Anxiety is treated using this drug. Lorazepam belongs to the benzodiazepine class of medicines, which have a calming effect on the brain and nerves (central nervous system). This medication works by amplifying the effects of a natural substance in the body (GABA).
Before you start taking lorazepam, and every time you obtain a refill, read the Medication Guide issued by your pharmacist. Inquire with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
As instructed by your doctor, take this medicine by mouth with or without food. The dose is determined by your medical condition, age, and treatment response.
To receive the best benefit from this drug, take it on a regular basis as advised by your doctor. Use it at the same time(s) every day to help you remember.
Despite the fact that it benefits a large number of individuals, this medicine has the potential to create addiction. If you have a substance use issue (such as overuse or addiction to drugs/alcohol), your risk may be increased. To reduce the danger of addiction, take this medicine precisely as directed. For further information, see your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not stop using this medication without first visiting your doctor. When this medicine is abruptly stopped, several problems may worsen. It’s possible that your dose will need to be progressively reduced. It’s possible that if you use this drug for a long time, it won’t function as effectively. If this drug isn’t functioning as well as it used to, talk to your doctor. If your issue persists or worsens, contact your doctor.
If you are allergic to lorazepam or other benzodiazepines (such as alprazolam, clonazepam, or diazepam), or if you have any other allergies, notify your doctor or pharmacist before taking it. Inactive chemicals may be included in this product, causing allergic reactions or other issues. For further information, speak with your pharmacist.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any of the following medical conditions: kidney disease, liver disease, glaucoma, lung/breathing problems (such as sleep apnea), mental/mood disorders (such as depression, psychosis), or a personal or family history of a substance use disorder (such as drug/alcohol abuse).
It is possible to have drowsiness, dizziness, lack of coordination, headache, nausea, blurred vision, change in sexual interest/ability, constipation, heartburn, or a change in appetite. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if any of these side effects continue or worsen.
Keep in mind that your doctor ordered this medicine Ativan (Lorazepam) because he or she believes the benefit to you outweighs the risk of adverse effects. The majority of individuals who use this medicine do not have any substantial adverse effects.
If you have any uncommon but significant side effects, such as mental/mood changes (such as hallucinations, sadness, or suicidal thoughts), difficulty speaking, visual changes, unusual weakness, difficulties walking, memory issues, or symptoms of infection, contact your doctor straight once (such as fever, persistent sore throat). If you experience any of the following uncommon but dangerous adverse effects: yellowing of the eyes or skin, seizures, or slow/shallow breathing, get medical attention immediately once. This medicine seldom causes a severe allergic response. However, if you detect any signs of a major allergic response, such as a rash, itching/swelling (particularly of the face/tongue/throat), extreme dizziness, or problems breathing, get medical treatment immediately once.