Ativan is used to treat serious problems, but do not stop (status epilepticus epilepsy). It is also used before surgery or procedures to cause drowsiness, decrease anxiety and cause forgetfulness about the procedure or surgery.
Ativan belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, which have a calming effect on the brain and nerves (central nervous system). How it works is to increase the influence of a certain natural chemical (GABA) substances in the brain.
How to use Ativan 1 mg
Ativan take by injection into a vein or muscle by slow worker. For example, normal saline for injection, dextrose injection 5 percent and the rate of injection should not be faster than 2 mg per minute. Before using this product, check it visually for color (the particle).
If either is present, do not use the liquid. If you have questions about using this medicine, consult with a pharmacist. Do not inject this medication into the artery. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. This medication may cause dependence, especially if used regularly over a long period of time, or if it has been used in large doses.
In such cases, if you suddenly stop this drug, it may be (eg, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, trouble sleeping, nausea, mental mood changes, anxiety / agitation). To prevent such effects, the drug should be gradually reduce the dosage as directed.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information and to report any kinds of reactions immediately. Though very unlikely, abnormal effet of this medicine, such as (drug addiction). Do not increase your dose of Ativan, control while taking it. Be sure to stop the medication when prescribed by your doctor.
When used over a long period, this medication may not work as well and may require different dosing. Talk to your doctor if this medication does not work. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Ativan side effects
You may experience drowsiness, dizziness, or unsteadiness of state. If the medication was injected into the muscles, can occur: pain / szhenie / redness at the injection site. Tell your doctor if condition persists or worsens any of the side effects of Ativan.
Tell us if you experience any of these unlikely but serious side effects such as
- breathing problems (eg, slow),
- fainting, pain / swelling at the injection site (in this case the drug was injected into a vein),
- blurred vision,
- mental mood changes, ( such as agitation, hallucinations, confusion),
- changes in the amount of urine,
- shortness of breath,
- rapid breathing,
- muscular weakness.
Serious allergic reaction to this drug are rare, but if there are, tell your doctor immediately.
Nevertheless, call the ambulance if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including
- severe dizziness,
- trouble breathing.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because of the benefit to you is greater than the risk that he would side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Ativan 1 mg precautions
Tell your doctor if you have an allergic reaction. Your doctor or pharmacist if you have your problems to provide health care, especially if you have problems such as glaucoma (narrow angle), breathing problems during sleep (sleep apnea), and severe breathing problems (except for patients who breathing with the help of a computer).
Your doctor should be aware of all your problems, especially: glaucoma (open angle), to know the personal and family history of regular use / abuse of drugs / alcohol, kidney disease, liver disease, breathing problems (eg asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD). Inform your doctor about taking the drug, before resorting to surgery. This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy.
At least 8 hours after taking this drug, you should not get out of bed without assistance. Do not use the mechanisms, and do not do any activity that requires alertness until the effects of this medicine until at izrazhoduyutsya (at least 24 hours). Avoid alcohol. Older people are more sensitive to side effects (especially drowsiness).
This drug may have the opposite effect on children, causing restlessness, tremor, mental or mood changes (eg, agitation, hallucinations). This product contains a preservative (benzyl alcohol) that can cause serious and sometimes rare (fatal), if taken in large amounts (more than 100 milligrams per kilogram per day) for infants in the first months of life. Cause danger to the children of low birth weight.
- sudden gasping,
- low blood pressure,
- pulse is slow.
If you notice any of these symptoms in your newborn, report them to your doctor immediately. Ativan 1 mg is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
Consult your doctor for more information. This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on infants. Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using ativan. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible interactions and Ativan. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine with doctor’s permission.
In combination with drugs such as sodium oxybate, it can cause serious interactions Ativan. Inform your doctor if you are using any of the above mentioned drugs.
Your doctor should know about all medications you are taking, including:
- birth control pills,
- valproik acid.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you also take drugs that cause drowsiness such as:
- certain antihistamines (eg, diphenhydramine),
- anti-drugs (eg, carbamazepine, phenobarbital),
- medicine for sleep or anxiety (eg, diazepam, alprazolam, zolpidem),
- muscle relaxants,
- pain relievers (eg, codeine),
- psychiatric medicines (eg, amitriptyline, trazodone, chlorpromazine, risperidone, loxapine).
Look at all your instructions on the medication to see whether they contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about the use of these drugs into safe mode.
Note: Ativan is not used with other medications.