Lorazepam has several positive effects and is highly valued and considered highly effective. Some of its effects include
Lorazepam is considered to be very effective and to give strong anxiolytic effects results, it is also most famous for its management of sever anxiety but for short periods. Official FDA recommendation is that any benzodiazepines including thereby Lorazepam should not be practiced over the period of two to maximum four weeks. As mentioned before Lorazepam is considered to achieve results rather fast and is therefore applicable in managing panic anxiety attacks.
It can be used to help the patients who are under mechanical ventilation. Though in later years it is somewhat discouraged as is common consensus that other medication such as propofol might be better due to better cost to effectiveness ratio.
Lorazepam is a strong sedative and has also quite potent hypnotic properties, also is quite strong after only one dosage, therefore making it most effective for treating momentary insomnia, specifically attacks of extreme anxiety. Lorazepam exhibits, as mentioned, rather fast action after taken. Some of the effects of withdrawal can possibly include reoccurring insomnia and reoccurring anxiety, and those are reported, to possibly, appear upon using Lorazepam for seven days.
Intravenous administration of benzodiazepines is considered best treatment for strong epileptically seizures. Lorazepam is considered most effective for this amongst all benzodiazepines. Nevertheless, in case of the senior population phenobarbital has proven to be also as effective, without the possible side effects presented with Lorazepam.
Lorazepam also has somewhat strong amnesic properties; this combined with other similar properties opens the possibility of using it as a premedication. This means it can be administered right before an operation when patient is going under a general anesthesia, and it can lower the dose of the anesthetic that will be administered, also in cases when the patients’ needs to wake up after unpleasant surgeries. Orally it can be administered hour and a half to two hours before the operation and IV even up to ten minutes just before the operation, making it very useful in emergency operations. This medication can be potentially be utilized as replacement for midazolam which is used for palliative sedation. IC wards use Lorazepam when they want to achieve hypnosis, amnesia or anxiolysis.
Lorazepam has very strong anticonvulsant effects and is used to stop acute seizures, only problem being that after the use it will exhibit longer sedation than maybe wanted. Orally administered benzodiazepines are known for use in prolonged treatment of some forms of epilepsy but usually not as a first option cure, mainly because the patient will develop resistance over time.
Some doctors administer Lorazepam for patients who are in treatment of alcoholism mainly to prevent the symptoms and appearance of alcohol withdrawal. One of the good things about this is that it can be administered even if the hepatic functions are compromised, as is the case with most patients with alcohol addiction, this is because Lorazepam functions without the need of oxidation.