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Ativan, the brand name for Lorazepam, is an anti-anxiety drug. It belongs to the benzodiazepine family and is a Central Nervous System (CNS) depressant. This drug is a mild tranquilizer as well as a sedative.
Ativan is highly addictive and its regular use may lead to psychological and physical dependency. It can produce feelings of well-being and can alter the normal functioning of body systems. Ativan activates the brain's reward systems and make the individual to crave more. In addition, Ativan can decrease a person's level of consciousness.
Ativan is easily and widely available in the United States and is a common drug of abuse in the country. Though many use it with care or under supervision, the abuse of Ativan is a growing public health problem.
Ativan is available in pill as well as liquid forms. Tablets are off-white colored and normally insoluble in water. Liquid Ativan is intended for intramuscular or intravenous injection. The effects of the drug are usually felt one to thirty minutes after injecting it or 1 to 6 hours after orally taken.
Effects of Ativan
The common effects of Ativan use include clumsiness, sleepiness, amnesia, insomnia, agitation, impairment of liver function, chronic intoxication, depression, headache, and visual problems. Cases of developing leucopenia on Ativan use are there. Overdose of Ativan may affect the central nervous system and lead to drowsiness to coma. Fatal cases have also been reported.
Symptoms of Ativan Addiction
Drowsiness is the most visible symptom of Ativan addiction. When using in combination with other drugs, symptoms may include ataxia, hypotension, coma, and in rare cases, death.
On abrupt discontinuance of Ativan, withdrawal symptoms may appear. Spasm, tremor, vomiting, and sweating are the most commonly seen withdrawal symptoms. The severity of symptoms depends on the doses received and duration of abuse.
Withdrawal from Ativan can be problematic, and in some cases, potentially life threatening. Cognitive-behavioral therapy has been used successfully in the treatment of Ativan addicts.
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