Lorazepam
Brand Name
Ativan
Also available in generic form.
Be Aware That:
* Long-term use of lorazepam at unusually high dosages, or even at recommended-dosage levels, can cause physical addiction. Anyone who has a history of drug addiction or alcoholism may be at a greater risk of becoming physically addicted to lorazepam.
* Taking lorazepam with alcohol or other sedatives can cause extreme, even fatal, side effects. Because lorazepam by itself may cause drowsiness, you should be careful when driving, operating machinery, or doing tasks that require concentration.
*You should not suddenly stop taking lorazepam, since this may cause withdrawal symptoms, such as convulsions, vomiting, muscle cramps, and sweating. Withdrawal from this drug should occur only under your doctor’s supervision.
Tell The Doctor If:
*You have any reason to suspect you are allergic to lorazepam.
*You have a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
*You are pregnant (or think you possibly might be). Because lorazepam may affect your unborn baby, your doctor should not prescribe this drug unless the benefits clearly surpass any potential danger to your baby. Lorazepam is not recommended for nursing mothers.
*You are taking any prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
*You have kidney or liver disease.
*You have acute narrow-angle glaucoma.
Watch Out For:
Drowsiness, fatigue, and loss of coordination. Make sure you notify your physician if any of these side effects occurs. In addition, there have been reports of vivid dreams associated with the benzodiazepine class of drugs.
The Drug May Interact With:
*Alcohol, narcotics, other antidepressants, barbiturates, MAO inhibitors and antihistamines, causing potentially dangerous side effects.
The Drug’s Usual Dosage:
Initially, for insomnia in ADULTS: a single dose of 2 to 4 mg, given at bedtime. Initially, for the ELDERLY patient: One-half the usual adult dosage. All dosages to be established by your doctor.
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