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lorazepam/ativan weird side effects?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Not sure what you: Mean by "weird" side effects. Ativan/lorazepam is cross reactive with alcohol, so you might feel drunk, dizzy or sleepy.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Ativan (lorazepam): Paradoxical side-effect such as agitation & irritability.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
I have seen this with some patients, for sure.
Jul 15, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Ativan: Ativan side effects – feeling tired, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, anxiety, aggression, slurred speech, blurred vision, insomnia, amnesia, loss of balance, problems concentrating, nausea, vomiting, constipation,lower appetite, respiratory failure, low blood pressure, edema & muscle weakness.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Is ativan (lorazepam) addicting?

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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazipine, this class of meds can be addicting, even small doses used over an extended period of time can be very difficult to stop. Some people take them as prescribe and find it very hard to stop, others can be more overtly addicted and continue to take higher and higher doses. In general best for short term use only. Try to avoid if history of addiction like alcohol.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What sort of medicine is ativan (lorazepam)?

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Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Anti-anxiety: Ativan (lorazepam) is a medication used to treat anxiety, panic attacks in particular. It is in a class of medications known as benzodiazepines which share similar properties such as valium, klonopin, xanax, (alprazolam) and Librium the advantage is that it works quickly, but the risks are developing a physical dependence (tolerance over time and withdrawal when stopping it) or an addiction.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How long does ativan (lorazepam) stay in your system?

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Dr. Warren Kriedman
Psychiatry 47 years experience
6 to 8 hours active: Ativan (lorazepam) is a mid range benzodiazepine with an active period of 6-8 hours of sedation. After 6-8 hours, Ativan passes again through the liver. Now the liver breaks the Ativan into 2 parts- each part has no psycho-active effects. Lower dosages are used for geriatric adults and medically debilitated patients. Their bodies are slower to metabolize Ativan into its 2 inactive parts.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to take ativan (lorazepam)?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Ativan (lorazepam): As prescribed, and along with counseling, yes.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What does it feel like after taking ativan (lorazepam) for flying?

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Dr. Douglas Laipple
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Sedation: And mental slowing, depending on the amount. Unless you're the pilot ... In which case you also feel panic as you lose control of your aircraft.
Dr. John Garner
Dr. John Garner commented
Cardiology 16 years experience
That... is... fantastic :)
Nov 30, 2012

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