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Lorazepam Description

Lorazepam Description

Generic Name : LORAZEPAM

Pronunciation : (lor a' ze pam)

Trade Name(s) : Ativan, Calmese, Larpose, Trapex, Zepnap

Why it is prescribed: Lorazepam is used to relieve anxiety. It also is used for insomnia caused by anxiety.

When it is to be taken: For anxiety, lorazepam usually is taken two or three times a day, including a dose at bedtime. For insomnia, it is taken once a day at bedtime. Do not take lorazepam for more than four months without consulting your doctor.

How it should be taken: Lorazepam comes in the tablet form. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose.

Special Instruction :

1. Lorazepam can decrease alertness and coordination. Do not drive a car or operate dangerous machinery until you know how this drug affects you.

2. Because lorazepam can be habit-forming, do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do nto take it for longer time than as directed.

3. Do not stop taking this drug without consulting your doctor, especially if you have been taking it for a long time.

4. Stopping the drug abruptly can worsen your condition and cause withdrawl symptoms.

5. Your doctor probably will want to decrease your dose gradually. Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your dose may need to be adjusted occassionally, and you may blood tests periodically.

6. Do not take a missed dose when you remember it. Omit it completely; then take the next dose at the regularly scheduled time.

Side Effects :

1. Drowsiness, muscle incoordination, fatigue, weakness, confusion, dizziness, faintness. If these effects persist for more than a few days, contact your doctor.

\2. Talkativeness, restlessness, anxiety, trembling, muscle spasms, sleeping problems, nightmares. Stop taking the drug and contact your doctor immediately.

Other Precautions :

1. Women who are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, think that they may be pregnant, or are breast-feeding should inform their doctors.

2. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor immediately.

3. Before you take this drug, tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, including digoxin, levodopa, seizure medication , sleeping pills, prescription pain medication, medication for depression, barbiturates, tranquilizers, sedatives, antihistamines, and medications for allergies and colds.

4. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this drug.

5. Do not smoke while taking lorazepam. Smoking can decrease its effectiveness.

6. If you have liver or kidney disease. Tell your doctor before you take this drug.

7. Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.

Storage Conditions : Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children. Store it at room temperature.


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