Lorazepam

Uses of lorazepam

Lorazepam is prescribed as a short-term drug for making patients sleepy. It helps one get relief from symptoms of anxiety, sleeping problems, etc. Lorazepam tends to affect the chemicals within the brain that pass messages to the brain cells. Thus, providing a calming effect on the mind and relaxing the tensed body.

Other uses of Lorazepam includes reduction of anxiety before a scheduled operation, treatment of convulsions or fits that occur due to epilepsy.
Lorazepam helps in prevention of nausea and vomiting that can occur after a session of chemotherapy. It is also used as a sedating agent for prevention and treatment of alcohol withdrawal.  

How to use lorazepam

Lorazepam is an oral tablet that needs to taken with a glass of water. Follow the instructions given on the prescription label or as instructed by your doctor. If the tablet causes upset stomach, you should take the it with a glass of milk or food. Never take more than prescribed. Never stop taking the drug, even if the symptoms seem better without speaking to your doctor.

Dosage of lorazepam

The usual dose for anxiety disorders ranges from 2mg to 6mg per day. The dose is divided equally through the day. Patients within the age group of 18 to 64 years are given 2 to 3 mg per day and need to take the tablet 2 to 3 times a day.

There is no dosage established for children under 18 years of age.

The dosage for treatment of insomnia due to anxiety or stress is 2mg to 6mg per day. The dose is usually taken once a day at bedtime.

Special Instruction for lorazepam

Never combine the drug with alcohol. This could turn into a deadly combination. The drug can alter your mental alertness and thus, do not operate heavy machinery or drive when taking the drug.

Never use the drug for more than 4 weeks. It can be addictive and increase one’s risk of dependence. Never stop the drug suddenly or it may lead to withdrawal symptoms.

Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant before taking the drug. The drug can lead to birth defects as well as cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the new born. In some babies, the tablet can become habit-forming and requires treatment for several weeks. It can pass through breastmilk and harm the baby.