Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine that affects chemicals in the brain allowing relaxation and is commonly known as Ativan in the United States. It is most frequently used to treat anxiety such as many other benzodiazepines, but also likewise run the risk of Lorazepam addiction and abuse. Drugs such as Lorazepam take effect quickly but are not recommended for long term use. Lorazepam can also be used to treat insomnia, panic attacks, seizures and sometimes combined with other medicine to treat vomiting and nausea in chemotherapy patients along with prevention and treatment of alcohol withdraw.
Drug Classification for Lorazepam
Lorazepam if a part of the family of Benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are messenger chemicals that slow down the nervous system.
Lorazepam is made from the chemical formula C15H10Cl2N2O2
Common Street Names for Lorazepam
While there are no listed common street names for Lorazepam there are many frequently heard brand names within the Benzodiazepine family. Lorazepam is the generic name of the drug and is only available with a prescription.
The brand names are:
Generically these are referred to as:
Side Effects of Lorazepam Addiction and Abuse
The sale and distribution of Lorazepam outside of the United States does not comply with the regulations of the FDA for the safe use of this medication therefore it is not recommended to be bought outside of the United States. Lorazepam should be used only for a short time and not be taken longer than recommended. Avoid drinking alcohol while on Lorazepam as it can impair your thinking or reactions. Driving and operating machinery are frowned upon until it is known how the medicine affects the patient.
A serious allergic reaction to the drug is rare but the side effects of an allergic reaction to Lorazepam include:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
The most common side effects of Lorazepam are:
- Blurred vision
- Changes in Appetite
- Restlessness or Excitement
- Difficulty Urinating
- Changes in sex drive or ability
- Frequent Urinating
- Loss of orientation
- Sleep disturbances
More serious side effects of Lorazepam are:
- Extrapyramidal symptoms
- Respiratory depression
- Suicidal ideation/attempt
- Irregular heart beat
- Inability to sit still
- Yellowing of skin or eyes
- Shuffling walk
- Trouble breathing
- Severe skin rash
Signs of Lorazepam Addiction and Abuse
Drugs such as Lorazepam that are fast acting sedatives used for anxiety are commonly abused partially related to their widespread availability. Lorazepam also can be abused due to a quick development of tolerance and dependence even after short durations allowing apparent Lorazepam addiction signs to become clear when the patient feels that they are unable to function without the drug. This is because this drug causes people to be relaxed resulting in a more calm physical and mental status.
The Drug Enforcement Administration reports that more than 20 million people have abused drugs like Lorazepam in their life. Lorazepam addiction and abuse signs can be nonspecific and include changes in appearance and behavior that affect relationships and work performance.
Dependence and withdrawal occurs in only a very small percentage of people taking normal doses for short periods.
Symptoms of Lorazepam Addiction and Abuse can include:
- Extreme drowsiness
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of balance or coordination
- Feelings light headed or fainting
- Skin irritation
- Memory loss
- Early symptoms of withdrawal
Lorazepam addiction signs may include:
- Prescribed dose no longer works to provide relief
- Patient is unable to function without the drug
- Attempts to obtain the drug illegally
- Money that you don’t have spent on the drug
- Mixing Lorazepam with other drugs or alcohol
- Taking more of the drug than what is prescribed
- Inability to stop taking the drug
Withdrawal Symptoms of Lorazepam
Like all benzodiazepines, Lorazepam can cause a physical addiction. The sudden stop of the medication may cause a feeling of loss of self-worth, agitation and insomnia. These withdrawal symptoms can be severe and can be difficult to distinguish from anxiety.
Lorazepam addiction and abuse withdrawal symptoms may include behavioral changes such as:
- Severe anxiety
- Seizures (for those who have an underlying seizure disorder).
Other Lorazepam addiction and abuse withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Panic Attacks
Treatment for Lorazepam Addiction and Abuse
Lorazepam addiction can be beat and begins with treatment in a detoxification or rehabilitation center. Depending on the severity of the addiction the patient will begin a detoxification process in which the patient will be gradually taken off the drug.
The medical professionals at White Sands Tampa will monitor the withdrawal effects and help the patient to feel comfortable during the process. Although some of the aspects of detoxification and rehabilitation may sound uncomfortable to the patient, it is possible to combat and overcome a Lorazepam addiction.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an lorazepam addiction, get help now. Contact White Sands Tampa about our lorazepam addiction treatment programs today at 1-877-640-7820.