Ativan is a medication used to treat anxiety. Also known as lorazepam, Ativan belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs.

Ativan interacts with the brain and central nervous system to produce a calming effect as it enhances the effects of feel-good drugs on the brain.

Ativan is a prescription-only drug and is usually administered orally.

Though Ativan is used for patients suffering from anxiety, the drug is also used to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms from alcohol abuse, to lessen nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, and for cases in which people have difficulty sleeping, i.e. insomnia.



Ativan offers a calming sensation to a person who suffers from anxiousness or nervousness. It takes approximately 30 minutes before Ativan’s effects begin.

To be sure, many issues can affect the prescribed Ativan dosage given by a doctor. Those issues include body weight, allergies, and other medical conditions, and medications a person may be taking. Any prior illicit drug use should also be discussed with a doctor as Ativan might have or cause adverse side effects.

One should take Ativan exactly in the manner their doctor prescribes the drug. Also, because of Ativan’s strength, one should not stop taking the medication without speaking first with their doctor. A gradual reduction in dosages is recommended when stopping Ativan to avoid withdrawal effects.

Avoid Ativan if you suffer from:



Ativan responsibility involves taking care of the drug as it is being used. That means responsibly using the assigned dosages as well as storing it safely.

When disposing of Ativan, it is best to crush the pills and if possible, throw them down a water drain such as a kitchen sink. Your health provider may know of a better procedure to dispose of unneeded prescription, so check with them first.

Of course never share an Ativan prescription with others, and never lower or raise your assigned dosage, nor skip a taking the drug for a determined amount of time, as this may make the prescription ineffective.

It should be known that causing an Ativan prescription to be ineffective may elongate the prescription, which with an addictive drug such as Ativan can cause one to become dependent and in time, addicted to the drug.


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