WHAT IS LORAZEPAM USED FOR ?
Lorazepam belongs to the group of medicines called benzodiazepines. It is calming and sleep-inducing. Lorazepam Actavis is used for: – the treatment of abnormal anxiety and tension – the treatment of sleep disorders.
When should you not use this medium or should you be extra caution ?
When should you not use this medicine ?
- If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to lorazepam, other benzodiazepines, benzodiazepine-like substances or any of the other ingredients of Lorazepam Actavis (see section 6),
- if you have a severe form of muscle weakness (myasthenia gravis),
- if during sleep the breath involves (sleep apnea syndrome),
- if you have impaired liver function (liver insufficiency),
- if you have reduced lung function (respiratory insufficiency).
When should you be extra careful with this product ?
- the day after taking the medicine. Although lorazepam remains in the body for a short time, there is a risk of after-effects after the next day, such as drowsiness (see also ‘Possible side effects’).
- if you are using alcohol or other sedative medicines. Alcohol can enhance the effect of this medicine and other sedatives.
- in children. Lorazepam should preferably not be used in children younger than 12 years, unless there is a very urgent reason for this. The treatment duration in children should be as short as possible.
- in the elderly. Older people should receive a lower dose. – if you use Lorazepam Actavis as a sedative. There is a chance of amnesia after waking up over the periods when one woke up during the night. The chance that memory loss occurs is greater if less than 7 to 8 hours is available to sleep.
- if conflicting reactions occur during treatment such as anxiety, agitation, irritability, aggression, tantrums, hallucinations (delusions), mental disorders (psychosis) and inappropriate behavior. The chance of these effects is greater in children and the elderly. If such symptoms occur, you should warn your doctor as treatment should be stopped.
- with prolonged use. As with all benzodiazepines, lorazepam is for short-term use. After a few weeks of use, the effect of lorazepam can already be reduced. With prolonged use, lorazepam can give rise to physical and mental dependence. The use of this drug should therefore preferably be limited to 1-2 weeks to a maximum of two months. After the onset of physical dependence, withdrawal symptoms such as head and muscle pain, severe anxiety and tension, sleep disturbances, restlessness, confusion and irritability can occur with stopping treatment. In severe cases the following symptoms may occur: loss of sense of personality and / or sense of reality, increased auditory acuity, numbness and tingling in the limbs, hypersensitivity to light.