Ativan

(lorazepam)

3.8/ 5 average rating with 642 reviewsforAtivan
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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.

Quick facts about Ativan
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (lorazepam)

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.

Quick facts about Ativan
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (lorazepam)
People’s experience with Ativan

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

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Side effect rates for Ativan (lorazepam)

From 3500 clinical trials of Ativan when taken for anxiety
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    16%16%
  • Dizziness
    7%7%
  • Weakness
    4%4%
  • Unsteadiness
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Ativan.

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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

Pharmacist Q&A

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Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats anxiety disorders, symptoms of anxiety or anxiety associated with depressive symptoms.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats anxiety disorders, symptoms of anxiety or anxiety associated with depressive symptoms.

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
  • Worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Ativanon 10/30/2016It 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
    37
    Man
    Anxiety
Sleep
  • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed lorazepamon 10/19/2017Do not take Ativan. If you're taking Ativan for sleep at night you may as well drink a can or two of bud light because they have almost the same effects on your brain and nervous system. I took it (the lowest dose - 1mg) for 1 month... I'm on day 4 clean from it but I still have side effects parallel to being an alcoholic like stiff neck, chest pain, hpb. If you're having insomnia go seek psychiatric aid to see if it isn't anxiety or depression causing it.
    21
    Man
    A month or so
    Insomnia
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Ativanon 7/15/2017It relaxed me immediately and helped me sleep well. Recommend for anxiety and insomnia. Wish I had this before because xanax made me too foggy.
    52
    Woman
    Just as needed
    Anxiety
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Ativanon 4/4/2017Made me really tired, but at least I wasn't stressed. :)
    39
    Woman
    Just as needed
    Anxiety