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Ativan is classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act (CSA) that belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines which acts on the brain and central nervous system (CNS) to help control anxiety and stop seizures. It is also used to treat or relieve insomnia, panic attacks, unjustified fears, agitation, and restlessness caused by anxiety (approved by the FDA) by reducing your physical responses and can help you feel calm and relaxed. The benefit of using this medicine is that anxiety or insomnia may improve rapidly. The doctor prescribes the dose at bedtime to treat insomnia due to anxiety. However, Ativan may be habit-forming so it must be used under the supervision of a health specialist. The dose of Ativan may be different for each person to treat anxiety, at the same time it carries a risk of abuse, misuse, and addiction which may lead to extreme depression, coma, or death. It also affects the responses by slowing the activity of the brain. The use of Ativan with drugs like opioid medications has led to serious side effects including changes in appetite, weakness, dizziness, loss of coordination, drowsiness, weakness, fatigue, confusion, nausea, trouble sleeping, nausea, vomiting, or even seizures.