Ativan is benzodiazepine medication and it is available in liquid and in tablet form. Ativan is given as a convulsion medication, to treat anxiety or even for sedation before surgery. As this is addictive, it is only used for short periods of time. However, there are chances that even when Ativan is taken in the recommended dosage it could lead to dependence on the drug.
Side effects of Ativan
The side effects of Ativan are dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, loss of co-ordination, blurred vision, constipation, changes in appetite, heart burn and changes in the interest and ability for sex. There are other side effects which are more serious like hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, difficulty in talking, and slurred speech, and depression, trouble in walking, changes in the vision, persistent sore throat, fever, memory problems or trouble in breathing. There are also chances of confusion, amnesia, unmasking of depression, euphoria, asthenia, vertigo, impotence, and coma. Jaundice, increase in bilirubin, an increase in alkaline phosphatase, SIADH, agranulocytosis, hypothermia, pancytopenia and autonomic manifestations. When these are consumed by pregnant women, there are chances of the fetus being malformed.
Steps to avoid Ativan side effects
Step 1: The way to avoid Ativan side effects is to take the drug in the prescribed dosage, for the prescribed time period and in a prescribed way. This is taking into consideration the fact that the doctor has been informed of your history, accurate description of medical conditions, health conditions and history of dependence or abuse of other substances and of course any other medication being taken including herbal medication and over the counter medication.
Step 2: Patients should take the Ativan dosage at the times prescribed and should the dosage be missed, it should be taken as soon as it is remembered. However, if it is close to the next dose, both doses should not be taken else there will be a chance of overdosing and serious repercussions being found.
Step 3: Alcohol, illegal drugs should be avoided as well as skipping dosage or missing doses. The patient should not combine Ativan with other medications which could probably be harmful or cause undesirable effects. These medications include antihistamines, narcotic medications for pain, barbiturates, sleeping medication, antipsychotic medication, anti-anxiety medication, tricyclic medication, anticonvulsive medication or antidepressant medication. Nor should the patient combine this with other recreational drugs.
Ativan Withdrawal symptoms
Ativan withdrawal symptoms include headaches, insomnia, restlessness, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, depression, anxiety, sweating, tension, abdominal cramps, suicidal thoughts, hallucinations, depersonalization, irritability, agitation, confusion, changes in sensations, involuntary movements, sweating, cramps and many more such symptoms.
In order to detox and gradually wean yourself from Ativan dependence or the addiction, you need to work with a counselor and medical professional. The Ativan detoxification needs to be supervised as sudden stopping can lead to withdrawal seizures, agitation as well as neural excitation. There are also mood swings, hallucinations and depression that need to be managed as well and so these professionals will be the best to help you get over the dependence or addiction.