Ativan 2 mg Tablet

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Overview

Uses of Ativan Tablet

Ativan 2 mg Tablet is used in the treatment of short term anxiety.

Ativan Tablet side effects

Common
  • Memory impairment
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Uncoordinated body movements

How to use Ativan Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Ativan 2 mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Ativan Tablet works

Ativan 2 mg Tablet is a benzodiazepine. It works by increasing the action of a chemical messenger (GABA) which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

Ativan Tablet related warnings

Alcohol
CAUTION
Ativan 2 mg Tablet may cause excessive drowsiness with alcohol.
Pregnancy
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Ativan 2 mg Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
Ativan 2 mg Tablet is probably safe to use during lactation. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Ativan 2 mg Tablet should be used for short periods and sleepiness of the baby should be watched. The withdrawal of Ativan 2 mg Tablet should be gradual.
Driving
Ativan 2 mg Tablet may make you feel dizzy, sleepy, tired, or decrease alertness. If this happens, do not drive.
Kidney
SAFE
Ativan 2 mg Tablet is safe to use in patients with kidney disease. No dose adjustment of Ativan 2 mg Tablet is recommended.
However, inform your doctor if you have any underlying kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Ativan 2 mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Ativan 2 mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Ativan 2 mg Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

What if you miss a dose of Ativan Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Ativan 2 mg Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • If you are taking Ativan 2 mg Tablet for the treatment of insomnia and anxiety, it should not be used more than 4 weeks.
  • It may become less effective over the time.
  • It causes sleepiness or drowsiness. If this happens to you, do not drive or use machinery.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Ativan 2 mg Tablet, as it may cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
  • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.
  • The addiction / habit-forming potential of Ativan 2 mg Tablet is very high.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Ativan with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Ativan

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Taking Trapex for 2yrs. due to insomnia and anxiety. But Trapex is not available in Kolkata right now. So which medicines can I take as substitute. (P.S.: Can I take ATIVAN 2mg as substitute)
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Psychiatrist
Ativan is lorazepam and can be used as a substitute brand. Regular use of lorazepam isn't recommended.
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Diabetes Specialist
CONSULT psychiatrist for this
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FAQs

Q. Is Ativan addictive or habit forming or narcotic?

Ativan is addictive and habit forming, as on prolonged use, it may make you dependent such that you will not be able to sleep or function normally without taking it. It is therefore classified as a narcotic and only the exact quantity required by you will be provided by the chemist/pharmacist after producing a prescriptio

Q. Is Ativan the same as Xanax (alprazolam) or Valium (diazepam)?

Ativan. Xanax (alprazolam) and Valium (diazepam) belong to the same group of drugs called benzodiazepines, but they are used for different indications

Q. Is Ativan a muscle relaxer?

Yes. Ativan acts on the brain to relax muscles

Q. Is Ativan a beta blocker or SSRI?

Ativan is neither a beta blocker (anti-hypertensive) or SSRI (anti-depressant); it belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines

Q. Can I take Ativan for a long time or can I take Ativan forever or how long can I take Ativan or can you take Ativan for years?

This drug should be used for only a short time. Do not take this medication for longer than 4 months without your doctor's advice

Q. Can I take Ativan for pain?

No. Ativan is not a pain-relieving medication. Use it only as advised by your doctor

Q. Can you take Ativan for anxiety?

Yes, it is used to treat anxiety

Q. Can I take lorazepam with melatonin/ Zoloft (sertraline)/ tramadol/ Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone)/ Advil (ibuprofen)/ Ambien (Zolpidem)/ Wellbutrin (bupropion)/ Tylenol (paracetamol)?

Lorazepam has no known harmful interaction with Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (paracetamol); hence can be taken together. Drugs like melatonin/ Zoloft (sertraline)/ tramadol/ Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone)/ Ambien (Zolpidem)/ Wellbutrin (bupropion) can increase the side-effects of lorazepam, and vice verca. Please consult your doctor before taking lorazepam with any other drug

Q. Can I take Ativan with prednisone?

Ativan has no known harmful interaction with prednisone, but always consult with your doctor before taking this medication

Q. Does Ativan get you high?

Ativan enhances the action of a signaling chemical called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain and thus produces a calming effect. This calming effect may be perceived as pleasant or feeling high by some individuals. On prolonged use, Ativan may also make an individual dependant such that they are not be able to sleep or function normally without taking it

Q. Does Ativan lower blood pressure?

Ativan itself can rarely lower blood pressure. However, it is known to potentiate the effect of medicines used to treat high blood pressure, and cause excessive lowering of blood pressure

Q. Does Ativan make you sleepy?

Yes, excessive sleepiness and daytime drowsiness are few of the side-effects of Ativan

Q. Does Ativan cause erectile dysfunction?

Ativan can interfere with sexual function and very rarely causes erectile dysfunction (i.e. inability to achieve erection).

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