Ativan is an anti-anxiety agent that causes mild suppression Of REM sleep, while increasing overall sleep period. It belongs to the Benzodiazepine family like diazepam, alprazolam, clonazepam, flurazepam along with also others. Ativan is used in the management of anxiety disorders and for relief of short term signs of stress. It's also applied for preanesthetic drugs to sedate and reduce stress in the event of a surgery. Ativan is known to be used for the management of status epilepticus. Take Ativan as guided by the physician. Check the label of this medicine for exact dose.