Ativan is the popular prescription brand name for a substance known as lorazepam. Although primarily used for the treatment of insomnia, anxiety and seizures, the drug can also be used for the purposes of pain management. Ativan is a benzodiazepine substance meaning that it has the capability to produce sedative, hypnotic, amnesic and muscle-relaxant effects. The drug depresses the central nervous system and provides effective symptom management because of its ability to slow normal brain function.
How to Use Ativan
Some medical professionals are hesitant to prescribe Ativan for pain-management because they feel that the potential negative side effects can outweigh the benefits. If you have been prescribed some form of lorazepam by a medical professional for pain-management, you may be wondering about the potential for addiction or other unwanted side effects associated with the use of the drug. When regarding your use of the drug, it will be beneficial to remember that it is possible to use Ativan responsibly if the potential risks are taken into consideration.
How Ativan Tolerance Develops
One of the primary risks when using any kind of prescription substance for long-periods of time is the risk of developing a tolerance to the drug. Drug tolerance can be defined as the situation in which your body begins to counteract the effects of the drug. If you began developing a tolerance to Ativan, you might notice that your normal dosage begins to have a diminished effect. You may even begin to take more frequent or higher doses to achieve the desired level of symptom management. While dangerous in its own right, drug tolerance is especially dangerous because of the ways in which it opens the user up to the effects of dependency and ultimately addiction. A conscious effort to maintain a consistent dosage and remain in consistent communication with your doctor can help you avoid Ativan tolerance.
Ativan Dependency Help
As noted earlier, dependency usually follows tolerance and can be defined as the situation in which you begin to want and need regular (usually large) doses of Ativan in order to maintain function and feel normal throughout the day. Drug dependency can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because it can mimic the symptoms for which the drug was originally prescribed. Again, one of the most beneficial ways you can avoid drug dependency is remaining in close and consistent contact with the doctor who originally prescribed the substance.
Ativan Addiction Help
If you are experiencing Ativan tolerance or dependency or have questions regarding your use of the drug, we can help. We are available 24 hours a day at our toll-free helpline to provide you with the quality options for rehab that you need. The call is free, and we may be able to work with your insurer. We can help you become pain-free and drug-free. Please call today.