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 504 247
Panic Disorder 146 66
Social Anxiety Disorder 95 56
Insomnia 82 56
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 79 34
Panic attacks 49 31

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 38
Moderate 50
Mild 122
None 222

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ativan

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 45
Sleepiness 20
Fatigue 7
Tiredness 7
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6
Memory Loss 6

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ativan

Dosage Patients
1mg as needed 35
0.5mg as needed 30
1 mg daily 10
1 mg twice daily 9
1 mg three times daily 9
0.5 mg three times daily 7
0.5 mg daily 6
0.5 mg twice daily 5
2 mg daily 5
2mg as needed 5

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Why patients stopped taking Ativan

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Reason Patients
Doctor's advice 83
Did not seem to work 60
Other 60
Side effects too severe 35
Course of treatment ended 30
Personal research 13
Expense 9
Change in health plan coverage 8
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Duration

Currently taking Ativan

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 40
5 - 10 years 35
10 years or more 26

Stopped taking Ativan

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 43
1 - 6 months 51
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 239
Usually 94
Sometimes 81
Never taken as prescribed 18
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 26
A little hard to take 51
Not at all hard to take 346
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 5
$50-99 1
$25-49 15
< $25 215
Not specified 195

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ativan after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 21
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 19
Diazepam (Valium) 5
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 2
Propranolol (Inderal) 2

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Ativan and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 18
Alprazolam (Xanax) 7
Diazepam (Valium) 6
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 3
Propranolol (Inderal) 2

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29 patient evaluations for Ativan

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COOPERATI
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COOPERATI
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Overwhelming
43 M
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vb
I have:
Schizophrenia

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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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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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TheWorshipper
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TheWorshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: High
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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