Trade Names/Brand Names :
Ativan, Lorazepam Intensol
Why it is prescribed :
This medication is a benzodiazepine, prescribed for anxiety. It slows activity in the brain to allow for mind relaxation.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications):
Contraindicated in patients with narrow-angle glaucoma and hypersensitivity.
Category D :
There is an evidence of fetal risk based on adverse reaction data, but potential benefits may allow the drug to be used in pregnant women despite risks.
Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications):
PO- The recommended dose is 2-3 mg/day given in two or three divided doses.
How it should be taken :
It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.
Warnings and Precautions :
• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of increased eye pressure, seizures, lung, heart or liver disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness or dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
Monitor liver function and complete blood counts regularly while taking this medication.
Side Effects :
• Most Common
Dizziness, weakness and unsteadiness.
• Central Nervous System
Drowsiness, memory loss, confusion, disorientation, depression, emotional state, suicidal thought/attempt, incoordination, weakness, convulsions/seizures, tremor, fainting, visual disturbances, slurred speech, change in libido, impotence, headache and coma.
Respiratory depression and worsening of obstructive pulmonary disease.
Nausea, change in appetite, constipation and jaundice.
• Hypersensitivity reactions
Other Precautions :
Avoid excess dosage.
Storage Conditions :
Store it at room temperature and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.
Schedule : H
Prescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.