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Generic Name: Lorazepam (lor-AZ-ze-pam)

Drug Class: Antianxiety Agent


Drug Uses

Lorazepam is used for the management of anxiety disorders or for the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety associated with depressive symptoms. Your doctor may use this medicine to treat other conditions as well.

General Information

This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.

How it Works

Works by enhancing the action of the nerve transmitter GABA, which in turn blocks higher brain centers. Also reduces the time it take to fall asleep.

How to Take It

Follow the directions given to you by your doctor, these are printed on your prescription label. Food does not affect this medicine so it can be taken with or without food. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice with this medicine. Do not take more of this medicine or take it longer than prescribed by your doctor. This medicine can be habit-forming.

Possible Side Effects



Drug Interactions

Missed Dose

Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.


Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.


This medicine should not be used if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. This medicine can cause harm to your fetus. For breast-feeding mothers, check with your doctor to discuss any possible risks to your baby while taking this medicine.

More Information

Do not let anyone else take your medication. For more information on lorazepam, talk to your health care professional.

Copyright © 2004 PharmClips, Inc. All rights reserved. Information expires March 1, 2005. Published March 1, 2004.

This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. This is general information and should not in any event be construed as specific instructions for individual patients. The publisher does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the information or the consequences arising from the application, use, or misuse of any of the information contained herein, including any injury and/or damage to any person or property as a matter of product liability, negligence, or otherwise. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made in regard to the contents of this material. The reader is advised to check with their health care provider before making any changes in their drug regimen.
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