The benefits of Ativan for people suffering from anxiety are many. Ativan, or Lorazepam as it's also referred to has the approval of the Food and Drug Administration in the United States for treating anxiety. This medication is in the same classification as Xanax, Valium and Klonopin which all belong to the benzodiazepine family of drugs. Ativan works by enhancing the effect of GABA, a brain chemical that is responsible for reducing the activity of nerves in the brain. In addition to treating anxiety, Ativan is also used to treat insomnia, depression and panic attacks.
The typical patient suffering from anxiety who is prescribed Ativan is told to take 2 to 3 milligrams of this medication each day. Insomnia sufferers are usually told to take between 2 and 4 milligrams of Ativan before bedtime. For the anxiety sufferer, it may take several days before the patient feels better but the insomnia patient may find that Ativan works immediately in helping them fall asleep within a half an hour after a dose is taken at night.
It is not recommended to stay on Ativan for more than 4 months as it may become habit forming. Since the recreational use for Ativan and other benzodiazepines is every popular, it is very important that you store your medication away from people that might be susceptible to substance abuse.