Ativan is an anti-anxiety agent ( benzodiazepines, mild tranquilizer ) prescribed for the relief of anxiety, agitation, irritability, to relieve insomnia, to calm people with mania / schizophrenia, and intravenously as a sedative and nervous tension or prior to surgery to relief the anxiety. Anxiety and tension associated with the stresses of everyday life usually do not require treatment with Ativan. Ativan has less of an effect on the liver then other benzodiazepines, making it better suited if you are taking birth control pills, anti-abuse drugs, propranolol, ulcer medications, or any other drug that effects the liver. Ativan is also used in the prevention of severe alcohol withdraw symptoms ( Delirium Tremens, DTs ), to treat serial seizures in children by placing it under the tongue, to promote amnesia, or in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and have severe vomiting.

Ativan Dosage

Dosages of Ativan must be individualized and carefully monitored in order to avoid excessive sedation or mental and motor impairment. As with other anxiolytic sedatives, short courses of treatment should usually be the rule for the symptomatic relief of disabling anxiety in psychoneurotic patients and the initial course of treatment should not last longer than 1 week without reassessment of the need for a limited extension. Initially, not more than 1 week's supply of Ativan should be provided and automatic prescription renewals should not be allowed. Subsequent prescriptions, when required, should be limited to short courses of therapy.

Ativan Tables:
0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2mg.

Sublingual Ativan Tables:
0.5 mg, 1 mg, 2mg.

Oral Ativan Solution:
2 mg per ml.

Ativan Injection:
2 mg per ml, 4mg per ml.

  • Drug Facts
  • Memory impairment is highly relevant to students who use Ativan. The risk of acute amnesia is more pronounced with short-acting drugs. Ativan (Lorazepam), Halcion (triazolam), Xanax (alprazolam) and Rohypnol (flunitrazepam) are especially likely to induce such memory impairment.
  • Ativan withdrawal symptoms, similar in character to those noted with barbiturates and alcohol have occurred following abrupt discontinuance of this drug.
  • There may be an increased risk of drowsiness and sedation if Ativan is taken with any of the following (which can also cause drowsiness): alcohol, tricyclic antidepressants, eg amitriptyline, MAOI antidepressants, eg phenelzine, opioid painkillers, eg morphine, codeine, dihydrocodeine, sedating antihistamines, eg chlorpheniramine, antipsychotics, eg chlorpromazine, clozapine, barbiturates, eg phenobarbitone, other benzodiazepines, eg diazepam, sleeping tablets.
  • Of the more than 30 million people who take drugs such as Ativan, more than four million are addicted.
  • Each Ativan tablet intended for oral use contains .5mg, 1mg, or 2mg of Lorazepam.