Before you are prescribed Ativan, it is important to let your doctor know about any medications you are currently taking, as there are a number of drugs that can interact adversely with this one. Those who are taking certain MAO inhibitors, including Nardil, Azilect, or Parnate, or narcotic medications like Vicodin or OxyContin, may not be able to take Ativan because of potentially dangerous interactions. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder of some kind and are looking for relief, Ativan has the potential to help. It is, however, important to keep in mind that this medication is only a crutch for those who have panic attacks, as opposed to a long term treatment. Although there are certain risks and side-effects associated with this medication, for most people they are minor.