Ativan (Lorazepam) Street Names

Ativan is a benzodiazepine that may be referred to as a “benzo.” Other street names for Ativan include downers, candy, and tranks.

Ativan (the brand name for lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine prescription drug sometimes referred to on the street as a “benzo.” This medication is used to help treat those suffering from anxiety disorder, alcohol withdrawal, and insomnia.

Ativan is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant with a wide-range of side effects such as sedation and feelings of euphoria. It is considered to be a Schedule IV controlled substance with a high potential for abuse and physical dependence, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Common Street Names Of Ativan

Common street names of Ativan can include:

  • tranks
  • sleeping pills
  • downers
  • silence
  • candy
  • control

Other benzodiazepines like Ativan include:

Some of the common street names for other benzodiazepines include:

  • benzos
  • nerve pills
  • chill pills
  • footballs
  • sleeping pills
  • k-pin

Side Effects Of Ativan Abuse

Those who participate in Ativan abuse may experience various side effects. Some of the more common side effects of Ativan can include:

  • sedation
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • constipation
  • dry mouth
  • drowsiness

Drug Interactions

Ativan is a CNS depressant that, when combined with other substances, can create life-threatening side effects. When combined with other CNS depressants, serious breathing problems and respiratory issues may arise.

To avoid drug interactions, do not combined Ativan with:

  • hallucinogens such as LSD (acid, window panes, blotter, tabs, ghb) and MDMA (molly, ecstasy)
  • Stimulant amphetamine medications used for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) such as Adderall
  • barbiturates
  • opioid painkillers such as OxyContin (oxycodone, oxy), hydrocodone (hydro), vicodin (vike), and Percocet (percs)
  • methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin)
  • alcohol
  • codeine
  • fentanyl (dance fever)
  • illicit drugs such as heroin 

In addition to the side effects which can occur, those who abuse Ativan or take the drug in large doses may experience life-threatening health concerns.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Stopping your dose of Ativan “cold turkey” can result in a person experiencing Ativan withdrawal. Symptoms of Ativan withdrawal can include:

  • tremors
  • sweating
  • sleeping problems
  • mental health issues such as anxiety or depression
  • irritability
  • rapid heart rate

Ativan Overdose

Those who take large quantities of Ativan may experience an overdose. Signs of an Ativan overdose may include:

  • low blood pressure
  • seizures
  • slow reflexes
  • loss of consciousness
  • respiratory depression
  • yellowing of the skin
  • fever
  • confusion
  • death

Seek urgent medical attention right away if you believe an overdose has taken place.

Ativan Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one are struggling with Ativan abuse, consider accessing a substance abuse treatment center. At Ohio Recovery Center, we offer:

  • inpatient care
  • medical detox
  • evidence-based practices like behavioral therapy
  • aftercare resources

To speak with one of our healthcare professionals and learn how we can help, please contact us today.

  1. Drug Enforcement Administration
  2. Drug Enforcement Administration
  3. Food and Drug Administration
  4. National Alliance on Mental Illness
  5. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

Published on: August 21, 2023

© 2024 Ohio Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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