Generic Name: Lorazepam (lor-AZ-ze-pam)Drug Class: Antianxiety Agent
- Drug Uses
- General Information
- How it Works
- How to Take It
- Possible Side Effects
- Warnings and Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
Lorazepam is used for the management of anxiety disorders or for the short-term
relief of the symptoms of anxiety associated with depressive symptoms. Your
doctor may use this medicine to treat other conditions as well.
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect,
adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions
about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How it Works
How to Take It
Follow the directions given to you by your doctor, these are printed on your
prescription label. Food does not affect this medicine so it can be taken
with or without food. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice with this medicine.
Do not take more of this medicine or take it longer than prescribed by your
doctor. This medicine can be habit-forming.
Possible Side Effects
- Side effects from lorazepam are common and include:
- dry mouth
- Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away; restlessness or excitement, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision or changes in sex drive.
- Do NOT increase your dose of this medicine without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel that the medicine is not working.
- Avoid alcohol with this medicine due to additive drowsy effects.
- There are some risks of dependence with this medicine, if taken over a period of time.
- Do NOT drive a car or perform other tasks that may be dangerous, until you know how this medicine affects you.
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
- Lorazepam should not be taken with two medicines used to treat fungus. These are ketoconazole and itraconazole. If you are taking either of these medications, notify your doctor. Antibiotics such as clarithromycin or erythromycin when taken with lorazepam can increase the effects and side effects of this medicine.
- Kava can increase the side effects of lorazepam and should be avoided.
- Case reports show that St. John's Wort can decrease the therapeutic effects of lorazepam medicine. Talk to your health care professional before taking any nonprescription or herbal products.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out
of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated
or no longer needed.
This medicine should not be used if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
This medicine can cause harm to your fetus. For breast-feeding mothers, check
with your doctor to discuss any possible risks to your baby while taking this
More InformationDo not let anyone else take your medication. For more information on lorazepam, talk to your health care professional.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.