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What should I know about lorazepam before taking it?

Before taking lorazepam, you should know the following:

  • This medication can be habit-forming and is not usually prescribed to those with a history of drug or alcohol abuse. 
  • You should not take lorazepam for longer than four months, as it is possible to build up a tolerance, making the medication less effective. 
  • You should not change your dosage or modify or stop your dosing schedule without first talking to your doctor. 
  • Do not abruptly stop taking lorazepam, as withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, irritability and anxiousness can occur. Your doctor will need to lower your dosage gradually.
  • Lorazepam can cause drowsiness and difficulty breathing, which can be dangerous or life-threatening. These risks increase with the use alcohol or other narcotics. Do not drive or operate machinery or tools until you know how lorazepam will affect you. Call 911 for emergency medical help if you experience difficulty breathing while taking this medication.
  • Lorazepam can cause or exacerbate depression. Talk to your doctor before taking lorazepam if you have a history of depression or are being treated for depression.
  • Though lorazepam usually has a calming effect, however, you can become agitated, anxious, aggressive and restless while taking it. Talk to your doctor if you experience unexpected personality changes while using this drug. 
  • Lorazepam may not be recommended If you have liver, lung, heart or kidney disease, glaucoma or experience seizures. 
  • If you require surgery while taking lorazepam (including minor or dental surgery), tell your surgeon or dentist in advance that you are taking this medication. 
  • You should not take lorazepam if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.