The most common lorazepam side effects included:
* A sleeping or calming effect (known medically as sedation) -- in up to 15.9 percent of people; * Dizziness -- up to 6.9 percent; * Weakness -- up to 4.2 percent; * Unsteadiness -- up to 3.4 percent.
Some other possible side effects included: Drowsiness; Fatigue; Memory loss; Confusion; Disorientation; Vertigo (a spinning sensation);
Vision changes; Headaches; Slurred speech; Nausea; Constipation;
Sex drive changes; Impotence; Orgasm problems; Hair loss; Slightly lower blood pressure.
Some severe side effects are, which would require one to speak to the doc/pharmacist who prescribed the med., these include but are not limited to:
Depression (or worsening of existing depression); Suicidal thoughts; Difficulty breathing; Seizures; Anxiety, excitation, or agitation; Hostility, aggression; Insomnia; Hallucinations; Signs of an allergic reaction, including unexplained rash, hives, itching, and unexplained swelling.
However please speak to your doc/pharmacist who has prescribed the med for more professional advice, hope this of help to you?
It's always a good idea to put your dosage amount in when asking a question like that. If you are on 0.5 mg or 1 mg. or higher? I imagine if it's something you just started, it would be the lower, ie. 0.5 or 1mg. and every 8 hours should not effect you too much, but of course, everyone is different, so if you find it's making you too sleepy, or unable to do your usual activities, speak w/your Dr. and you can always try taking 1/2 pill instead of the whole until you are able to get things squared away with the Dr. Always best to get Dr. opinions, but sometimes they are just not available. Pharmacists are always helpful w/questions regarding your dosage amounts too if Dr. is not around to see you or speak with you. Being that it is a drug for anxiety, there is nothing wrong with cutting it in half if the whole pill seems to be too much for you right now. Try to keep at the "every 8 hours though." Good luck, i'm sure it will all work out and end up to be helpful to you. Take care.
- Lorazepam Information for Consumers
- Lorazepam Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lorazepam (detailed)
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