What Are Ativan and Alcohol?
Understanding the effects of mixing Ativan and alcohol requires an understanding of the two drugs involved. Ativan, a brand-name form of lorazepam, is a sedative commonly prescribed for anxiety due to its sedative properties. Ativan is also sometimes prescribed for problems related to motor function issues. Alcohol provides a chemical sedative effect on the brain through suppression of the central nervous system. Alcohol is not a prescription medication, but is widely available. The two drugs, when combined, provide a multiple sedative effect that enhances the effects of each. If you believe yourself or a loved one to be addicted to Ativan and alcohol, you can call 800-861-9454 or fill out our confidential and secure contact form for more information.
"...physical or psychological dependency may develop from abuse of the medication."Ativan is widely prescribed to assist with panic attacks, anxiety, acute seizures and similar medical problems. Lorazepam, the primary ingredient in Ativan, is also prescribed for those recovering from alcohol addiction, making sufferers more likely to encounter this combination. The drug is currently classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance in the United States and may only be obtained with a prescription. The Schedule IV classification also indicates that physical or psychological dependency may develop from abuse of the medication. Alcohol is not a controlled substance, but is highly regulated. Alcohol is readily available in the United States to persons over the age of 21 through either dedicated liquor stores or normal grocery outlets with a proper state license. The relative ease of obtaining alcohol and Ativan, through one's own prescriptions or illicit means, makes the combination fairly easy to find.
Combining Ativan and alcohol produces a short term euphoric effect as the sedative qualities of each are magnified in a combined drug interaction. The two medications interact synergistically, drastically enhancing the effects of both upon the body and causing acute intoxication. Lorazepam's effects are dependent on the quantities consumed, as are those of alcohol, meaning that greater quantities produce higher euphoric effects with an increased likelihood of dependency. Call our confidential support line at 800-861-9454 for more information on the effects of combining these drugs. You can also fill out a quick contact form for more information on understanding the highs associated with this combination.
Dependency and tolerance levels are likely to increase quickly due to the combined drug interaction of the two substances.
Just as the highs associated with the medication increase in combination, so do the drawbacks. Dependency and tolerance levels are likely to increase quickly due to the combined drug interaction of the two substances. The documented adverse effects of both alcohol and Ativan are also increased synergistically, meaning that the problems of ataxia, headaches, nausea, depression and similar issues experienced when coming down or withdrawing from the medication are far more pronounced. Overdose also becomes far easier due to the combined drug interaction, increasing the likelihood of drowsiness, confusion, respiratory depression and even severe problems such as coma or death.
Ativan and Alcohol Treatment
Treatment for addiction to Ativan and alcohol typically involves a long period of detoxification and withdrawal from the drugs. This period should be monitored by a doctor or similar professional due to the high likelihood of relapse and withdrawal symptoms. Other medications may be introduced by a health care professional to help manage the intense withdrawal symptoms experienced by sufferers of Ativan and alcohol abuse. Long-term treatment may require abstaining from use of either drug indefinitely, due to residual physical and psychological dependencies resulting from addiction. Group therapy and sober living residency may be advised to help overcome the psychological dependencies created by the two drugs. For more information on the effects of mixing Ativan and Alcohol, the effects or treatment options please call 800-861-9454.