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What is Ativan?

Ativan is a medication that belongs to the group of medications called benzodiazepines. The main salt present in this medication is Lorazepam. This medication is used for treating anxiety and insomnia. In order to treat anxiety, these medications alter the balance of the chemicals in the brain. As a result of this chemical change, the activity of neurotransmitters is decreased. This decreased activity produces a calming effect that results in a decrease in anxiety.

Active IngredientsLorazepam
UsesAnxiety & Insomnia
TypeCNS (Central Nervous System) Stimulant & Benzodiazepine
Brand NameAtivan
Strength Variations0.5, 1 & 2mg
Legal StatusSchedule IV
Max Daily Dosage10 mg/day
Dependency RiskHigh
ManufacturersPfizer, MEDA, Valeant, & Others

Ativan was introduced in the market in the late 1970s in the US. As per recent data, it is among the 50 most used and prescribed medications in the US. This medication is in the list of essential medications for any healthcare system as per the WHO (World Health Organization). It is available in 1mg and 2mg tablets all over the world.

How To Consume Ativan?

Ativan is a medication that should be consumed with maximum care. Usually, doctors will start treatment with 1mg tablet twice or thrice daily. In certain cases, doctors can keep the daily dose as low as one single 1mg pill per day. Usually, doctors try to keep the total daily dosage at 6mg. While in people with severe anxiety and frequent panic attacks patients can be given up to 10mg of lorazepam in a day. Any dosage above 10mg per day can cause damage to the brain along with other severe side effects.

Frequent and daily use of Ativan should be avoided whenever possible. It is a habit-forming medication and there is a rising number of people suffering from dependence on this medication. If there are any questions or doubts related to the usage of this medication, feel free to consult a doctor as soon as possible.

What Are Side Effects of Ativan?

Side Effects of Ativan are not that many. Usually, these side effects aren’t so serious and go away once a patient stops using the medication. Yet some side effects can cause serious damage to the brain and patients to need to take extra care and seek emergency attention as soon as possible.

Normal/Moderate Side Effects

The list side effects of Ativan are never-ending so we will be listing some of the commonly reported side effects. Mention them to your doctor during the next checkup.

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Stomach ache
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weakness

Serious Side Effects

Stop using the medication if any of the side effects mentioned below develops in a patient. Call 911 or go to an ER if condition is serious.

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Slurred speech
  • Memory loss
  • High fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Allergic reaction
  • Suicidal thoughts

Precautions for Ativan Usage

People who have experienced an allergic reaction to lorazepam or any other benzodiazepine don’t use it unless advised by a doctor. People suffering or having a history of heart, lungs, and liver or kidney problems should disclose their complete medical history to the health practitioner. Consumption of marijuana and alcohol with this medication can increase the effects of these medications. Never take other benzodiazepines such as Xanax long with Ativan, the combined effect can cause severe side effects.