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What is Ativan?

Ativan is a brand name used by Biovail Pharmaceuticals for lorazepam. This is one of the longest-acting benzodiazepines and is used orally as an anxiolytic and by injection to treat nervous tension and seizures. Ativan is highly addictive and so, if used for sleep induction, should be only used in the short term. It is useful in the sedation of hospital patients and aggressive individuals. Because of its strong amnesic properties it has been widely exploited for criminal purposes, particularly sexual assault.


ativanHow does Ativan work?

Like all benzodiazepines, Ativan works by enhancing the effects of GABA. It is a classic benzodiazepine which acts at benzodiazepine sites on GABA receptors throughout the central nervous system. Ativan has strong affinity for GABA receptors which is believed to be the reason for its potent amnesic effect. Continue reading Anxiety disorder treatment drug – Ativan