When Does a Doctor Prescribe Ativan?
Ativan is a benzodiazepine type medication with the pharmaceutical name lorazepam. It is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant and makes someone feel drowsy and calm. Ativan/lorazepam is most commonly prescribed for anxiety. Unfortunately, it is exceptionally addicting, and many people get addicted to it and develop a tolerance and then physical addiction. Addiction to Ativan means they must use it every day, or they will get Ativan withdrawal symptoms.
Benzodiazepines like Ativan require medically supervised detox to get through withdrawals safely.
More About Benzo Type Medication Ativan
Ativan was first developed in the 1970s, and in comparison to other benzodiazepines like valium or Xanax, it is newer. Ativan is now the standard medication prescribed in most emergency rooms for when a person is shocked or traumatized. Ativan is prescribed so liberally in hospital settings that it is less damaging to the kidneys and other visceral organs than other benzodiazepines, which aren’t as easily absorbed. The most common dose of Ativan is 1 or 2mg dose and is given in divided doses.
Many people addicted to Ativan first got it in the hospital or were prescribed it by a doctor.
What Do the Officials Say About Ativan?
Anyone without a valid prescription for Ativan can get arrested. Ativan is a schedule IV-controlled substance. The Drug Enforcement Agency considers Ativan a highly addictive drug that is often sought after illegally or through doctor shopping (seeing more than one doctor for an Ativan prescription).
There is the potential for dependence on and abuse of benzodiazepines, particularly by individuals with a history of multi-substance abuse. Lorazepam (e.g., Ativan) and other popular benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Restoril) are the five most prescribed and the most frequently encountered benzodiazepines on the illicit market. According to the Institute for Human Data Science, there were 12.6 million benzodiazepines [lorazepam] prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. during 2017 (DEA)
When Does a Doctor Prescribe Ativan?
Doctors will be reluctant to prescribe Ativan unless it is for a diagnosis that causes severe anxiety or for an exact anxiety disorder. In addition, benzodiazepines like Ativan are notorious for promoting people to doctor shops. For this reason, most doctors will first try other less addictive medications before prescribing Ativan. Ativan is also prescribed for the following situations and conditions with frequency:
- Alcohol withdrawal symptoms
- To control specific seizure disorders
- Acute trauma
- Victims of violence
- Subdue Psychosis
Signs of Ativan Addiction
Since Ativan causes physical addiction, most people using it will have already had a significant change in their behavior. They will place ultimate priority on having and maintaining their prescription for Ativan. If they do not get it from a doctor, they will buy it from friends with medications or drug dealers. The most apparent sign of Ativan addiction is the presence of Ativan withdrawal symptoms. Ativan withdrawal must be treated as a medical emergency to prevent seizures and death.
Ativan withdrawal causes body tremors, sweating, vomiting, fever, hallucinations, racing pulse, high blood pressure, and seizures.
Medically Supervised Detox for Ativan is Safe and Effective
For Ativan addiction, it is the protocol to reduce their Ativan intake slowly. The taper regimen allows the person to detox Ativan slowly and safely from their system. A medically supervised Ativan detox is overseen by expert staff members experienced in identifying and treating Ativan withdrawal symptoms.
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