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Ativan Side Effects and Special Precautions


Ativan side effects:

Front Image - LORAZEPAMWhat Ativan side effects may be expected?

Ativan side effects cannot really be anticipated, but if any develop or a change in intensity you should notify your physician immediately. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe to continue taking this anxiety medication.

If you experience any Ativan side effects, they will usually appear at the beginning of your anxiety treatment. They will usually disappear if you continue to take this anxiety drug or if you reduce the dosage.

Ativan side effects may include:

Dizziness, memory problems, sedation, transient amnesia, unsteadiness, weakness

Ativan side effects due to a rapid decrease in dosage or abrupt withdrawal:

Abdominal muscle cramps, convulsions, depressed mood, inability to fall or stay asleep, sweating, tremors, vomiting


What are some of the other special concerns about this anxiety medication?

Ativan and similar anxiety medications may cause you to become drowsy or less alert. You should never drive or operate dangerous machinery or participate in hazardous activities which require full mental attention when taking this anxiety medication. Also, if you have been severely depressed or suffer from some level of depression you should consult your doctor before taking Ativan. If you have decreased kidney or liver function the use of this antianxiety drug should be discussed with your physician. If you're an older individual, or if you have been using Ativan for a prolonged period of time, your doctor may want to monitor you closely for stomach and upper intestinal problems.

Ativan: What are some the possible food and drug interactions?

Ativan and similar anxiety medications are known to increase the effects of alcohol. You should always avoid alcohol when taking this and anti anxiety drug. When taken along with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased or otherwise altered. It is incredibly important to consult your doctor before combining Ativan with barbiturates (Phenobarbital, Seconal, and Amytal) or sedative-type medications such as Valium and Halcion

Can you take Ativan if you're breast-feeding or pregnant?

You should not take Ativan if you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Research and clinical experience has identified an increased risk of birth effects. Also, is not known if Ativan shows up in breast milk. If this anxiety medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breast-feeding until your anxiety treatment is finished.

Information provided by The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs - Sixth Edition

Additional information By Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist  Ph.D Candidate 

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