Also known as: Lorazepam
Biolar, a benzodiazepine with antianxiety, sedative, and anticonvulsant effects, is intended for the intramuscular or intravenous routes of administration.
Biolar is in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peens). Biolar affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. Biolar is used to treat anxiety disorders.
Biolar may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Biolar should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
Take Biolar exactly as it was prescribed for you. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never use Biolar in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your symptoms.
Lorazepam may be habit-forming. Never share Biolar with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Selling or giving away Biolar is against the law. Biolar should be used for only a short time. Do not take this medicine for longer than your doctor recommends.
Do not stop using Biolar suddenly or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, including a seizure (convulsions). Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine. Call your doctor if this medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your anxiety symptoms.
In cases of a suspected Biolar overdose, it is important to establish whether the patient is a regular user of Biolar or other benzodiazepines, since regular use causes tolerance to develop. Also, one must ascertain whether other substances were also ingested.
Signs of overdose range through mental confusion, dysarthria, paradoxical reactions, drowsiness, hypotonia, ataxia, hypotension, hypnotic state, coma, cardiovascular depression, respiratory depression, and death.
Early management of alert patients includes emetics, gastric lavage, and activated charcoal. Otherwise, management is by observation, including of vital signs, support and, only if necessary, considering the hazards of doing so, giving intravenous flumazenil.
Patients are ideally nursed in a kind, nonfrustrating environment, since, when given or taken in high doses, benzodiazepines are more likely to cause paradoxical reactions. If shown sympathy, even quite crudely feigned, patients may respond solicitously, but they may respond with disproportionate aggression to frustrating cues. Opportunistic counseling has limited value here, as the patient is unlikely to recall this later, owing to drug-induced anterograde amnesia.
Store Ativan at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Biolar is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.