Lorazepam (Ativan® and generic) is a benzodiazepine that is used as an anxiolytic. Here is basic information about this medication.
1. Anxiety disorders
2. Short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety
3. Anxiety associated with depressive symptoms
Note: Lorazepam (I.M/I.V.) is FDA-approved only for the treatment of status epilepticus and as a preanesthetic (for sedation, relief of anxiety, and decreased ability to recall events related to surgery).
Anxiety disorders or symptoms of anxiety
Initial: 2–3 mg/day in 2-3 divided doses
Usual: 2–6 mg/day in divided doses (largest dose at bedtime)
Daily range: 1–10 mg/day
Insomnia due to anxiety or transient situational stress
2–4 mg single dose, usually at bedtime
Initial: 1–2 mg/day in divided doses
Increased if needed and tolerated
Dosage forms and strengths
Tablets (Ativan® and generic): 0.5 mg , 1 mg (scored), 2 mg (scored)
Oral concentrate (generic): 2 mg/mL
I.M./I.V. Injection (Ativan® and generic): 2 mg/mL, 4 mg/mL
Please refer to Prescribing Information (see link below) for complete discussion of dosage, administration, warnings and precautions, contraindications, etc.
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