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 496 243
Panic Disorder 138 61
Social Anxiety Disorder 93 54
Insomnia 82 56
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 78 34
Panic attacks 48 33

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 36
Moderate 48
Mild 121
None 210

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ativan

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 44
Sleepiness 19
Fatigue 7
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6
Memory Loss 6
Tiredness 6

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ativan

Dosage Patients
1mg as needed 33
0.5mg as needed 32
1 mg daily 10
0.5 mg three times daily 8
1 mg twice daily 7
1 mg three times daily 7
2 mg twice daily 5
0.5 mg daily 4
2mg as needed 4
0.5 mg twice daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Ativan

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 81
Did not seem to work 59
Other 59
Side effects too severe 33
Course of treatment ended 29
Personal research 13
Expense 8
Change in health plan coverage 7
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Duration

Currently taking Ativan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 27

Stopped taking Ativan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 43
1 - 6 months 50
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 46
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 229
Usually 90
Sometimes 79
Never taken as prescribed 17
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 8
Somewhat hard to take 25
A little hard to take 48
Not at all hard to take 334
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 5
$50-99 0
$25-49 14
< $25 210
Not specified 186

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ativan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 20
Alprazolam (Xanax) 18
Diazepam (Valium) 4
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 2
Propranolol (Inderal) 2

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ativan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 15
Alprazolam (Xanax) 7
Diazepam (Valium) 6
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 2
Propranolol (Inderal) 2

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching to

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29 patient evaluations for Ativan

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desi12
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I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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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Worshipper
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Worshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: n
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: n
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

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