About the Drug
Ativan (Lorazepam) is used to treat symptoms of anxiety. It can also be used to treat symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, epilepsy, alcohol withdrawal and nausea and vomiting due to cancer treatment.
Use of Information
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Ativan comes in capsule and liquid form and is usually taken 2-3 times per day. It can be taken with or without food. The liquid form comes with a specially marked dropper. It can be diluted in water, juice or in applesauce or pudding. Always use immediately after adding the medication. Do not suddenly stop taking Ativan or use for more than 4 months without consulting your doctor.
What If I Missed a Dose?
In the case that you miss taking your medicine, It is recommended that you take it when you remember. It is NOT advised to “double dose” (taking both your missed dose and your next one). What’s most important is you get back to your medication regime and avoid missing doses without professional consult.
How Can I Store this Medicine?
This medication should be stored at room temperature away from light, heat and moisture.
Possible Side Effects
Using alcohol can increase the symptoms of the following:
- dry mouth
- changes in appetite
Tell your doctor if any of the following symptoms persist or worsen.
- restlessness or excitement
- difficulty urinating
- frequent urination
- blurred vision
- changes in sex drive or ability
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms.
- shuffling walk
- tremors or inability to sit still
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- severe skin rash
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- irregular heartbeat
Ativan can be habit-forming so take exactly as prescribed. Tobacco use can decrease the effectiveness of this medication. Do not take Ativan if you have any of the following.
· have had negative reactions to other benzodiazepine.
· have a history of drug dependence.
· have had a stroke.
· have multiple sclerosis.
· have Alzheimer’s disease.
· are seriously depressed.
· have other brain disorders.
Took an Overdose?
If you or someone you know took an overdose of this medication, then you need to IMMEDIATELY seek medical attention.
Hotline: U.S. National Poison Control 1800-222-1222
Other Drug Interactions
Ativan can react with many other medications so tell you doctor about any other medications you are taking. The following list contains some medications that can react with Ativan. This list is not all inclusive.
- Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors ( MAO ).
- Oral contraceptives