lor·​az·​e·​pam lȯr-ˈa-zə-ˌpam How to pronounce lorazepam (audio)
: a benzodiazepine tranquilizer C15H10Cl2N2O2 used especially to relieve anxiety and insomnia and to control epileptic seizures

Examples of lorazepam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These include: Benzodiazepines like Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), and Ativan (lorazepam) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), particularly Aleve (naproxen) and Tivorbex (indomethacin) Corticosteroids like prednisone can also trigger psoriasis if stopped abruptly. Maureen Salamon, Verywell Health, 10 Apr. 2024 The most common ones used are diazepam, clonazepam, lorazepam and midazolam. Jacob Pellinen, Discover Magazine, 24 Feb. 2024 Kraft was arrested at a traffic stop in 1983 after police found a dead man in the passenger seat with beer bottles and lorazepam tablets scattered around his feet. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 30 Nov. 2023 An employee had skipped Anita’s midnight dose of lorazepam. AZCentral.com, 28 Aug. 2023 The employee that skipped the pill was under the impression that Anita was prescribed lorazepam merely to help her sleep. AZCentral.com, 28 Aug. 2023 Its generic drugs included adenosine, which is a drug for irregular heartbeats, and lorazepam, which is used for anxiety as well as nausea and vomiting in some cancer patients. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 16 July 2023 The attorneys and their medical expert, Dr. Paul White, suggested that Jackson injected extra propofol and swallowed several tablets of the sedative lorazepam during moments that morning when Murray’s back was turned – causing Jackson to die so suddenly that Murray could not have saved him. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 28 June 2023 Diane’s nurse practitioner wrote her another prescription for lorazepam, to be used during panic attacks, and one for the antidepressant Zoloft. Katie Engelhart, New York Times, 9 May 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lorazepam was in 1969

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“Lorazepam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lorazepam. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


lor·​az·​e·​pam lȯr-ˈaz-ə-ˌpam How to pronounce lorazepam (audio)
: 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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