Lorazepam belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety.
Lorazepam is used to treat anxiety disorders and seizure disorders.
Before taking Lorazepam:
You should not take lorazepam if you have:
- narrow-angle glaucoma;
- severe respiratory insufficiency;
- myasthenia gravis; or
- a history of allergic reaction to any benzodiazepine, such as diazepam (Valium), chlordiazepoxide, clonazepam, flurazepam, and others.
To make sure lorazepam is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- seizures or epilepsy;
- kidney or liver disease (especially alcoholic liver disease);
- asthma or other breathing disorder;
- open-angle glaucoma;
- a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior;
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction; or
- if you use a narcotic (opioid) medication.
Do not use lorazepam if you are pregnant. This medicine can cause birth defects. Your baby could also become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are taking lorazepam.
NOTE: Lorazepam can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Talk to your doctor before breastfeeding while you are using this medicine.
How should i use this medication
Take lorazepam exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never use this medicine in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your symptoms.
Lorazepam may be habit-forming. Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one. Lorazepam should be used for only a short time. Do not take this medicine for longer than your doctor recommends. Do not stop using lorazepam suddenly or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, including a seizure (convulsions). Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.
Call your doctor if this medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your anxiety symptoms.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Lorazepam is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
Make sure to Store lorazepam tablets at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Store the liquid form of this medicine in the refrigerator.
Taking this medicine with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous side effects or death. Ask your doctor before taking lorazepam with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, prescription cough medicine, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression or seizures.
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
- any other medicines to treat anxiety;
- aminophylline or theophylline;
- an antidepressant, or medicine to treat mental illness;
- a barbiturate such as phenobarbital;
- narcotic pain medicine;
- seizure medicine; or
- medicine that contains an antihistamine (such as sleep medicine, cold or allergy medicine).
Along with its needed effects, lorazepam may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking lorazepam:
- relaxed and calm
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- Abdominal or stomach pain
- aggressive, angry
- attack, assault, or force
- black, tarry stools
- bleeding gums
- blood in the urine or stools
- bluish lips or skin
- blurred vision
- change in consciousness
- confusion about identity, place, and time
- cough or hoarseness
- dark urine
- decreased urine output
- difficulty with breathing or swallowing
- difficulty with speaking
You should not use lorazepam if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, severe respiratory insufficiency, myasthenia gravis, or if you are allergic to Valium or a similar medicine.
Do not use lorazepam if you are pregnant. This medicine can cause birth defects or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn.
Lorazepam may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Lorazepam should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Do not drink alcohol while taking lorazepam. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol.