Ativan is a prescription medicine that’s used to treat symptoms that are associated with anxiety, panic attacks and sleep disorders such as insomnia. The generic name for this drug is Lorazepam. Ativan is in a group of medications that are called benzodiazepines.
Benzodiazepines are psychoactive drugs and in high doses act as hypnotics, in moderate or low doses act as sedatives.
These are used therapeutically to produce sedation, induce sleep, and for the relief of anxiety and muscle spasms. They are also used in preventing seizures. Benzodiazepines are in a group of medications that are called CNS depressants. Central nervous system depressants are also referred to as sedatives and tranquilizers. These are substances that slow down normal brain function.
Addictions to Ativan do occur when not taken as prescribed by your physician. These are short term medications and if taken in large doses for an extended period of time, can become addictive once a tolerance has taken place. Once our bodies get use to a drug or substance, there is a physical and psychological need to increase the drug. When addiction occurs, if the medication is stopped abruptly the body is unable to function normally. Withdrawal symptoms begin to show, some of the symptoms are as follows:
- Panic attacks
- Possible seizures
- Personality changes
- Rapid heartbeat
- Possible hallucinations