Do’s and Don’ts of being on Ativan

 Do’s and Don’ts of being on AtivanEvery drug has its own do’s and don’ts, and so does Ativan too. It should be use be used with caution, as it may lead to addiction or dependence on the medicine. This medicine should be taken only after taking the necessary precautions and safety measures, and some of the safety precautions of the drug are as follows:

  1. If a person is already suffering from depression, then it may worsen it with the use of Ativan, as it contains Benzodiazepines. Ativan is not recommended for people who have depressive disorder or psychosis.
  2. Ativan can prove fatal in respiratory depression when used with other CNS depressant.
  3. People undergoing treatment with Ativan are advised not to operate heavy machinery and heavy motor vehicles, as their tolerance for alcohol and other drugs may be diminished or lowered.
  4. The physical and psychological dependence may lead to addiction with long term use and higher dosage of Ativan and may also increase the dependence on alcohol.
  5. People with drug addiction and alcoholic history must be medically supervised, when treated with Ativan. Before buying Ativan consult with doctor about your drug addictions and other alcoholic histories.
  6. People having any kind of medical history for kidney disease, liver disease or glaucoma, breathing problem or mental disorders should inform their doctors of the same before using this medicine.
  7. Sudden termination of treatment may lead to withdrawal symptoms.
  8. This drug should be avoided during pregnancy. It may cause damage to the unborn baby.

 Effects of having Ativan:

The side effects of having Ativan are as follows:

  1. It may cause nausea, headache, dizziness, loss of control, depression, hallucinations, dry mouth, suicidal thoughts, breathing problems, yellowish skin, seizures, etc.
  1. Intake of Ativan should not be abruptly stopped. Sudden discontinuation of this drug may lead to severe withdrawal symptoms, some of which can be mentioned as: Insomnia, sweating, dysphoria, depersonalization, headache, tension, anxiety, delirium, loss of apetite, tremors, myalgia, palpitations, hyperreflexia, etc.
  1. The overdose of Ativan may lead to sedative effects. It may cause addiction and dependence in the person. He may then require strong and higher dosage of Ativan for further treatment. People with kidney and liver problems, should be treated with care and with lower dosage of Ativan only. This medicine can also be used to treat addiction to alcohol, but only under medical supervision. It can also be used to nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy.
  1. In people and especially who are above 60 years old, it may cause drowsiness and lack of coordination.
  1. It may also cause sleeping problems, increase in sexual interest and hallucinations. It may lead to anxiety in children. It may also lead to hallucinations and agitations in children.
  1. It may also interfere with other medications that you may be taking, and it is recommended to tell your doctor if you are using any of these medicines: antihistamines such as diphenhydramine, narcotic pain relievers, or psychiatric medicines such as chlorpromazine, risperidone, trazodone, etc. There are some other products too that may interfere with Ativan. They include kava, sodium oxybate, and clozapine.
  1. The most important thing which one should not never do is not share his/her medication plan with others, as it may lead to addiction or other severe side effects.