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What is lorazepam?

Lorazepam is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety, seizures and to cause sleepiness. Lorazepam is considered a central nervous system depressant, or benzodiazepine. Drugs in this category have a calming effect on the brain. They work by increasing the effects in the brain of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a naturally-occurring neurotransmitter (chemical signal sender) that can stop or slow nerve signals to calm the brain.

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