Ativan is an anti-anxiety agent and is included in the benzodiazepine family of drugs that affects the chemicals in brain which may cause anxiety due to imbalance.
Ativan is used to treat anxiety and psychological disorders. It is also effective for insomnia and panic
attacks and can be used with other medications to prevent vomiting and nausea caused by chemotherapy.
It is also administered before anesthesia for sedation. Ativan is used for treating seizures and alcoholic
Administration and dosage
Each Ativan tablet should be taken orally without crushing or chewing.
Make sure to read all instructions given on the label or act upon your doctor’s advice.
Dose and frequency of the Ativan depend upon your condition and response to the medicine.
Long term or excessive use of Ativan can lead to dependency.
This medicine is not for child younger than 12 years old.
Always tell your doctor about your medical history especially of kidney disease, liver disease,
lung/breathing problems, mental disorders, drug or alcohol abuse and glaucoma.
This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm unborn baby. Consult your
doctor if you notice slowed breathing, feeding problems and constant crying in your baby.
If you are going to have any surgery, tell your doctor about the medicines you take.
This drug may cause dizziness or drowsiness or blurred vision. Don’t drive or do anything requiring
Avoid alcoholic beverages.
It is not suitable for older adults and children. Both may not experience relief of anxiety with Ativan and
more likely to be affected by side effects of this medicine. It may have opposite effect causing agitation,
shaking, sleeping problems, hallucinations, mood swings, loss of coordination and drowsiness.
Ativan may cause drowsiness, headache, nausea, lack of coordination, change in sexual interest,
grogginess, heartburn, constipation, dry mouth and blurred vision. Consult your doctor if any of these
symptoms occur for longer. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any unlikely serious side effects
including mood swings, depression, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, unusual weakness, memory
problems, trouble walking, fever, persistent sore throat, slurred speech, trouble breathing.