Lorazepam belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines, which are used for the acute short-term treatment of anxiety. Your doctor or dentist may prescribe Lorazepam to treat your anxiety including anxiety-induced insomnia and provide light sedation prior to a medical or dental procedure. Benzodiazepines are also used to manage symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Lorazepam can be taken by mouth as tablets. Limit to the lowest effective dose when used in the elderly.
If you are using it to treat anxiety, you should take 0.5-4 mg daily in divided doses.
If you are using it to treat insomnia induced by anxiety, you should take 0.5-2 mg at bedtime.
Common side effects of Lorazepam include decreased alertness, dizziness and drowsiness. Gait and coordination problems (ataxia) and confusion are more commonly seen in the elderly; whereas respiratory depression may occur with high doses of Lorazepam when combined with opioid medications.
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In Hong Kong, Lorazepam is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.
For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
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For detailed information about the use of Lorazepam in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.
Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.