Lorazepam is sold by the brand name Ativan. It is family member of benzodiazepines. It is used for depression, anxiety, panic disorders, seizures, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, sedation. It helps in major surgery and also in chemo therapy. It is among the list of most needed drug with little side effects in World Health organization (WHO). It is available in tablets as well as injection form. It can be injected in veins or muscles. Even generic medicines are available. Biological half life is 20 hours.
Lorazepam is fast acting drugs in the family of benzo’s. it is used for reduced anxiety. As depression is due to anxiety it helps a lot. Its best known indication is short term management of severe anxiety. It can be used for more than 4 weeks. it helps in insomnia. People who have the complain for sleep can take this. It effects from the very 1st tablet taken. It can effectively reduce agitation. Single dose medicine make it appropriate choice to take.
When the body tolerates this drug, the tolerance level increases and after sometime the dose should be increased. It basically effects the GABA receptor of brain. It calms the functions of nerves making the brain relax. Lorazepam is best used for short period of time. It can be continuously used for 4 to 6 months. People get carvings for next dose. It have got addictive effect. It should be used for the prescribed dose and for limited time. The tablet smallest dose is 0.5mg but in UK it is 1mg.
People must take it properly according to prescription or else need to face its nasty side effects. Common side effects are vomiting, dizziness, nausea, constipation, irritability, mood swings, constipation, head ache, etc. adverse effects can be low blood pressure which will result in low heart rate and can cause major heart diseases or heart attack and can be fatal.
Patients of liver and kidney disorders should not take this drug since their mechanism is completed there. Pregnant and nursing lady should not take it since it can be dangerous to developing baby or nursing bay. It can also affect the central nervous system (CNS). Overdose of this medicines can be harmful to the body. It can even show reverse effects. Overuse of any drug can cause major damage to the body. People must take the drugs in correct dosage and for time period. Nasty side effects of the drug can ruin their life.