Lorazepam is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. This results in a reduction in nervous tension.
Lorazepam is used to treat anxiety or anxiety associated with symptoms of depression.
Lorazepam may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.
Important information about Lorazepam
Don`t use this medication if you are sensitive to Lorazepam or to other benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), or oxazepam (Serax). This medication can cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Don`t use Lorazepam if you are heavy with child.
Before using Lorazepam, tell your physician if you have any breathing problems, glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, or a history of depression, suicidal thoughts, or addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Don`t drink alcohol while using Lorazepam. This medicine can increase the effects of alcohol.
Avoid using other medicines that make you sleepy. They can add to sleepiness caused by Lorazepam.
Lorazepam may become addiction and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Lorazepamshould never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Before using Lorazepam
Don`t use Lorazepam if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, or if you are allergic to Lorazepam or to other benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), diazepam (Valium), or oxazepam (Serax).
Before using Lorazepam, tell your physician if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing problems;
kidney or liver disease;
a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior; or
A history of drug or alcohol addiction.
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication.
Lorazepam can cause birth defects in an unborn baby. Don`t use Lorazepam without your physician’s consent if you are pregnant. Tell your physician if you become pregnant during treatment. Use an effective form of birth control while you are using this medication. It is not known whether Lorazepam passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Don`t use this medication without telling your physician if you are breast-feeding a baby.