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Ativan Dangers and Side Effects

One Example: Ativan

Ativan (Lorazepam or Orfidal) is a widely used prescription medication for treating anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses. It is meant to be used for a short period of time but some doctors can prescribe it for longer periods of time. What does it do? Nerve communication in the brain is slowed down and thus giving relief to anxiety. This prescription medication will be our main focus to show how dangerous drugs like this can be. Many people don’t bother reading the whole long list of side effects thinking it just won’t happen to them and even the list provided by pharmacists when one picks up their prescription can leave out important information. Before you pick up your next prescription please read the information sheet in detail, visit and review our site as well as other sites to get all the necessary info. Prescription meds like Ativan seem to work wonders initially for some people but then the bad side effects take over. Further more…getting addicted to Ativan is very easy as it does relieve anxiety at first but later it can cause anxiety so you’ll want more of the drug…a vicious cycle. You may want to try some natural medical alternatives as these do work for many people. Please visit Our Store With Natural Prescription Medication Alternatives to learn more.

Ativan Side effects

To give you an idea of what to expect for prescription medication side effects we picked Ativan. The list is quite long for Ativan reported side effects as you can see:

 

  • lethargic/sleepy/dizzy
  • confused/cognitive impaired
  • amnesia/blackouts
  • hostility and aggression
  • memory impairment
  • derealization
  • depersonalization
  • nausea, vomiting and choking
  • severe anxiety and panic attacks
  • heart palpitations
  • delusional thoughts
  • changes in vision
  • scary feeling/afraid to be alone
  • rapid weight loss
  • changes in sex drive
  • increase in urinating
  • vertigo
  • loss of appetite
  • strange sense of smell and taste
  • sleep deprived
  • hair loss
  • electric shocks
  • real scary nightmares
  • body shakes
  • paranoia
  • increased volume of sound
  • muscle tremors (face and extremities)
  • suicidal thoughts
  • hyperactivity
  • nervousness
  • falling
  • heavy legs/hard to walk
  • very dry skin
  • seizures
  • sleep driving
  • and more!

 

Below is a list of 22 Ativan side effects that I experienced:

  1. lethargy
  2. sleepiness
  3. dizzy, confused/cognitive impaired (couldn’t work when I took that stuff)
  4. very clumbsy and uneasy on my feet
  5. insomnia
  6. amnesia/sleep driving
  7. hostility and aggression
  8. vomiting/choking
  9. severe anxiety
  10. scary feeling/afraid to be alone
  11. rapid weight loss
  12. abnormal tactile sensations (feelings of bugs crawling under the skin, etc.)
  13. hair loss
  14. electric shocks
  15. real scary nightmares
  16. muscle tremors
  17. nervousness
  18. liver problems
  19. falling/Fell out of bed
  20. heavy legs/hard to walk
  21. very dry skin
  22. seizures

I found it impossible to work as this prescription med pretty much completely disabled me. I was dizzy and groggy and when I walked sometimes I’d fall. I lost so much hair I actually considered a wig. Fortunately when I stopped taking Ativan it grew back. I did like the weight loss but I knew it wasn’t a healthy thing. The anxiety and nightmares were terrible. One night I fell out of bed after taking Ativan only and having a very scary vivid nightmare. I hit my head on the nightstand but went back to sleep and in the morning my face and head was covered with blood. It was like a scene from a horror movie!

And here’s a link you should view regarding side effects. You can download a brochure for more info.:

Anti-Anxiety Drug Side Effects

and here’s a link from WebMD that includes even more side effects:

Drugs & Medications – Ativan Oral

And at this link…some patients tell their stories about their experience with ativan:

Drug Ratings for ATIVAN

and more info:

NAMI: Ativan (lorazepam)

Lorazepam

And if you visit this web site you will find info on low cortisol which also is not good and under causes for both low and high cortisol you will see on the list is medications with the 3rd one being Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Klonipin):

Adrenal Glands | Endocrine Awareness Center for Health

Ativan Withdrawal

Ativan withdrawal can be an extremely hard thing to go through. Below is a link for a Paxil forum but there’s entries about Ativan withdrawal:

Ativan withdrawal?

Length time ativan stays system:

How long does Ativan stay in your system?

How Long Do the Effects of Ativan Last?

How long does Ativan stay in your system??

how long does lorazepam stay in your system drug test

How long can some prescribed medication stay in your body? Some can remain in your system a long time. A good example is medical marijuana. It can be in your

system for 3 weeks! This can result in a DUI even if you haven’t used it for 3 weeks.

Benefits of Natural Remedies

Much fewer side effects is the major advantage for taking natural anxiety remedies. For example, Valerian can cause drowsiness and headaches have been reported and Passionflower is know for drowsiness, confusion, and dizziness. However, by far much fewer side effects for these natural alternative compared to a drug like Ativan.

So the benefits are:

  • 1. Safer to take
  • 2. Generally low cost
  • 3. No prescription or office visit
  • 4. No worry about withdrawal
  • 5. Does not effect your personality


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Ativan Was One Of The Drugs Found In Michael Jackson’s Body

Did you know Ativan was one of the Drugs found in Michael Jackson’s body when he died? Here’s some interesting links and show how dangerous prescription medication can be:
The drugs found in Michael Jackson’s body after he died
‘Perfect storm’ of drugs killed Michael Jackson, sleep expert says
Dr. Conrad Murray’s Defense: Lorazepam Killed Michael
Drug ‘Cocktail’ Killed Michael Jackson, Says Doctor