Common Brands Ativan, Lorazepam Intensol, Loreev XR
Drug Class
Controlled Substance Classification
Schedule IV
Generic Status
Lower-cost generic available
Prescription only
Kristianne Hannemann, PharmD
Kristianne Hannemann, PharmD
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Medically reviewed by Kristianne Hannemann, PharmD last update on 20/12/2023


Ativan, is a brand name for a medication called lorazepam, which belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. It is primarily prescribed for the treatment of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Ativan works by affecting certain chemicals in the brain to produce a calming and soothing effect, helping to reduce anxiety and tension.

It should be used under the supervision and guidance of a healthcare professional due to the potential for dependence and the risk of withdrawal symptoms if used for an extended period.

It’s essential to use Ativan only as prescribed by a healthcare provider and to follow their instructions closely, as misuse or excessive use of benzodiazepines can lead to various side effects and addiction. 

Additionally, abrupt discontinuation of Ativan can result in withdrawal symptoms, so it’s crucial to taper off the medication gradually under medical supervision if it is no longer needed.



Prescription only

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