Ativan is a benzodiazepine prescribed to individuals who have anxiety disorders. This particular medication helps to balance those chemicals in the brain that have become unbalanced.
Individuals allergic to benzodiazepines, such as Diazepam, Chlordiazepoxide, Alprazolam, Clorazepate and Oxazepam, should not take Ativan. Ativan can cause the development of birth defects in the unborn.
Therefore, women who are pregnant should not take it. Individuals who are breast feeding may or may not want to take Ativan while doing so. It is not known whether or not the drug can cause harm to newborns. Women should discuss the benefits and risks of taking it while nursing, with their doctors.
Ativan should not be prescribed to everyone. People that have a history of breathing problems, liver or kidney disease, glaucoma, suicidal thoughts, depression, alcohol or drug addiction, should inform their doctor if he or she prescribes them Ativan.
Individuals should not drink alcohol when taking Ativan because it can amplify the effects of alcohol. Medications or substances that cause drowsiness and sleepiness should not be taken with Ativan. The drug causes sleepiness and taking additional substances which cause the same effect, is not recommended.
Ativan has the potential to be habit forming. Therefore, it is important to keep it out of the reach of those who might be tempted to abuse it. It is always a good idea to keep all prescription medications, especially those that are addictive in a safe and secure place.
Ativan has sedative effects. Individuals that take it may experience marked drowsiness. This can pose a danger to older individuals who are more prone to falls. It will be important for such persons to take extra precautions in order to avoid the aforementioned.
The effects of Ativan also differ for older individuals. The sedative effects of the drug tend to be more lasting in the elderly. Ativan is not appropriate for those younger than 12 years old.