What is Lorazepam (Ativan®)?
Lorazepam (Ativan®) is approved for the treatment of anxiety disorder, insomnia, or sleep problems caused by anxiety or stress, as well as status epilepticus (continuous seizures), and as a pre-anesthesia medicine.
Lorazepam (Ativan®) belongs to the benzodiazepine family of drugs that include:
How to take Ativan
Lorazepam (Ativan®) is a sedative that can be taken with or without food. If you have an unsettled stomach, take with food.
Lorazepam (Ativan®) can be taken on a daily basis or on a per-request (PRN) basis. Your medical provider will usually limit the number of dosages you can take in a single day.
Based on your reaction, your medical doctor will establish the appropriate dose and mode of administration for you.
Ativan side effects
Common side effects of Ativan (Lorazepam)
- Feeling dizzy, drowsy, fatigued, or lightheaded
- Impaired coordination, decreased ability to concentrate
If you experience these side effects after starting lorazepam they will often improve over the first week or two as you continue to take the medication.
If you develop hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, seek emergency medical attention right away.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- severe drowsiness;
- unusual changes in mood or behavior;
- sudden restless feeling or excitement;
- thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
- confusion, aggression, hallucinations;
- sleep problems;
- vision changes; or
- dark urine, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).