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Doctors: Is Your Patient Addicted to Lorazepam?

If you’re not a psychiatrist, there’s a chance you’re unfamiliar with lorazepam. Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine often prescribed to treat anxiety. It works by affecting chemicals in the brain that can cause anxiety if they become unbalanced. It can be habit-forming and is often used recreationally. When purchased illegally it can be especially dangerous, as samples of illegal versions of the drug sometimes contain other anti-psychotic drugs with dangerous side effects.

Common Lorazepam Side Effects

Some of the side effects associated with lorazepam use are similar to those associated with abuse and addiction. Side effects may vary depending on the degree to which the patient has abused the drug. Some symptoms are normal for patients using the drug legitimately. Side effects of lorazepam can include the following:

  • Confusion
  • Depressed mood
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
  • Hyperactivity
  • Agitation
  • Hostility
  • Hallucinations
  • Feeling light-headed or fainting
  • Blurred vision
  • Sleep problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Lack of balance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Appetite changes
  • Skin rash

Signs of Lorazepam Addiction

The easiest way to tell if a patient has become addicted to lorazepam is to look for withdrawal symptoms. Some mild withdrawal symptoms can appear between doses, while others appear after an addict has missed one or more doses or has discontinued use. Withdrawal symptoms associated with lorazepam include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Tension
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • Dysphoria
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling of extremities
  • Hypersensitivity to light or sound
  • Perceptual distortion
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Stomach cramps
  • Agitation
  • Panic attacks
  • Short-term memory loss

Lorazepam Intervention Tips

As a doctor, you are in a unique position to confront the patient about the addiction. It is important to approach the patient with concerns. Explain to the user the signs you’re seeing and the dangers of addiction. Many addicts are ashamed of their addiction or afraid of the consequences of getting caught. Emphasize the fact that your goal is to help them and not to punish them. If the patient is willing to get clean and desires help, we are here to assist you in getting them into rehab and helping them toward recovery.

Help for Lorazepam Addiction

If you have a patient that is addicted to lorazepam, we can help. Our toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day to help you appropriately talk to your patient and get them the help they need. Help a patient take back their life and their future. Call today.

If you have questions about getting yourself or a loved one into a successful Lorazepam treatment program please contact us today. We have admissions counselors standing by to answer all your questions and put you in a treatment center that fits your specific needs.