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The Side Effects of Ativan

Catalogue of side effects for the medication Ativan - generic Lorazepam - which is an antianxiety medication and also a mild tranquilizer and sedative. This prescription drug may be used in the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Common Ativan Side Effects:

  • Clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • drowsiness; slurred speech

Less Common Ativan Side Effects:

  • Abdominal or stomach cramps or pain
  • blurred vision or other changes in vision
  • changes in sexual desire or ability
  • constipation; diarrhea
  • dryness of mouth or increased thirst
  • false sense of well-being
  • headache
  • increased bronchial secretions or watering of mouth
  • muscle spasm
  • nausea or vomiting
  • problems with urination
  • trembling or shaking
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Always Notify Doctor:

Less common: Anxiety; confusion (may be more common in the elderly); fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat; lack of memory of events taking place after benzodiazepine is taken (may be more common with triazolam); mental depression

Rare: Abnormal thinking, including disorientation, delusions (holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by facts), or loss of sense of reality; agitation; behavior changes, including aggressive behavior, bizarre behavior, decreased inhibition, or outbursts of anger; convulsions (seizures); hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there); hypotension (low blood pressure); muscle weakness; skin rash or itching; sore throat, fever, and chills; trouble in sleeping; ulcers or sores in mouth or throat (continuing); uncontrolled movements of body, including the eyes; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual excitement, nervousness, or irritability; unusual tiredness or weakness (severe); yellow eyes or skin

Ativan Withdrawal Side Effects

  • More common: Irritability; nervousness; trouble in sleeping
  • Less common: Abdominal or stomach cramps; confusion; fast or pounding heartbeat; increased sense of hearing; increased sensitivity to touch and pain; increased sweating; loss of sense of reality; mental depression; muscle cramps; nausea or vomiting; sensitivity of eyes to light; tingling, burning, or prickly sensations; trembling or shaking
  • Rare: Confusion as to time, place, or person; convulsions (seizures); feelings of suspicion or distrust; hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)

Ativan Overdose Effects

Confusion (continuing); convulsions (seizures); drowsiness (severe) or coma; shakiness; slow heartbeat; slow reflexes; slurred speech (continuing); staggering; troubled breathing; weakness (severe)

For patients having lorazepam injected: Check with your doctor if there is redness, swelling, or pain at the place of injection.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some individuals.

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