Lorazepam: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Composition & More - Zoylo
INFORMATION ABOUT LORAZEPAM
LORAZEPAM belongs to a class of benzodiazepine that is used to treat anxiety, insomnia due to anxiety, epilepsy and as a general anaesthetic.
• Muscle weakness
• Uncoordinated muscle movements
It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR LORAZEPAM
• Do not self medicate. Take it only when prescribed by a doctor.
• Take it with or without food. if you are allergic to LORAZEPAM or any other ingredients in the medicine inform your doctor instantly.
• Do not hesitate to speak with your doctor if you have trouble in swallowing or breathing, swelling of eyelids, face or lips, rashes, amnesia, jaundice, violent or inappropriate behaviour, nightmares, hallucinations, delusions, restlessness and agitation.
• Also tell your doctor if you have a history of depression or any other mental disorder, hospitalized for mental illnesses, drug or alcohol addiction before taking medicines for severe anxiety.
• You are recommended not to take alcohol along with LORAZEPAM. Together they bring up very unpleasant side effects.
• Pregnant women or women trying to conceive should avoid taking LORAZEPAM.
• LORAZEPAM is a known drug which can cause addiction and dependency hence other methods of coping up with anxiety, depression and panic disorders should be also taken into consideration in accordance with a doctor/therapist.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q)What is LORAZEPAM used for? A)LORAZEPAM belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. It works on the brain chemicals and helps you to calm down. It is mainly used for short term anxiety and insomnia It is also used as a general anaesthetic, where it is given before surgeries to calm the patient. Take the drug according to the doctors instructions. The drug is not used for more than 4 weeks as it has addictive property. Please do not self-medicate.
Q)Is LORAZEPAM Safe to give to children? A)Yes, LORAZEPAM is given to children as a general anaesthetic. It can be given to children before surgeries to help them calm down. Be with the children before they go to surgeries. Talk to them and ensure them they will be Safe. Try to calm them with your kind words and calming presence. However, it is not used to treat sleep problems and anxiety. And it is not used in children below 5 years.
Q)What if I take more than the prescribed dose? A)If you accidentally take more than the dose prescribed by your doctor, immediately inform your family member and contact your doctor or go to the nearest hospital. Take the medicine strip with you, even if it is empty or distorted. Excessive amounts may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Take your family member with you to the hospital for your Safety.
Q)When can I stop taking LORAZEPAM? A)Always check with your doctor before you stop taking the medicine. Generally, your doctor will prescribe LORAZEPAM for not more than 4 weeks. If taken for more than 4 weeks, it may cause dependence and other harmful effects. He will gradually decrease the dose, to prevent or minimize the withdrawal effects. It is important not to stop taking LORAZEPAM suddenly. If you stop suddenly, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as headache, muscle pain, anxiety, tension, depression, restlessness, sweating, confusion, irritability and lack of sleep, detachment, tinnitus, nausea, hallucinations, hypersensitivity and panic attacks. Do not panic/worry if you experience any of those symptoms and speak with your doctor
Q)What if I forget to take LORAZEPAM? A)If you forget to take LORAZEPAM on time, take LORAZEPAM if you remember it before 3 hours. If you remember it after 3 hours, wait till the next dose and take the next dose as prescribed and on time. If you were prescribed LORAZEPAM for sleeping problems, take LORAZEPAM only if you will be sleeping the next 7 or 8 hours without disturbance. Do not take the forgotten dose with the next dose. Double dosing may result in serious side effects.
Q)Can I take LORAZEPAM with painkillers? A)You are suggested not to take LORAZEPAM with opioid painkillers such as morphine, codeine etc. because they increase the risk of drowsiness, breathing difficulty and even may lead to life-threatening situations like coma and death. You can use LORAZEPAM Safely with non-opioid painkillers such as aspirin, aceclofenac, diclofenac, paracetamol etc. If your doctor prescribes you LORAZEPAM, tell him about all the painkillers you are using, if any.
Q)Can I take LORAZEPAM with medicines for allergy? A)No, it is suggested not to use LORAZEPAM with medicines prescribed for allergy, such as, levocetirizine. They make you sleepy and along with LORAZEPAM.
Q)Can I take LORAZEPAM with oral contraceptives? A)No, it is not recommended to take LORAZEPAM with oral contraceptives, because it may affect the action of the drug in the body. Instead, use other kind of contraceptives such as condoms, spermicidals etc if need be discuss with your doctor.