LORAZEPAM 1MG TABLETS

Active substance: LORAZEPAM

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This product is known by the above name but will be referred to as Lorazepam Tablets throughout this
leaflet. Another strength (2.5mg) is also available.

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In this leaflet:
1. What Lorazepam Tablets are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Lorazepam Tablets
3. How to take Lorazepam Tablets
4. Possible side-effects
5. How to store Lorazepam Tablets
6. Further information
1. What Lorazepam Tablets are and what they are used for
The name of your medicine is Lorazepam Tablets. Lorazepam is a member of a group of medicines called
benzodiazepines. It can help to relieve anxiety.
Lorazepam is prescribed as short-term therapy for anxiety (2 -4 weeks), or sleeping difficulties due to
anxiety. It may also be used as a sedative before surgery or operative dental treatment.
Lorazepam Tablets are not to be used for longer than 4 weeks, to treat mild or moderate anxiety in adults or
for anxiety/insomnia in children.
2. Before you take Lorazepam Tablets

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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their
symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side-effects get serious, or if you notice any side-effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not take Lorazepam Tablets:
• if you have severe breathing or chest problems
• if you are allergic to benzodiazepines or any of the other ingredients in Lorazepam Tablets (see list
under ‘What Lorazepam Tablets contain’)
• if you have myasthenia gravis (very weak or tired muscles)
• if you have serious liver problems
• if you suffer from sleep apnoea (breathing problems when you are asleep)
• if you are breast-feeding, since the drug may pass into breast milk.
• if you are planning a pregnancy or are pregnant.

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When special care is required with Lorazepam Tablets
Please consult your doctor if any of the following apply:
• if you abuse or have in the past abused drugs or alcohol
• if you have a personality disorder. If so, you have a greater chance of becoming dependent on
lorazepam
• if you have any kidney or liver problems
• if you are suffering from depression, since lorazepam may increase any suicidal feelings which you
may have
• if you have suffered from depression before, since it could re-occur during treatment with
lorazepam
• if you suffer from breathing problems
• if you are suffering from an eye problem called glaucoma e.g. high pressure within the eye.

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If you have been only prescribed Lorazepam Tablets for anxiety and no other medications, please consult
with your doctor whether other medications should also be prescribed.

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Using Lorazepam with food or drink
Grapefruit juice and drinks containing caffeine should be avoided as they can affect the way that Lorazepam
Tablets work.

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Lorazepam Tablets may also affect the way other drugs work. In particular, you should tell your doctor if you
are taking any other sedative (e.g. barbiturates or antihistamines), anti-anxiety drugs, anti-depressants,
strong pain killers (e.g. methadone), drugs for epilepsy (e.g. phenobarbital or valproate), antihistamines,
or drugs for mood or mental disorders (e.g. chlorpromazine, loxapine or clozapine), drugs for cataplexy;
treating HIV; to treat delusions or hallucinations; to help with indigestion (e.g. cisapride or omeprazole);
muscle relaxants (e.g. baclofen and tizanidine); drugs for addiction treatment (e.g. lofexidine and disulfram);
TB drugs such as isazanid; antibiotics such as erthromycin; drugs to treat high blood pressure; Parkinson's
disease drugs e.g. levodopa; oestrogen-containing contraceptives and drugs for asthma (theophylline). The
dose of these drugs may need to be reduced before you can take lorazepam.

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Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking lorazepam before taking any other medicine or if you enter
hospital for treatment, or if you are taking any other medicines, including those which have not been
prescribed by a doctor, since they may affect the way Lorazepam Tablets work.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant, or might become pregnant, without consulting your doctor.
Benzodiazepines, including lorazepam, may cause damage to the foetus if taken during early pregnancy.
If you take this medicine during late pregnancy or during labour, your baby, when born, may be less active
than other babies, have a low body temperature, be floppy, or have breathing or feeding difficulties for a
while. Your baby’s response to the cold might be temporarily impaired. If this medicine is taken regularly in
late pregnancy, your baby may develop withdrawal symptoms after birth.
Do not take this medicine if you are breast-feeding, since the drug may pass into breast milk, and cause the
baby to be less active and unable to suckle.
Driving and using machines
Lorazepam may make you feel dizzy, sleepy or forgetful during the day, or may affect your concentration.
This may affect your performance at skilled tasks such as driving machinery or operating machinery by
affecting your vision or muscle function. You should not take part in any other activities where this could put
yourself or others at risk.
You should avoid alcohol while you are taking lorazepam, since this may make you very drowsy and
seriously affect your ability to drive or use machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Lorazepam Tablets.
The 2.5mg Lorazepam Tablet contains the colour tartrazine (E102) which can cause allergic reactions,
including asthma, especially if you are also allergic to aspirin.
Each tablet also contains the equivalent of 0.25mg of potassium. Too much potassium may be harmful
if you are on a low potassium diet.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before
taking this medicinal product.
3. How to take Lorazepam Tablets
Always take Lorazepam Tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. The label on your medicine should also
tell you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Lorazepam Tablets should be
swallowed with water.
Adults (and children over 13 years of age)
• Anxiety: 1 to 4mg daily in divided doses. Your doctor will tell you how often to take your tablets.
• Sleeping Problems: 1 to 2mg before going to sleep. You should make sure that you will be able to
sleep for 7 to 8 hours before taking your tablets.
• Before Surgery: 2 to 3mg the night before your operation and 2 to 4mg 1 or 2 hours before your
operation.

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Children (between 5 and 13 years of age)
• Before Surgery: The dose is usually between 0.5 and 2.5mg (depending on your child’s weight) at
least 1 hour before your child’s operation.
• Lorazepam is not recommended for the treatment of anxiety or sleeping problems in children. Nor
is it recommended for children below 5 years of age.
Elderly or patients with liver or kidney problems
• Older patients may be given lower doses. They may respond to half the usual adult dose or less.
Lorazepam is usually prescribed for short courses of treatment, lasting from a few days to 4 weeks including
a dose reduction at the end. This reduces the risk of becoming dependent on Lorazepam Tablets, or
suffering unpleasant effects when you stop taking them. (See 'If you stop taking Lorazepam Tablets'
section).

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If you forget to take Lorazepam Tablets
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet. If you forget to take a tablet for anxiety, you
should take it as soon as you remember if it is less than 3 hours since your usual time. If more than 3 hours
has passed from when you usually take your tablet, just take your next tablet when it is due.
If you forget to take a tablet for sleeping problems, only take it if you will be able to sleep for 7 to 8 hours
afterwards.
If you stop taking Lorazepam Tablets
• After you have finished your prescribed treatment with lorazepam, your doctor will decide if you
need further treatment.
• The number of Lorazepam Tablets and how often you take them should always be reduced slowly
before stopping them. This allows your body to get used to being without your tablets, and reduces
the risk of unpleasant effects when you stop taking them. Your doctor will tell you how to do this.
• On stopping lorazepam, you may experience symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain, anxiety,
tension, depression, restlessness, sweating, confusion or irritability. Your original sleeplessness
may also return. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, ask your doctor for advice.
• Do not stop taking your tablets suddenly. This could lead to more serious symptoms such as loss of
the sense of reality, feeling unreal or detached from life, and unable to feel emotion. Some patients
have also experienced numbness or tingling of the arms of legs, tinnitus (ringing sounds in the
ears), oversensitivity to light, sound and touch, uncontrolled or overactive movements, twitching,
shaking, feeling sick, being sick, stomach upsets or stomach pain, loss of appetite, agitation,
abnormally fast heartbeats, panic attacks, dizziness or feeling that you are about to fall, memory
loss, hallucinations, feeling stiff and unable to move easily, feeling very warm, convulsions (sudden
uncontrolled shaking or jerking of the body).
• Patients taking anti-depressants and patients with seizure disorders may be more likely to
experience convulsions.

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If you take more Lorazepam Tablets than you should
If anyone has taken an overdose of Lorazepam Tablets (that is more than the doctor has prescribed), seek
medical help immediately, either by calling your doctor, or going to the nearest casualty department. Always
take the labelled medicine container with you, even if there are no tablets left.

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The beneficial effect of Lorazepam Tablets may be less apparent after several weeks of use. If you are given
lorazepam for more than 4 weeks, your doctor might want to take blood samples occasionally to check your
blood and liver, since drugs like lorazepam have occasionally affected blood and liver function.

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If any of the side-effects get serious, or if you notice any side-effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
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5. How to store Lorazepam Tablets
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children
Do not use after the expiry date printed on the carton or blister strip. The expiry date refers to the
last day of the month.
Do not store above 25˚C.
Return any unused tablets to your pharmacist. Only keep them if your doctor tells you to. Medicines
should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose
of medicines no longer required. These measures will help protect the environment.
If the tablets become discoloured or show any other signs of deterioration, you should consult your
pharmacist who will advise you what to do.

6. Further information
What Lorazepam Tablets contain
Each tablet contains 1mg of the active ingredient lorazepam in a white, round tablet with a scoreline on one
side and ‘1.0’ on the reverse.
The other ingredients are: lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose and polacrilin potassium.
Lorazepam 1mg Tablets are available as blister packs of 50 tablets.
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This product is manufactured by Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals, Little Connell, Newbridge, Co. Kildare,
Ireland and procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence holder:
Waymade plc, Miles Gray Road, Basildon, Essex SS14 3FR

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Other rare unwanted effects, which you may not be aware of whilst taking lorazepam, include blood or liver
function changes, or low blood pressure, or low body temperature.

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However, you should tell your doctor if any of the following symptoms are severe or become troublesome:
Daytime drowsiness, dizziness, reduced alertness, poor muscle control, muscle weakness, fatigue,
hypersensitivity including anaphylaxis (allergic reactions), confusion, depression, numbed emotions, difficulty
controlling urges and impulses to speak, act or show emotions, a feeling of well-being for no reason,
appetite changes, sleep problems, changes in sex drive, decreased orgasm, thoughts of harming or killing
yourself, becoming dependent on Lorazepam, headache, slurred speech, memory loss or forgetfulness,
trembling or shaking, impaired consciousness (ultimately coma), problems with vision including double
vision or blurred vision, worsening of sleep apnoea e.g. loud snoring, restlessness and choking/gasping
during the night, breathing difficulties, stomach upsets, nausea, constipation, changes in the amount of
saliva in the mouth, skin problems such as rashes and inflammation, erectile dysfunction.

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4. Possible side-effects
Like all medicines, Lorazepam Tablets can cause side-effects, although not everybody gets them. These are
usually not serious and do not last long.
If you experience any of the following more rare unwanted effects, you should tell your doctor immediately
(these effects are more likely to occur in children and elderly patients):
Restlessness, agitation, irritability, aggressiveness, violent anger, sleeping difficulties, nightmares,
hallucinations, personality changes, sexual arousal, abnormal behaviour or false beliefs.
Unexplained bleeding and/or bruising; increased risk of infections e.g. frequent sore throats, mouth ulcers,
weakness and pale skin as these are symptoms of blood dyscrasia.
Severe allergic reactions e.g. difficulty in breathing, swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, throat, hands, feet
and /or severe faintness or dizziness.
Jaundice e.g. yellowing of the skin, eyes, nose, mouth, pale coloured stools (faeces) and dark coloured
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