Ativan is a benzodiazepine with CNS depressant, anxiolytic and sedative properties. Anterograde amnesia, decreased or lack of recall of events during period of drug action, has been reported after administration of lorazepam and appears to be dose-related. The short-term relief of manifestations of excessive anxiety in patients with anxiety neurosis. Adjunct for the relief of excessive anxiety that might be present prior to surgical procedures. Anxiety and tension associated with the stresses of everyday life usually do not require treatment with anxiolytic drugs.