Lorazepam

(lor-AZ-eh-pam)

Lorazepam (Ativan) is a medication used to decrease nausea, vomiting and anxiety.

It can be taken by mouth as a tablet or oral concentrated liquid, or it can be given into a vein or a muscle.

  • Give tablets with a glass of water. They may be crushed if your child cannot swallow the tablets. If your child gets an upset stomach from this medicine, give it with food or milk.
  • For the concentrated oral liquid, add medicine to some water, juice, soda, or semi-solid food (such as applesauce or pudding).
  • Do not give non-prescription medicine without first checking with your child's doctor.
  • Sugarless gum, hard candy, frequent sips of water or ice chips will help if your child gets a dry mouth.
  • Tablets should be kept in the bottle they came in at room temperature, tightly closed and out of the reach of children. Liquid lorazepam that is given into a vein or muscle should be kept in the refrigerator and protected from light. Oral liquid should be kept in the bottle it came in, stored in a refrigerator and protected from light.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the bottle / package.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and/or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Sleepiness or drowsiness
  • Skin rash
  • Dizziness if your child gets up too fast from sitting or lying down
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth

Call the doctor if your child experiences excessive sleepiness or dizziness, or with any other concerns you may have.


Last Updated 11/2013