What is lorazepam?
MISUSE OF LORAZEPAM CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH. Keep this medicine where others cannot get to it.
Lorazepam may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. This medicine should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction.
Do not stop using lorazepam without asking your doctor. You may have life-threatening withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the medicine suddenly after long-term use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use lorazepam if you have:
- narrow-angle glaucoma; or
- a history of allergic reaction to any benzodiazepine (lorazepam, alprazolam, diazepam, Valium, Xanax, Versed, Klonopin, and others).
To make sure lorazepam is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea, or other breathing disorder;
- drug or alcohol addiction;
- depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behavior;
- kidney or liver disease
- seizures; or
- an allergy to aspirin or yellow food dye.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. If you use lorazepam during pregnancy, your baby could be born with life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, and may need medical treatment for several weeks.
You should not breastfeed while you are taking lorazepam.
If you do breastfeed, tell your doctor if you notice drowsiness, feeding problems, or slow weight gain in the nursing baby.
Lorazepam is not approved for use by anyone younger than 12 years old. Extended-release lorazepam should not be used by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I take lorazepam?
Take lorazepam exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Never use lorazepam in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if you feel an increased urge to use more of lorazepam.
Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. MISUSE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
Measure the oral concentrate (liquid) with the supplied measuring device (not a kitchen spoon). Mix the liquid with water, juice, soda, or soft food such as applesauce or pudding. Swallow this mixture right away.
Lorazepam side effects
Like most drugs, lorazepam oral tablets may cause mild or serious side effects. The lists below describe some of the more common side effects that lorazepam oral tablets may cause. These lists don’t include all the possible side effects.
Keep in mind that side effects of a drug can depend on:
- your age
- other health conditions you may have
- other medications you may be taking
Your doctor or pharmacist can tell you more about the potential side effects of lorazepam. They can also suggest ways to help reduce side effects.
Mild side effects
Here’s a short list of some of the mild side effects that lorazepam oral tablets can cause. To learn about other mild side effects, talk with your doctor or pharmacist, or read lorazepam oral tablets’’ prescribing information
Mild side effects of lorazepam oral tablets that have been reported include:
- fatigue(lack of energy)
- problem with memory
- touble with coordination or balance
Mild side effects of many drugs may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. But if they become bothersome, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Serious side effects
Serious side effects of lorazepam oral tablets can occur, but they aren’t common. If you have serious side effects, call your doctor right away. However, if you think you’re having a medical emergency, you should call 911 or your local emergency number.
Serious side effects of lorazepam oral tablets that have been reported include:
- trouble breathing including slowed or shallow breathing and, in rare cases, respiratory failure (stopped breathing)
- mental health problems, such as depressed mood, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts
- boxed warnings:*
- risk of dependence, misuse, and addiction
- risk of dangerous side effects if used with opioid drugs.
- allergic reaction