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Signs of Ativan addiction and abuse
Common signs and side effects of Ativan use
There are many side effects that come with the use and abuse of Ativan. They include, but are not limited to:
Anterograde amnesia (decreased or lack of recall of events during period of drug action) has been reported after administration of Ativan and appears to be dose-related.
- clumsiness, dizziness, unsteadiness, disorientation, weakness
- headache, amnesia, insomnia, agitation, depression
- nausea, abdominal discomfort
- blurred vision, visual problems
- drowsiness, sleepiness
- disinhibition (where they act inappropriately grandiose or out-of-control)
Injectable Ativan results in an increased incidence of sedation, hallucination, and irrational behavior, some patients on Ativan have developed leukopenia, both elevation and lowering of blood sugar levels have been reported.
Cognitive Side Effects of Ativan
Memory functioning is markedly and measurably impaired, especially the ability to store acquired knowledge into long-term memory. This memory impairment is highly relevant to students. The risk of acute amnesia is more pronounced with short-acting drugs. Ativan (Lorazepam), Halcion (triazolam), Xanax (Alprazolam) and Rohypnol (flunitrazepam) are especially likely to induce such memory impairment.
Common symptoms of Ativan withdrawal
Withdrawal symptoms, similar in character to those noted with barbiturates and alcohol (convulsions, tremor, abdominal and muscle cramps, vomiting, and sweating), have occurred following abrupt discontinuance of Ativan. The more severe withdrawal symptoms have usually been limited to those patients who received excessive doses over an extended period of time.
Common symptoms of Ativan overdose
The symptoms of Ativan overdose are degrees of central nervous system depression ranging from drowsiness to coma. In mild cases, symptoms include drowsiness, mental confusion, and lethargy. In more serious cases, and especially when other drugs or alcohol were ingested, symptoms may include:
- hypnotic state
- stage one (1) to three (3) coma,
- and, very rarely, death
Ativan addiction treatment programs
Ativan is a highly addictive prescription drug. Recovery and rehabilitation from Ativan addiction may require a treatment program ranging from certified addiction counseling to treatment at a residential alcohol and drug rehab center, depending on the extent of the addiction and a number of other factors.
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