Ativan Drug Information
Ativan® (lorazepam) is a medication that healthcare providers may prescribe to treat anxiety. It is available in tablet and liquid form. An injectable form of the medicine is also available for use in treating nervous tension and anxiety, as well as severe seizures. Ativan belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, which are known for reducing anxiety, causing sleepiness, and relaxing muscles.
Although most people tolerate this drug well, Ativan is not suitable for everyone. Therefore, make sure to review the prescribing information on Ativan before starting treatment with this drug.
For example, you may not be able to take this drug if you have certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma, depression, or liver disease. Also, you may not be able to safely use Ativan if you are currently taking certain medications.
Most people do not experience problems with this medicine; however, Ativan can cause side effects. Some of the common side effects include weakness, dizziness, and unsteadiness.
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