What is lorazepam?
Lorazepam belongs to the drug class benzodiazepines which act on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming effect. It specifically affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety.
What conditions does lorazepam treat?
It is used to treat anxiety disorders, insomnia, panic disorder, sedation, and borderline personality disorder.
It may also be used to treat symptoms from alcohol withdrawal, psychosis caused by sudden alcohol withdrawal, mania associated with bipolar disorder, adjunct treatment, muscle spasm, chronic trouble sleeping, a feeling of restlessness with inability to sit still, nausea and vomiting caused by cancer drugs, prevent nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy, and many more.
What are known side effects and drug reactions?
Dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, slurred speech, lack of balance or coordination, memory problems, and feeling unsteady may occur. These are common, however, if this persists or worsen, contact your doctor immediately.
Some people taking the medicine don’t experience any serious side effects, but when they do, stop the medication and seek immediate help in case these symptoms occur: severe drowsiness, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself, unusual changes in mood or behavior, confusion, aggression, hallucinations, worsened sleep problems, sudden restless feeling or excitement, muscle weakness, drooping eyelids, trouble swallowing, vision changes or upper stomach pain, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Allergic reactions to the drug are rare but watch out for these signs and call your doctor immediately: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
These are not a complete list of side effects and reactions and some may or may not occur. It is always best to discuss with your doctor all questions you may have regarding this medication.
What are things to consider when taking lorazepam?
Be cautious when purchasing medications on the Internet or from other vendors outside United States as they may contain harmful ingredients or distributed by a non-licensed pharmacy.
You should not use lorazepam if you have narrow-angle glaucoma or myasthenia gravis, or if you are allergic to Valium or a similar medicine.
Inform your doctor of any illnesses or diseases you have to make sure that it is safe to take the medicine. Also inform of any medications being taken to prevent any drug interaction that may be harmful when taken with lorazepam.
This medicine can be harmful to the unborn and nursing baby. Inform the doctor if you plan to get pregnant, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Lorazepam has sedative effects. Accidental falls may occur among older adults.
Avoid drinking when taking this medicine or driving to prevent accidents because this may cause drowsiness and dizziness.
This medication is not approved for use by children younger than 18 years old.
Store lorazepam tablets at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Store the liquid form of this medicine in the refrigerator.
Lorazepam is a habit-forming medicine. Take as prescribed by the doctor and keep it in a place away from others.
Misuse of this medication can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Selling or giving this away is also prohibited by the law.
Call your doctor if this medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your anxiety symptoms.
This is not a complete list and medical advice is always best in taking this medication safely.
This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.