Ativan is an medication used to treat anxiety and panic attacks. It has been approved for short term use, but has not been studied or approved for treatment lasting more than four months.
This medication belongs to a group of medications known as benzodiazepines. These are depressant medications used to treat insomnia, seizure disorders, muscle spasms and anxiety. Other benxodiazepines include Xanax, Valium, Librium and Klonopin. These medications have a high risk of dependence and this is why they should only be prescribed for short term treatment. In addition, withdrawal can occur when stopping this type of medication. Tapering off the medication is recommended and should be done only under the supervision of a medical professional to help eliminate symptoms of withdrawal.
Because of the high risk of abuse and dependence, Ativan is not recommended for patients with a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction.
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Drug dependence means that a person needs a drug to function normally. Abruptly stopping the drug leads to withdrawal symptoms. Drug addiction is the compulsive use of a substance, despite its negative or dangerous effects.
A person may have a physical dependence on a substance without having an addiction. For example, certain blood pressure medications do not cause addiction but they can cause physical dependence. Other drugs, such as cocaine, cause addiction without leading to physical dependence.
Tolerance to a drug (needing a higher dose to attain the same effect) is usually part of addiction.
Drug abuse first aid
Drug addiction; Addiction - drug; Dependence on drugs
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Drug abuse can lead to drug dependence or addiction. People who use drugs for pain relief may become dependent, although this is rare in those who don't ...
Several herbs, either taken alone or in combination, can prove helpful in treating mild insomnia. Valerian , one well-known remedy, is preferable to prescription medication because it's not addictive, and it has been proven to work. A cup of chamomile tea helps you to relax and can lull you into sleep. Melatonin is not an herb, but rather a hormone that is a natural secretion of the pineal gland. Melatonin in the body controls the circadian rhythm so we sleep at night and stay alert during daylight hours.
However, Health Canada is warning consumers to beware of Fulda Unitang Herbs Sleep Plus product because it contains a prescription sedative that could be dangerous to some people and addictive to others.Even taking the capsules as directed (one or two capsules a day) could result in an overdose. This remedy should not be taken by anyone under the age of 18, pregnant or breast feeding women, or the elderly.
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