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Ativan (Lorazepam) is most commonly used to treat anxiety and anxiety disorders. Other medical conditions Ativan is used for include: depression, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, and agitation that sometimes accompanies alcohol withdrawal. Ativan is also sometimes used as a fast acting sedation method for violent or agitated patients.
Ativan, a benzodiazepine, works by slowing the activity in the region in the brain that controls relaxation.
Some people taking Ativan experience side effects. Anyone taking Ativan who experiences any of the following side effects should call their health care provider:
Because people react differently to medications anyone experiencing any side effects, or problems, even those not listed here should consult with their health care provider as soon as possible.
To help get the best medication for your health concern and make sure Ativan is the most optimal choice, anyone considering taking Ativan should be aware of needed precautions and possible interaction with other medications.
This overview is not a complete description and is not intended as a guide for usage. For questions concerning use of Ativan or other medication consult your health care provider.
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