How Does Ativan Work?

Do you struggle with anxiety attacks, seizures, panic disorders, or extreme agitation? Many people do, and a common prescription drug used to treat these conditions is Ativan (lorazepam). It’s a drug classified in the family of medicines called benzodiazepines. These prescription drugs are primarily used for:

  • Reducing anxiety
  • Causing sleepiness
  • Relaxing muscles
  • Stopping seizures
  • Impairing short-term memory
  • Nausea or vomiting due to chemotherapy treatment (usually combined with other medications to prevent vomiting)
  • Substance abuse withdrawal
  • Mania and extreme agitation

Ativan and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, and central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants). They work to bring a calming, euphoric effect to the body to regulate the heart rate.

Ativan and GABA

Anxiety and psychological disorders are thought to be brought on by the amount of excessive activity of nerves in the brain. Ativan primarily works in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a brain chemical that is naturally calming, thus allowing the heightened activity of nerves to be brought under control. GABA works to slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. It is a neurotransmitter, meaning its chemical structure works in the brain to send signals from one nerve to the other. When partnered with GABA, Ativan and other benzodiazepines work to enhance the effects of GABA in the brain. Ativan works a bit differently in than other benzodiazepines because it is removed from the blood more quickly. This decreases the chance that the concentration of Ativan will get to a toxic level in the blood. Ativan also has fewer interactions with other medications than most other benzodiazepines.

Ativan Addiction Help

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