This medicine is employed to treat anxiety. Lorazepam is associated with a class of drugs generally known as benzodiazepines which act for the brain and nerves (nervous system) to create a calming effect. This drug functions by enhancing the connection between a certain natural chemical in the body (GABA).
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you begin taking lorazepam and each time you receive a refill. If you've got any questions, ask your medical professional or pharmacist.
Take medicines by mouth with or without food as directed by your medical professional. The dosage will depend on your medical problem, age, and a reaction to treatment.
If directed by your medical professional, use this medication regularly to acquire the most make use of it. To help you remember, apply it at the same time(s) each day.
This medication could cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it's been used regularly for a long period or perhaps in high doses (more than 1-4 weeks) or if you do have a reputation alcoholism, drug abuse, or personality disorder. Withdrawal symptoms (for example seizures, sleep disorders, mental/mood changes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, stomach pain, hallucinations, numbness/tingling of legs and arms, muscle pain, fast heartbeat, short-term loss of memory, extremely high fever, and increased reactions to noise/touch/light) may occur in the event you suddenly stop using medicines. To prevent withdrawal reactions, your physician may reduce your dose gradually. Report any withdrawal reactions right away.
Though it helps many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. This risk could be higher if there is a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or dependence on drugs/alcohol). Take this medication exactly as prescribed to reduce the risk of addiction. Ask your physician or pharmacist for additional information.
Do not suddenly stop applying this drug without conferring with your doctor. Some conditions may become worse once this drug is abruptly stopped. Your dose ought to be gradually decreased.
When this medicine is used for some time, it will not act as well. Talk with your physician if this medication stops working well.
Tell your physician if your condition persists or worsens.
See also Warning section.
Drowsiness, dizziness, loss of coordination, headache, nausea, blurred vision, difference in libido/ability, constipation, heartburn, or alteration of appetite may occur. If some of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that a medical expert has prescribed medicines because he or she's got judged how the help to you is higher than the chance of negative effects. Many people using medicines don't have serious negative effects.
Tell your physician without delay in case you have any unlikely but serious unwanted side effects, including: mental/mood changes (including hallucinations, depression, thoughts of suicide), slurred speech or difficulty talking, vision changes, unusual weakness, trouble walking, memory problems, indications of infection (including fever, persistent sore throat).
Get medical help straight away in the event you have any rare but very serious unwanted effects, including: yellowing eyes or skin, seizures, slow/shallow breathing.
A much more severe allergic attack to the drug is rare. However, get medical help without delay should you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic attack, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially in the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete set of possible unwanted effects. If you notice other effects unpublished above, contact a medical expert or pharmacist.
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Call your physician for health advice about negative effects. You may report negative effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your medical professional for health advice about side effects. You may report unwanted effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before taking lorazepam, tell a medical expert or pharmacist in case you are allergic for it; or other benzodiazepines (for example alprazolam, clonazepam, diazepam); or should you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause hypersensitive reactions and other problems. Talk to your friendly phamacist for more information.
Before using prescription drugs, tell your doctor or pharmacist your health background, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, glaucoma, lung/breathing problems (like anti snoring), mental/mood disorders (for example depression, psychosis), personal or family history of an element use disorder (like overuse of or being hooked on drugs/alcohol).
This drug might make you dizzy or drowsy or blur your eyesight. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do just about anything that has to have alertness or clear vision until you can perform it safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Talk to a medical expert should you are using marijuana (cannabis).
Before having surgery, tell your medical professional or dentist about every one of the products you have (including prescribed drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Older adults may be more sensitive to the inside effects of this drug, especially loss of coordination and drowsiness. Also, older people may well not experience relief of tension with lorazepam. It may have the opposite effect on the elderly, causing symptoms including mental/mood changes, sleeping problems, rise in virility, or hallucinations. Loss of coordination, drowsiness, and sleeping problems may increase the risk of falling.
Children might not experience relief of anxiety with lorazepam. It may hold the opposite relation to children, causing symptoms including agitation, shaking, or hallucinations.
This drugs are not suggested for use during pregnancy. It may harm an child. Tell a doctor without delay if you notice symptoms in your child like slowed breathing, feeding problems, or constant crying. Consult your doctor for more details.
This drug passes into breast milk. Consult a medical expert before breast-feeding.
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