Although most people tolerate Ativan® (lorazepam) well, this medication is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with Ativan, make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements). For instance, you may not be able to take Ativan safely if you have certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma, liver disease, or a history of drug or alcohol abuse.
Other safety precautions for Ativan apply to people with certain allergies (including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives) and to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, Ativan can cause certain side effects. Some of the most common side effects of the medication include:
(Click Ativan Side Effects and Ativan Warnings and Precautions for a closer look at other safety concerns with Ativan, including information on what to tell your doctor before taking it and details about potentially serious side effects that may occur.)