Known by its generic name as Lorazepam, it is used to treat anxiety. Lorazepam belongs to a class of drugs referred to as benzodiazepines which operate on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming and relaxing effect. Activan works by enhancing the effects of a certain natural chemical in the body (GABA).
How is Activan used?
Before you start taking lorazepam, make sure that you have read and understood the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacists. In case of any doubt, feel free to ask your question. This medication is taken as directed by the doctor through the mouth with or without food. The dosage you take depends on your medical condition, age, and response to treatment. If directed by your doctor, make sure to use this drug regularly so as to obtain the best benefits from it. It is recommended to use the medication at the same time(s) each day. In addition to being a good practice, doing so will save you from missing a dose. However, if you miss a dose, do not double the next dose. Always stick to the dosage recommended by your doctor. Suddenly stopping the use of this medication may lead to the following withdrawal symptoms:
- trouble sleeping,
- mental/mood changes,
- loss of appetite,
- stomach pain,
- numbness/tingling of arms and legs,
- fast heartbeat,
- short-term memory loss,
- very high fever,
- muscle pain, and
- increased reactions to noise/touch/light
As a way to help prevent yourself from experiencing these withdrawal symptoms, always inform your doctor about the decision to withdraw. In this case, the doctor may likely start lowering your dose till you finally quit without necessary facing withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal is likely for those who have use the drug for a long period (over 1-4 weeks) or in a high dose. It is also likely for those who have a history of drug abuse, alcoholism, or personality disorder. In case of severe effects like difficulties in passing out or breathing due to over dosage, immediately contact an emergency unit.
Products that may interact with Activan
- Kava, and
- Sodium oxybate (also known as gamma hydroxybutyrate or GHB).
Side effects of Activan
- Loss of coordination,
- Blurred vision, Change in sexual interest/ability,
- Heartburn, or
- change in appetite may occur.
If any of the side effects persist or worsen, make sure that you contact your doctor or medical health care provider. Always keep in mind that your doctor prescribed the drug for you because he or she judged that the benefits are more than the side effects. However, if something goes wrong along the line, always get back to him/her.