Ativan, a popular brand name of the drug Lorazepam, is a benzodiazepine class-drug, typically used to treat anxiety, sleep-disorders, seizures, and panic disorder. As a benzodiazepine drug, Ativan is now recommended for a maximum prescription period of just 4 weeks, thanks to strong problems with mental and physical dependence, leading to addiction. Today, nearly 5% of the U.S. adult population holds a benzodiazepine prescription to drugs like Ativan, Valium, and Xanax, despite evidence that benzos are tolerance inducing, cause worsening anxiety and depression over time, and cause strong mental reliance. Over the long-term, Ativan abuse can cause respiratory depression, excessive sedation resulting in death, seizures, memory impairment, and overdose.
With a highly addictive profile, even prescription users can find themselves addicted to Ativan, and may begin to show symptoms of drug abuse.