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what is ativan (lorazepam)?

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Dr. Chaim Colen
Neurosurgery 19 years experience
Benzo: Ativan is a benzodiazepine drug. It is also known generically as lorazepam. It has many uses including; to decrease anxiety, prevent seizures, relax muscles... Importantly, be careful, Lorazepam also has abuse potential.
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 30 years experience
A Mild Tranquilizer: Ativan (generic lorazepam) belongs to the benzodiazepine family of medications. Ativan when prescribed and taken appropriately can be used for the short-term relief of mild anxiety. It is addictive and has potential for abuse. Close monitoring is important. Use the lowest effective dose for the shortest interval. Other members of this family include valium, xanax, (alprazolam) and klonopin.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Ativan: Ativan (Lorazepam) is a benzodizapine antianxiety medication.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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For what condition: Please give us a little more information. Otherwise you can look it up on wikipedia.Com and simply type in Ativan (lorazepam) if general information about the medication is all that you desire. Best wishes.
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Ativan Uses: Ativan is a Medication for Treatment of Anxiety. It relieves • excessive worrying • Mind racing • Difficulty in concentration • Irritability • Upsetness • Muscular tension It works better when is combined with Therapy.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Ativan: Ativan (Lorazepam) is a benzodiazapine that is used as a sedative, seizure and anti-anxiety medication. It can be addictive.

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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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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.
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A 23-year-old female asked:

Does Ativan (lorazepam) stop seizures?

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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 36 years experience
Ativan (lorazepam): can be used to managed status epilepticus (uncontrolled back to back seizures in the hospital setting) One must be prepared to intubate the person receiving multiple doses of this CNS depressant as they might require airway control and artificial respiration should they become over sedated in an attempt to stop seizures. As a maintenance therapy it is limited by its short half life & withdrawal.
A 50-year-old member asked:

How dangerous is Ativan (lorazepam)?

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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Ativan (lorazepam): Mainly sedation, depends on dose. Also since it is short-acting, tolerance & abuse can develop with continued use.
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A 50-year-old male asked:

Can Ativan (lorazepam) cause headaches?

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Dr. Enrique Madrigal-segura
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Ativan/headaches: Yes, it is one of the side effects described and reported off and on.

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