Lorazepam belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines.
Lorazepam is prescribed in the treatment of anxiety disorders and for short-term (up to 4 months) relief of the symptoms of anxiety.
Lorazepam is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are an older person or if you have been using Lorazepam for a prolonged period of time;
- If you are have an allergic reaction similar drugs such as Valium;
- If you are have an allergic reaction to Lorazepam;
- If you are severely depressed or have suffered from severe depression;
- If you have decreased kidney or liver function;
- if you have the eye disease, acute narrow-angle glaucoma;
Do not take Lorazepam with any of the following drugs:
- Amytalm sedative-type medications;
- Barbiturates (phenobarbital;
Lorazepam side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Abdominal and muscle cramps;
- Change in appetite;
- Depressed mood;
- Eye function disorders;
- Inability to fall or stay asleep;
- Memory impairment;
- Mental disorientation;
- Sedation (excessive calm);
- Skin problems;
- Sleep disturbance;
- Stomach and intestinal disorders;
Reported Lorazepam overdose symptoms are:
- Low blood pressure;
- Lack of coordination;
- Hypnotic state;
The safety and effectiveness of Lorazepam have not been established in children under 12 years of age.
The usual recommended dosage is a total of 2 to 6 milligrams per day divided into smaller doses. The largest dose should be taken at bedtime. The daily dose may vary from 1 to 10 milligrams.
Insomnia Due to Anxiety
A single daily dose of 2 to 4 milligrams may be taken, usually at bedtime.
The usual starting dose is a total of 2 to 3 milligrams per day taken in 2 or 3 smaller doses.
The usual starting dosage for older adults and those in a weakened condition should not exceed a total of 1 to 2 milligrams per day, divided into smaller doses, to avoid oversedation. This dose can be adjusted by your doctor as needed.