Ativan Tablet is a prescription medicine used to treat anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder (excessive worry or restlessness), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, and social phobias. It is also used for the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety.
Ativan Tablet relieves symptoms of anxiety such as nervousness, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, excessive sweating, trembling, weakness or lack of concentration. It may be taken with or without food. However, take it at the same time each day as this helps to maintain a consistent level of medicine in the body. Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor as it has a high potential of habit-forming.
If you have missed any doses, take it as soon as you remember it and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. You should not stop this medication without talking to your doctor as it may cause nausea and anxiety.
The most common side effects of this medicine are weakness, sedation, and balance disorder (loss of balance). It may also cause dizziness and sleepiness, so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. Communicate to your doctor about potential side effects and ways you might prevent or cope with them. You may also get side effects after stopping the treatment.
Earlier taking the medicine you should tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. Taking it along with alcohol affects the way it works and can increase the chance of side effects. If you have been taking this medicine for a long time then regular monitoring of blood and liver functions may be required.
Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them
Warning & Precautions:
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Ativan Tablet.
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Ativan Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
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Ativan Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby. Ativan Tablet should be used for short periods and sleepiness of the baby should be watched. The withdrawal of Ativan Tablet should be gradual.
Ativan Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Ativan Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Ativan Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor. However, inform your doctor if you have any underlying kidney disease.
Ativan Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe liver disease. Dose adjustment of Ativan Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor. Employ of Ativan Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.
Q. Is Ativan Tablet an opioid? Is it a habit-forming medicine?
No, Ativan Tablet is not an opioid. It belongs to the benzodiazepine group of medicines and is used for short-term treatment (2-4 weeks) only. It is a habit-forming medicine and can make a person physically and psychologically dependent.
Q. Can Ativan Tablet be used as a sleeping pill?
Ativan Tablet is used for sleeping difficulties caused due to short-term anxiety. One of the very common side effects of Ativan Tablet is drowsiness and sleepiness. It calms the mind, and therefore, helps a person to sleep.
Q. For how long will Ativan Tablet stay in my system?
Ativan Tablet may take around 3 days to get completely removed from the system.
Q. Are there any symptoms that I would experience if I get addicted to Ativan Tablet?
The most important symptom of addiction is that you may feel unpleasant if you do not take Ativan Tablet. Another symptom could be that you may increase the dose on your own to feel its effect.
Q. If I suddenly stop taking Ativan Tablet, will it affect me adversely?
You should reduce the dose of Ativan Tablet gradually before completely stopping it. Suddenly stopping it may lead to withdrawal symptoms which include loss of the sense of reality, feeling detached from life, and unable to feel emotion. Some patients have also experienced numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, tinnitus (ringing sounds in the ears), uncontrolled or overactive movements, twitching, shaking, feeling sick, being sick, stomach upsets or stomach pain, loss of appetite, agitation and abnormally fast heart beats. It can also cause panic attacks, dizziness or feeling faint, memory loss, hallucinations, feeling stiff and unable to move easily, feeling very warm, convulsions (sudden uncontrolled shaking or jerking of the body) and oversensitivity to light, sound and touch.
Q. Does Ativan Tablet cause weight gain?
The effect of Ativan Tablet on weight gain or loss is not known.
Q. Does Ativan Tablet cause depression?
If you have a history of depression then it may increase the risk of developing depression again. Ativan Tablet should not be used alone in depressed patients because it may cause suicidal tendencies in such patients.
Q. My old uncle is taking Ativan Tablet for sleeplessness associated with anxiety. Can it affect his memory?
Though it is rare, but use of Ativan Tablet can cause memory impairment, which may be more apparent in old age patients.
Q. Are there any harmful effects of taking more than the recommended doses of Ativan Tablet?
Taking more than the recommended dose of Ativan Tablet may cause loss of muscle control, low blood pressure, mental confusion, slow breathing and even coma. If you have taken higher than the recommended dose of Ativan Tablet, seek immediate medical help immediately.
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