Posts: 973
Tue June 13, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $3.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: takes the edge off of panic attacks
CONS: none

This medication has helped me with anxiety and panic attacks, plus it has fewer side effects than Valium.

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