Although most people tolerate Ativan® (lorazepam) well, it is not free of dangerous risks. Because this medication is not suitable for everyone, make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about possible problems that may apply to you. For instance, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements) before starting treatment.
This medication may cause side effects. Some of the most common Ativan side effects include:
Although side effects of Ativan tend to be minor, there are some serious side effects of the medication that require immediate medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience problems such as suicidal thoughts, depression, or difficulty breathing.
Other Ativan warnings apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as people who have certain allergies (including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives). Also, you may not be able to take Ativan if you have certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma, liver disease, or depression.
(Click Ativan Side Effects and Ativan Warnings and Precautions for more information on the potential dangers of Ativan. This article also explains what to tell your healthcare provider before using Ativan and who may not be able to safely use the medication.)