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Ativan

Sounds Like: ah.tiv.an

Classification: nonbenzodiazepine sedative-hypnotic

Controlled Substance Act Schedule: IV

Other names for Ativan

  • Lorazepam
  • Tavor
  • Temesta

Ativan Addiction

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration only just established the requirement in 2020 that benzodiazepine medicines all include warning labels on their packaging for the risks of abuse, addiction, misuse, physical dependence and withdrawal. Alongside two other benzodiazepines – alprazolam and triazolam – lorazepam is one of the three in its class that carry the greatest risk of causing dependence.
Those who use Ativan generally experience significant relief from anxiety and insomnia fairly quickly, but the symptoms treated ultimately come back as tolerance builds. The risk is that this tolerance translates to dependence while the patient is still using the drug to treat symptoms no longer being effectively treated. This causes addictive habits to form such that the patient is left with an addiction in addition to the symptoms Ativan was supposed to treat in the first place.

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Intended Use of Ativan

Ativan is usually prescribed to treat anxiety, seizures and agitation. It may also be used for those receiving intermittent mandatory ventilation (IMV); although, use for IMV is considered a dying practice as physicians lean more toward the use of propofol for that.

How Ativan Is Taken

Ativan is usually prescribed to treat anxiety, seizures and agitation. It may also be used for those receiving intermittent mandatory ventilation (IMV); although, use for IMV is considered a dying practice as physicians lean more toward the use of propofol for that.

Side Effects of
Ativan

  • Aggression
  • Amnesia
  • Psychomotor agitation
  • Suicidal thoughts

Signs of an
Addiction to Ativan

Unexplained cravings for Ativan

Unsuccessful attempts to stop using the drug

Prioritizing use of the drug over spending time with family or friends

Use of Ativan despite adverse of negative behaviors

Ativan
Abuse Facts

In 2000, big pharma corporation Mylan consented to a $147 million payout to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission that they had raised the price of generic lorazepam by 2600% and generic clorazepate by 3200% in 1998 after obtaining exclusive licensure for specific ingredients therein.

The brand name, Ativan, sounds like what an academy coach would when giving a parent a pat on the back for bringing players to practice, scrimmage or a game in his or her minivan.