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Lorazepam (Ativan®) is a prescription medication approved for the treatment of anxiety. It belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines, and it is currently approved for use in people who are at least 12 years old.
Lorazepam comes in many forms, including a tablet, an oral liquid, and an injection. The injectable form is used for decreasing nervous tension and anxiety before surgery, as well as treating severe seizures. When used orally, lorazepam is usually taken two or three times a day, or sometimes just before bedtime.
Side effects of this drug include but are not limited to:
  • A sleeping or calming effect (known medically as sedation)
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness.
(Click Lorazepam for a more in-depth description of this drug, including how it works and why it may not be suitable for certain people.)
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