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What sort of medicine is ativan (lorazepam)?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Fox
Psychiatry
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Fox
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Dr. Laura Davies
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Anti-anxiety
It's a medicine for anxiety.
It is short acting(approximately 4 hours) and while useful it can have side effects. There are risks of addiction, depression, sleepiness, and falls.

In brief: Anti-anxiety
It's a medicine for anxiety.
It is short acting(approximately 4 hours) and while useful it can have side effects. There are risks of addiction, depression, sleepiness, and falls.
Dr. Laura Davies
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Ativan (lorazepam)
Is anti-anxiety medication with short half-life, used mostly orally for generalized anxiety, intramuscularly in er for pain & headaches, intravenously or i.
M. In seizure attacks.

In brief: Ativan (lorazepam)
Is anti-anxiety medication with short half-life, used mostly orally for generalized anxiety, intramuscularly in er for pain & headaches, intravenously or i.
M. In seizure attacks.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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In brief: Tranquilizer
It can be habit forming and in some cases abrupt withdrawal can be dangerous.

In brief: Tranquilizer
It can be habit forming and in some cases abrupt withdrawal can be dangerous.
Dr. Michael Blumenfield
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