lor·​az·​e·​pam | \ lȯr-ˈa-zə-ˌpam How to pronounce lorazepam (audio) \

Definition of lorazepam

: a benzodiazepine tranquilizer C15H10Cl2N2O2 used especially to relieve anxiety and insomnia and to control epileptic seizures

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Recent Examples on the Web Among the drugs the FDA will allow compounders to make are five sedatives and anesthetics – etomidate, dexmedetomidine, ketamine, lorazepam, and midazolam. Ed Silverman, STAT, "FDA eases rules so compounders can make drugs for Covid-19 patients on ventilators," 16 Apr. 2020 There has been a 51% increase in demand so far this month for half a dozen different sedatives and anesthetics: propofol, dexmedetomidine, etomidate, ketamine, lorazepam, and midazolam. Ed Silverman, STAT, "A new Covid-19 problem: Shortages of medicines needed for placing patients on ventilators," 31 Mar. 2020 Benzodiazepines such as alprazolam, diazepam and lorazepam can be helpful when taken on a short-term basis. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Benzodiazepines might be a 'hidden element' of the US' overdose epidemic -- and doctor visits for prescriptions are increasing," 20 Jan. 2020 The benzo family includes diazepam, or Valium; clonazepam, or Klonopin; lorazepam, or Ativan; chlordiazepoxide, or Librium; and the one most commonly known to the pop culture, alprazolan, or Xanax, among others. Arash Javanbakht, The Conversation, "Where is my Xanax Rx? Why your doctor may be concerned about prescribing benzodiazepines," 18 Oct. 2019 The report identified the presence of amphetamine, methamphetamine, carboxy THC, gabapentine, lorazepam, mitragynine and norburprenorphine, according to crime lab toxicology supervisor Ariana Adeva. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Man charged with murder in death of Costa Mesa fire captain had 7 substances in his blood, expert testifies," 22 Aug. 2019 His family derives some comfort from the knowledge that the medical examiner did not find lorazepam in Little Roy’s system. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "— Roy Halladay (@RoyHalladay)," 17 July 2019 Benzodiazepines, such as as lorazepam and diazepam, are typically prescribed as a sleep aid and to treat anxiety. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Drop in new opioid prescriptions to benzodiazepine patients could reduce overdoses, study suggests," 13 Apr. 2018 Toxicology tests showed the presence of barbiturates, caffeine and lorazepam, also known as Ativan, for relief of anxiety. Ed White, The Denver Post, "Autopsy: Drugs taken by Chris Cornell didn’t cause death," 3 June 2017

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First Known Use of lorazepam

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lorazepam

probably from chlor- + -azepam (as in diazepam)

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“Lorazepam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lorazepam. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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Medical Definition of lorazepam

: a benzodiazepine tranquilizer C15H10Cl2N2O2 used especially to relieve anxiety and insomnia, to control status epilepticus, and as a premedication before surgery

Note: Lorazepam is marketed under the trademark Ativan.

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