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Lorazepam injection
LORAZEPAM INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

LORAZEPAM INJECTION

(lor-AYE-zeh-pam)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Ativan

Uses

This medication is used for anxiety. It is used to produce drowsiness and reduce anxiety prior to surgical or medical procedures. It may also be used in the treatment of seizure disorders, severe headache, alcohol withdrawal or to prevent nausea from cancer treatment.

How To Use

This medication is given by injection by a health care professional. The dose and frequency of use will depend on your condition and response. Long-term or excessive use of this medication can cause dependency. Use only as directed.

Side Effects

This drug can cause drowsiness, dizziness, lack of coordination, grogginess, headache, nausea, dry mouth, blurred vision and irritation or redness at the injection site. If these effects continue or become severe, contact your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience: hallucinations, confusion, depression, yellowing of the eyes, a slow pulse, chest pain, shortness of breath or breathing problems, fever/chills, prolonged sore throat, unusual tiredness, unusual bleeding or bruising. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Before using this, tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: heart problems, kidney problems, liver problems, breathing problems, muscle disorders, glaucoma, depression or psychiatric conditions, a history of drug dependency, allergies. Use caution driving or performing tasks requiring alertness. A preservative (benzyl alcohol) which may be found in this product or in the liquid used to mix this product (diluent) can infrequently cause serious problems (sometimes death) if given by injection to an infant during the first months of life (neonatal period). The risk is greater with lower birth weight infants and is greater with increased amounts of benzyl alcohol. Symptoms include sudden gasping, low blood pressure, or a very slow heartbeat. Report these symptoms to the doctor immediately should they occur. If possible, a preservative-free product should be used when treating neonates. This drug is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this medication. This drug is excreted into breast milk. Caution is advised. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication. Use with caution. Use of this medication (contains benzyl alcohol) is not recommended for newborns.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription drugs you take especially of: narcotic pain drugs, sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, antidepressants, probenecid, seizure medication, barbiturates, theophylline. It is recommended to limit the use of alcohol while using this medication as excessive drowsiness can occur. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include confusion, slow reflexes, clumsiness, deep sleep, and loss of consciousness.

Notes

Long-term or excessive use of this medication may lead to tolerance. Use this only as directed. This is a potent medication. Do not share this with anyone.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use is as soon as remembered. If it is near the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Refrigerate this medication between 36 to 46 degrees F (2 to 8 degrees C) away from light. Do not freeze. Properly discard medication that is not clear or contains particles.