Lorazepam

Lorazepam, is a member of the benzodiazepine family. Benzodiazepines are sedatives that cause dose-related depression of the central nervous system. Benzodiazepines are useful in treating anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and muscle spasms. You can buy lorazepam in our online pharmacy.

No prescription required.
Lorazepam is used for the management of anxiety disorders or for the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety associated with depressive symptoms.

Lorazepam works by enhancing the action of the nerve transmitter GABA, which in turn blocks higher brain centers. Lorazepam also reduces the time it takes to fall asleep.

Common uses:
Lorazepam is used for the management of anxiety disorders or for the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety associated with depressive symptoms.
Lorazepam also is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome, epilepsy, insomnia, and nausea and vomiting from cancer treatment and to control agitation caused by alcohol withdrawal. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using lorazepam for your condition.

Directions:
Lorazepam comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It usually is taken two or three times a day and may be taken with or without food. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice with this lorazepam. Take lorazepam exactly as directed by your doctor.
If you miss a dose, take your dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Lorazepam can be habit-forming. Do not take a larger dose, take it more often, or for a longer time than your doctor tells you to. Tolerance may develop with long-term or excessive use, making the drug less effective. Do not take lorazepam for more than 4 months or stop taking this medication without talking to your doctor. Stopping the drug suddenly can worsen your condition and cause withdrawal symptoms (anxiousness, sleeplessness, and irritability). Your doctor probably will decrease your dose gradually.

Precautions:
Before taking lorazepam, tell your doctor if you are allergic to lorazepam, alprazolam, chlordiazepoxide, clonazepam, clorazepate, diazepam, estazolam, flurazepam, oxazepam, prazepam, temazepam, triazolam, or any other drugs.
Tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially antihistamines, medications for depression, seizures, pain, Parkinson’s disease, asthma, colds, or allergies, muscle relaxants, sedatives, sleeping pills, tranquilizers and vitamins. These medications, as well as others, may add to the drowsiness caused by lorazepam.

Lorazepam should not be taken with two medicines used to treat fungus. These are ketoconazole and itraconazole. If you are taking either of these medications, notify your doctor. Antibiotics such as clarithromycin or erythromycin when taken with lorazepam can increase the effects and side effects of this medicine. Kava can increase the side effects of lorazepam and should be avoided. Case reports show that St. John’s Wort can decrease the therapeutic effects of lorazepam medicine

Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had glaucoma, seizures, or lung, heart, or liver disease. If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking lorazepam.

Lorazepam should not be used if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Lorazepam can cause harm to your fetus. For breast-feeding mothers, check with your doctor to discuss any possible risks to your baby while taking lorazepam.

You should know that lorazepam may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how lorazepam affects you. Remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by lorazepam. Tell your doctor if you use tobacco products. Cigarette smoking may decrease the effectiveness of lorazepam.

Possible side effects:
Side effects from lorazepam include: dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness, weakness, dry mouth. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away: restlessness or excitement, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision or changes in sex drive. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately: shuffling walk, persistent, fine tremor or inability to sit still, fever, difficulty breathing or swallowing, severe skin rash, yellowing of the skin or eyes, irregular heartbeat.

Overdose:
In case of overdose, call your local poison control center. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services.

Additional information:
Keep lorazepam in a tightly closed container and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

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