Ativan, known as lorazepam in its generic form, is a benzodiazepine primarily used for short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety disorders in adolescents and adults. It may help relieve excessive worry, shortness of breath or heavy perspiration, feelings of edginess, and difficulty sleeping due to anxiety. The safety and effectiveness of taking lorazepam for more than four months in unknown.
It is also used off-label to treat alcohol withdrawal, insomnia, and to prevent nausea from chemotherapy
As any drastic remedy Ativan should be used responsibly. Do not neglect precautionary measures and doctor’s recommendations. Do not overpass the maximum recommended dose and do not ignore interactive potency. Tranquilizers, pain killers, sedatives and antihistamines are intensified by Ativan whereas nicotine reduces Ativan’s activity. It is strictly forbidden to combine Ativan with ethanol containing beverages. All the activities requiring extra concentration should be postponed.
The dosage mentioned here is an average, precise dosage should be administered by your attending physician. Dosage: 0.5mg – 1 mg 2 or 3 times a day when you feel it necessary. If you suffer from insomnia of any origin take 0.5mg of the pill before sleeping. Being afflicted with acute anxiety or agitation the dose is 2 – 3 pills per day
The list of side effects include sleepiness during the day, headache, dizziness, abdominal discomfort, loss of coordination, impaired memory and thinking abilities etc. Abstaining from high-risk work performance is highly recommended. Your alertness, concentration and attention may be impaired on the period of medication.