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Review: could Ativan cause Delirium?

Summary: Delirium could be caused by Ativan, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Aspirin, and have Depression.

We study 32,949 people who have side effects while taking Ativan from FDA and social media. Among them, 252 have Delirium. Find out below who they are, when they have Delirium and more.

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Ativan

Ativan (latest outcomes from 35,106 users) has active ingredients of lorazepam. It is often used in stress and anxiety.

Delirium

Delirium (wild excitement) (latest reports from 86,529 patients) has been reported by people with depression, pain, acupuncture and pain, high blood pressure, insomnia.

On Apr, 14, 2014: 32,945 people reported to have side effects when taking Ativan. Among them, 252 people (0.76%) have Delirium. They amount to 0.29% of all the 86,416 people who have Delirium on eHealthMe.

Trend of Delirium in Ativan reports

Time on Ativan when people have Delirium * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Delirium78.95%5.26%0.00%0.00%5.26%10.53%0.00%

Gender of people who have Delirium when taking Ativan * :

FemaleMale
Delirium52.77%47.23%

Age of people who have Delirium when taking Ativan * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Delirium0.00%0.00%1.29%6.47%6.90%9.91%14.66%60.78%

Severity of Delirium when taking Ativan ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Delirium0.00%0.00%100.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Delirium ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Delirium0.00%100.00%0.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Depression (29 people, 11.51%)
  2. Pain (28 people, 11.11%)
  3. Anxiety (24 people, 9.52%)
  4. Hypertension (17 people, 6.75%)
  5. Multiple myeloma (12 people, 4.76%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aspirin (44 people, 17.46%)
  2. Vioxx (43 people, 17.06%)
  3. Lasix (42 people, 16.67%)
  4. Lipitor (42 people, 16.67%)
  5. Oxycontin (40 people, 15.87%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

Comments for this study:

TXGERL (1 year ago):

Question. My husband 65 has chf and afib. He has alot of medical problems but dementia was not one of them. He was giving ativan for his anxiety and his B/P and resp. dropped B/P 48/24 and had like a sleep apnea. They gave him a drug to reverse it. Afterwards he seemed slightly confused and I was told it was from his liver function being impaired and was the toxins causing it. He came home a couple weeks later but his afib went out of control 198 and was defib x2 in ambulance and on a vent. when I arrived at ER. He was off vent the next day and was ok mentally with a little trouble with his memory. He is scared of hospitals and had an anxiety attack and was giving ativan again. This time he acts like he has full dementia. How can he have dementia overnight? I asked about Delirium and was told no he just "turned a corner" from being sick.?
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