Drug Name: ATIVAN
LORAZEPAM - ORAL (lor-AYE-zeh-pam)
COMMON ATIVAN BRAND NAME(S):
ATIVAN SIDE EFFECTS:
ATIVAN can cause drowsiness, dizziness, lack of coordination, grogginess, headache, nausea, dry mouth, blurred vision. If these effects continue or become severe, contact your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience any of these effects while using ATIVAN: confusion, hallucinations, depression, yellowing of the eyes or skin, slow pulse, chest pain, trouble breathing, fever/chills, prolonged sore throat, unusual tiredness, unusual bleeding/bruising. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
HOW TO USE ATIVAN:
ATIVAN: Take as directed. The dose and frequency of use will depend on your condition and response. Long-term or excessive use of ATIVAN can cause dependency.
Lorazepam is used to treat anxiety.
OTHER USES OF ATIVAN:
ATIVAN may also be used for seizures, alcohol withdrawal, prevention of nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, tension headache, and for sleeping trouble (insomnia).
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially: of: heart disease, kidney or liver disease, lung disease or trouble breathing, muscle disorders, glaucoma, depression or psychiatric conditions, drug dependency, any allergies. Use caution driving or performing tasks requiring alertness. ATIVAN is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using ATIVAN. ATIVAN is excreted into breast milk. Caution is advised. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication. Use with caution.
ATIVAN DRUG INTERACTIONS:
Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription drugs you take especially: narcotic pain relievers, sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, antidepressants, probenecid, seizure medication, barbiturates, theophylline. It is recommended to limit the use of alcohol while using this medication as excessive drowsiness can occur. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include confusion, slow reflexes, clumsiness, deep sleep, and loss of consciousness.
Long-term or excessive use of ATIVAN may lead to tolerance. Use this only as directed. This is a potent medication. Do not share this with others.
MISSED ATIVAN DOSE:
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered. If it is near the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
Store at controlled room temperature away from sun and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom.