Lorazepam: Uses & Side effects

Lorazepam belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It affects chemicals in the brain that are unbalanced in people with anxiety.

Lorazepam is used to treat anxiety disorders and seizure disorders.

Important information

You should not use lorazepam if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, severe respiratory insufficiency, myasthenia gravis, or if you are allergic to Valium or a similar medicine.

Do not use lorazepam if you are pregnant. This medicine can cause birth defects or life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in a newborn.

Lorazepam may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it is prescribed for. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Lorazepam should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get it.

Do not drink alcohol while taking lorazepam. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to lorazepam: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe drowsiness;
  • thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
  • unusual changes in mood or behavior;
  • confusion, aggression, hallucinations;
  • worsened sleep problems;
  • sudden restless feeling or excitement;
  • muscle weakness, drooping eyelids, trouble swallowing;
  • vision changes; or
  • upper stomach pain, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Common lorazepam side effects may include:

  • dizziness, drowsiness;
  • weakness;
  • slurred speech, lack of balance or coordination;
  • memory problems; or
  • feeling unsteady.


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