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What My Meds Do – Ativan

Ativan is a benzodiazepine drug with short to medium duration of action. It has all 5 intrinsic benzodiazepine effects. It is a powerful anxiolytic and since it’s introduction its principle use has been to treat the symptoms of anxiety.

Ativan affects the GABAa receptors which results in a slowing down effect on the central nervous system.

A benzodiazepine is a psychoactive drug, meaning it acts upon the central nervous system and effects brain function. They have very sedative, hypnotic (sleep-inducing), anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant and amnesic properties.

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  1. Comment by ativan:

    Ativan at 0.5mg works for me. No side effects. I just feel calm. My doctor gave me a prescription for 1mg but that causes a drowsiness, which finds me napping and losing part of the day. So I am not going to take that strength. He said I could take the 0.5mg 2 to 3 times a day if necessary. I find twice a day is working well.

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