Temesta 2.5 mg Lorazepam
Brand name: Temesta 2.5 mg Lorazepam by Neuraxpharm
Treatment: anxiety disorders, trouble sleeping, active seizures, status epilepticus, alcohol withdrawal, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
Quantity per pack: 30 x 2.5 mg tablets
Price per pill: £1.40
Active Ingredient: Lorazepam
Lorazepam belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines. They are most commonly used to treat:
- anxiety disorders
- sleeping disorders
- active seizures
- status epilepticus
- alcohol withdrawal
- chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
Temesta 2.5 mg Lorazepam is prescribed as a short-term therapy form of treatment for anxiety (2 -4 weeks) and Active seizures. It is also often taken by those having sleeping difficulties which are due to anxiety. It can also be used as a sedative before a surgical procedure or an operative dental treatment. Temesta 2.5 mg Lorazepam is not suitable to be used for any longer than 4 weeks. Neither to treat mild or moderate anxiety in adults. Nor is it to be used for treating anxiety or insomnia in children. If you seek a more mild dosage of Lorazepam, we also offer a 2 mg version. It is called Merlopam-2 Lorazepam and its manufactured by Mersi farma
Do not take Lorazepam if:
- you have severe breathing or chest problems
- you’re allergic to benzodiazepines or any of the other ingredients found in Lorazepam
- suffering with myasthenia gravis (very weak or tired muscles)
- you have serious liver problems
- you’re displaying symptoms of sleep apnoea (breathing problems whilst asleep)
- breast-feeding, as its possible that the drug may pass into the breast milk.
- planning a pregnancy or are pregnant.
If you have been prescribed Temesta 2.5 mg Lorazepam for anxiety and no other medications, please consult your doctor or GP whether other medications should also be prescribed.
When special care is required with Lorazepam:
Please consult a doctor or your GP if any of the following apply:
- you abuse, or have in the past abused drugs or alcohol
- you have a personality disorder. Because if so, you have a greater chance of becoming dependent on Lorazepam
- suffering any kidney or liver problems
- suffering from depression, since Lorazepam may increase any suicidal feelings which you may have
- previously suffered from depression, since it could re-occur during treatment with Lorazepam
- breathing problems
- suffering from an eye problem called glaucoma e.g. high pressure within the eye.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or GP that you are taking Lorazepam Tablets before taking any other medicine. Or if you enter hospital for treatment, or if you are taking any other medicines, including those which have not been prescribed by a doctor, since they may affect the way Temesta 2.5 mg Lorazepam works.
Temesta 2.5 mg Lorazepam may also affect the way other drugs work. In particular, you should tell your doctor if you are taking:
- any other sedative (e.g. barbiturates or antihistamines)
- anti-anxiety drugs
- strong pain killers (e.g. methadone)
- drugs for epilepsy (e.g. phenobarbital or valproate)
- drugs for mood or mental disorders (e.g. chlorpromazine, loxapine or clozapine)
- drugs for cataplexy
- treating HIV
- to treat delusions or hallucinations
- help with indigestion (e.g. cisapride or omeprazole)
- muscle relaxants (e.g. baclofen and tizanidine)
- drugs for addiction treatment (e.g. lofexidine and disulfram)
- TB drugs such as isazanid
- antibiotics such as erthromycin; drugs to treat high blood pressure
- Parkinson’s disease drugs e.g. levodopa
- oestrogen-containing contraceptives and drugs for asthma (theophylline).
The dose of these drugs may need to be reduced before you can take Lorazepam Tablets.
Using Lorazepam Tablets with food or drink
Grapefruit juice and drinks containing caffeine should be avoided as they can affect the way that Lorazepam works.
Elderly or patients with liver or kidney problems
– Older patients may be given lower doses. They may respond to half the usual adult dose or less.
Lorazepam is usually prescribed for short courses of treatment, lasting from a few days to 4 weeks including a dose reduction at the end. This reduces the risk of becoming dependent on them, or suffering unpleasant effects when you stop taking them (See ‘If you stop taking Lorazepam Tablets’ section).
The beneficial effect of these tablets may be less apparent after several weeks of use. If you take them for more than 4 weeks, your doctor might want to take blood samples occasionally to check your blood and liver. Since drugs like Lorazepam have occasionally been known to affect blood and liver functions.
If you take more Lorazepam Tablets than you should
If one has overdosed on Lorazepam (that is more than the doctor has prescribed), seek medical help immediately. Either by calling a doctor or your GP, or going to the nearest accident and emergency department. Always take the labelled medicine container with you, even if there are no tablets left.
If you forget to take
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dosage. If you forget to take a tablet for anxiety, you should take it as soon as you remember, as long as it is less than 3 hours that you normally take it. If more than 3 hours has passed, just take the next tablet when it is due.
If you forget to take a tablet for sleeping problems, only take it if you will be able to sleep for 7 to 8 hours afterwards.
If you stop taking
After you have finished your prescribed treatment, your doctor or GP will decide if you need further treatment.
The number of tablets and how often you take them should always be reduced slowly before stopping them. This will allow your body to gradually ween itself off from the medicine, and reduce the risk of unpleasant effects when you finally stop taking them altogether. Consult a doctor or your GP who will help you and explain to you how to do this.
Once you have stopped your course of lorazepam, you may experience certain symptoms. It is possible you may show signs of:
- muscle pain
- confusion or irritability
- the original sleeplessness may also return.
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, ask your doctor for advice. Do not stop taking your tablets suddenly. This could lead to more serious symptoms such as loss of the sense of reality, feeling unreal or detached from life, and unable to feel emotion. Some patients have also experienced:
- numbness or tingling in their arms or legs
- tinnitus (ringing sounds in the ears)
- oversensitivity to light, sound and touch
- uncontrolled or overactive movements
- feeling sick
- being sic
- stomach upsets or stomach pain
- loss of appetite
- abnormally fast heartbeats
- panic attacks
- dizziness or feeling that you are about to fall
- memory loss
- feeling stiff and unable to move easily
- feeling very warm
- convulsions (sudden uncontrolled shaking or jerking of the body).
Individuals taking anti-depressants and those with seizure disorders may be more likely to experience convulsions. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, ask your doctor for advice immediately.
Like all medicines, Lorazepam can cause side-effects, although not everybody gets them. These are usually not serious and do not last long. If you do experience any of the following more rare unwanted effects, you should consult a doctor or your GP immediately. Although its worth noting that these effects are more likely to occur in children and elderly patients:
- violent anger
- sleeping difficulties
- personality changes
- sexual arousal
- abnormal behaviour
- false beliefs.
Unexplained bleeding and/or bruising or increased risk of infections e.g. frequent sore throats, mouth ulcers, weakness and pale skin as these are symptoms of blood dyscrasia.
Severe allergic reactions like:
- difficulty breathing
- swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue, throat, hands, feet
- severe faintness or dizziness
- Jaundice e.g. yellowing of the skin, eyes, nose, mouth
- pale coloured stools (faeces) and dark coloured urine.
However, you should tell your doctor if any of the following symptoms are severe or become troublesome:
- Daytime drowsiness
- reduced alertness
- poor muscle control
- muscle weakness
- hypersensitivity including anaphylaxis (allergic reactions)
- numbed emotions
- difficulty controlling urges and impulses to speak
- act or show emotions
- a feeling of well-being for no reason
- appetite changes
- sleep problems
- changes in sex drive
- decreased orgasm
- thoughts of harming or killing yourself
- becoming dependent on Lorazepam
- slurred speech
- memory loss or forgetfulness
- trembling or shaking
- impaired consciousness (ultimately coma)
- problems with vision including double vision or blurred vision
- worsening of sleep apnoea e.g. loud snoring
- restlessness and choking/gasping during the night
- breathing difficulties
- stomach upsets
- changes in the amount of saliva in the mouth
- skin problems such as rashes and inflammation
- erectile dysfunction.
Other rare unwanted effects, which you may not be aware of whilst taking Lorazepam, include:
- blood or liver function changes
- low blood pressure
- low body temperature.
If any of the side-effects get serious, or if you notice any side-effects not listed, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not take after the expiry date which is stated on the carton after EXP. The expiry date always refers to the last day of the month.
Do not store above 25°C, and keep stored in the original packaging it came in. If the tablets become discoloured or show any other signs of deterioration, you should seek the advice of your pharmacist who will tell you what to do.
Please note: Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask a doctor or your GP how to dispose of medicines that are no longer required. These measures will help protect the environment.