Lorazepam (Ativan) 2mg & 1mg 120 Tabs (1 * 30) * 4 Stripes by Pfizer India Ltd.
is the generic form of the brand-name drug Ativan, used to treat anxiety disorders and to relieve anxiety that's associated with depression.
Lorazepam is also used to treat insomnia, epilepsy, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), agitation caused by alcohol withdrawal, and nausea and vomiting from cancer treatments. The drug belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines, and is available as oral tablets, an oral concentrate solution, and an injection. In injection form, lorazepam injection is used in emergency situations to treat prolonged epileptic seizures.It's also given before surgery to produce drowsiness, relieve anxiety, and decrease recall of surgery and other medical procedures in people who are anxious about them.Generic forms of lorazepam oral tablets first became available in 1985 and are made by several manufacturers.Warnings
Before taking lorazepam, tell your doctor if you have:
- Do not take lorazepam if you are allergic to the drug, any of the inactive ingredients of the oral formulations, or other benzodiazepines, including Xanax, Librium, Tranxene, Valium, and Serax.
- Do not take lorazepam if you have narrow-angle glaucoma.
- Lorazepam can make you drowsy and affect your ability to safely drive motor vehicles or operate machinery.
- This is particularly likely if the medication is taken with other medications that cause drowsiness, or if you are elderly or debilitated.
- Lorazepam may be habit-forming, so do not take higher doses of the medication or use it for a longer time than your doctor recommends. Some people develop a tolerance to lorazepam, which makes the medication less effective.
- Use caution getting out of bed and walking within 8 hours of getting a lorazepam injection.
- Avoid driving motor vehicles, operating machinery, or engaging in activities requiring attention and coordination for one to two days after getting a lorazepam injection, or until you are no longer drowsy.
- Avoid alcohol for at least one to two days after getting a lorazepam injection.
- Lorazepam oral tablets and concentrate solution have not been proven to be safe or effective in children younger than 12 years of age.
- Tell your doctor if you are taking other drugs that affect the central nervous system. These include sedatives, tranquilizers, antidepressants, and narcotic medications.
- Breathing problems
- A history of alcoholism or drug abuse
- Personality disorder
- Liver or kidney problems
- Lorazepam 'High' and Abuse
Lorazepam is intended to be taken only for a short period of time. Do not take this medication for longer than 4 months without your doctor's advice.Talk to your doctor about using alcohol while on lorazepam. Alcohol can worsen the side effects of lorazepam, such as drowsiness, confusion, and unsteadiness.Withdrawal
As the narcotic effects of lorazepam wear off, a user may experience symptoms of lorazepam withdrawal, including:
- Insomnia or other sleep disorders
- Anger or aggressive behavior
Your doctor will probably recommend you reduce your use of lorazepam gradually, to avoid these withdrawal symptoms.People who use lorazepam should not abruptly stop taking the drug, except under the supervision of a healthcare professional.Lorazepam and Pregnancy
- Before taking lorazepam, tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
- Medications like lorazepam may cause birth defects, particularly during the first trimester of pregnancy.
- Also, taking lorazepam later in pregnancy may cause harmful effects to the newborn baby.
- Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding a baby before taking lorazepam, because taking the medication while breastfeeding can cause side effects in the nursing baby.
Seek emergency medical help at once if you have any of these serious signs of an allergic reaction to the medication:
- Trouble breathing
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
The most common side effects of lorazepam oral tablets and concentrate solution are:
The most common side effects of lorazepam injection also include:
Talk to your doctor if you experience any side effects, particularly if they are severe or do not go away.
- Low blood pressure
- Excessive sleepiness
- Shortness of breath, rapid breathing, and feeling like you can't breathe in enough air
- Most lorazepam side effects occur and are more severe when the medication is used in higher doses.
Before taking lorazepam, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following medications:
- Other benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, Librium, Librax, Klonopin,Tranxene, and Valium
- Birth control pills
- Barbiturates, such as Amytal, Fioricet, Butisol, Mebaral, Seconal, Nembutal, Luminal, Solfoton, or Seconal
- Antipsychotics, such as Abilify, Saphris, Thorazine, Clozaril, Prolixin, Haldol, Fanapt, Adasuve, Loxitane, Latuda, Serentil, Moban, Zyprexa, Symbyax, Invega, Trilafon, Orap, Seroquel, Risperdal, Mellaril, Navane, Stelazine, or Geodon
- Sleep medications, such as Lunesta, Unisom, Rozerem, Sonata, or Ambien
- Narcotic medications such as Stadol, codeine, Lortab, Vicodin, Levo-Dromoran, Demerol, Dolophine, Methadose, morphine, Narcan, OxyContin, or Darvon
- Antidepressants such as Elavil, Etrafon, Asendin, Celexa, Anafranil, Norpramin, Sinequan, Lexapro, Prozac, Sarafem and others
- Antiseizure drugs, such as Depakote or Depakene
- Sedating allergy medications including Chlor-Trimeton or Benadryl
- Theophylline (Theo-24, Uniphyl)
- Scopolamine (Transderm Scop)
- Lorazepam and Alcohol
- Alcohol can worsen the side effects of lorazepam, such as drowsiness, confusion, and unsteadiness, and in serious cases, cause breathing problems, coma, and even death.
- Your tolerance for alcohol will be lower while you're on lorazepam.
- Additionally, use caution when getting out of bed and walking within 8 hours of getting a lorazepam injection.
- Avoid driving motor vehicles, operating machinery, or activities requiring attention and coordination for 24 to 48 hours after a lorazepam injection, or until you are no longer drowsy.
- The dosage for this drug will depend on the form: oral, liquid, or injection.
- Take lorazepam exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
- Lorazepam oral tablets are available in strengths of 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg.
- Your doctor may prescribe lorazepam to be taken 2 to 3 times a day for conditions such as anxiety, or once daily for conditions such as insomnia.
- When you first start lorazepam, your doctor may slowly increase your dose to avoid side effects.
- The dose of lorazepam may be lower if you are elderly or debilitated.
- Take lorazepam with liquid such as a glass of water, with or without food.
- Lorazepam concentrate oral solution is available in a bottle with a calibrated dropper with markings for various doses.
- Mix the dose of the concentrated oral solution with liquid or semi-solid food such as water, juices, soda or soda-like beverages, applesauce and puddings.
- For lorazepam injection, your doctor will give the medication into your vein through an IV, or into a muscle.
- You may also receive a repeat dose and other treatments.
- After lorazepam is administered, your doctor will monitor you to make sure the medication is working and does not cause side effects.
- An overdose of lorazepam can be fatal. Symptoms of a lorazepam overdose include:
- Extreme drowsiness
- Muscle weakness
- Fainting or coma
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.But if you take several doses per day and miss a dose and it's almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule.Do not take an extra dose to make up for a missed one.Note : Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor. It will effect you & your loved ones. Safety First. Please keep it in mindPrescription Only Medicine : These medicines are only available with a valid prescription from a licensed medical practitioner. Please be kind to send us the prescription by email, fax or standard mail with your order. All orders without an accompanying prescription will be rejected (see exceptions below). These measures are enforced as both a legal requirement as well as to ensure your safety.However if you are unable to send us your prescription because of any reason, please let us know and we will accommodate your request. Eg:
- You have lost or misplaced your prescription
- You have to present it to the local pharmacy to buy other drugs not available with us
- You have received an online (eScrip) prescription.