Lorazepam – Weight Gain & Other Side Effects
If you suffer from acute anxiety attacks, insomnia or other conditions, your doctor may prescribe Ativan, or lorazepam in its generic form, which is a benzodiazepine drug. Benzodiazepines are used to treat many acute conditions like panic attacks, insomnia, muscle spasms and seizures. Many people who are prescribed lorazepam may be worried about the potential side effects.
Some side effects are more common than others. For example, headaches and nausea are more typical side effects experienced by people using lorazepam, while suicidal thoughts and weight gain are more rare side effects. Common side effects of lorazepam include:
- Motor function impairment
- Loss of concentration
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Muscle soreness or tension
- Abdominal pain or cramps
- Menstrual irregularities
Less frequently reported side effects like weight gain or depression should be noted and reported to your doctor immediately.
If you become dependent upon lorazepam, you may need to gradually reduce dosage levels before you completely stop taking the drug. Withdrawal symptoms are common in people with a dependence upon lorazepam and are typically identical to the symptoms that the drug was prescribed to treat in the first place. These “rebound symptoms” can actually be more severe than the original symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms include:
- Panic or anxiety attacks
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle weakness or soreness
- Frequent urination
- Chest pains
Depending on the level of dependence, withdrawal symptoms can last for months or even years. It is important to let your doctor know if you feel that you have become dependent or if you are not getting the same relief from your symptoms that you used to.
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