Ativan is the brand name for Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety agent. Ativan is a benzodiazepine and mild tranquilizer, sedative, and central nervous system (CNS) depressant. Ativan is manufactured in pill form as well as liquid form for injection. Ativan is very addictive and can cause psychological and physical dependence.
An Ativan overdose happens when you consume more Ativan than your body can safely handle. Ativan abusers are constantly flirting with drug overdose, and the difference between the high they're seeking and serious injury or death is often quite small. The symptoms of Ativan overdose are degrees of central nervous system depression ranging from drowsiness to coma.
In mild cases, symptoms include:
- mental confusion
- unsteady walk
- depressed breathing
In more serious cases, and especially when other drugs or alcohol were ingested, symptoms may include:
- hypnotic state
- stage one (1) to three (3) coma