Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Mental health

Ativan

(lorazepam)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Mental health
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5.14Ativan

Helps you relax.

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Our bottom line

Ativan (lorazepam) is an effective medicine for occasional or short-term anxiety. It's less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

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Upsides

  • Effective at relieving short-term anxiety.
  • Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in.
  • Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other drugs like it, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications.
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Downsides

  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Compared to other similar medicines, Ativan (lorazepam) is more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then suddenly stop.
  • Most people find that Ativan (lorazepam) gets less effective over time.
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How it works

Ativan (lorazepam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects areas of the brain that help calm you down. This reduces anxiety and can cause sleepiness.

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  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection

What to expect when you take Ativan (lorazepam) for Anxiety

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Side effect rates for Ativan (lorazepam)

3500 From clinical trials of Ativan / Anxiety
  • Sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Unsteadiness

Risks and Warnings for Ativan (lorazepam)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking with opioids

    Combining Ativan (lorazepam) with certain pain medicines called opioids can cause a life-threatening interaction that causes you to stop breathing. It is very important not to take these types of medicines together. Seek emergency help if you feel like you are having trouble breathing or can't wake up very easily after taking Ativan (lorazepam).

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Ativan (lorazepam)

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Interactions
  • Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other drugs like it, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications.
Alcohol
  • Not safe to use with alcohol.
  • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
Pain
  • It can be habit forming and wd can be a pain. However when you need relief and have terrible anxiety it can be good. Also the brain fog sucks
Sleep
  • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Took for sleep and anxiety. Some jittery side effects. Can keep you calm
  • Made me really tired, but at least I wasn't stressed. :)
  • It relaxed me immediately and helped me sleep well. Recommend for anxiety and insomnia. Wish I had this before because xanax made me too foggy.