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 546 269
Panic disorder 177 85
Social anxiety disorder 103 57
Insomnia 84 59
Generalized anxiety disorder 83 38

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 38
Moderate 51
Mild 133
None 245

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ativan

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 46
Sleepiness 25
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 27
1 mg twice daily 16
0.5mg as needed 15
0.5 mg daily 8
0.5 mg twice daily 8
1 mg daily 6
1 mg three times daily 4
1 mg four times daily 4
2 mg twice daily 4
2mg as needed 3

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Why patients stopped taking Ativan

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 93
Did not seem to work 66
Other 65
Side effects too severe 39
Course of treatment ended 30
Personal research 15
Expense 9
Change in health plan coverage 7
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Duration

Currently taking Ativan

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 22

Stopped taking Ativan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 49
1 - 6 months 51
6 months - 1 year 41
1 - 2 years 42
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 258
Usually 102
Sometimes 88
Never taken as prescribed 19
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 50
Not at all hard to take 384
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 5
$50-99 2
$25-49 16
< $25 234
Not specified 209

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ativan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 26
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 25
Diazepam (Valium) 7
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 4
Buspirone (BuSpar) 3

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ativan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 17
Alprazolam (Xanax) 13
Diazepam (Valium) 10
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 3
Propranolol (Inderal) 2

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27 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

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 25, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Twice daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Feb 13, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: goes well with dilaudid
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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