How does lorazepam make you feel?

Lorazepam is a medication that belongs to the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which are used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and other conditions. When taken as prescribed, lorazepam can help to reduce symptoms of anxiety and produce a calming effect.

The specific effects of lorazepam can vary depending on the individual, the dose, and other factors. Some common effects of lorazepam may include:

  1. Relaxation: Lorazepam works by increasing the activity of a neurotransmitter called GABA, which helps to slow down the activity of the brain. This can produce a feeling of relaxation and calmness.
  2. Drowsiness: One of the common side effects of lorazepam is drowsiness or sleepiness. This can be beneficial for people who have trouble sleeping due to anxiety or other conditions.
  3. Reduced anxiety: Lorazepam is often used to treat anxiety disorders, and it can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and tension.
  4. Muscle relaxation: Lorazepam can also help to relax muscles, which can be beneficial for people who experience muscle spasms or tension.
  5. Impaired coordination: One of the potential side effects of lorazepam is impaired coordination or balance. This can make it difficult to perform tasks that require fine motor skills, such as driving or operating machinery.

It is important to note that lorazepam should only be taken as directed by a healthcare provider, and it can be habit-forming if used improperly. Additionally, lorazepam can interact with other medications and substances, so it is important to discuss any other medications or supplements with a healthcare provider before taking lorazepam.

There are various forms of drugs available, such as tablets or liquids, and each may have a separate patient information leaflet (PIL) for different doses. It is important to refer to the PIL for the specific form and dose of the drug that you have been prescribed.

You can search for further information and PILs on websites such as:

  • The British National Formulary (BNF)
  • Electronic medicines compendium (emc)
  • The National Library of Medicine's DailyMed
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
  • Different drug forms like tablets or liquids have specific patient information leaflets (PIL) for various doses. Refer to the PIL for your prescribed drug form and dose.

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    For questions about your medication:

    • Consult your doctor, a healthcare professional, or a pharmacist


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