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Drug interactions between Ativan and droperidol / fentanyl

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Ativan (lorazepam)

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lorazepam ↔ droperidol

Applies to:Ativan (lorazepam) and droperidol/fentanyl

Consumer information for this interaction is not currently available.

MONITOR CLOSELY: The use of droperidol has been associated with QT interval prolongation, torsade de pointes and other serious arrhythmias, and sudden death. The concurrent administration of agents that can produce bradycardia, a known risk factor for QT interval prolongation, such as benzodiazepines and opiates, particularly intravenous opiates, may increase the risk of QT interval prolongation. In addition, hypotensive effects and central nervous system- and/or respiratory-depressant effects may be additively or synergistically increased in patients taking droperidol with benzodiazepines or opiates, especially in elderly or debilitated patients.

MANAGEMENT: Extreme caution and close monitoring are recommended if droperidol must be administered concomitantly with other bradycardic drugs. The dosage of droperidol should be individualized and titrated to the desired effect. Routine vital sign and ECG monitoring is recommended. When droperidol is used in combination with benzodiazepines or opiates, patients should be monitored for potentially excessive or prolonged CNS or respiratory depression as well as severe hypotension. Ambulatory patients should be counseled to avoid hazardous activities requiring mental alertness and motor coordination until they know how these agents affect them, and to notify their doctor if they experience excessive or prolonged CNS effects that interfere with their normal activities.


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lorazepam ↔ fentanyl

Applies to:Ativan (lorazepam) and droperidol/fentanyl

Using narcotic pain or cough medications together with other medications that also cause central nervous system depression can lead to serious side effects including respiratory distress, coma, and even death. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Your doctor may be able to prescribe alternatives that do not interact, or you may need a dose adjustment or more frequent monitoring to safely use both medications. Do not drink alcohol or self-medicate with these medications without your doctor's approval, and do not exceed the doses or frequency and duration of use prescribed by your doctor. Also, you should avoid driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how these medications affect you. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a guideline only. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific patient is difficult to determine using this tool alone given the large number of variables that may apply.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

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