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Ativan generically known asLorazepam, is a prescription medication primarily prescribed for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs, which act as central nervous system depressants to alleviate excessive anxiety and panic symptoms. By enhancing the calming effects of a neurotransmitter called GABA, It helps reduce overactive brain activity and induces a sense of relaxation. However, it should be used with caution due to its potential for addiction and withdrawal symptoms. Doctors typically recommend ativan for short-term use, as long-term use may lead to tolerance and dependence, necessitating careful monitoring and gradual withdrawal. Always follow your healthcare provider's instructions when using Ativan .