What is Ativan?
Ativan is the brand name for lorazepam. It’s most commonly used to treat anxiety disorders, but can also be used for people experiencing nausea, muscle spasms, and difficulty sleeping.
Ativan belongs to the drug class known as benzodiazepines, which create a calming effect by slowing brain activity.
Note: Ativan is not a narcotic. In general, benzodiazepines cause sedative effects, whereas narcotics reduce the perception of pain. They do, however, have similar side effects, including addictive qualities if taken irresponsibly or for long-term use. It is a controlled substance due to its addiction potential.
Ativan is a prescription drug and is available in its generic form (lorazepam) at a lower cost. It is not available for purchase over the counter without a prescription.
What is Ativan used for?
Ativan is primarily used to treat anxiety disorders but it works for other medical conditions and symptoms including:
• Nausea from cancer treatment or alcohol withdrawal
• Muscle spasms
• Insomnia and sleeping difficulties, usually related to stress and anxiety
• Status epilepticus (severe seizures)
• Sedation before surgery or a procedure
When someone is experiencing general anxiety disorder (GAD), anxiety symptoms can include:
• Muscle tension
• Poor sleep
• Difficulty concentrating
• Panic attacks
Ativan is available in a generic form called lorazepam.
Generic drugs are often less expensive than the brand-name version. In some cases, the brand-name drug and the generic version may be available in different forms and strengths.
Ativan side effects
Ativan can cause mild or serious side effects.
Most common effects more common side effects of Ativan include:
Some people may also experience less frequent side effects such as:
• lack of coordination
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