What is Ativan?

Ativan is an anti anxiety agent which is used to treat stress and anxiety that causes extreme distress to an individual. It is also used for the treatment of severe cases of insomnia. The dosage is as recommended by the treating physician.

What are the ingredients of Ativan?

Each tablet of Ativan contains lorazepam, the active ingredient, in 0.5mg, 1mg or 2 mg quantity. Lactose Monohydrate, magnesium stearate, polacriline potassium and micorcyrstalline cellulose are the inactive components.

What is the recommended dosage of Ativan?

The tablet is to be taken orally. Usually 2 mg to 6 mg per day is required to be taken, or as recommended by the physician. The dosage is distributed throughout the day with different quantities.

When Ativan is being used to treat anxiety, the dosage is usually 2 to 3 mg per day.

For treatment of insomnia, the dosage is 2mg – 4 mg per day to be taken as a single dose at bedtime.

For elderly patients, the dosage should not exceed 2mg per day, divided into smaller doses as prescribed.

How does Ativan work?

The active ingredient of Ativan, Lorazepam, is a medicine called benzodiazepine, which induces the calming and sedative effects. The brain has receptors called GABA receptors, which transmit calming messages.

Lorazepam acts on these receptors by increasing the GABA activity in the brain, thereby lessening the activity in the brain. Consequently, there is muscle relaxation, decrease in anxiety and increase in sleepiness.

What are the Side effects of Ativan?

All medicines have some side effects but it depends from person to person.

Some of the side effects caused by taking Ativan are

  • dizziness,
  • headache,
  • drowsiness,
  • clumsiness,
  • and disorientation.

In some rare cases, severe allergic reactions, and mood swings have been observed, you must consult your doctor immediately in such situations.

What are the precautions to be taken?

Do not use Ativan if you are pregnant or breast feeding, are taking other prescription drugs, are allergic to medicines and foods, have any history of lung and respiratory problems, glaucoma, liver problems and blood disorders or if you have a history of drug abuse. Do not drink alcohol if you are using Ativan.

Where can you buy Ativan?

Ativan is available online without any prescription and at a much discounted rate as you get the product directly from the manufacturer and there are no middlemen involved.