Ativan Abuse Signs

Besides its use as a treatment against anxiety, Ativan has the qualities of benzodiazepine, meaning it has sedative, amnesic and anticonvulsant properties capable of relaxing the muscles of the body. Doctors can therefore recommend its use in cases such as:

  1. Treating the vomiting and nausea that are common during chemotherapy.
  2. Calming down patients who are agitated and violent.
  3. Helping to reduce anxiety prior to the administration of general anesthetic.
  4. Treating and preventing withdrawal symptoms of alcohol abuse.
  5. In the short term it is also used to cure insomnia, mainly where the case is quite severe.

Ativan should not be used with alcohol. Therefore, when it is used to treat withdrawal symptoms of alcohol close medical supervision should be exercised. Ativan should not be used by expectant mothers as it might cause problems such as jaundice and respiratory distress to the unborn child. The following are some side effects of the use of Ativan:

  • Vertigo
  • Amnesia
  • Confusion
  • Sleepiness
  • Liver failure
  • Hypotension
  • Kidney failure
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Respiratory depression
  • Increased aggression and hostility

Ativan Abuse Signs

The use of Ativan may cause the user to become tolerant to the drug. After using the drug for four to six months the drug does not produce the same effects and a user may tend to increase the dosage and frequency of the drug. This is abusive and will have dangerous effects. Abruptly stopping the use of Ativan triggers withdrawal symptoms such as severe anxiety, even where the drug was initially prescribed to treat that same condition. Other Ativan withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Fever
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Panic attacks
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart palpitations
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tingling and numbness

It is not easy to know when a family member is abusing drugs as they will obviously fear discovery. However a keen observer will not miss some of the more conspicuous signs associated with the use of drugs. An addict or person using Ativan will most likely change their social set. The new set of friends may well be addicts, too.

Ativan can cause a normally calm and docile person to become aggressive and easily irritable. A change in the behavior of a person in this way is a clear indication of the use of drugs and calls for investigation.

The addicted person may resort to illegal and anti-social behavior in order to maintain their habit. There is no addiction that is safe. When you suspect that someone may be using drugs it is important to seek medical assistance 800-303-2482 as soon as possible.

Understanding more about various drugs is a good way to help you recognize some of the signs of Ativan and other signs of general drug addiction. You should rule out all other possible causes of strange behavior in a person before you arrive at the conclusion that it really is drug abuse.