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Ativan Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Ativan
Generic Name: lorazepam (oral) (Pronunciation: lor A ze pam)
- What is lorazepam (Ativan)?
- What are the possible side effects of lorazepam (Ativan)?
- What is the most important information I should know about lorazepam (Ativan)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking lorazepam (Ativan)?
- How should I take lorazepam (Ativan)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Ativan)?
- What happens if I overdose (Ativan)?
- What should I avoid while taking lorazepam (Ativan)?
- What other drugs will affect lorazepam (Ativan)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is lorazepam (Ativan)?
Lorazepam is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peens). Lorazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety.
Lorazepam is used to treat anxiety disorders.
Lorazepam may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
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Lorazepam 1 mg-AMN
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Lorazepam 2 mg-AMN
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What are the possible side effects of lorazepam (Ativan)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- confusion, depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
- hyperactivity, agitation, hostility;
- hallucinations; or
- feeling light-headed, fainting.
Less serious side effects may include:
- drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness;
- blurred vision;
- sleep problems (insomnia);
- muscle weakness, lack of balance or coordination;
- amnesia or forgetfulness, trouble concentrating;
- nausea, vomiting, constipation;
- appetite changes; or
- skin rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Ativan (lorazepam) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about lorazepam (Ativan)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to lorazepam or to other benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), or oxazepam (Serax).
This medication can cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Do not use lorazepam if you are pregnant.
Before taking lorazepam, tell your doctor if you have any breathing problems, glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, or a history of depression, suicidal thoughts, or addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Do not drink alcohol while taking lorazepam. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol.
Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy. They can add to sleepiness caused by lorazepam.
Lorazepam may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Lorazepam should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
It is dangerous to try and purchase lorazepam on the Internet or from vendors outside of the United States. Medications distributed from Internet sales may contain dangerous ingredients, or may not be distributed by a licensed pharmacy. Samples of lorazepam purchased on the Internet have been found to contain haloperidol (Haldol), a potent antipsychotic drug with dangerous side effects. For more information, contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or visit www.fda.gov/buyonlineguide.
Additional Ativan Information
- Ativan Drug Interactions Center: lorazepam oral
- Ativan Side Effects Center
- Ativan Overview including Precautions
- Ativan FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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