Benefits of Ativan
Ativan® (lorazepam) is a prescription medication licensed for the treatment of various conditions of the brain. Specifically, it is used for treating the following conditions:
- Anxiety disorder
- Short-term relief of anxiety symptoms associated with depression
- Nervous tension and anxiety before surgery
- Severe seizures (known medically as status epilepticus).
Ativan is part of a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. These medications work 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. As a result, Ativan has several effects on the body, including:
- Reducing anxiety
- Causing sleepiness
- Relaxing muscles
- Stopping seizures
- Impairing short-term memory.
(Click Ativan for a more in-depth look at Ativan's benefits, including information on how it works and how it can have several effects on the body. This article also covers potential side effects, safety concerns, and dosing guidelines.)