More Info on Ativan Indications

How Does Ativan Work?

Ativan is part of a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. These medications have several effects on the body, including:
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Causing sleepiness
  • Relaxing muscles
  • Stopping seizures
  • Impairing short-term memory.
All medicines in this category can have these effects to some degree, depending on the specific benzodiazepine that is being taken. They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a brain chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why Ativan and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).

Can Children Use It?

Ativan is not approved for use in children less than 12 years old. Talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Ativan in children.

Off-Label Uses of Ativan

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Ativan for something other than anxiety. Currently, off-label uses of Ativan can include the following:
  • Agitation treatment
  • Alcohol withdrawal treatment
  • Insomnia treatment
  • Sedation for people on a ventilator (since it can be disturbing to be awake with a breathing tube or a ventilator in place)
  • Preventing seizures
  • Restless legs syndrome treatment
  • Myoclonus treatment
  • Treating spastic disorders and other types of muscle spasms, such as those seen in people with cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis.
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