Lorazepam (Ativan) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations

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What is the Generic Name for Ativan?

lorazepam

What is the Trade Name for lorazepam?

Ativan

What are the Indications of Lorazepam (Ativan) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

anxiety, sedation, seizures

What are the Actions of Lorazepam (Ativan) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

general CNS depression by potentiating inhibitory neurotransmitters

What is the Therapeutic Class of Lorazepam (Ativan) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

anesthetic adjuncts, antianxiety agents, sedative hypnotics

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Lorazepam (Ativan) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

Benzodiazepine

What are the Nursing Considerations of Lorazepam (Ativan) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

  • use caution with COPD and sleep apnea
  • avoid alcohol use
  • antidote is Flumazenil (Romazicon)
  • may cause apnea, cardiac arrest, bradycardia, hypotension
  • use caution with other CNS depressants
  • administer slowly and dilute to decrease complications

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