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Ativan: Anxiety Medication for Stress Relief?

Front Image - LORAZEPAMGeneric Name: Lorazepam

Ativan: 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 benzodiazepines.

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.

Ativan: 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.

Storage instructions...

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 prescribed?

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

 Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic  MA Licensed Psychologist   Ph.D. Candidate  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)

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