Lorazepam is a custom-made drug classified within the family of drugs known as benzodiazepines. Lorazepam works within the brain to balance chemicals that create anxiety. Lorazepam is commonly prescribed for various anxiety disorders.
Lorazepam may be prescribed as a tablet, liquid, or injectable. This drug is sometimes taken two to three times per day, but your doctor will decide what your dosage will be. Each patient is unique, thus age, weight, and relative health status may play a factor in your doctor's decision on dosage. Lorazepam is generally considered to be a short-term medication therapy and as such most patients take it for less than four months. Never take this drug for longer than four months unless specifically told to do so by your primary care doctor. Lorazepam can be habit forming and you should be aware of this and never take more than your doctor has prescribed. Never stop taking lorazepam abruptly; if you need to stop taking this medication consult with your doctor and discuss the proper method to lower your dose slowly. Consult with your doctor along the way and through the course of your use of lorazepam. If you have general questions about this drug and its effects, your compounding pharmacist will be happy to assist you.
Side effects may differ from person to person. Some people may experience no side effects at all while others could experience one or more. Be aware of any changes you experience, even slight, and if any side effect becomes worse or lingers, see your doctor right away. Common side effects seen with lorazepam are:
Patients taking this drug may encounter serious and severe side effects that may warrant medical treatment immediately. Never delay if you experience anything that feels severe, get emergency medical attention at once. Review the severe side effects list below and seek medical treatment promptly if you experience anything on the list. Please note that this list is not comprehensive and new side effects may present in select individuals, so err on the side of caution always and get prompt medical attention if anything feels severe.
WARNING: Some patients may experience a serious allergic reaction to lorazepam. Watch for signs of an allergic reaction. Call for an ambulance or go immediately to the emergency room if you experience anything listed below. Allergic reactions are very serious and require immediate medical treatment.
Do not begin use of lorazepam unless you have seen your doctor and he or she has decided this drug is safe for your use and will be beneficial to your treatment.
Do not drink alcohol while taking this drug.
All patients considering the use of lorazepam should consult with their doctor and inform him or her of all their medical issues, current or past.
Some drug interactions could be fatal. Never take lorazepam without informing your doctor of all other medications, drugs (street or pharmacy), supplements, herbals, etc. that you are currently taking or have taken.
Lorazepam is contraindicated for the following:
Do not use lorazepam if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, planning a pregnancy, or about to begin breastfeeding. Lorazepam can cause birth defects.
Lorazepam may be contraindicated or inadvisable for many other conditions, diseases, drug interactions, or due to age or health status. Check with your doctor to find out if lorazepam is contraindicated for your use.
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