Overcoming anxiety after it's developed into a major difficulty in your life can often be confusing and upsetting. However, anxiety disorders are very treatable problems.
Lorazepam (Ativan) is a drug used for treating anxiety. It is in the benzodiazepine family of drugs, the same family that includes diazepam (Valium), alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), flurazepam (Dalmane), and others. It is thought that excessive activity of nerves in the brain may cause anxiety and other psychological disorders.
Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that nerves in the brain use to send messages to one another that reduces the activity of nerves in the brain. It is thought that lorazepam and other benzodiazepines may act by enhancing the effects of GABA in the brain to reduce activity. Because Lorazepam (Ativan) is removed from the blood more rapidly than many other benzodiazepines, there is less chance that lorazepam concentrations in blood will reach high levels and become toxic.
Before taking Lorazepam (Ativan), tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other benzodiazepines (such as alprazolam, clonazepam, diazepam); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. How to take Lorazepam (Ativan) tablets: Always take Lorazepam (Ativan) tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. The label on your medicine should also tell you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Lorazepam (Ativan) tablets should be swallowed with water. Adults (and children over 13 years of age) • Anxiety: 1 to 4mg daily in divided doses. Your doctor will tell you how often to take your tablets. • Sleeping problems: 1 to 2mg before going to sleep. You should make sure that you will be able to sleep for 7 to 8 hours before taking your tablets. • Before surgery: 2 to 3mg the night before your operation and 2 to 4mg 1 or 2 hours before your operation.