Ativan Injection

1 What is Ativan Injection?

Brand: Ativan

Generic: Lorazepam (injection)

Lorazepam injection is a benzodiazepine that is used prior to certain medical procedures to relieve anxiety. This medicine is also used for treating seizures.

Benzodiazepines are medications that slow down the nervous system.

This product is available in solution.

2 What to Know Before Using

In deciding to use this medication, tell your doctor if any of the following applies to you:

  • If you are allergic to medications, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
  • 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 have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems, older patients are more likely to have age-related liver, kidney, or heart problems, which may require caution in patients receiving this medicine.

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 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.

  • Alfentanil
  • Amobarbital
  • Anileridine
  • Bromazepam
  • Buprenorphine
  • Butabarbital
  • Butalbital
  • Carbinoxamine
  • Carisoprodol
  • Chloral Hydrate
  • Chlorzoxazone
  • Codeine
  • Dantrolene
  • Ethchlorvynol
  • Fentanyl
  • Flibanserin
  • Fospropofol
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Levorphanol
  • Meclizine
  • Meperidine
  • Mephenesin
  • Mephobarbital
  • Meprobamate
  • Metaxalone
  • Methadone
  • Methocarbamol
  • Methohexital
  • Mirtazapine
  • Morphine
  • Morphine Sulfate Liposome
  • Orlistat
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Pentobarbital
  • Phenobarbital
  • Primidone
  • Propofol
  • Propoxyphene
  • Remifentanil
  • Secobarbital
  • Sodium Oxybate
  • Sufentanil
  • Suvorexant
  • Tapentadol
  • Thiopental
  • Zolpidem

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.

  • Posaconazole
  • Probenecid
  • Pyrimethamine
  • St. John's Wort
  • Theophylline
  • Valproic Acid

Some medical conditions can interact with this medication. Tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Glaucoma
  • Lung disease
  • Sleep apnea - This medicine should not be used in patients with these conditions.
  • Kidney disease
  • Lung disease

3 Proper Usage

Lorazepam is injected through the vein by a nurse or other trained health care professionals in a hospital or clinic.

4 Precautions to Take

Check with your doctor on regular visits to monitor your progress with the medication.

This medicine can cause dizziness or drowsiness. Avoid driving, operating machineries, or any other unsafe activities when you take this medication.

Discuss it with your doctor if you develop any unusual or strange thoughts and behavior while taking lorazepam injection.

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:

  • Blue lips, fingernails, or skin
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Difficult or troubled breathing
  • Dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly
  • Irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
  • Sweating
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Decreased awareness or responsiveness
  • Not breathing
  • Severe sleepiness
  • Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • Change in consciousness
  • Convulsions
  • Cough or hoarseness
  • Deep or fast breathing with dizziness
  • Delusions
  • Dementia
  • Difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • Extremely shallow or slow breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Lower back or side pain
  • Numbness of feet, hands and around mouth
  • Painful or difficult urination
  • Problems with movement, walking, or speech
  • Vomiting

Less serious side effects:

Not all side effects are listed above. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.