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Ativan or lorazepam as it also is called is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety. This medication is a benzodiazepine which puts it in the same classification as Valium, Xanax, Dalmane and Klonopin. What causes anxiety in a person is excessive nerve activity in the brain. Ativan is thought to reduce this activity to provide the patient with a sense of calm.

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Ativan is available in tablet and oral solution form. The effectiveness of this medication has not yet been adequately determined for treatment that exceeds four months. In addition to treating anxiety, Ativan also is used to treat insomnia, panic attacks and nausea & vomiting associated with chemotherapy. When used to treat the side effects of chemotherapy, Ativan is most often combined with other medications. Sometimes Ativan is used to treat the symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal.

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The adult dose of Ativan for the treatment of anxiety is determined on a patient to patient basis. However, most patients over the age of 17 are given between 2 and 3 milligrams daily. When used to treat insomnia in adults, 2 to 4 milligrams are typically prescribed to be taken at bedtime.

If a patient is taking Loxitane, he or she may not be a good candidate for Ativan. This is because Ativan when combined with Loxitane can cause an adverse drug reaction which results in the patient being heavily sedated.

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