Ativan (generic name: lorazepam) is a central nervous system depressant that slows the brain to treat anxiety, acute stress reactions, panic disorders, insomnia, and depression. Users can become physically dependent after as little as one week of therapeutic use.
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Side effects of Ativan addiction include confusion, depression, suicidal thoughts, hyperactivity, lightheadedness, drowsiness, sleep problems, muscle weakness, lack of coordination, amnesia or forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, appetite change, and skin rashes.
Ativan use should not be stopped all at once. Instead, it should be reduced slowly in a medically supervised detox environment to ensure safety. Withdrawal symptoms like tremors, dizziness, headaches, and irritability can occur after taking therapeutic doses of Ativan for as little as one week, and severe cases can be fatal.