Ativan® (lorazepam) is a prescription medicine that comes in several forms, including tablets, an oral liquid, and as an injection. The oral liquid and tablet forms of Ativan are licensed to treat anxiety. The injectable form of Ativan is used for decreasing nervous tension and anxiety before surgery, as well as for treating severe seizures (known medically as status epilepticus).
The tablets are available in three strengths:
- Ativan 0.5 mg
- Ativan 1 mg
- Ativan 2 mg.
Ativan is part of a group of medications called benzodiazepines. These medicines have several effects on the body, such as relaxing the muscles, impairing short-term memory, and stopping seizures.
Although most people tolerate this medicine well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with Ativan, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements). Some of the common side effects include dizziness, weakness, and unsteadiness.
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