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Ativan Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your body may become dependent on this medicine, ask your doctor or health care professional if you still need to take it. However, if you have been taking this medicine regularly for some time, do not suddenly stop taking it. You must gradually reduce the dose or you may get severe side effects. Ask your doctor or health care professional for advice before increasing or decreasing the dose. Even after you stop taking this medicine it can still affect your body for several days.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. To reduce the risk of dizzy and fainting spells, do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Alcohol may increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds or allergies without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients can increase possible side effects.

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Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Drowsiness

relaxed and calm

sleepiness

Incidence not known

Abdominal or stomach pain

aggressive, angry

agitation

anxiety

attack, assault, or force

black, tarry stools

bleeding gums

blood in urine or stools

bluish lips or skin

blurred vision

change in consciousness

chills

coma

confusion

confusion about identity, place, and time

convulsions

cough or hoarseness

dark urine

decreased urine output

difficulty in breathing and/or swallowing

difficulty in speaking

discouragement

dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position suddenly

drooling

dry mouth

excitation

false or unusual sense of well-being

fast or irregular heartbeat

fear or nervousness

feeling sad or empty

fever with or without chills

general feeling of tiredness or weakness

headache

hives

hyperventilation

increased thirst

irregular, fast or slow, or shallow breathing

irritability

itching

loss of appetite

loss of balance control

loss of consciousness

loss of interest or pleasure

loss of memory

lower back or side pain

muscle pain or cramps

muscle trembling, jerking, or stiffness

nausea or vomiting

not breathing

painful or difficult urination

pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin

pinpoint red spots on skin

problems with memory

puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue

rash

reddening of the skin, especially around ears

restlessness

seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there

seizures

shaking

shortness of breath

shuffling walk

sleeplessness

sore throat

sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips or in mouth

stiffness of limbs

sweating

swelling of eyes or inside of nose

swelling of face, ankles, or hands

swollen glands

thoughts or attempts at killing oneself

tightness in chest

trouble concentrating

trouble sleeping

twisting movements of body

unable to sleep

uncontrolled movements, especially of face, neck, and back

unexplained bleeding or bruising

unpleasant breath odor

unusual bleeding or bruising

unusual tiredness or weakness

vomiting of blood

wheezing

yellow eyes or skin

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:

Symptoms of overdose

Changes in patterns and rhythms of speech

increased sweating

loss of strength or energy

low blood pressure

nightmares

shakiness and unsteady walk

slurred speech

trouble in speaking

unsteadiness, trembling, or other problems with muscle control or coordination

unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness

unusual excitement, nervousness, restlessness, or irritability

unusual paleness unusual weak feeling

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known

Being forgetful

clumsiness

constipation

decreased interest in sexual intercourse

disturbed color perception

dizziness or lightheadedness

double vision

drowsiness

feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings

hair loss, thinning of hair

halos around lights

hostility

inability to have or keep an erection

increased in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance

increased interest in sexual intercourse

lack or loss of self-control

lethargy

loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance

low body temperature

muscle aches

muscle twitching

muscle weakness

night blindness

overbright appearance of lights

rapid weight gain

sensation of spinning

shakiness in legs, arms, hands, or feet

shivering

sleepiness

stupor

trembling or shaking of hands or feet

tunnel vision

weak or feeble pulse

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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