What does ativan do?
This medication is used to treat anxiety. Lorazepam belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines which act on the brain and nerves (central nervous system) to produce a calming effect. This drug works by enhancing the effects of a certain natural chemical in the body (GABA).
Does Ativan work immediately?
Ativan works quickly, making it an effective solution to temporarily managing panic symptoms. The drug enters your system relatively rapidly and lasts a few hours. This means that Ativan may need to be taken a few times a day to control anxiety and other symptoms.
How long does 1mg Ativan last?
Regular alprazolam will work for about 5 hours. Extended-release alprazolam will work for about 11 hours. Lorazepam (Ativan) works even sooner at 30 to 60 minutes after taking it, with effects lasting up to 8 hours.
Does Ativan make you sleepy?
Ativan can also cause drowsiness. Taking these medications together may cause you to feel even more tired or drowsy.