Report any withdrawal reactions right away. This medication may cause withdrawal reactions, especially if it has been used regularly for a long time or in high doses (more than 1-4 weeks) or if you have a history of alcoholism, drug abuse, or personality disorder. Withdrawal symptoms (such as seizures, trouble sleeping, mental/mood changes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, stomach pain, hallucinations, numbness/tingling of arms and legs, muscle pain, fast heartbeat, short-term memory loss, very high fever, and increased reactions to noise/touch/light) may occur if you suddenly stop using this medication. To prevent withdrawal reactions, your doctor may reduce your dose gradually.
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If any of these effects persist or worsen, l your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Drowsiness, dizziness, loss of coordination, headache, nausea, blurred vision, change in sexual interest/ability, constipation, heartburn, or change in appetite may occur.
This drug works by enhancing the effects of a certain natural chemical in the body (GABA). Lorazepam belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines which act on the brain and nerves ( central nervous system ) to produce a calming effect. This medication is used to treat anxiety.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of possible side effects.
l your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products such as opioid pain or cough relievers (such as codeine, hydrocodone ), alcohol, other drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants (such as carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine ), or antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine ). The risk of serious side effects (such as slow/shallow breathing, severe drowsiness/ dizziness ) may be increased if this medication is taken with other products that may also cause drowsiness or breathing problems.
Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough -and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.
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Consult your doctor before breast -feeding. This drug passes into breast milk.
Lifestyle changes such as starting a stress reduction program may increase the effectiveness of this medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about lifestyle changes that might benefit you.
Do not store in the bathroom. Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Before taking lorazepam, l your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other benzodiazepines (such as alprazolam, clonazepam, diazepam ); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well. When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well.
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Get medical help right away if you have any rare but very serious side effects, including: yellowing eyes or skin, seizures, slow/shallow breathing.
Children may not experience relief of anxiety with lorazepam. It may have the opposite effect on children, causing symptoms including agitation, shaking, or hallucinations.
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Before using this medication, l your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, glaucoma, lung / breathing problems (such as sleep apnea ), mental/ mood disorders (such as depression, psychosis ), drug/ alcohol abuse.
Along with its benefits, this medication may rarely cause abnormal drug-seeking behavior ( addiction ). Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lessen the risk of addiction. This risk may be increased if you have abused alcohol or drugs in the past.
Do not share this medication with others. It is against the law.
Do not suddenly stop using this drug without consulting your doctor. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased. Some conditions may become worse when this drug is abruptly stopped.
However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching /swelling (especially of the face/ tongue /throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
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This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. l the doctor right away if you notice symptoms in your newborn baby such as slowed breathing, feeding problems, or constant crying. Consult your doctor for more details.
If directed by your doctor, use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking lorazepam and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
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If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. US residents can call their local poison control center at. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. Symptoms of overdose may include confusion, slow reflexes, clumsiness, deep sleep, and loss of consciousness.
l your doctor right away if you have any unlikely but serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes (such as hallucinations, depression, thoughts of suicide ), slurred speech or difficulty talking, vision changes, unusual weakness, trouble walking, memory problems, signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat ).
Some products that may interact with this drug include: clozapine, kava, sodium oxybate (also known as gamma hydroxybutyrate or GHB ).
Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as blood counts, liver function tests ) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
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Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. 2016 First Databank, Inc. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.Information last revised October 2016.
Taking lorazepam with opioid medications (such as codeine, hydrocodone ) may increase your risk of very serious side effects, including death. Get medical help right away if any of these very serious side effects occur: slow/shallow breathing, unusual lightheadedness, severe drowsiness/ dizziness, difficulty waking up. To lower your risk, your doctor should have you take the smallest dose of lorazepam that works, and take it for the shortest possible time.
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If you take it once daily at bedtime and miss a dose, do not take it the following morning. If you miss a dose and are taking more than 1 dose daily, do not take it if it is almost time for the next dose. Instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up. Call your doctor to find out what to do.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
It may have the opposite effect on the elderly, causing symptoms including mental/mood changes, sleeping problems, increase in sexual interest, or hallucinations. Also, the elderly may not experience relief of anxiety with lorazepam. Loss of coordination, drowsiness, and sleeping problems may increase the risk of falling. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially loss of coordination and drowsiness.
Avoid alcoholic beverages. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision.
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