Ativan (Injection)


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Ativan (Injection) Drug and Prescription Information

Ativan (Injection)

Ativan (Injection) Medication Classification

LORAZEPAM (Injection)

Ativan (Injection) Brandname

Ativan

Ativan (Injection) is used for the Treatment

Lorazepam (lor-A-ze-pam) Treats anxiety and is sometimes used to treat or prevent nausea and vomiting. Belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines.

When To Not Use Ativan (Injection)

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to lorazepam.

How Should You Use Ativan (Injection)

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given.
  • An IM injection is a shot given in your muscle (upper arm, thigh, buttocks). An IV injection is medicine that is put directly into your body through one of your veins.
  • This medicine should be given by a person trained to give IV or IM medicine. Sometimes you, someone in your family, or a friend can be taught to give your medicine.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you take this medicine regularly, take the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

Proper Ativan (Injection) Storage

Store Ativan (Injection) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Ativan (Injection) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Ativan (Injection)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also taking cimetidine (Tagamet®), phenobarbital, antidepressants, an MAO inhibitor (such as Nardil®, Parnate®, or Marplan®), a phenothiazine (such as Mellaril®, Thorazine®, or Stelazine®), or medicines that make you sleepy such as antihistamines, sleeping pills, or narcotic pain-killers.

Ativan (Injection) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have myasthenia gravis, liver disease, lung disease, or glaucoma.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • This medicine may make you sleepy. Avoid driving a car or using machinery.

Ativan (Injection) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Severe muscle weakness or trouble standing
  • Slurred speech or severe drowsiness
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Irritability or agitation
  • Trouble concentrating or memory loss
  • "Hangover" effects
  • Drowsiness, dizziness, clumsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain where the injection was given

Ativan (Injection) Ratings

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Elizabeth, Cebu City, Philippines - 01/25/2009

This medicine used to help me with my anxiety and stress and allowed me to sleep through the nights. I would take 1 milligram in the morning and 2 at night. However, now doctors in California will not prescribe this medicine any longer, and none of them are giving me a good reason. I never took more than the prescribed amount, and I never refilled my prescription early either. When I would run out, I simply put up with the anxiety and inability to sleep until I could get a refill. It is not good to discontinue a medication so abruptly because you will have symptoms of withdrawal. To prevent this, now I have to wean myself off of this medication with my remaining pills.

Ativan (Injection)
5.0

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Bruce Johnson, Ontario, Canada - 09/15/2010

I take Celexa 40 mg a day and I also take Lorazapam for anxiety attacks according to my NP orders. The problem is that I can get a refill of Lorazapam without going to the office. this costs me $124 each time. I spoke with my NP, but her only answer is that is it policy. Even though I am taking Celexa, I have had clusters of panic attacks this past weekend. I can not afford $124 and this is with insurance, every time I need a refill for 30 tabs. I have now been reduced to borrowing Xanax and Valium from friends, very discouraging.