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The medication of Ativan is prescribed to the patients who are suffering from anxiety. Ativan belongs to the category of medicines known as benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are the substances that act on the brain and central nervous system to produce a calming effect. Ativan works by creating a calming effect on the brain and nerves (central nervous system). Ativan is also used to treat seizures disorder.
How to use Ativan
Read the Ativan medication instructions provided by your doctor along with the medicine or prescription, before you start taking the medication of Ativan or whenever you get a refill. If you have any questions about drug usage, consult with your doctor, or pharmacist for a better understanding of it.
Take this medicine orally by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor. Take the dosage of Ativan with food to prevent constipation. The dosage of Ativan always depends on the medical condition of the patient, age, and response to the medication. Older patients most commonly start this medication with a lower dose to prevent the risks of side effects. The patient should never alter the treatment of Ativan, take it more often than prescribed, or continue it for a longer time without consulting the physician.
Withdrawal of Ativan
The patient might suffer from Ativan’s withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop taking this medication. Withdrawal symptoms of Ativan may include, but are not limited to:
- Mental or mood changes
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Tingling of arms and legs
- fast heartbeat
- Very high fever
- Short-term memory loss
- Stomach cramps
To prevent the withdrawal symptoms, lower the dose gradually according to the directions of your doctor when the medication of Ativan is supposed to be stopped. Withdrawal symptoms are more likely to occur if the patient has used Ativan for a long time (more than four weeks) or in high doses. Contact the doctor right away if you or anyone you know have withdrawal.
Side effects of Ativan
Always keep in mind that your doctor or physician has prescribed you to use Ativan because he or she judged that the benefit of this medication is greater than the risk of side effects. Many individuals who are using this medication for their treatment do not experience any severe side effects.
Side effects of Ativan may include:
- Trouble walking
- Loss of coordination
- Thoughts of suicide
- Persistent sore throat
- Increase in saliva production
- Vision changes
- High fever
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
Inform your doctor right away or seek emergency medical help if any of the side effects occur when you are taking the medication of Ativan. Eat dietary fiber, drink enough water, and exercise to prevent constipation. Allergic severe side effects to this medication are rare.
- Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to Ativan or have any other allergies.
- Do not use this medication if you have head injuries, seizures, sleep apnea, asthma, kidney or liver disease.
- Consumption of Ativan may make you feel dizzy, do not drive any vehicle, or operate any machinery until you do not feel dizzy.
- Before having any surgery, tell your surgeon about the products you are using, including prescription drugs.
- Do not consume alcohol or any alcoholic beverage when you have a dose of Ativan.
- Older adults are more sensitive to the side effects of this medication.
- Do not use this medicine during pregnancy. Consult with your doctor for a better understanding of the safe usage of this medicine.
- Do not share your medicine with anyone. Sharing or giving away your medication is against the law.
Missed dose of Ativan
If you accidentally miss a dose of Ativan, take it as soon as you remember. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose.
Store the medicine at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. Do not flush the medication in the toilet and do not store it in the kitchen. Keep it away from the reach of children and pets.