Ativan is available in a generic form called lorazepam. It is used to treat anxiety disorders, trouble sleeping, active seizures including status epilepticus, alcohol withdrawal, and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. It is also used during surgery to interfere with memory formation and to sedate those who are being mechanically ventilated. While it can be used for severe agitation, midazolam is usually preferred. It is also used, along with other treatments, for acute coronary syndrome due to cocaine use. It can be given by mouth or as an injection into a muscle or vein. When given by injection onset of effects is between one and thirty minutes and effects last for up to a day.
What are the side effects of Ativan?
The most severe reactions of the Ativan pill include central nervous system effects and respiratory depression. While the most frequently reported side effects of Ativan are dizziness, sedation, unsteadiness, and weakness.
Other Ativan side effects include drowsiness, fatigue, amnesia, confusion, memory impairment, disorientation, disinhibition, euphoria, depression, ataxia, suicidal thoughts, asthenia, convulsions, extrapyramidal symptoms, tremor, visual disturbances, vertigo, slurred speech, impotence, change in libido, decreased orgasm, sleep apnea, apnea, respiratory depression, headache, jaundice, constipation, hypersensitivity reactions, skin allergies, hypothermia, alopecia, autonomic manifestations, and coma.
Paradoxical reactions of Ativan include excitation, anxiety, agitation, aggression, hostility, rage, insomnia, hallucinations, sexual arousals, a small decrease in blood pressure, and hypotension.
Therefore, mixing Ativan and alcohol can increase the risk of fatal side effects caused by the medication. Cases of coma or death associated with overdose are mostly due to concomitant use of Ativan and alcohol or some other central nervous system depressants.
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