What is Ativan?
Ativan is used to treat anxiety. The generic name of ativan is lorazepam. Lorazepam typically belongs to the group of class known as benzodiazepines and it acts on the brain and central nervous system (nerves) to produce calming effect. This medicine works by enhancing the effects of a specific natural chemical in the body.
It is very helpful for the short term treatment of the symptoms of excessive anxiety. Few people experience some improvement in anxiety after half an hour of taking Ativan pill. It may be available under multiple brand names in different forms. Do not give this drug to anyone else who has same symptoms as you do. It may turn out to be harmful for people who are not prescribed this drug.
How to use Ativan Drug:
Always ensure to read medication guide which is provided by the pharmacist before you want to take lorazepam and every time you get a refill. In case you have any queries ask your pharmacist or health care specialist. Take it through mouth with or without food as directed by the physician. The dosage is based on the medical condition, your age, and also your response towards the treatment. If your doctor prescribes you can take it as directed by the doctor so that you get the maximum benefit. In order to remember, take this pill at the same time every day.
This drug might cause withdrawal reactions particularly when it is used regularly for long periods of time and in high doses (more than one to four weeks) or you have history of alcoholism, personality disorder or drug abuse. Withdrawal symptoms such as trouble sleeping, seizures, vomiting, nausea, mood or mental changes, stomach pain, loss of appetite, tingling or numbness in arms or legs, fast heartbeat, very high fever, short term memory loss, hallucinations, muscle pain, and increased reactions to touch, noise or light. To prevent the withdrawal reactions, the doctor might reduce the dose gradually. Report if any withdrawal reactions you experience right away.
Although it helps many people this drug may sometimes cause addiction. The risk might be higher if you have substance use disorder like addiction to or overuse of alcohol and drugs. You should try to take this drug as it is prescribed by the health care specialist. Few conditions may become worse when this drug is abruptly stopped. The dose must be gradually decreased. When the drug is used for long time, it may not work well. Consult your doctor if this drug does not work well. Inform your doctor if the condition persists or gets worse.