Are you concerned you or someone you love is addicted to Atvian (also known as lorezapam)?
Nearly half of Americans say they have a friend or family member who has suffered from an addiction. And you may be reading this article because you’re concerned for someone you love.
Let’s take a closer look at it below.
What is Ativan?
Ativan, also known as lorazepam, is typically prescribed as an anti-anxiety medication. While this is its most common use, doctors may also use it to calm down individuals who are unusually violent, to stop seizures, to sedate people on ventilation machines and to help people in a state of catatonia. It is classified as a benzodiazepine or benzo. As such, they are highly addictive.
How Is It Taken?
The drug may be administered intravenously or in pill form. If taken in the hospital, it is often put through an IV. If taken at home, or by someone who has become addicted to it, it is typically taken in pill form.
Who Takes It?
Anyone can take Ativan if the doctor has approved it for use. However, most people who use Ativan are adults, though it may be used for children under the age of 18 for seizures.
A Brief History of Ativan
Ativan has been commercially available since 1977. It is known as a “classic” benzo.
Ativan Effects on the Body
If you or a loved one take Ativan, it is important to understand how it effects the mind and body. Read on to learn more.
Ativan Effects on the Mind and Body
Most people who take Ativan experience a feeling of tiredness or calmness. Other common feelings with Ativan include weakness, dizziness and unsteadiness.
Long and Short Term Health Effects
- Other symptoms people may experience in the short-term include:
- suicidal ideation
- sleep apnea
- change in appetite
- slurred speech
- memory issues
- aggression and confrontational behavior
Long-term effects of benzos can include severe reactions such a depressed CNS system. It may also include individuals becoming psychologically or physically dependent on the medication, meaning they cannot stop without undergoing a very uncomfortable withdrawal period upon discontinuation.
It is not recommended for long-term treatment, and therefore long-term use is not necessarily known or studied.
Taking too much Ativan can result in a depressed CNS (central nervous system) system, which can, in turn, result in an overdose. This medication can be overdosed on very easily, so individuals taking it need to be aware of the dose their doctors have given them and stick to it.
Using Ativan with Other Drugs
What Common Drugs are Used with Ativan?
Ativan is not frequently taken with other drugs in a medical setting. In some cases, people who take the drug for mental disorders may also take drugs to mitigate them. This is typically done under the supervision of a physician and should not be done on your own.
Using Ativan with any other drug that causes CNS depression can lead to fatal consequences. This includes anticonvulsants, painkillers, medication that suppress appetite, anesthesia, other benzos, hypnotics and barbiturates.
Using Ativan with Other Drugs
While most people do not fatally overdose on Ativan alone, they can do so if they also take it with alcohol. As Ativan depresses the CNS, and alcohol is also a depressant, mixing them together can have fatal consequences.
People may mix them in order to achieve a “high,” but this can have serious consequences.
Other drugs, such as antihistamines, may have interactions that cause the user to feel more tired, but it isn’t necessarily fatal. If you take both at the same time, your doctor may advise you on how to take both medications together to avoid any unnecessary side effects.
Who Becomes Addicted to Ativan?
Anyone can become addicted to Ativan, but most commonly, it is individuals who have been prescribed the medication. As stated previously in this article, the medication should only be taken in the short-term. Taking it for a longer time may produce a psychological or physical dependence on the medication.
How Do I Tell If Someone I Love is Addicted to Ativan?
If someone you love has been prescribed Ativan, this isn’t necessarily a reason to worry. However, it may be a problem if you notice certain behavior from the person.
If you notice your loved one taking Ativan for longer than it has been prescribed, this is likely an indication they are addicted to it.
Your loved one may also indulge in “doctor shopping,” wherein they will go to various doctors telling them they have run out of Ativan and need it. They may build up a hefty supply by doing this.
They may also purchase Ativan from the Internet or from other individuals who are selling Ativan without a prescription. Anyone taking Ativan should be prescribed the medication and only take it under direct doctor supervision.
Someone addicted to Ativan may also be very irritable around their drug use. They may also frequently “lose” their prescription or pills and need new ones.
What to Do If Someone You Love is Addicted to Ativan
Addiction to Ativan can be overcome, though it isn’t an easy process.
Speaking frankly about their addiction, without judgement, is the best way to go about confronting their addiction. If this doesn’t work, you may also need to complete an intervention with them.
There are many rehab facilities that will help individuals, like yourself or your loved one, with Ativan addiction. Contact us today to help you get yourself or your loved one on the path to recovery.