Lorazepam Risks: Pregnancy & Health Conditions
Lorazepam, sold under the trade name Ativan, is a sedative and hypnotic drug that belongs to the class of benzodiazepine drugs. It is a long-duration drug that brings about effects which last as long as 12-24 hours. Lorazepam is used to treat acute symptoms and conditions such as seizures, insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, muscle spasms and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Lorazepam and other benzodiazepine medications are generally only prescribed as a short-term solution to treat acute symptoms. For example, a patient who suffers from chronic anxiety would not be given lorazepam to treat their condition, while a patient who has acute anxiety or panic attacks, may be given a prescription for lorazepam to help deal with a sudden attack. Patients taking benzodiazepines tend to develop a tolerance in as little as three days of regular use, though many prescriptions for lorazepam and other similar drugs extend for as long as four weeks. Risk of benzodiazepine dependence makes the drug unsuitable to treat chronic conditions.
Lorazepam could result in many side effects. People who become dependent upon the drug may experience rebound symptoms when they stop using lorazepam. Rebound symptoms are virtually identical to the symptoms that the lorazepam was initially prescribed to treat in the first place. Many people who misuse lorazepam, whether or not they have a prescription for the drug, become addicted to it. Benzodiazepine addiction is common and usually requires professional medical treatment to help people to overcome it.
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