a benzodiazepine-type tranquilizer, is prescribed to treat a range of
conditions. It relieves anxiety by slowing down the brain.
drugs of its class, Lorazepam has a high potential for recreational abuse and
addiction. Lorazepam has also been used for criminal purposes, due to its
sedative-hypnotic effect and its ability to induce amnesia.
Alternative & street names:
Lorazepam is a generic term for the
drug; it might be referred to as its brand name, Ativan, manufactured by Wyeth.
On the street, it could be referred to as “benzos,” “tranqs,” “downers,” “nerve
is it taken?
Lorazepam is taken orally as a table or syrup or injeccted as a solution intravenously or deep intramuscle injection.
is prescribed for short-term treatment of insomnia, acute seizures and anxiety.
It is used in hospitals for the sedation of patients, including aggressive
users tend to have amnesia for the period of time they were on the drug.
the mind/body and health risks
side effects of Lorazepam include:
users can develop a tolerance, which can lead to addiction that then leads to
withdrawal syndrome upon reduction of dosage.
relatively nontoxic on its own, if mixed with alcohol or other drugs, Lorazepam
could become fatal.
to other drugs in the benzodiazepine family, lorazepam has a more profound
negative impact on users’ memories.
abuse of this substance
can develop a tolerance to the drug, which could lead to addiction.
users may use Lorazepam as a “come down” drug to cushion their crash from other
illegal drug use. Mixing Lorazepam with alcohol can have a synergistic effect,
creating disinhibition and amnesia of the event.
large of a dose could resort in ataxia, vertigo and slurred speech. A user who
has overdosed on Lorazepam might exhibit these additional symptoms:
- central nervous system
- mental confusion
- respiratory or cardiovascular depression
- hypnotic state
Lorazepam abusers come to terms with their addiction, their next step is
finding a treatment facility that meets their needs.
a physical dependence on Lorazepam will
need a 24/7 facility that offers detox services with medical supervision. Those
with psychological dependence will need a facility with counseling and therapy
Lorazepam addiction almost always requires
supervised detox and inpatient monitoring and counseling.
doctors wean Lorazepam patients off the drug slowly with gradual doses to avoid
the worst of the withdrawal symptoms.
at risk of suffering from Lorazepam withdrawal
should ask their doctor for help, even if they are abusing Lorazepam or obtaining it illegally.
of Lorazepam withdrawal include:
to sound or light
vomiting or diarrhea
heartbeat, heart palpitations
withdrawal symptoms, like rebound anxiety and rebound insomnia, may develop
after only taking Lorazepam for 7 days.