Ativan Side Effects
- dry mouth
- changes in appetite
- restlessness or excitement
- difficulty urinating
- frequent urination
- blurred vision
- changes in libido
Some adverse side effects of Ativan can be serious:
- shuffling walk
- persistent, fine tremor or inability to sit still
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- severe skin rash
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- irregular heartbeat
Warnings & Recalls for Ativan
Before taking Ativan,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to lorazepam, alprazolam, chlordiazepoxide, clonazepam, clorazepate, diazepam, estazolam, flurazepam, oxazepam, prazepam, temazepam, triazolam, or any other medications, or any of the ingredients in Ativan tablets or concentrate. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you’re taking including vitamins and supplements. Be sure to mention any of the following: antihistamines; digoxin, levodopa, medications for depression, seizures, pain, Parkinson's disease, asthma, colds, or allergies; muscle relaxants; oral contraceptives; probenecid; rifampin; sedatives; sleeping pills; theophylline; tranquilizers; and valproic acid.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had seizures, glaucoma, or lung, heart, or liver disease.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, become pregnant, or are nursing. If you become pregnant while taking Ativan, call your doctor immediately.
- talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking this medication if you are 65 years of age or older when taking Ativan. Older adults should take lower doses of Ativan because higher doses may not be more effective and are more likely to cause serious side effects.
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking Ativan.
Although there hasn’t been an absolute recall of this drug, the FDA has sent numerous warning letters to healthcare professionals as well as the consuming public, about the abuse potentiality of Ativan and the fact that it’s a powerful sedative that can be abused recreationally.
Ativan Treatment and Use
Ativan | Lorazepam is a high-potency benzopdiazepine drug that’s got 6 intrinsic effects in that it’s a anxiolytic, amnesic, sedative/hypnotic, anticonvulsant, antiemetic and muscle relaxant. Ativan is primarily used for the short-term treatment of anxiety, insomnia, acute seizures which includes status epilepticus and sedation of hospitalized patients, especially for aggressive patients. This drug acts to affect the central nervous system, and was first introduced in 1977. Ativan is known for its high abuse potential and has been abused recreationally.
Ativan is a white powder that’s almost insoluble in water and oil. In medicinal form, its available as tablets, injections and syrups. Ativan is made by Biovail Pharmaceuticals.
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Posted on May 31, 2012