Ativan is a quality remedy that is indicated for the improvement of anxiety symptoms and the treatment of related disorders. The drug may also be prescribed as a short-term relief of anxiety or depression symptoms. Belonging to a group of anxiolytics, the drug contains Lorazepam as an active component. The treatment influences the number of brain chemicals, so it should not be used for the elimination of routine anxiety or tension.
The medication may also be administered for other purposes, not specified in the safety guide. Contact your doctor to ensure the safety of off-label therapy and avoid possible complications.
How to Administer Ativan
Follow the information on the safety leaflet and individual prescription to achieve the desired results. Ativan is administered orally, but the frequency of its use, dosage, and duration of the treatment course should be discussed individually. On average, the dose may vary from 1 to 10 mg taken in divided doses. Depending on the treated condition, the recommendations for use may differ. Thus, the initial dose for the improvement of anxiety disorders may reach 2-3 mg a day, while 2-4 mg is needed for the elimination of insomnia signs.
Elderly patients should start the treatment with 1-2 mg a day, increasing it gradually, according to their needs.
Contraindications and Warnings
Ativan is not approved for patients under 18 years old. The treatment is contraindicated for people who are diagnosed with psychosis, primary depressive disorders, acute narrow-angle glaucoma and allergy to the ingredients of the drug. Consult a doctor before the beginning of the therapy, inform the medical specialist about all the conditions and ailments you have, especially the ones that may influence Ativan action.
Interactions with Other Pharmaceuticals
Ativan promotes a potential influence on the organism that can be either beneficial or dangerous. Provide your medical specialist with the list of prescription and OTC drugs you are currently using to avoid possible interactions.
The most serious Ativan adverse reactions include allergic reactions and respiratory depression. Seek emergency medical help if you have noticed the symptoms of any of these disorders.
Contact the doctor and stop the medication intake if other serious problems started bothering you, especially:
Dizziness or drowsiness
Hyponatremia and others