LORAZEPAM-SUBLINGUAL

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LORAZEPAM-SUBLINGUAL

GENERIC NAME: LORAZEPAM - SUBLINGUAL (lor-AYE-zeh-pam)

Medication Uses | How To Use | Side Effects | Precautions | Drug Interactions | Overdose | Notes | Missed Dose | Storage

USES: This medication is used to relieve anxiety and tension. Additionally, it is used to prevent nausea and vomiting from cancer treatment as well as minimizing recall of the procedure.

HOW TO USE: This is a sublingual tablet. Do not swallow this. Place the tablet under the tongue. It will dissolve in about 20 seconds. Wait at least 2 minutes before swallowing to ensure the drug is absorbed. Do not increase your dose, use it more frequently or use it for a longer period of time than prescribed because this drug can be habit-forming. Also, if used for an extended period, do not suddenly stop using this drug without your doctor's approval. Over time, this drug may not work as well. Consult your doctor if this medication stops working well.

SIDE EFFECTS: Drowsiness, dizziness, incoordination, weakness, headache or stomach upset may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: rapid/pounding/irregular heartbeat, vision changes, slurred speech, confusion, memory loss, depression or behavior changes. In the unlikely event you have a serious allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, liver disease, glaucoma, muscle weakness, alcohol use, substance abuse, depression, allergies (especially drug allergies). Because this medication may cause drowsiness or dizziness, use caution operating machinery or engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving. Limit intake of alcohol while taking this medication since it may increase the drowsiness and dizziness effects of this drug. The elderly may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication. Use cautiously. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this drug. Lorazepam is excreted into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of: anti-seizure drugs, antidepressants, narcotic pain relievers, sleeping pills, tranquilizers. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include confusion, slow reflexes, clumsiness, deep sleep, and loss of consciousness.

NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.

MISSED DOSE: Take each dose at the scheduled time. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Store this medication at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.

Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005

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CONDITIONS OF USE: The information in this database is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.

Reviewed on 3/2/2005
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