Can you get high on lorazepam?
Yes. And no.
YES - Lorazepam can get you high when used in larger doses than prescribed for treating anxiety. In fact, lorazepam which is used by people to get high on Ativan and Temesta is habit-forming and can cause physical dependence and addiction. Lorazepam also has adverse effects which make it dangerous, especially when taken in large amounts.
NO - Most people DO NOT get high on lorazepam when it is taken as prescribed. More here on lorazepam effects on the body, plus a place for your questions about lorazepam at the end.
Lorazepam chemistry and use
Lorazepem is the active ingredient in the name-brand drugs Ativan and Temesta. Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine medication primarily used to treat anxiety. However, lorazepam is usually prescribed for no longer than 4 months at a time due to its addiction liability. A typical course of lorazepam treatment, for example, would be 2-4 weeks. Lorazepam is sometimes used to treat severe seizures, insomnia, muscle spasms, and related disorders.
Lorazepam and central nervous system effects
Lorazepam is a central nervous system depressant. This benzodiazepine slows activity in the brain and enhances natural chemicals which have a calming effect. Sedative and tranquilizing effects are possible. Benzos how long in system? Benzodiazepines like Lorazepam can be detected in urine for 7 days to weeks to months after use, depending on frequency of use and chronic use vs. occasional use.
Lorazepam and euphoria
You can get high by taking lorazepam in larger doses than are normally prescribed by therapeutic use. However, taking lorazepam in the prescribed amounts for legitimate medical purposed is unlike to get you high. In addition to a feeling of euphoria, taking lorazepam can cause dizziness and drowsiness.
Mixing lorazepam with other substances
It’s dangerous to mix lorazepam, or any benzodiazepine, with other central nervous system depressants (for example, alcohol or opiates). Some people enjoy mixing these substances because it gives them a better high, or enhances the effects they’re seeking, but this is a potentially deadly combination. Mixing CNS depressants heightens their effects and can make it easier to overdose, causing trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, coma, and death.
Can you get addicted to Lorazepam?
Yes, lorazepam is highly addictive. Both abusers and normal users will develop a tolerance with sustained use, making it difficult to stop taking the medication due to withdrawal effects. Larger and larger doses will be necessary to treat symptoms and to get high. These larger doses carry a greater risk of serious adverse effects, which can include breathing difficulties and heartbeat irregularities.
Am I addicted to Lorazepam?
Do you take lorazepam in larger doses than prescribed? Do you fill multiple prescriptions for lorazepam with different doctors and pharmacies? Do you take lorazepam without a prescription? Do you need to take lorazepam regularly to avoid withdrawals? If you answered, “Yes” to any of these questions, you might have a problem with lorazepam addiction.
Help for Lorazepam abuse
Benzodiazepine addiction is a common problem, so there are resources available to help you. If you want to quit, don’t do it by stopping your medication abruptly. A doctor can help you taper your dosage so that you can safely quit. Or seek help with a medical detox center to go through lorazepam withdrawal with 24 hour care. After you get off lorazepam, you can ask your doctor or even social services about local support groups for lorazepam addiction. You may also be able to get a referral to a therapist who specializes in prescription drug addiction.
Getting high on lorazepam questions
Do you still have questions about getting high on lorazepam? Or maybe a question about using lorazepam or signs of lorazepam addiction. Please leave your questions below as a comment, and we will do our best to respond to your questions with a personal and prompt reply.
Reference Sources: MedLine Plus: Lorazepam
Drug Enforcement Administration: Benzodiazepines
PubMed Central: Lorazepam withdrawal seizures
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