Drug addiction experts state that Ativan is one of the most potent anxiety fighting drugs available to the public. It comes from the benzodiazepine family of drugs designed to help individuals with mental illness. That family of drugs include valium, klonopin, Librium and Halcion.
Ativan, however, being as powerful as it is, is also far more addictive. There definitely is a higher risk of developing a physical dependence on Ativan more so than other drugs. It’s especially risky if a person has been on Ativan for more than one or two weeks, or happens to be allergic to the drug.
Because of its propensity to be so addictive, doctors prescribe Ativan for no longer than a two-week period, and at very low dosages.
But like with any drug, sometimes the feel-good chemicals the drug releases are too good to give up. Such is the same with Ativan. This is why it is important to look out for the Ativan symptoms that can arise in someone who is abusing the drug.
Those symptoms are:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
Be vigilant if you notice these symptoms in a loved one who is actively using Ativan. Immediately get in contact with the medical practitioner who prescribed the drug, while at the same time, begin to research qualified and accredited detox and rehabilitation centers.
With the above symptoms transparent, there might be a good chance that the loved one you are concerned with might have an Ativan addiction.
ATIVAN SIDE EFFECTS: NONE ARE NONMEDICAL
Ativan side effects can be fatal. In some cases of long-term use of Ativan, a user may not even recognize the side effects caused by the drug. Allergic reactions can be particularly dangerous to a user. At that point, emergency medical help will be needed.
If someone close to you experiences the following allergic reactions to Ativan, you should get immediate medical attention. Some allergic side effects of Ativan can include:
- Confusion, depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
- Hyperactivity, agitation, hostility;
- Hallucinations; or
- Feeling light-headed, fainting.
Beyond allergic reactions, Ativan can still have some nasty side effects even if a user is not allergic to the drug. Nonetheless, medical attention should be considered even with the following non-emergency Ativan side effects.
- Drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness;
- Blurred vision;
- Sleep problems (insomnia);
- Muscle weakness, lack of balance or coordination;
- Amnesia or forgetfulness, trouble concentrating;
- Nausea, vomiting, constipation;
- Appetite changes or no appetite
- Skin rash.
All-in-all, Ativan is a safe drug to use as long as it’s used responsibly. Responsibly means used in accordance with a doctor’s prescription guidelines.
It’s when Ativan is used in larger than prescribed dosages, or one’s use of Ativan is elongated beyond the doctor’s prescription, that the drug is seen as being abused.
An Ativan overdose can occur if a person has a history of alcohol or drug abuse, in which they are prone to mix Ativan with other substances.
To understand if a loved one is experiencing an Ativan overdose, it is important to find out how much Ativan they have taken and for how long.
There can be many indicators of Ativan overdose. It simply depends upon the person, their prior and present drug use, and what they took with the Ativan. Some of the more common Ativan overdose symptoms include:
- A sudden lack of physical coordination
- Disorientation to person, place or time
- Severe drowsiness or passing out
- Very slow, delayed movements and reflex responses
- Extremely slow breathing
Any of these symptoms can be fatal as they can lead to heart failure as well as other organ damage. Call your doctor or a medical provider immediately if you sense someone close to you is experiencing an Ativan overdose.
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