What is this anxiety medication prescribed for?
Ativan is an anxiety medication
used for the treatment of anxiety disorders for the short-term relief of anxiety
symptoms. This anxiety medication belongs to the class of drugs known as
What is the most important fact
about this anxiety medication?
When using this anxiety
medication you should always be aware of the fact that tolerance and dependence
can develop with the use of Ativan. Also, you should be very concerned about
withdrawal symptoms which you may experience if you stop using it abruptly. You
should follow your doctor's recommendations if you decide to discontinue or
change your dosage.
How should you take this anxiety medication?
You should always take this
anxiety medication exactly as it is prescribed by your physician.
If you miss a dose of Ativan...
If it is within an hour or so of
your scheduled time you should take the forgotten dose as soon as you remember.
If not, you should skip the dose and go back your regular schedule. Do not take
two doses at once.
You should store Ativan and
similar anxiety medications at room temperature in a tightly closed container
away from the light.
When should Ativan not be
This anxiety medication should
not be prescribed if you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction
to Ativan or similar antianxiety medications such as Valium. Also you should
avoid Ativan if you have had the eye disease acute narrow-angle glaucoma. You
should not take Ativan to relieve the symptoms of normal everyday tension or
anxiety. This type of everyday stress does not require treatment with Ativan.
You should discuss your symptoms thoroughly with your physician before trying
Ativan or similar anxiety medications.
Information provided by
The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs - Sixth Edition
Information and webpage by
Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate
(Health and Geriatric Psychologist)
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