Preanesthetic to produce sedation, anxiety relief, and diminished recall of events related to surgery.
Ativan Injection can be given intravenously or intramuscularly. Care should be taken to avoid injection into small veins and intra-arterial injection. By the intravenous route the injection should be given 30-45 minutes before surgery when sedation will be evident after 5-10 minutes and maximal loss of recall will occur after 30-45 minutes.
It is used to treat anxiety disorders, trouble sleeping, active seizures including status epilepticus, alcohol withdrawal, and chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting, as well as for surgery to interfere with memory formation and to sedate those who are being mechanically ventilated.
Prior to use, Ativan Injection may be diluted for IM administration and should always be diluted for IV administration with equal amounts of compatible diluent (see Posology and method of administration).Intravenous injection should be administered slowly except in the control of status epilepticus where rapid injection is required.Get medical help right away if any of these very serious side effects occur: slow/shallow breathing, unusual lightheadedness, severe drowsiness/dizziness, difficulty waking up.This medication is used to treat serious seizures that do not stop (status epilepticus).It is thought to work by increasing the effect of a certain natural chemical (GABA) in the brain.
This medication is given by injection into a vein or muscle as directed by your doctor.
Some patients taking benzodiazepines have had additional symptoms such as dyspnoea, throat closing, or nausea and vomiting.
Some patients have required medical therapy in the emergency department.
It is also used before surgeries or procedures to cause drowsiness, decrease anxiety, and cause forgetfulness about the procedure or surgery.
Lorazepam belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines, which produce a calming effect on the brain and nerves (central nervous system).
Common side effects of lorazepam include sedation, weakness, and unsteadiness, and these may be seen more frequently with age.