July 29, 2014
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Ativan

(lorazepam)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02041413 ATIVAN 0.5MG TABLET
02041456 ATIVAN 0.5MG SL TABLET
02041421 ATIVAN 1MG TABLET
02041464 ATIVAN 1MG SL TABLET
02041448 ATIVAN 2MG TABLET
02041472 ATIVAN 2MG SL TABLET

How does Ativan work? What will it do for me?

Lorazepam belongs to the class of medications called benzodiazepines. Lorazepam is used for the short-term relief of the symptoms of excessive anxiety. It works by slowing down the communication between the nerves in the brain (i.e., the central nervous system).

Some people experience some improvement in anxiety about half an hour after taking lorazepam. Injectable lorazepam can be used as an initial treatment for the control of prolonged seizures (status epilepticus).

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Ativan?

Anxiety: The recommended starting dose of lorazepam for adults is 2 mg per day. The dose is individualized according to your specific needs and response to the medication. This dose can be increased by your doctor to as high as 6 mg per day in 2 to 4 divided doses.

If you are taking the sublingual tablets, place the tablet under the tongue. The medication will dissolve in about 20 seconds. You should not swallow for at least 2 minutes to allow the medication to be absorbed into the body.

Seizures: The dose of injectable lorazepam for seizures is based on body weight and given by a trained health care provider in a hospital.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you have been taking this medication regularly, do not stop taking the medication without speaking with your doctor. A gradual reduction in dose is recommended when stopping this medication to avoid withdrawal effects.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store lorazepam tablets at room temperature, protect from light and moisture, and keep them out of the reach of children. The lorazeapm injection is stored in the fridge.

This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Ativan come in?

Oral tablets

0.5 mg
Each white, round, flat tablet, engraved with "W" on one side and "0.5" on the other side, contains lorazepam 0.5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and polacrilin potassium. This medication does not contain gluten or tartrazine.

1 mg
Each white, scored, oblong tablet, engraved with "Ativan" on one side and "1" on the other side, contains lorazepam 1 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and polacrilin potassium. This medication does not contain gluten or tartrazine.

2 mg
Each white, scored, ovoid tablet, engraved with "Ativan" on one side and "2" on the other side, contains lorazepam 2 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and polacrilin potassium. This medication does not contain gluten or tartrazine.

Sublingual tablets

0.5 mg
Each pale green, round, flat tablet, engraved with "W" on one side and "0.5" on the other side, contains lorazepam 0.5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, D&C Yellow No. 10 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, lactose, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose. This medication does not contain gluten or tartrazine.

1 mg
Each white, round, flat tablet, engraved with "W" on one side and "1" on the other side, contains lorazepam 1 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, lactose, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose. This medication does not contain gluten or tartrazine.

2 mg
Each blue, round, flat tablet, engraved with "W" on one side and "2" on the other side, contains lorazepam 2 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, FD&C Blue No. 2 Aluminum Lake, lactose, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose. This medication does not contain gluten or tartrazine.

Who should NOT take Ativan?

Do not take lorazepam if you:

  • are allergic to lorazepam, other benzodiazepines, or any ingredients of the medication
  • have acute narrow-angle glaucoma
  • have myasthenia gravis

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