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Ativan (lorazepam)

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Updated June 29, 2008

Definition: Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine. It is usually prescribed for anxiety or panic disorders, insomnia, and depression. This drug is also used with chemotherapy for breast cancer patients, to help prevent nausea and vomiting.

Lorazepam leaves your bloodstream fairly quickly, so there is little danger of toxicity, but it can become addictive. Talk with your doctor about how to taper off of Ativan (lorazepam) if you are ending treatment with this drug.

Pronunciation: lor-AZ-e-pam
Also Known As: Ativan
Common Misspellings: lorazapan, lorzapan, loreasapan, lorazapam
Examples:
Avoid drinking grapefruit juice with Ativan (lorazepam), because that will magnify the effects of the drug. Lorazepam was one of the drugs found in the body of Anna Nicole Smith after her death.
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