Over the Counter Ativan
Ativan® (lorazepam) is a medication commonly used to treat anxiety and severe seizures (known medically as status epilepticus). This medication is only available with a prescription; there is no version of Ativan available over the counter. The drug 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 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).
Although most people do not experience problems with this medication, Ativan can cause side effects. Some of the common side effects include dizziness, weakness, and unsteadiness. Ativan comes in the form of tablets, an oral liquid, or as injections.
(Click Ativan for more information on how prescription Ativan can be beneficial in treating anxiety and severe seizures. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this medication.)