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Ativan, which is generically prescribed as Lorazepam, is commonly used to treat anxiety disorders, or can be used as a PRN dose for severe anxiety brought on by sudden trauma. Patients should avoid alcohol while taking Ativan. Patients should be made aware that Ativan may be habit forming.

Ativan is not appropriate for everyone. The prescribing physician should understand the medical history prior to prescribing this medication. Patients with a history of allergic reactions to medications such as alprazolam, chlordiazepoxide, clorazepate, diazepam, or oxazepam should not take Ativan. Ativan is a benzodiazepine. Patients with a medical history which includes asthma, bronchitis, COPD, emphysema, other breathing problems, glaucoma, kidney disease, liver disease, depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior, or a history of drug or alcohol abuse may not be able to take Ativan, or may require careful monitoring while undergoing drug therapy with this medication. This medication is not approved for children under the age of 12.

The American Food and Drug Administration rated Ativan as a pregnancy risk category D. There is a high likelihood of this medication causing harm or birth defects in unborn babies, and may even cause fetal death. There is a high likelihood that Ativan will pass through the mother’s breast milk and cause harm to a nursing baby. This medication should never be prescribed to women who are pregnant or nursing, or to women who are likely to become pregnant.

Ativan presents a risk of side effects, some of which are severe. If a patient who is taking Ativan presents with facial swelling, including swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, or throat, the patient should seek immediate emergency medical attention as these are symptoms of an allergic reaction. Serious side effects which also require immediate emergency medical attention include symptoms such as hallucinations, confusion, depression, thoughts of self harm or thoughts of suicide, lightheadedness, or fainting.

Less serious side effects are typically more common, and other than providing discomfort, rarely present any serious threat. These side effects, however, should still be reported to the prescribing physician in order to help determine the appropriate dosage of Ativan. Side effects such as fatigue, drowsiness, dizziness, blurry vision, insomnia, muscle weakness, loss of coordination, amnesia, forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, nausea, vomiting, constipation, changes in appetite, and skin rashes are fairly common.

Ativan should be taken exactly as it has been prescribed. Ativan is likely to be habit forming and should never be shared. In the event that the patient misses a dose, that dose needs to be taken as soon as possible unless it is almost time for the next scheduled dose. If it is almost time for the next dose, the missed dose should be skipped and the patient should return to the schedule. A double dose of this medication may lead to an overdose, which requires immediate emergency medical attention. Symptoms of an overdose may include excessive or extreme drowsiness, muscle weakness, fainting, confusion, coma, or death.

There are medications which are likely to cause serious interactions with Ativan and should not be taken while the patient is undergoing drug therapy with this medication. Patients should be urged to inquire with the prescribing physician before taking any type of new medication, prescribed or over the counter. Medications which are known to interact with Ativan include barbiturates, MAO inhibitors, medications which treat psychiatric disorders, narcotic pain relievers, and antidepressants. Medications which tend to cause drowsiness should be avoided as they tend to make the side effects of Ativan much worse.

Ativan has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of ativan

• Molecular formula of ativan is C15H10Cl2N2O2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 9-chloro-6-(2-chlorophenyl)-4-hydroxy-2,5-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]undeca-5,8,10,12-tetraen-3-one
• Molecular weight is 321.158 g/mol
Ativan available : 0.5mg tablets, 1mg tablets, 2mg tablets

Generic name: Lorazepam

Brand name(s): Almazine, Alzapam, Anxiedin, Aplacassee, Bonatranquan, Delormetazepam, Emotival, Idalprem, Lorabenz, Lorax, Loraz, Lorsilan, O-Chlorooxazepam, O-Chloroxazepam, Pro Dorm, Psicopax, Punktyl, Quait, Securit, Sedatival, Sedazin, Somagerol, Tavor, Temesta, Wypax

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