What is Ativan used to treat?
ATIVAN is used to relieve anxiety. However anxiety or tension associated with the normal stress of everyday life usually does not require treatment with medicines. It is also used before surgery to help relax you. In general, benzodiazepines such as ATIVAN should be taken for short periods only (for example 2-4 weeks).
What are the side effects of Ativan withdrawal?
This is because the body is used to a certain level of the drug to produce GABA neurotransmitters and reduce anxiety or panic. Psychological side effects, like rebound anxiety and insomnia, depression, and cravings, are more likely to occur during withdrawal among people who struggle with Ativan addiction.
What is the difference between Ativan and lorazepam?
Lorazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety. Ativan is used to treat anxiety disorders. Ativan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
How much Ativan should I take for anxiety?
However, the daily dose can range from 1 to 10 mg. For sleeping problems (insomnia) due to anxiety, a dose of 1 to 2 mg taken at bedtime is usually prescribed. If you are taking ATIVAN before surgery the usual dose is 2 to 4 mg the night before surgery. Another dose of 2 to 4 mg may also be given 1 to 2 hours before surgery.
What happens if you take expired Ativan?
Do not take ATIVAN if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. Do not take ATIVAN after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack. If you take it after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well or have no effect at all. Do not give this medicine to children unless advised by the child’s doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Ativan?
Your doctor may suggest that you avoid alcohol or reduce the amount of alcohol you drink while you are taking ATIVAN. Be careful if you are elderly, unwell or taking other medicines. Some people may experience side effects such as drowsiness, confusion, dizziness and unsteadiness, which may increase the risk of a fall.