Lorazepam – Weight Gain & Other Side Effects
If you have acute anxiety attacks or insomnia, your doctor may prescribe the benzodiazepine (benzo) Ativan, also known as lorazepam. Benzos are used to treat muscle spasms, seizures and more. People who take these drugs may worry about side effects.
Some side effects are more common than others. Headaches and nausea are typical, while suicidal thoughts and weight gain are more rare. Common lorazepam side effects include:
- Impaired motor function
- Loss of concentration
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Muscle soreness or tension
- Abdominal pain or cramps
- Menstrual irregularities
Less common effects like weight gain or depression should be shared with a doctor.
If you become dependent on lorazepam, you may need to reduce dosage levels before you stop taking the drug. Withdrawal symptoms are common after dependence. They are often the same as symptoms that the drug was given to treat in the first place. These “rebound symptoms” can be more severe than the original ones.
Withdrawal symptoms include:
- Panic or anxiety attacks
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle weakness or soreness
- Frequent urination
- Chest pains
Withdrawal can last for months or years. Let your doctor know if you have become dependent or if you do not get the same symptom relief from the same dose.
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