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. Off label it is 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 476 227
Panic Disorder 120 49
Social Anxiety Disorder 83 46
Insomnia 82 55
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 69 28
Panic attacks 46 29

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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 31
Moderate 46
Mild 111
None 189

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ativan

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 41
Sleepiness 17
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6
Memory Loss 6
Dizziness 5
Memory problems 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ativan

Dosage Patients
0.5mg as needed 27
1mg as needed 25
1 mg daily 8
0.5 mg three times daily 7
0.5 mg daily 5
1 mg twice daily 4
1 mg three times daily 4
2 mg twice daily 3
2 mg daily 2
1 mg four times daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Ativan

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 73
Did not seem to work 58
Other 58
Side effects too severe 30
Course of treatment ended 28
Personal research 13
Expense 7
Change in health plan coverage 6
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Duration

Currently taking Ativan

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 28

Stopped taking Ativan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 42
1 - 6 months 48
6 months - 1 year 34
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 44
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 211
Usually 82
Sometimes 69
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 21
A little hard to take 40
Not at all hard to take 309
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 4
$50-99 0
$25-49 13
< $25 191
Not specified 169

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ativan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 14
Alprazolam (Xanax) 13
Diazepam (Valium) 3
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 2
Propranolol (Inderal) 2

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ativan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 12
Diazepam (Valium) 6
Alprazolam (Xanax) 5
Buspirone (BuSpar) 2
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 2

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching to

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29 patient evaluations for Ativan

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God's Worshipper
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God's Worshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

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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: 0.5 mg Daily
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: 0.5 mg Daily
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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Mike_Sypniewski
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Mike_Sypniewski
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: g
I have:
ALS

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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
sparkifox
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sparkifox
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Severe
31 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
PTSD

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Dec 11, 2015 (Started Sep 19, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Social Anxiety Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Frequent fainting)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Loss of energy)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.5 mg Twice daily

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