Ativan(Lorazepam) is a prescription medication that treats anxiety disorders. It comes from the group of the benzodiazepine family, also called “benzos”.
It directly works on the brain and affects chemicals presents in it that may be unbalanced in the patients with anxiety.
Ativan 1mg also treats seizures disorders, such as epilepsy and can also be used in medical procedures; before surgery.
It is a prescription or adult drug that is illegal to use without a prescription.
Before starting the medication
Consult your doctor or tell him if you have:
- narrow-angle glaucoma;
- allergic reactions with medicines or benzodiazepines;
- myasthenia gravis;
- seizures, epilepsy, kidney/liver diseases;
- asthma or other breathing problems;
- a history of panic or suicidal thoughts or behavior.
Your doctor needs to know these problems if you have any before prescribing Ativan. He may guide you well adjust your dosages according to your condition.
Note: It is an adult medication do not use it in under 18 years of age.
How should I take Ativan?
Take the pill precisely as prescribed by your expert. It is not recommended to adjust the doses without asking the doctor. It can be harmful to take Ativan high that can result in withdrawals.
- Never used it for longer than prescribed;
- It can be habit-forming of taken more often or without a prescription.
- Use the medication of Lorazepam for a short period;
- Ask your specialist if this medicine seems to stop working as well in managing your anxiety symptoms.
Dosages and side effects
Initial dosages for Adults: 2mg to 3 mg orally per day determined 2 to 3 times daily.
Maintenance dose: Ativan 1mg to 2 mg orally 2 to 3 times daily.
Note: Daily dosages should not exceed more than 10 mg.
Some of the common side effects of Ativan 1mg include:
- slurred speech, lack of balance or coordination;
- memory problems; or
- feeling unsteady.
Consult the doctor if you get any side effects during the treatment or call 911 for emergency help.