What is lorazepam?
Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine medication commonly used to treat anxiety disorders. It works by enhancing the activity of certain neurotransmitters in the brain.
It is important to note that purchasing lorazepam online or outside of the United States is risky. These medications may not adhere to the safe-use guidelines set by the FDA and could contain dangerous ingredients. It is recommended to only obtain lorazepam from a licensed pharmacy.
Things to know before taking medication
Lorazepam can have serious effects on your breathing, especially if combined with opioids, alcohol, or other medications that can cause respiratory depression. These effects can be life-threatening, so it is crucial to keep this medication out of reach of others.
Lorazepam has the potential for dependence and should only be used by the individual it was prescribed for. Sharing this medication with others, especially those with a history of drug abuse or addiction, is strongly discouraged.
It is important to consult with your doctor before discontinuing the use of lorazepam. Abruptly stopping the medication after long-term use can lead to dangerous withdrawal symptoms that may persist for an extended period of time.
If you stop using lorazepam and experience symptoms such as abnormal muscle movements, increased activity or talkativeness, sudden and severe changes in mood or behavior, confusion, hallucinations, seizures, or thoughts of suicide, seek immediate medical assistance.
Lorazepam should not be used during pregnancy as it can cause birth defects or withdrawal symptoms in the baby.
This medication should also be avoided if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, severe respiratory insufficiency, myasthenia gravis, or if you are allergic to Valium or similar drugs.
How should I take lorazepam?
Take lorazepam exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or information sheets. Do not exceed the recommended dosage or use lorazepam for a longer duration than advised. Inform your doctor if you feel an increased urge to take more lorazepam.
Never share this medication with others, especially individuals with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Misuse of lorazepam can lead to addiction, overdose, or even death. Keep the medication in a secure place where it cannot be accessed by others. Selling or distributing this medication is illegal.
If using the oral concentrate (liquid), measure it accurately using the provided measuring device (not a kitchen spoon). Mix the liquid with water, juice, soda, or soft foods like applesauce or pudding. Consume the mixture immediately.
Swallow the extended-release capsule whole and do not crush, chew, break, or open it.
If you have difficulty swallowing a capsule, you can open it and mix the medication with applesauce. Swallow the mixture immediately without chewing.
Do not discontinue the use of lorazepam without consulting your doctor. Abruptly stopping the medication after long-term use can lead to dangerous withdrawal symptoms.
Store lorazepam tightly closed at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
If using the liquid form of lorazepam, store it in the refrigerator. Discard any unused liquid after 90 days. Keep your medication out of reach to prevent misuse.
What are the side effects?
If you experience symptoms such as abnormal muscle movements, increased activity or talkativeness, sudden and severe changes in mood or behavior, confusion, hallucinations, seizures, or thoughts of suicide after discontinuing lorazepam, seek immediate medical assistance.