Lorazepam, also known as Ativan, is a type of benzodiazepine used to treat conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, other sleep difficulties resulting from stress or anxiety, and even conditions that cause seizures. Lorazepam is even used as a medication right before anesthesia is delivered to aid in pre-surgery anxiety. Lorazepam works on the body by slowing down brain and nerve activity.
Lorazepam is Very Addictive
This, in turn, causes your physical functions and responses to slow down as well. Because benzos like Lorazepam is a tranquilizer, it will make the user feel calmer and very relaxed. Unfortunately, that is why drugs like this are so highly abused.
Side Effects of Lorazepam Abuse
Lorazepam abuse can cause side effects that affect both your physical and mental well-being. Since it slows down the process in your brain, there are significant mental effects it can cause that can take even months to recover from even after the abuse has ended fully.
Lorazepam abuse can cause memory impairment, memory loss, and even loss of consciousness. Over time, Lorazepam causes changes to the functions in the brain. Long-term abuse can result in cognitive impairment. Sometimes this cognitive impairment can improve after the abuse has stopped, but not all people are that lucky. Some people will never regain their full cognitive functioning. Lorazepam abuse has even been shown to be linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia later in life.
Signs of Lorazepam Addiction
Lorazepam is one of the most potent benzodiazepine drugs available, so it carries a very substantial risk for abuse and addiction, both physically and mentally. Due to this possibility, this kind of medication is only prescribed for a limited amount of time. One of the biggest risks of dependency on this drug is that it will turn to abuse or addiction, so it is important to know the warning signs. Signs of Lorazepam abuse include:
- They are becoming preoccupied with getting and using Lorazepam, even at the expense of their loved ones and their safety.
- A need to continuously increase the dosage to feel the desired effects as tolerance builds.
- Persistent abuse of Lorazepam even though there are negative effects on their health or well-being.
- Physical and psychological signs of withdrawal when they do not get a large enough dose or do not take Lorazepam can include anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, tremors, nausea, and even seizures.
- Unsuccessful attempts to stop using Lorazepam even when they want to quit.
A Very Dangerous Side Effect of Lorazepam
One of the most dangerous physical side effects of Lorazepam abuse is seizures. While it is prescribed to alleviate seizures, it can also cause seizures when taken excessively because of how it affects the brain. In addition, abuse of this drug can also cause inflamed or a damaged liver because it causes the enzymes within the liver to increase.
Perhaps the biggest side effect and risk to Lorazepam abuse is the potential for an overdose. An overdose occurs when a person either takes too much at once or has a large build-up of the substance in their system. An overdose, unfortunately, results in a come or even death. The signs of an overdose can include:
- Pale or blueish colored lips or skin
- Shallowed and slowed breathing
- Loss of coordination and motor skills
- Slurred speech
- Over sedation
- Loss of consciousness
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