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Information provided below is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Ativan Overview

Ativan Addiction TreatmentAtivan (lorazepam) is a sedative medication that is most generally used to treat anxiety. Other accepted uses include treating insomnia, symptoms of severe alcohol withdrawal, relieving serial seizures in children (sublingual form), as a muscle relaxant, and reducing the suffering of chemotherapy patients who experience vomiting during treatment. Ativan is not generally recommended for long-term use, over 4 months duration, as this may increase the likelihood of physical withdrawal symptoms. Ativan works by increasing the activity of a neurotransmitter called GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which inhibits the nervous system, reducing states of mental and physical overexcitement. Lorazepam is a member of the benzodiazepine group of drugs, a class of antidepressants, anti-panic agents, sleep medications, and muscle relaxants.

Ativan Signs of Abuse

There are a variety of signs that can indicate Ativan abuse and addiction. Some may include:

  • Mental and mood changes
  • Violent behaviors
  • "Doctor shopping" or visiting numerous doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions
  • Forging prescriptions for Ativan
  • Borrowing or stealing Ativan from friends and loved ones
  • Life begins to revolve around drug
  • Social withdrawal
  • Occupational or scholastic dysfunction
  • Changes in appetite
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble walking
  • Red eyes

Possible Effects of Ativan Abuse

There are a variety of symptoms that can indicate Ativan abuse and addiction. The symptoms experienced depend upon the individual and the level of addiction. Some symptoms may include:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Memory problems
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Syncope
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fever, persistent sore throat
  • Respiratory depression
  • Hallucinations

Ativan Possible Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety, restlessness, or irritability
  • Depression
  • Headache
  • Confusion, hallucinations, or personality changes
  • Tiredness or dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling sensations
  • Heart palpitations or rapid heartbeat

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