1 What is Ativan?
Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine that is used to relieve
Benzodiazepines are medications that slow down the nervous system.
This product is available in tablet and solution.
2 What to Know Before Using
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to medications, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
Tell your doctor if you are a nursing mother, planning to get pregnant, or expecting a baby.
Safety and efficacy of this medication have not been established in children.
Although this medicine has not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems, severe drowsiness or unsteadiness is more likely to occur in the elderly.
A lower dose may be required for elderly to reduce undesirable effects.
Pregnancy Category D – Lorazepam is not recommended while you are pregnant as it can cause risk to the unborn baby.
Taking this medication with Flumazenil is not recommended. Your doctor may choose not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.
Taking this medicine with any of the following medications is usually not recommended, but with the exception in some cases.
Your doctor may change the dose or the frequency of one or both of your medicines if both medicines are prescribed together.
Morphine Sulfate Liposome
Taking this medicine with any of the following medications may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you.
Your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines if both medicines are prescribed together.
St. John's Wort
Some medical conditions can interact with this medication.
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
Glaucoma Lung disease
3 Proper Usage
Use lorazepam only as directed by your doctor. Avoid excessive intake and extended the use of medication.
Measure the oral solution using a medicine dropper or special dose-measuring spoon or cup. Mix each dose with water, juice, soda, applesauce and puddings.
Recommended dosage for anxiety (dosage may be adjusted by your doctor):
Adults or teenagers — 2 to 6 milligrams in divided doses per day.
Older adults — starting dose is 1 to 2 mg in divided doses per day.
Children younger than 12 years of age — Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is near for your next dose, skip the missed dose and start again to your regular dosing schedule.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Store the medication in a cool and dry place. Keep it away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep out of reach of children. Do not keep expired medications.
4 Precautions to Take
Your doctor will be checking you regularly to monitor the effectiveness of the medication. Blood tests may be ordered for undesirable effects.
Contraceptives must be used to keep you or your partner from getting pregnant. Tell your doctor immediately if you think you have become pregnant while using this medication.
This medicine may cause
dizziness or drowsiness. Avoid driving, operating machineries, or any other unsafe activities when you take this medication.
Do not stop using this medication unless directed to do so by your healthcare professionals avoid unwanted effects.
Lorazepam will add to the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants. Check with your doctor before taking CNS depressants while you are using this medicine.
5 Potential Side Effects
If any of the following side effects occur, check with your doctor right away:
Relaxed and Calm
Stomach pain Aggressive, Angry
Anxiety Attack, Assault, or Force
Black, Tarry stools
Blood in urine or stools Bluish lips or skin
Change in consciousness
Confusion about identity, place, and time
cough or hoarseness Dark urine
Decreased urine output
Difficulty in breathing and/or swallowing
Difficulty in speaking
Dizziness, Faintness, or Lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly Drooling
Dry mouth Excitation
False or Unusual sense of well-being
Irregular heartbeat Fear or Nervousness
Feeling sad or empty
Fever with or without chills General feeling of tiredness or
Irregular, Fast or Slow, or Shallow breathing
Loss of appetite
Loss of balance control
Loss of consciousness
Loss of interest or pleasure
Loss of memory
Lower back or side pain
Muscle pain or cramps
Muscle trembling, jerking, or stiffness
Nausea or Vomiting Not breathing
Painful or difficult urination
Pale or Blue lips, fingernails, or skin
red spots on skin Problems with memory
Puffiness or Swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
Reddening of the skin, especially around ears
Seeing, Hearing, or Feeling things that are not there
Shortness of breath Shuffling walk
Sore throat Sores, Ulcers, or White spots on lips or in mouth
Stiffness of limbs
Swelling of eyes or inside of nose
Swelling of face, ankles, or hands
Swollen glands Thoughts or Attempts at killing oneself
Tightness in chest
Twisting movements of body
Unable to sleep
Uncontrolled movements, especially of face, neck, and back
Unexplained bleeding or bruising
Unpleasant breath odor
Unusual bleeding or bruising
Unusual tiredness or weakness
Vomiting of blood
Wheezing Yellow eyes or skin
Call for help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Changes in patterns and rhythms of speech
Loss of strength or energy
Low blood pressure
Shakiness and Unsteady walk
Trouble in speaking
Unsteadiness, Trembling, or Other problems with muscle control or coordination
Unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness
Unusual excitement, nervousness, restlessness, or irritability
Unusual paleness unusual weak feeling
Less serious side effects:
Constipation Decreased interest in sexual intercourse
Disturbed color perception
Dizziness or Lightheadedness Double vision
Feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
Hair loss, thinning of hair Halos around lights
Inability to have or keep an erection
Increased in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
Increased interest in sexual intercourse
Lack or Loss of self-control
Lethargy Loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
Low body temperature Muscle aches
Over bright appearance of lights
Rapid weight gain
Sensation of spinning
Shakiness in legs, arms, hands, or feet
Trembling or Shaking of hands or feet
Weak or Feeble pulse
Not all side effects are listed above. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.