Ativan is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety. Ativan is also known by its drug name, Lorazepam. Ativan is sometimes prescribed to treat neurological symptoms in people with food allergies. Since the FDA has not approved Ativan specifically for this usage, it may be considered “off-label.”
Ativan is an anxiolytic (antianxiety medication) of the benzodiazepine class. Ativan is believed to work by decreasing the excitability of neurons in the brain.
How do I take it?
Ativan is taken once or more daily.
Ativan comes in tablet form.
The FDA-approved label for Ativan lists common side effects including drowsiness, dizziness, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, nausea, vomiting, constipation, rash, headache, and changes in appetite.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Ativan include seizures and liver problems.
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