What is Ativan?
Ativan (lorazepam) belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. Lorazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety.
Ativan is used to treat anxiety disorders.
Ativan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use Ativan if you have narrow-angle glaucoma or myasthenia gravis, or if you are allergic to Valium or a similar medicine.
Do not use lorazepam if you are pregnant. This medicine can cause birth defects or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn.
How should I take Ativan?
Take Ativan exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never use Ativan in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your symptoms.
Lorazepam may be habit-forming. Never share Ativan with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Selling or giving away Ativan is against the law.
Ativan side effects
thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
unusual changes in mood or behavior.