Ativan F.A.Q.s

What exactly is the purpose of Ativan?

It helps treat various symptoms of anxiety disorders. It takes away strong symptoms of fear, dread, and worry and it also helps calm the body down. It helps stop your heart from pounding and it alleviates those heart attack-like symptoms.

What other disorders does this drug treat?

Besides treating generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia, and other fear-based symptoms it also treats various convulsive disorders such as epileptic attacks.

Are there any side effects associated with using this drug?

The most common side effects attributed to using Ativan include these: drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, blurred vision or sleep problems. Muscle weakness, poor coordination, nausea, vomiting, constipation, poor appetite, or skin rash are some others. Some of the most severe symptoms including these: Confusion, depression, suicidal thoughts, and hyperactivity. You might also experience hallucinations, agitation, or hostility. You may also feel lightheaded, or even like you have to faint.

What other prescription drugs should not be used with Ativan?

Your doctor can best answer that question. For now though you should not use it with most barbiturate substances or MAO inhibitor drugs. Certain types of psychiatric medications such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), haloperidol (Haldol), mesoridazine (Serentil), pimozide (Orap), or thioridazine (Mellaril) should not be combined with this drug either.

You should also be careful about using various narcotics, and it is not recommended that you use Ativan with the following medications (not a complete list): Butorphanol (Stadol), codeine, methadone (Dolophine, Methadose), or morphine.

It should also not be used with certain antidepressants (again, not a complete list): amoxapine (Asendin), doxepin (Sinequan), or paroxetine (Paxil). Protriptyline (Vivactil), sertraline (Zoloft), or trimipramine (Surmontil).

Important: You should really talk to your doctor or other health care professional before you take Ativan, or any of these other drugs for that matter. You should also let the right health care professional know about any and all over-the-counter solutions as well as any herbs you are taking.

Is this drug addictive? It can be, so therefore you should not use it if you have had a history of drug and alcohol dependence. Be honest with your doctor about any past or present history of alcohol or drug abuse.

Can it be used with alcohol or sleeping pills?

You should not take this drug with alcohol or sleeping pills at all. It can intensify the affect of the alcohol and it can also make you very drowsy. This could worsen side effects and even cause an accident while driving or using heavy machinery.

How is Ativan used and taken?

This drug should only be administered the way it has come in the form it was taken. Never take it in larger doses and never take it for longer than recommended by a doctor.

For how long can this medication be used?

It can be taken up to four months, or longer with doctor’s advice. It can be habit forming though, so it should not be used except by the person to whom it is prescribed.

Can this medication be shared?

Again, only the person who was administered this medication should use it. Otherwise, it could become very addictive if in the hands of the wrong person.

What happens if I overdose?

You could experience problems such as extreme drowsiness, fainting, coma, or severe muscle weakness. You should seek medical attention immediately. You may also need to call a local poison control center.

Can this medication be used by pregnant women?

This drug can cause birth defects in unborn babies. Therefore, it should not be used by pregnant or nursing mothers. You should really talk to your doctor before you commit to using any drug of such a kind.