Lorazepam and Xanax are both benzodiazepines used for the treatment of anxiety, and both are equally effective for this use. The main differences between Lorazepam and Xanax are: Xanax has a quicker onset of effect, but a shorter duration of action (4 to 6 hours) compared with Lorazepam Mylan’s 8 hours
LORAZEPAM MYLAN tablets contain the active ingredient Lorazepam Mylan, which belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. They are thought to work by their action on brain chemicals. LORAZEPAM MYLAN is used to relieve anxiety.
Does Mylan still make Lorazepam Mylan?
Lorazepam and clorazepate are two of the many generic medications that Mylan currently makes and sells in tablet form. Lorazepam is the generic version of Ativan that is used to treat anxiety, tension, agitation, and insomnia, and as a preoperative sedative.
Which is better for anxiety Xanax or Lorazepam?
What it is used for
Management of anxiety disorders or for the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety or anxiety associated with depressive symptoms. Anxiety or tension associated with the stress of everyday life usually does not require treatment with an anxiolytic. The physician should periodically reassess the usefulness of the drug for the individual patient. Pre-surgical medication taken the night before surgery and/or 1-2 hours prior to the surgical procedure
- Lorazepam tablets and liquid start to work in around 20 to 30 minutes. The full sedating effect lasts for around 6 to 8 hours.
- The most common side effect is feeling sleepy (drowsy) during the daytime.
- It’s not recommended to use Lorazepam Mylan for longer than 4 weeks.
- If Lorazepam Mylan makes you feel sleepy, do not drive, ride a bike or use tools or machinery.
- Do not drink alcohol while taking Lorazepam Mylan. It can make you sleep very deeply.
Who can and cannot take Lorazepam Mylan
Lorazepam can be taken by adults and children aged 13 years and older for anxiety.
It can also be taken by adults and children aged 5 years or older as a “pre-med”.
Lorazepam is not suitable for everyone.
To make sure it’s safe for you, tell a doctor before starting Lorazepam Mylan if you:
- have had an allergic reaction to Lorazepam Mylan or any other medicine in the past
- have liver or kidney problems
- have breathing or chest problems
- have myasthenia gravis, a condition that causes muscle weakness
- have sleep apnea, a condition that causes breathing problems when you’re asleep
- have (or have had) depression or thoughts of harming yourself
- have been diagnosed with personality disorder
- have (or have had) problems with alcohol or drugs
- have arteriosclerosis, a condition that affects blood flow
- are trying to get pregnant, are already pregnant or breastfeeding
- have glaucoma, a condition that causes high blood pressure in the eye
- are going to have a general anesthetic for an operation or dental treatment
How and when to take it
Always take Lorazepam Mylan exactly as a doctor or pharmacist has told you. Lorazepam tablets come as 0.5mg, 1mg and 2.5mg tablets. The liquid contains 1mg of Lorazepam Mylan in each 1ml.
The usual dose for:
- anxiety – 1mg to 4mg each day; your doctor will tell you how often you need to take it
- sleep problems – 1mg to 2mg before bedtime (Lorazepam Mylan will start to work in around 20 to 30 minutes)
- a pre-med for adults – 2mg to 3mg the night before the procedure and then 2mg to 4mg about 1 to 2 hours before your procedure
- a pre-med for children aged 1 month to 11 years – dose will depend on the child’s weight
- a pre-med for children aged 12 to 17 years and up – 1mg to 4mg the night before the procedure and/or at least 1 hour before the procedure
If you’re older than 65 years or have liver or kidney problems, a doctor may recommend a lower dose.
Will my dose go up or down?
Lorazepam is usually prescribed for a short time, from a few days to 4 weeks. Your dose may go up or down until your doctor is happy you’re on the right dose.
Your doctor may gradually reduce your dose at the end of the course of treatment before stopping completely.
What if I forget to take it?
If you forget to take your Lorazepam Mylan:
- for anxiety – if it’s less than 3 hours since your missed dose, take it as soon as you remember. If more than 3 hours have passed, skip the missed dose.
- for sleep problems – leave out the missed dose if you have not taken it by bedtime. Take your usual dose the next night.
- before an operation or procedure (pre-med) – read any information you were given by the hospital about your procedure, which may have advice about missed doses. If it does not, call the hospital to ask what to do next.
If you forget to take Lorazepam Mylan, never take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet.
Like all medicines, Lorazepam Mylan can cause side effects in some people, but many people have no side effects or only minor ones.
Common side effects
These common side effects happen to more than 1 in 100 people.
If you get these side effects, keep taking the medicine and speak to a doctor:
- feeling sleepy or very tired in the daytime
- muscle weakness
- problems with your coordination or controlling your movements
Serious side effects
It happens rarely in less than 1 in 1000 people, but some people have serious side effects when taking Lorazepam Mylan.
Tell a doctor straight away if:
- your breathing becomes very slow or shallow
- your skin or the whites of your eyes turn yellow; this could be a sign of liver problems
- you find it difficult to remember things (amnesia)
- you see or hear things that are not there (hallucinations)
- you think things that are not true (delusions)
- you keep falling over
- you notice mood changes such as talking too much, feeling overexcited, restless, irritable or aggressive
Mood changes can become serious and are more likely in children or if you’re over 65.
Serious allergic reaction
In rare cases, Lorazepam Mylan may cause a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
Immediate action required:
- you get a skin rash that may include itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- you’re wheezing
- you get tightness in the chest or throat
- you have trouble breathing or talking
- your mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat start swelling
You could be having a serious allergic reaction and may need immediate treatment in hospital
How to cope with side effects
What to do about:
- feeling sleepy, or unusually tired in the daytime – do not drive, ride a bike or use tools or machinery until you feel better. Do not drink any alcohol as this will make you feel worse. This side effect should get better as your body gets used to the medicine. If your symptoms do not improve after a week or get worse, speak to a doctor as you may need a lower dose.
- muscle weakness – if you get unusual muscle weakness, which is not from exercise or hard work, talk to a doctor. You may need a blood test to find the cause.
- problems with your coordination or controlling your movements – if your symptoms do not improve after a week or get worse, speak to a doctor as you may need a lower dose.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
There’s not enough information to know if Lorazepam Mylan is safe to use in pregnancy. It might mean your baby is born with withdrawal symptoms.
If you become pregnant while taking Lorazepam Mylan, speak to a doctor.
Your doctor can explain the risks and the benefits of taking Lorazepam Mylan and will help you choose the best treatment for you and your baby.
You may need to keep taking Lorazepam Mylan during pregnancy as it’s important for you to remain well.
Lorazepam and breastfeeding
If a doctor or health visitor says your baby is healthy, you can use Lorazepam Mylan during breastfeeding. It’s recommended that you only take a low dose occasionally or for a very short time.
Lorazepam passes into breast milk in small amounts.
If you’re breastfeeding or want to breastfeed, talk to a doctor or pharmacist, as there might be better medicines for you. It will depend on what you’re taking Lorazepam Mylan for.
If you notice that your baby is not feeding as well as usual, seems unusually sleepy, has unusual breathing, or if you have any other concerns, talk to a health visitor or doctor as soon as possible.
Non-urgent advice: Talk to a doctor if you’re:
- trying to get pregnant
Cautions with other medicines
Some medicines interfere with the way Lorazepam Mylan works and increase the chances of you having side effects.
Speak to a doctor or pharmacist before starting Lorazepam Mylan if you take any of the following:
- antidepressants and antipsychotics used to treat mental health problems
- anticonvulsants used to treat epilepsy
- hypnotics used to treat anxiety or sleep problems
- drowsy or sedating antihistamines, such as chlorpheniramine or promethazine
- strong painkillers, such as codeine, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, pethidine or tramadol
- HIV medicines, such as ritonavir, atazanavir, efavirenz or saquinavir
- rifampicin, a medicine for bacterial infections or antifungal medicines, such as fluconazole
- proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) – medicines for reducing stomach acid, such as omeprazole or esomeprazole
- muscle relaxants, such as baclofen and tizanidine
- disulfiram, a medicine for alcohol addiction
- isoniazid, a medicine for tuberculosis
- theophylline, a medicine for asthma and other breathing problems
Mixing Lorazepam Mylan with herbal remedies or supplements
There’s very little information about taking herbal remedies and supplements with Lorazepam Mylan.
Do not take herbal medicines for anxiety or insomnia, such as valerian or passionflower, with Lorazepam Mylan. They can increase the drowsy effects of Lorazepam Mylan and may also have other side effects.
How to take it
The way to take this medicine is: Oral. This medicine is taken by mouth.
- Store below 25 degrees Celsius
- Protect from Light
- Store in Original Container
- Shelf lifetime is 24 Months.
You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.
Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.
White, round, flat, beveled, scored tablets, with the inscription “1.0” on one side
Do I need a prescription?
This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine. OPEN TOOLTIP TO FIND OUT MORE
This medicine contains the active ingredients:
- Lorazepam Mylan
If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.
Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?
For the active ingredient Lorazepam Mylan
You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy