Lorazepam is a sedative drug in the benzodiazepine class. It is marketed under various brand names, including Ativan and Temesta, and is approved for short-term treatment of insomnia and anxiety. Lorazepam works by depressing the central nervous system, making it very dangerous to combine with alcohol or other depressant medications.
Depressant Medications and Lorazepam
Lorazepam and other benzodiazepine drugs are sedatives which affect neurotransmitters and slow down the brain and nervous system. Other well-known drugs in the benzodiazepine class are diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax). Lorazepam and other benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants. It’s very dangerous to take multiple benzodiazepines or combine them with other depressant medications, because the effect is synergistic and the combination can be fatal. Depressants include:
- Opioid drugs such as heroin, morphine, oxycodone, and fentanyl
- Sleeping pills
- Barbiturates such as mephobarbital and pentobarbital sodium
- Beta blockers
- Muscle relaxers
Taking lorazepam with any drug which causes drowsiness will enhance the sedative effects of both.
Combining Lorazepam with Alcohol
Combining lorazepam with alcohol has unwanted effects such as the following:
- Slowed breathing
- Slowed heart rate
- Stronger disinhibition
Those who are undergoing treatment for alcohol addiction are sometimes prescribed lorazepam to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety and panic attacks. Lorazepam may also be useful in preventing withdrawal-related seizures. Because lorazepam is highly addictive and because the risks of combining lorazepam with alcohol are so high, clinicians using the drug generally prescribe it for a very short time and only in a residential treatment setting.
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