Ativan (Lorazepam Injection Solution)

Name: Ativan (Lorazepam Injection Solution)

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Ativan?

  • If you have an allergy to lorazepam or any other part of this medicine.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Glaucoma, low mood (depression), or certain mental problems.
  • If you have sleep apnea.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Ativan.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Ativan?

For all uses of Ativan:

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for alertness for 1 to 2 full days after getting Ativan and until the effects of this medicine have worn off.
  • Do not try to get out of bed without help for at least 8 hours after you use Ativan. You may fall and hurt yourself.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol for 1 to 2 full days after getting this medicine.
  • Some products have benzyl alcohol. Do not give a product that has benzyl alcohol in it to a newborn. Talk with the doctor to see if this product has benzyl alcohol in it.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
  • Have your blood work checked if you are on Ativan for a long time. Talk with your doctor.
  • This medicine may be habit-forming with long-term use.
  • Do not take this medicine for longer than you were told by your doctor.
  • If you have been taking Ativan on a regular basis and you stop it all of a sudden, you may have signs of withdrawal. Do not stop taking this medicine all of a sudden without calling your doctor. Tell your doctor if you have any bad effects.
  • If you are 65 or older, use Ativan (lorazepam injection solution) with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
  • This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking this medicine, call your doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

For a procedure:

  • Studies in young animals and children have shown that frequent or long-term use of anesthesia drugs or drugs used for sleep in children younger than 3 years of age may lead to long-term brain problems. This may also happen in unborn babies if the mother uses Ativan during the third trimester of pregnancy. Talk with the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
  • Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
  • Change in how you act.
  • Change in balance.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Memory problems or loss.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Change in eyesight.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Dark urine or yellow skin or eyes.
  • This medicine may cause very bad and sometimes deadly breathing problems. Call your doctor right away if you have slow, shallow, or trouble breathing.

How do I store and/or throw out Ativan?

  • If you need to store Ativan at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
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