Ativan

Uses For Ativan

Ativan, also known as Lorazepam, is a high potency benzodiazepine drug that is primarily used to treat anxiety disorders, but is also used for irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal. Ativan is a fasting acting drug that slows activity in the brain, causing anxiety to drop. Ativan is administered in pill or liquid form and can be taken up to four times a day depending on the patients’ condition.

Benzodiazepines, like Ativan, are commonly used in treating addicts who are withdrawing from drugs or alcohol. Anxiety medication is often used to reduce the patients’ emotional turmoil that comes with the pain of withdrawing. Ativan is also administered because withdrawing may cause insomnia and Ativan is known for treating this symptom as well. Its anticonvulsant properties ease the risks of alcohol withdrawal, which is often associated with seizures in extreme cases. Patients are given the drug for only a few days to avoid dependence and tolerance of the drug.

Lorazapam was created in 1971 by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals to treat anxiety. Since its creation it has been marketed under 70 different brand name medications. Although lorazepam is created for treatment of anxiety and detoxification purposes, recreational use has been found to be relatively popular among benzodiazepine drugs. Because of its popular street use we aim to administer this medication as little as possible and only when absolutely necessary for the detox process. Ativan can be habit forming, but with short term use is highly effective in the detoxification process.

Before taking Ativan make sure you inform your medical professional of other pre-existing conditions you have and any other medications you may take that could interfere with the active ingredients in Ativan. The FDA has recommended potential patients with depression disorders should be extra careful when taking this drug because it could further depression.  

Although there are some side effects when taking Ativan, the drug has been found to be relatively safe and effective when dealing with patients who are detoxing off of a variety of drugs. Patients can be assured that when attending the Florida House Experiences’ rehab program they will ease into the treatment process by detoxifying themselves in the most successful way.

All drugs prescribed during detox are determined by our medical staff upon admission and after a  comprehensive medical examination.