A healthcare provider may prescribe Ativan® (lorazepam) to treat anxiety. This drug is an oral or injectable medication, and is part of a group of medications called benzodiazepines. It works in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a brain chemical that is naturally calming. As a result, Ativan has several effects on the body, such as relaxing the muscles, causing sleepiness, and reducing anxiety.
The medicine comes in tablet and liquid form, and it is usually taken two or three times a day. The oral tablets and liquid are available in various strengths. An injectable form of the medicine is also available. The injectable form of the drug is used to decrease nervous tension and anxiety, as well as treat severe seizures (known medically as status epilepticus).
Although most people tolerate this medication well, Ativan is not suitable for everyone. Possible side effects include dizziness, weakness, and unsteadiness.
(Click Ativan for more information on how the liquid and oral forms of Ativan can be beneficial in treating anxiety, and how the injectable forms can help treat anxiety, tension, and seizures. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this medication.)