What is Ativan?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Lorazepam

Ativan is a brand name for lorazepam, a benzodiazepine, used in the treatment of anxiety disorders. It is used intravenously for status epilepticus. It may also be used for alcohol detoxification; insomnia; partial complex seizures; agitation; and as an adjunct in antiemetic treatment.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 530 258
Panic disorder 167 79
Social anxiety disorder 102 61
Insomnia 84 59
Generalized anxiety disorder 82 37
Panic attacks 51 33

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  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 38
Moderate 52
Mild 128
None 238

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ativan

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 44
Sleepiness 23
Tiredness 8
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 7
Fatigue 7
Memory loss 6

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ativan

Dosage Patients
1mg as needed 26
0.5mg as needed 21
1 mg daily 14
1 mg twice daily 12
0.5 mg daily 9
0.5 mg twice daily 9
1 mg three times daily 9
0.5 mg three times daily 6
2mg as needed 6
2 mg twice daily 5

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Why patients stopped taking Ativan

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 89
Did not seem to work 65
Other 64
Side effects too severe 37
Course of treatment ended 30
Personal research 14
Expense 9
Change in health plan coverage 8
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Duration

Currently taking Ativan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 26
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 33
10 years or more 27

Stopped taking Ativan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 46
1 - 6 months 53
6 months - 1 year 38
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 51
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 255
Usually 99
Sometimes 84
Never taken as prescribed 18
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 25
A little hard to take 54
Not at all hard to take 368
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 5
$50-99 2
$25-49 15
< $25 229
Not specified 204

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ativan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 27
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 23
Diazepam (Valium) 5
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 3
Buspirone (BuSpar) 2

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ativan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 18
Alprazolam (Xanax) 11
Diazepam (Valium) 9
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 3
Propranolol (Inderal) 2

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching to

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29 patient evaluations for Ativan

May 9, 2017 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily

May 24, 2010 (Started Mar 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Daily

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Dec 25, 2016 (Started Mar 04, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for social anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I take as needed. Usually goes with my cycle.

Jun 11, 2015 (Started Mar 04, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for social anxiety disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 other Daily
Advice & Tips: I only take when I am certain I need it. Usually 1/2 pill. I try GABA first. I simply don't like taking it as I do get tired and don't accomplish as much. It is helpful to take a whole one though to disrupt a crummy sleep pattern. Only be prepared to be tired the next day.

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Jul 3, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for emotional pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (memory loss, drowsiness, paranoia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness, memory loss

Dec 1, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (memory loss, drowsiness, paranoia)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness, memory loss

Aug 20, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness, memory loss

Apr 20, 2009 (Started Jan 01, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for insomnia)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (memory loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Do NOT drive while taking Ativan
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: drowsiness, memory loss

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