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Generic: lorazepam injection
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It is used to treat anxiety and certain types of seizures
               



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What is this medicine?

LORAZEPAM (lor A ze pam) is a benzodiazepine. It is used to treat anxiety and certain types of seizures. It is also used to cause sleep before surgery and to block the memory of the procedure.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • alcohol or drug abuse problem
  • bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis or other mental health condition
  • glaucoma
  • kidney or liver disease
  • lung disease or breathing difficulties
  • myasthenia gravis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • seizures or a history of seizures
  • suicidal thoughts
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to lorazepam, other benzodiazepines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a muscle or into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures, like phenobarbital
  • clozapine
  • medicines for depression, mental problems or psychiatric disturbances
  • medicines for sleep
  • phenytoin
  • probenecid
  • theophylline
  • valproic acid

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

You may feel dizzy or drowsy for about 6 to 8 hours after an injection of this medicine. Elderly patients may feel these effects more strongly and for a longer time.

Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. To reduce the risk of dizzy and fainting spells, do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Alcohol may increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

This medicine can cause loss of recall of recent events. This loss of memory is only temporary.

Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds, pain or allergies without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients can increase possible side effects.

               
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