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What you need to know about Ativan:

Generic Name: Lorazepam
Therapeutic Class: Anxiety
Popular Street Names: Control, Silence
Side Effects: Confusion, depressed mood, thoughts of suicide, hyperactivity, feeling light headed, drowsiness, sleep problems, muscle weakness, lack of coordination, amnesia or forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, appetite changes, and skin rash

Ativan is commonly referred to as Lorazepam. It is a central nervous system depressant that is classified as a benzodiazepine. It is used to slow the brain down and is commonly used to treat anxiety, acute stress reactions, panic disorders, insomnia and depression.

Ativan users can become physically dependent after as little as one week of therapeutic use. Signs of Ativan abuse are:

  • Consuming a higher dosage than what is prescribed by the doctor
  • Using Ativan for longer than prescribed causing prescription drug abuse
  • Taking it for non-medical reasons
  • Developing an increased tolerance for Ativan
  • Doctor shopping to get multiple Ativan prescriptions
  • Forging prescriptions for Ativan
  • Experiencing Ativan withdrawal signs and symptoms when you don’t take it
  • Detoxing from Ativan after reducing medication or discontinuing use
  • Continued use of Ativan to avoid withdrawal
  • Unsteadiness
  • Visual and memory problems
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Drowsiness, confusion
  • Depression
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired judgment
  • Abnormal temperature regulation
  • Demonstrating a overall loss of control or obsessive-compulsive drug seeking behavior

Signs of Ativan overdose include:

  • Coma
  • Hypertension
  • Ataxia
  • Hypotonia
  • Impaired motor functions
  • Respiratory depression and arrest
  • Mental confusion
  • Difficulty staying awake
  • Nausea

Withdrawal symptoms like tremors, dizziness, headaches and irritability can occur after taking therapeutic doses of Ativan for as little as one week. Withdrawal from Ativan can cause severe and fatal symptoms including death. It is for this reason that Ativan use should not be stopped all at once. Instead, it should be reduced slowly in a medically supervised environment to ensure safety.

WARNING: Overdosage of benzodiazepines is usually manifested by varying degrees of central-nervous-system depression, ranging from drowsiness to coma. In mild cases symptoms include drowsiness, mental confusion and lethargy. In more serious examples, symptoms may include ataxia, hypotonia, hypotension, hypnosis, stages one (1) to three (3) coma, and, very rarely, death.

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