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How long does lorazepam stay in your system?

How long does lorazepam stay in your system?

Lorazepam clears the body fairly quickly.

In fact, lorazepam’s short half-life (related to other benzodiazepines) is about 12-18 hours. While lorazepam usually is not reported in standard drug tests, if you are getting high on lorazepam you risk physical and psychological dependence on the drug. So how long can you expect for lorazepam to leave the body completely? More on the peak levels and half life of lorazepam here, plus a section for your questions about lorazepam use or detection at the end.

Main Lorazepam uses

Lorazepam treats anxiety, panic attacks, and insomnia. It’s also used for other conditions, including epilepsy, irritable bowel syndrome, and alcohol withdrawal. Lorazepam decreases abnormal excitement in the brain, to control anxiety and relax the body. However, lorazepam should only be prescribed for 2-4 weeks because of it is one of the most addictive sleeping tablets on the market.

How do you take Lorazepam?

Lorazepam is available in two forms. There is an oral tablet, and a liquid solution, which are both ingested. Sometimes, the pill is crushed and snorted, but this is dangerous and discouraged by medical professionals.

Peak levels and half life of Lorazepam

Lorazepam reaches peak concentrations in the blood in two hours. This lorazepam peak level varies on the amount taken, of course, but for a 2 mg tablet, it would be about 20 ng/mL. The age of the person taking Lorazepam doesn’t seem to effect the rate of absorption. So, the average half-life of lorazepam in most people is about 12 hours.

Lorazepam drug testing: How long does Lorazepam stay in the body?

Lorazepam stays in the body for a short time. Lorazepam usually takes a day or two to clear from the body completely. Lorazepam can be detected in blood, hair, and urine samples during drug testing.

How long does Lorazepam stay in blood?

Lorazepam stays in the blood for such as short amount of time because of the drug’s long half life. Exactly how long it stays in the blood depends on the dose taken – therapeutic dosage ranges from 1-10 mg per day, and someone abusing the medication might take even more.

How long does Lorazepam stay in hair?

Lorazepam can be detected in hair up to 90 days after the drug was first taken. The length of the person’s hair at the time of testing, as well as hair color or color treatments can affect the accuracy of the results.

How long does Lorazepam stay in urine?

Traces of Lorazepam can be found in urine for at perhaps a day or two. This depends on the dose of lorazepam taken, and if it’s been taken frequently in the past. Lorazepam addicts and abusers will have a harder time clearing this drug from their system, even after stopping.

Lorazepam and addiction

Lorazepam is a habit-forming drug, and it is addictive. Users will develop a tolerance after just a short time, meaning it will take higher amounts of lorazepam to achieve the same results or effects as when you first starting taking lorazepam. Trying to quit lorazepam once you’re addicted or have a physical dependence can be very difficult because of the cravings and withdrawal effects it can cause. For this reason, lorazepam is never prescribed for long-term use.

Problems with Lorazepam?

Lorazepam does have unpleasant, potentially dangerous withdrawal effects. There is good news, though: it’s possible to get off the medication by tapering the dosage. If you want to stop taking lorazepam, talk to your doctor about a gradually decreasing your dose to make the transition as easy as possible. Doctors always recommend that you go through withdrawal with medical supervision. This can minimize the risk of adverse effects, and certain medications might be helpful to treat and ease withdrawal symptoms.

Lorazepam in your system questions

Do you still have questions about lorazepam in your system? We will be happy to try to answer your questions here. Please leave all lorazepam questions or comments below. We will do our best to respond to you with a personal and prompt reply.

Reference sources: Daily Med: Ativan (lorazepam) tablet
PubMed Health: Lorazepam
DEA: Drugs and Chemicals of Concern: Benzodiazepines
Drug Enforcement Administration: Benzodiazepines
eLaws:  Drug-Free Workplace Advisor

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182 Responses to “How long does lorazepam stay in your system?
12:05 pm April 12th, 2012

It’s been about 3 days since I’ve stopped taking lorazepam & i feel awful! I can’t sleep & I feel disoriented, dizzy, & like I’m high. When will I feel normal again? I hate this!!

2:16 pm April 12th, 2012

Hi Annie. How long were you taking lorazepam? And how did you stop taking it – gradually tapering or cold turkey? And have you consulted your prescribing doctor?

7:38 pm April 29th, 2012

I am going to move to Korea in August to teach. I need to be OFF my Lorazepam for a drug test. How long will it take to be gone. I take 1 mg a day..I take half a tab in the AM and the other half in the PM. TY, Kat

Also do you know if Celexa will show up on the test?

12:49 am April 30th, 2012

Hi Kat. Thanks for your question. Are you taking lorazepam with a prescription? If so, just present the Rx to the Medical Officer in charge of drug testing. If you are using as prescribed, your test will show NEGATIVE. Same for other prescription drugs like Celexa. What kind of test is required during the pre-employment drug screen? Urine? Blood? Hair? And how many panels? 5-7-9-10?

3:35 pm May 28th, 2012

Yes, it is prescribed, as is Celexa. I do not know what type of drug test, but pretty sure it’s urine test.Don’t know about panels?

Ty, Kat

3:57 pm May 29th, 2012

Hi Kat. Panels are just multiple tests using the same specimen for different classes of drugs. For example: opiates, amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, etc. Regardless, just take your prescription with you to the test and you should be OK.

3:21 am June 8th, 2012

What is the best way to taper off? Cut a dose of half the doses until I can stop altogether? I take one milligram a day, divided by two, 1/2 morning, 1/2 at night.
Thank you.

Leaving for Korea in one month.. needs to be gone. TY.

5:11 am June 11th, 2012

Hi again, Kat. Yes. Weaning off any dependence forming prescription medication helps ease symptoms of withdrawal. The best thing to do is to consult your prescribing doctor and ask about a tapering schedule to get off lorazepam. And to ask for medical advice on how to treat symptoms of withdrawal at home. Good luck!

john sanders
5:29 pm June 11th, 2012

Hi – i took one .5 mb lorazepam 2.5 days ago and now I need to take a drug test – probably immunoassay with GC/MS to confirm. I figure it should be out of my system, but maybe I should stall and take the test tomorrow. Stupid me! I didn’t even think about it as an illicit drug!

9:04 pm June 15th, 2012

Hi John. Do you have a prescription for the lorazepam? If so, just bring the Rx to the drug screen and you should be OK. Medical Review Officers read the results and compare them with industry cut off levels for therapeutic use. If not, it seems that your instincts are guiding you: a longer period for metabolism can increase chances that lorazepam go undetected.

10:58 pm June 17th, 2012

Detoxing and NOT fun.. UGH.. I did not realize how addicting this drug is.. :-(

7:35 pm June 20th, 2012

Hi Kat. Do you have medical supervision or help while detoxing? What kinds of actions help you?

3:57 pm June 27th, 2012

Hi, i have been using Lorazapan mg for the last years, i only take it before i go to sleep. how long will it take to get it out of my system. This is prescribed by my neurologist. How long will the effects last and how do i go about it ridding me of it. Thx

5:29 pm June 27th, 2012

Hi Ed. Check in with your neurologist FIRST before you start decreasing or slowly stopping lorazepam. This drug has known withdrawal effects and you should stop taking it ONLY under medical supervision. Just so that you know…in general, you wean yourself from lorazepam by slowly by tapering the dose until you stop taking it altogether. This process can take days to weeks. Cold turkey withdrawal from lorazepam is not recommended. But once it is out of your system, you will no longer be physically dependent on the drug.

Does this help?

12:00 am August 4th, 2012

Hi again,
Could not make it without Lorazepam.. Ended up in hospital.. I am leaving for Korea in 2 days, I guess I will just have to see what happens..

3:28 am September 4th, 2012

Hi iv been taking .5mg for a couple months now was taking more befor that but weened myself down to .5 once a day….just got perscribed Bupropion 75Mg twice a day, it says not to take if your just getting off any Benz (lorazepam) or have just recently stopped taking, its been 3 days now & have not taken anything but im scared im gonna have another panick attack, is the lorazepam out of my system enough to start this new perscription? Or should i try waiting a few more days?

1:04 pm September 4th, 2012

Hi Lisa. Thanks for your question. I would personally err on the side of caution, and wait as long as possible before starting bupropion after lorazepam. Benzodiazepines like lorazepam are notorious for remaining in the system due to their long half lives.

However, I think that this question will be best answered by the prescribing doctor or a pharmacist. I would definitely ask for medical advice before dosing with an antidepressant on top of a CNS depressant. They both work by increasing or decreasing certain types of activity in the brain and the overlap can cause serious adverse side effects.

9:53 am September 5th, 2012

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2:11 am September 15th, 2012

My boyfriend was prescribed Lorazepam and has quit taking it for two whole day now and can’t sleep. I was wondering is it safe to take an Ambien at night to help him sleep? Since he hasnt taken the Lorazepam, he should be fine right? The physcatrist said if he takes maybe half of an Ambien he should be alright…I just want to make sure, thanks

1:04 pm September 16th, 2012

Hi Monique. As long as the Ambien is prescribed and taken as prescribed, your boyfriend should be OK. Ambien works as an anti-benzodiazepine hypnotic and should clear the system and not interfere with the action of lorazepam if taken a day apart.

9:47 pm September 22nd, 2012

Hi my name is Debbie I took lorazepam last night at 10:30 pm, it’s now 2:45 pm the next day and I feel awful, I feel nauseated , weak and lathargic, is this a common side effect? If so how long will I feel this way.

10:40 am October 22nd, 2012

Hi Debbie. Along with its needed effects, lorazepam may cause some unwanted effects. If side effects such as weakness and nausea occur they may need medical attention. Call your doctor if these symptoms persist or do not go away:

5:59 pm November 5th, 2012

Hi there, glad I found this site. I wanted to ask, I have been taking Lorazepam for over a year now. I am taking it for anxiety, I dont take it everyday just when I feel overwelmed. im suppose to take 1mg 3 times a day but I dont. I usually take 2mg a day. The last time I took one was last night at 10pm. So today I get offered a job at my husbands work… temp job for 3 months. But guess what, I have to take a drug test.
My husband is a big wig at this company, I dont want to embarrass him in any way. Especially if this comes up in my drug test.
Any thoughts? I think I have to go in at the end of the week to test.Thanks for being here for people to go to you…

12:05 pm November 6th, 2012

Hi Kell. Rest easy. As long as you are taking lorazepam as prescribed, you have nothing to worry about. With a prescription for lorazepam, simply present the Rx or a copy of your medical notes to the Medical Review Officer at the drug testing laboratory and any use that is within your prescribed amount will be considered NEGATIVE for abuse.

10:20 pm December 4th, 2012

Hi I have been taking lorazepam since Sept 14th 2012. I’m an artist and I had an art show back in the beginning of Sept. and was rushing to get a picture done for it. Basically stayed up 3 nights straight and drank 6 Red Bull energy drinks and coffee within that time frame(and I never drink Red Bull). A few days after the art show I started feeling down and anxiety set in. I really thing it was because of the abuse to my body. So my doctor prescribed lorazepam. So now I am still on it (.5mg a day but a couple of weeks ago I was taking 1mg a day) I have severe nausea every morning and through the day(really hard to eat anything but I make myself anyway). I have lost almost 25 lbs since taking the lorazepam. I also wake up every morning with anxiety. I try to hold off as much as I can in taking the .5 lorazepam.
I really feel that the nausea has to do with trying to quit the lorazepam. And maybe even the anxiety that I still feel is attributed to the drug too. I don’t take any other drugs and am not prone to anxiety(although I did have postpartum depression after each of my 3 children, but it passed with no drug use). This morning I took .4mg of lorazepam at 8:45am. And right now at 5:11pm I am having anxiety. I really don’t want to take anymore today (and usually I feel good in the evenings). So I was wondering how do I get off this drug and how long will it take? Should I continue to take .5 a day and if so, for how long? When can I switch to .25? Am I feeling anxiety now because I only took .4 mg this morning?
Thanks, Erin

5:37 am December 6th, 2012

My mother wants my father to take Ativan (90-years-old; many health problems including dementia) for anxiety. It has been given by hospice. I do not believe that it helps him. There are times that he gets belligerent and unreasonable and I think that is why she wants him on it, but it does not necessarily reduce these behaviors. To my knowledge she is giving him one tablet at 6 PM. She is not caring for him because of a surgery she had that she is still recovering from. The issue of medication has created a rift between us; truly if anyone needs something for anxiety, it is her! I am concerned about its addictive effects and see little benefit to its use at this point. What are the long term ramifications for using Ativan in his case. I noted that most places indicate that it is generally for short term use; 2-4 weeks. She plans to give it daily, indefinitely. Will his body crave more as time goes on? I see no reason to give this and it angers me to the point I told her that I will have no problem giving her meds to try to knock her out if she is in his situation since she thinks it is so good for him. I think she just wants to have some control. Am I wrong to feel this way?

9:02 pm December 8th, 2012

Hi Kath. Yours seems a very complex issue. Addiction is unlikely to occur in your father’s case, as psychological cravings may not be present. It is possible that he become physically dependent on the drug at some time, but if he is in hospice receiving palliative care, Ativan may just well be a medication prescribed for valid reason. Speak with his prescribing doctor to voice and air out your concerns.

Rhonda Jameton
7:25 pm December 19th, 2012

I have been on lorazapam for over 9 years, taken on a daily basis, I am supposed to take three times a day, but only take 1 mg at night for sleep, and half a pill in the day when I feel a panic attack coming on, I have been classified as my panic attacks being cause by a chemical imbalance, my new doctor is not concerned with treating panic attacks and told me to just stop the med just like that, untill I get a reevaluation, I have been told by others it is not safe to just stop this med. Another doctor told me to stay on the med, becasue I have chemical imbalance. What is the best thing to do.

5:42 am December 24th, 2012

MANY Benzos DO take a week give or take before a urine test will come out ‘clean’.

But with Ativan?
It is OUT of your body ANY out of your Urine in 7 to 12 hours
– soeven if you took 10-12mg of Ativan the afternoon before.. The NExt Afternoon you will NOT piss dirty!
After between 7-12 hours (I’d go with the 12 hours to be sure) You WILL be Clean.

Bezo’s will act differently on the body – incluyding the length they stay IN the Body and in your Urine.
and Ativan is the Fastest out-of-your-body Benzo there is!
if you MUST use one and are testing – This is tghe one – But take More than the dose says… 4mg and up depending on YOUR body cn give you severe amnesia for DAYS afterwards.. cause you to ‘freeze-frame’ while crossing the street (not a very low-profile drug when taken in excess.)

But it WILL be OUT of your Urine in 12 hours – make it 24 hours and you are 100% good to go UNLESS of Course you have Liver problems, and say Hep C – then all bets are off since your body isn’t working as healthy body’s are. But w/o any serious medical issue 24 hours and Ativan is 100% Gone!

9:11 am January 27th, 2013

Hey went to the hospital during an anxiety attack and the gave me 1mg of lorazepam. Then I took another the next day without feeling of panic attack. I felt fine for about 5 days then had another anxiety attack. So I took 1 to get rid of the anxiety and one the next day. Since then I have been in a depressed mood its been about 5 days or so now. Could the lorazepam still be in my system and causing these feelings? If so when it leaves my system will I start feeling better or should I see a doctor?

2:37 pm January 29th, 2013

Hi Josh,

It’s possible that you’re experiencing underlying depression, which can be related to anxiety. I’d suggest that you seek help from a psychologist or psychiatrist in traditional talk therapy to identify what is going on beneath the surface. You are not alone!

8:22 am February 2nd, 2013

I haven’t been able to pass drug test’s, oral, or urine for Lorazapam, there is no evidence of it in my system, I normally take it 3x a day, and it does not show up, and my doctor has taken me off of it. I can’t understand why this is happening. I took the last urine test,on dec 15, two wks later, drug test came back negative. I also was told that there was alcohol in my system, haven’t had a drink of any kind for nearly 3 yrs!. What is happening, no one believes me, in the doctor’s office, including the doc, that I am taking my med’s. He just took me off cold turkey!. Please give me some answers. It’s like someone in that office got the drug samples mixed up, or something. Help!, this is following me from doctor, to doctor!.

10:35 am February 12th, 2013

Hello Marcia. In a recent study, point of care assays yielded false negative results for patients prescribed benzodiazepines nearly 20% of the time. Further testing of specimens using more accurate methods such as LC-MS/MS is necessary to provide definitive data that can assist in clinical decision making.

In other words, go back and ask which testing methods they lab used. Then, ask for a re-test using a LC-MS/MS drug screen. Here’s the study that you can reference:


4:15 am February 16th, 2013

Hello. I occasionally take Ativan 1mg to help with sleep. By occasionally I mean one pill per week or less. I just found out that I have to take a drug test for my new job and I’m wondering just how long I need to wait before I can be safe. I do have a prescription for it, but I’m nervous that because it’s a job with a school district that there may be some sort of zero tolerance policy. Any help is appreciated!
Thank you!!

1:48 pm February 16th, 2013

Hello BK. Call the drug testing lab to be sure, but most testing centers will present a NEGATIVE for abuse drug screen to employers if you are within expected norms of a prescription. Just present the prescription to the Medical Review Officer (MRO) on staff and you should be OK.

gary denney
12:24 am February 17th, 2013

how long does 0.5 mg stay in your system

1:00 am February 27th, 2013

hi annie
i am feeling the same way can anyone help please

3:07 pm March 1st, 2013

I have been taking lorazepam .5mg for two months for alcohol withdrawal and panic attacks and anxiety. At first I only took one dose every few days but my panic attacks continues and became more frequent. Now I am up to 2 doses a day for the past month and now for three weeks I have been feeling dizzy all the time. My question is: If you take lorazepam for two months or more, can it start to make you feel dizzy and hung over even if there were no side effects at first? I am hoping that I am not over medicated.

5:50 am March 9th, 2013

Hi everyone,

I have a very serious question here and looking for advise from someone in the medical field who has dealt with lorazepam a lot. I do 24 hour care for a 92 year old lady who has MS and is bed ridden. She has been having issues with memory which bothers her and it started when her other med was upped to a whole pill. The Dr. had us stop that high dose of the carbamazepine for her MS pain and she seems a lot better but… she is having us take her off the lorazepam cold turkey in a week and I’m very concerned. I’ve taken this med before in my life. Her dose now is very low and far as I know she’s been on it for a year. She used to take 1/2 of a .5mg twice a day. Now she’s down to 1/4 of a .5mg at night. I know the dose is low and my coworker doesn’t think it will effect her to go cold turkey but I feel differently and don’t want to over step my place there by saying anything to the dr. or family or even her because she is easily influenced by even an opinion to the point she will think she feels things that aren’t there. The dose is low but it seems to help her sleep which has been a problem for her many nights as it is. Is she at risk of seizure or withdrawal? I love this woman with all my heart and I’m very worried about this. I think the Dr. is taking her off it thinking it’s the cause of her memory issue but beings I’m with her so much I don’t agree. Looking for input or advice from a medical professional please or someone who has had a similar situation. Meds seem to effect her more than a younger person hence her dosages of what she takes. Thank you for reading this.

6:02 am March 9th, 2013

Hello Jennifer. You can consult with a local pharmacist or seek a second opinion with a prescribing physician on your questions about lorazepam. The woman who you are with is lucky to have someone who cares so much about her health!

Pete Viet Era Vet
3:37 pm March 11th, 2013

I have been taking ativan for PTSD associated nightmares for 12 years. The vast majority of tis time Img at bedtime only. I recently took urine test 14 hous after ingesing 1mg ofativan and it cme back negative with a test cutof of 2000ng/ml

I wastold that I could not get a refil because I was not taking the medication as precribed. The Doctor was aare that I trie to take it only as needed and was told I took it the night before.

SO nowI stopped taking it as I figured it was not in my system and so I would not have to worry. 4 dys later Im in the ER with tremors, palpitations, high heat rate, overheating in bed, inabilit to sleep, ad a BP of 158/100 he immediatedty told me o begin takin the ativan I had and i took one which releived the symptoms ovr a short period of time. However I am now dealing with a VA that tinks I am not taking them as prescribled and will soon run out again.

Is that negative test really reliable? Im at a loss to defend myself and will face another withdrawal in a week. (aside: I still have 20 1mg tabs even though my Rx was only through March 9th becasue, as I said I dont usually take them except before bed


cree richards
7:35 pm March 15th, 2013

hi you say that doctors do not give lorazepam for long peroids of time well i have been on it now for around 4years and before that i was on litheum as i suffer with realy bad panic attacks.now im stuck on them i take between 4mg and 6mg everyday i really need your advice on how long it will take for me to come off them? Had i known it would end up like this i would never had taken them as now i still suffer with anxity and addicted to lorazepam:-( thank you.

cree richards
10:51 pm March 15th, 2013

im really scared that im forever going to be stuck on lorazepam i wake in the morning i’ll because of the drug i can not be without it try as i might even just cuttin down 1mg tab a day makes me really very ill,as i say im on between 4mg and 6mg a day is this a large amount? iv never heard of such a drug that can make me feel worse than when i first started?. i dont see the light at the end of the tunnel any advice will b gr8fuly recived ty x

10:39 pm March 19th, 2013

I was on 1 mg of lorazepam for 2 month’s then cut it to .5 mg for a month and then .25 mg for two weeks. I ve been off it for 20 days. How long before i am completely off of it. Thanks. Rick

Alex R
4:28 pm March 28th, 2013

I have been off lorazepam for almost 3 months now. I was taking .5 mg twice a day for 3 months, then .5 mg once a day for about a month. After stopping I had hypoglycemic symptoms, when I would walk I felt like the ground wasn’t stable. I now feel exhausted, some days my muscles are weak and vibrate. I also feel shakey and in a fog a lot. I’ve been eating every couple of hours trying to help with the shakiness. I also have a weird taste in my mouth, and my hair has been falling out. I know it’s a lot of random stuff. I’m so confused, I don’t know whether this is from stopping lorazepam or if it’s something else. Please help!

2:51 pm April 3rd, 2013

I am a female with an anxious personality. I have taken valium off and on for difficult situations all of my life, but only for short periods of time, and for dentist or other stressful situations here and there. I am 71 now and have taken .5 Ativan practically every night for sleep for the last two and a half years. I took 1 mg. for two and a half years before that. Total 5 years now. Can one become addicted to that small of a dose? How do I taper off and how long does it take? I have been having vertigo episodes with nausea and throwing up about once a month for three months now, and don’t know if it is connected to Ativan use or not? Want to get off of it completely to see.

7:29 am April 4th, 2013

Hi Sam. Physical dependence is different than drug addiction. While you may be chemically reliant on Ativan, you can taper down and get off with the advice of your prescribing doctor or pharmacist. Good luck and all the best!

4:03 pm April 4th, 2013

hi umm what happens if you take 29 ativan tablets at once need to know quick

4:13 pm April 4th, 2013

help my mum just threw up and she is throwing up blood she has taken 29 ativan its been 4 days help!

6:13 pm April 4th, 2013

Hello Alina. Call the Poison Control Center immediately at 1-800-222-1222 or take your mother to the emergency room.

cree richards
1:44 pm April 6th, 2013

Hi im cree i take ativan (Lorazepam) how can i cut down when it makes me so ill? also it no longer stops my anxiety.sometimes i think i will never get off it i havent taken it 4 2 days now im very ill but what other way is there pls help me thanks.

5:45 am April 9th, 2013

Hello Cree. Speak with your prescribing doctor immediately and report these symptoms. It sounds as if you need professional medical advice. Best of luck to you, Cree.

12:09 pm April 10th, 2013

How long should I taper down from the .5 nightly dose and in what increments? I have been taking it for five years.

6:49 pm April 10th, 2013

my 1 year old had a feberal seizure. she was given 2 doses of ativan to stop the seizure. 3 days later she is still groggy, wobbly on her feet etc.. how long will this last? is this normal? im concernex because she is 3 weeks since she began to walk and she is def acting different. pleaze help. nervous dad

12:10 am April 11th, 2013

Hi Dave. This is a question for a pharmacist or a prescribing doctor. I wish you and your daughter the best!

2:05 am April 11th, 2013

help. My doctor put me on lorazapam 12 years ago. Subsequently, the next doctor just continued prescribing it to me. I never abused it and it was only 1mg. Originally it was given to me because I hurt my back. They continued to give me all kinds of medications, adding and adding until I couldn’t think, breath and my bowels almost shut down. That was 2008. Slowly they took me down on pain meds, but never stopped Lorazapam. I had no idea what it was doing to me. I thought my doctors knew best. Never did anyone mention that it wasn’t long term and that it was ruining my brain. As pain meds decreased, I started thinking again and checked out Lorazapam on the net. Oh, my gosh. This stuff is horrible. I started decreasing it to half and spent three weeks of intense heart racing. A month ago, I stopped the .5 mg. My doctor gave me Zolpidem to help sleep. It works well, but now I am told that it’s making the withdrawal of Lorazapam last longer. I am so worn out. It’s a month and I feel worse than ever. I so want off this stuff. I have no doctor who seems to care about what I am going through. I do I get BACK TO NORMAL WITHOUT CRACKING UP? or HAVING A STROKE?

5:07 am April 11th, 2013

Hi Jean. It’s possible that you need to consult with a doctor who can provide a second opinion or a third opinion on your case. Keep in mind that zolpidem is meant for short term use, as well….not more than 6 weeks. Zolpidem can also be habit forming. Keep asking questions and seek a referral from friends or family. You’ll get there!

11:49 pm April 14th, 2013

ive taken .5 mgs of ativan 4 about ten days 1 pill a day i stopped on sunday i weigh 130 pounds will it b out of my urine by wed?

5:17 pm April 17th, 2013

Hello. I was taking Ativan at a total of 3mg per day for about 10 days. I developed urge incontinence and after seeing my doctor, stopped taking the drug cold turkey. I have no problems from that but now, 1 day after stopping, I still have a stronger than usual urinary urge; maybe not quite as bad as yesterday but it’s still present. Does the fact that it stays in your system mean it will still affect me in this way for a while, or should the problem have stopped right after my no longer taking it? My doctor confirmed no UTI or prostate issues. I am a 57 y/old male.

6:00 pm May 5th, 2013

Hi, I have never tried Lorazepam before and I am supposed to go to a party tonight but I have a lot of anxiety about it. I was prescribed 1mg, but I was thinking about only taking .5 to .25 before the party where I will be drinking. Will I be ok if I do this?

12:36 pm May 28th, 2013

I have been on for about 10 years 11/2 pills two hours before I go to bed. That is all I have ever taken. 1mg pills I take. Will it cause me any harm. Or should I get off it.

8:48 pm May 30th, 2013

i have been on 0.5 mg for many years to counteract the insombia inderal has caused. want off both and although i am taking half of the 160 of the inderal i still need the 0.5 of the ativan plus now i feel anxious and need 0.5 of the ativan during the day. will i be hooked forever. i was never told this could happen.

10:08 am June 3rd, 2013

Hi Joan. Unfortunately, it’s not in the best interest of a doctor to warn you about drug dependency. I’d suggest that you look into natural and lifestyle changes to learn to cope with anxiety. Have you spoken with a clinical psychologist about non-medication treatment options?

3:32 am June 5th, 2013

this goes against My EVERY Experience with Lorazepam.
This is Certainly true with other benzos i.e.: Valium

But Lorazepam, Name Brand being Ativan even at High Doses Leave your body between 7-14 hrs (and that’s being conservative)
Whomever wrote this either confused other Benzos or thought ALL Benzos worked and acted the same. This is not true at all. Some are Long acting and others short acting.
This particular one is SHORT ACTING and LEAVES The Body/Urine very very quickly.

Of course if a persona has a diseased Liver or other organs than what is ‘normal’ for most will not be the case – but if the body is functioning properly… even a high dose will be unable to be seen in the urine between 7-14 hours. Most say 7-12 hours but to be certain after 14 hrs it is out of your body and unable to be seen in a drug screen.

knowledge obtained by:
Ativan/Lorazepam testing and abuse personal screening, testings and studies between 1996-2009
medical studies done in regards to different county probational programs.
medical studies done in regards to opiate and benzos in county and private methadone maintenance programs in several States in The United States of America.
various testing and studies specifically regarding Ativan generic and name brand.
Period of study: 1996-2009

3:44 am June 5th, 2013

One can NOT just Stop Cold-Turkey ANY Benzos…

Ativan/Lorazepam included. Because it is indeed a short-acting one, withdrawals will start rather quickly as well.

And unlike say opiates where quitting cold turkey will make you WISH you were dead (i.e. heroin) – You can actual die from doing so with this class of drug.

The Longer and higher the dosage will affect the greater the degree of withdrawal symptoms.

if for whatever reason you No Longer have access to this medication and have been taking it regularly for a period of time – you should go to the emergency room and state the situation as honestly as possible.

Symptoms will likely be the following: Great Anxiety, Osdd/bizare thoughts, inability to sleep for one to Several Weeks, changes in blood pressure and CNS. This is not something you want to just MAN-UP and Quit.
Obtain Medical Assistance… If you need to scam your way into a psych facility and then once there tell them along with the anxiety and crazy thoughts you have decided to stop taking the Ativan you’ve been on or prescribed for the last so many years/months and once you have stopped describe your symptoms to the doctor you see. They will hopefully taper you down –

NOW if You Have Access Top Lorazepam…. But desire to stop.. Then taper down .5 (half) mg every week or so – But this is NOT my expertise.
But Tapering Down is a MUST!
The Crazy Odd Thoughts themselves will be very very intense.
The serious rebound-effects when you simply stop can actually Kill You.

Seek Medical Attention asap!

12:34 am June 8th, 2013

I was prescribed 2mg xanax per day for sleep. Took the 25 pills in 2-3 week period. I hadn’t known tapering was the proper way to stop. Will I have bad withdrawals and should I expect them for a while? Are there natural remedies or things like working out that help alleviate potential withdrawals. My doctor said 2mg/day for the couple weeks might have minor withdrawal side effects, but didn’t say for how long. Any personal advice?

1:28 am June 8th, 2013

trying to get off propranolol, is t best to take 80 mg divided by four or two12 hours apart?

Katherine Hobbs
12:15 am June 10th, 2013

I have on lorazepam 1mg after surgery for quite a while, stopped taking it 1 week today ago yesterday. Had not been able to sleep for 3 nights so I broke down and took my last pill last night.I really do not want to be on this, such my withdrawal be about over.

1:30 pm June 12th, 2013

I have an RX for Lorazepam but I only take it when the anxiety gets too bad. I took a .5 mg. tablet about 3 days ago and just took another one. Is the tablet I took 3 days ago still in my system and will that one have some effect on the tablet I took today? Also, how many days do you need to space a .5 mg. dose in order to avoid dependence and addiction. Does a .5 mg dose stay in the system more than 3 days if you take one every 3 or 4 days?

4:40 pm July 4th, 2013

so i was taking larazpam 3 times a day for like a week and one like every 5 nights. then i took a break from it for a week and had one last week, and my visons been wierd for like 4 days now .. and it only gets like that when i take that pill .. so how longs till my vison is back to normal….

3:26 pm July 5th, 2013

I am 47 yrs old and was prescribed .5 Lorazapam 2 times a day and at bed time as needed for anxiety, so I’ve been taking 3 pills a day for about 5 months. I’ve been off of it for three days after 1 and 1/2 weeks of taking smaller doses until i stppoed taking it, and the symptoms are awful. Ive had bad headaches and had an episode of vertigo, that my PCP actually thinks may have been a mini-stroke instead. I’ve had a CAT scan and they can’t find anything wrong with my brain. I am also weak and have dizzy spells. As I’m talking to people, I just have to put my head down and rest. Have I done permanent damage to by brain? Someone please tell me that these symptoms will eventually go away.

Amelia Esteban
10:53 am July 7th, 2013

Hi i take 1mg of lorazepam for flying.
I will be taking it at about 6am and then i am invited to my friends big birthday night out in town which would be about 9pm-3am. My question is will i still feel the effects of the lorazepam in the evening or will i likely be too tired to go out that night?
Ps. I won’t be drinking that night and i don’t know if this is important but i am 17. I have taken lorazepam maybe about 10 times so far, for flying and it’s great but i do usually feel a little out of it and tires.

11:11 pm July 13th, 2013

I was having panic attacks and difficulty dealing with my mother’s death so my PCP prescribed .5 mgs Lorazepam 3 times per day. After two years of taking it, it began causing me physical problems so I went to my PCP about weaning off. The very same PCP who prescribed it knew NOTHING about weaning off of it. I spoke with several other drs in my area including a neurologist who were no more help than my PCP was. This made me very angry and I had to do my own research. I tried to get help from various detox centers but they ALL turned me down because the medication was dr. prescribed and I was not abusing it nor was I a drug addict ! I’m trying to wean off the Lorazepam without taking any other type of medication in it’s place….is this unrealistic? Anyway, each time I stepped down the dosage, I had SEVERE withdrawal symtpsom (dreams of dying, feeling like I’m dying, dizziness, balance problems, knees buckling, ears ringing, clogged feeling in my head almost like a head cold, SEVERE headaches and more)……perhaps I’m trying too fast to get off of it. It has been 4 1/2 months and I have gone from taking 1.5 mgs daily to .25 mgs. Once I got to .25 mgs, I tried to stop it altogether and after six days, the withdrawal symptoms were so severe that I had to take a dose just to calm myself. How do I step down from here and at what point, can I stop it altogether without having these SEVERE withdrawals? Sorry this poist is so lengthy. I just wanted to get all the facts out there.

12:50 pm July 16th, 2013

Hi Karen. I’d suggest that you seek an appointment with your prescribing doctor for a step down/tapering calendar catered to your individual needs. Every person is different, and you’ll need a program to follow to help you get off lorazepam, as well as medical supervision during the period of acute withdrawal.

Amelia Esteban
9:42 am July 17th, 2013

Hello i am 17 and i have terrible anxiety when flying and travelling and am prescribed 1mg Lorazepam for plane journeys. I will be flying soon and i am wondering how long lorazepams effects are. I have taken it about 10
times but i can never remember how tired i am. I will be having a busy day and night on that day and so i am concerned about how drowzy i will be. Any comments/ advice would be much appriciated.
Thanks, Amelia x

Billie Stevens
10:59 pm August 16th, 2013

My father in law is 97 years old and is suffering from Dementia. Symptoms are Extreme Anxiety, Insomnia, obcessive behavior. He has been prescribed .05 m twice a day. He was asleep within an hour and half. He has had Kidney Stones, eye drops for symptoms of Glocoma. Dejoxin for heart rate. Can you tell us anything about this medicine that can help us to know that this is the correct medication for his needs ? We have tried for many months to hope that the Airecept for the Dementia would work. Thank you, Billie Stevens

9:57 pm August 18th, 2013


I was prescribed this medication because I showed up in the emergency room with an apparent high blood pressure attack, just out of now where. The high when the paramedics came was 170/105…by the time I hit the hospital I was 144/91, and it continued to drop. They basically diagnosed me after my blood/urine test with anxiety/stress and to follow up with my primary care physician…I know this may be ridiculous to some buy I took 1mg in the am, and evening for 2 days…then immediately went off it, because I found out what the medication did. I have felt like hell since…and its been 5 days since I took the last pill. I dont drink,smoke, or have ever done any type of drugs except over the counter to treat my monthly migraines….Could it be possible for this drug to sill be in my system? I have felt a little better everyday, but still feel disoriented,dizzy, out of body…Thank you.

4:09 pm September 5th, 2013

Problem with any benzodiazepine is that one eventually after few weeks if they are using it for sleep develop tolerance for sedative properties. Good news is those who use if for anxiety, stress, aggression, lorazepam is a good choice as with benzo’s, I believe you do not develop tolerance as fast or ever with the anxiolytic properties.
If you have been on any short acting benzo, even a long one like diazepam, or clonazepam, tapering for some is best alternative. However, if one is taking for example a very low dosage of long acting(10mg diazepam) which I don’t know why one would for any condition since there are better muscle relaxants and anti-panic medications other than diazepam. Theoretically, if one were to come off after prolongued usage(1yr+) 10mg diazepam, it might be very easy for some to get off cold turkey. Again, depends on individual. Don’t go by everything you read from the internet(benzobuddies.com)etc..Listen to yourself and if you happen to see a doctor who is competent in tapering off benzo’s, listen always to him/her.

10:44 am September 21st, 2013

I have been taking lorazepam for several years for sleeping and anxiety. I take 1/2 mg nightly and sometimes I take two (1mg). I have noticed quite a bit of dizziness the next day lately and I want to stop taking the drug. Don’t know how to do this.? Would you please advise.

6:56 am September 24th, 2013

A doctor put me on 1mg Lorazapam when I hurt my back 12 years ago and no doctor ever took me off or mentioned taking me off. I had to go on night o2 while I was on it because it suppressed my breathing.It wasn’t until 4 years or so before anyone really mentioned that part. Well, I decided to stop it. It was hell, my heart felt like it was jumping out of my chest for weeks and I couldn’t sleep at all. Now it has been 4 months and I keep having over reaction heart pounding anxiety attacks that I have never had before. Has this drug ruined my brain? I feel my body is way over reacting and the heart pounding hurts. My new doctor just thinks I need some other kind of drug, but no way. I think it has to do with the long term use of Lorazapam. The first doctor didn’t give it to me for an anxiety disorder, but to help me sleep because of pain. I have dealt with plenty of stress in my life, but never had this kind of feeling. Is there a test or something for brain function

6:59 am October 3rd, 2013

Please help.. 26 year old male with Bicuspid arotic valve and mild arotic regurgitation . I was prescribed 1 m of lorazapam a night to help me sleep.. I don’t know wether I am having anxiety or if its my heart trying to tell me something. If I take have been taking 2 asprin a day plus a 1 mg. lorazapam in the night for 7 days then stop cold turkey could it make the anxiety worse or is this two short of time to make a difference?

Linda miller
7:19 pm October 10th, 2013

I am taking .05 mil of lorazapam 2x a day for 7 months. Am I addicted and if so r the withdrawals bad?

1:05 am October 19th, 2013

they gave lorazepzepam to my daughter when she have her seizure the last those was thursday 2 days ago and now shes acting mental or slow i can not explain this is not her…

1:09 am October 19th, 2013

hi they give my daughter lorazepam and shes acting wierd now ..can you tell me how long this medicine wil stay in ger system and is she gonna go back to normal…

10:49 pm October 20th, 2013

Hi I don’t take Ativan very often, although I did take 0.5 mg of Ativan this morning around 11am. My question is how many hours do I have to wait to smoke marijuana? Because I have read that if you take Ativan and smoke marijuana together it can cause respiratory depression. My prescription says to take 1 pill every 8 hrs. as needed. A 24 count bottle has lasted me about 3 or 4 months so ya I don’t take it all that often. Thank you for your time.

Best Regards

6:19 pm October 21st, 2013

You Will Have a CLEAN URINE Between 9 – 24 hours.
24 hrs.Tops!!

Whoever wrote this used this one sentence for their answer: “Benzodiazepines – 2-3 weeks” – However Not All Benzodiazepines work the same way! In Fact, some are OUT of your system is less than One Day… and Ativan (lorazepam) is one those benzos. It is OUT of your body systems and therefore Undetectable in 9-24 hours, although on a personal note even with a High and consistent dosage of Ativan, it is out of the urine and I test clean within 16 hours of dosing, consistently clean via urine test and the new used in Methadone-Clinic ‘mouth swab test’. Clean Clean Clean so in 24 hours you will have NO Problems. period.

Why is this so different from the ‘above study’? Because they gave you the statistics for The Benzodiazepine Group as a whole, NOT For Ativan specifically.

How can there be such a Big-Difference between drugs on the same Type? Because of their difference in Half-Life. It’s all about the half-life… and knowing which Benzos have a Long/Longer Half-Life and which have a Short/Shorter Half-Life.
Every medication, legal or non-legal, all have Two Lives so to speak. First comes the period of time in which the medication is absorbed and it’s effects are felt until they taper off and finish. After the drug ‘loses’ it’s desired effectiveness until it is cleared from the body. This ‘Second Life’, which is termed it’s Half-Life… is what you need to know when figuring out when the drug has Cleared it’s self from the body – When you will Test Clean.

Now the Half-Life of Benzodiazepines vary from less than 12 hours, 12 to 24 hrs, and well over 24 hours (2-3 weeks).
The Longer the Half-Life, the longer it stays IN your body, and the Longer it’s in there the Longer it will show up in drug screening tests. Makes sense, right?
So Ativan (lorazepam) is on the LOWER END. It’s Half-Life is between 9 to 24 hours. They always give you a ‘range’ since not all bodies work exactly the same, but if you aren’t suffering from Liver problems I’d go with the highest number of hours or days just to be sure.
Although on a personal note… I have taken high doses of Ativan on a regular basis and whenever I have taken a urine tests (or those new Mouth Swab-Tests) I have Always Been Clean 16 hours after taking it. And other people ‘might’ be fine at 9 hours, but since it says 9 to 24 hours, to be certain go with the highest number of 24 hours. To be safe.
And the reason it’s out of your body That Quickly is because of Ativan’s Short Half-Life.Because it has a Short Half-Life.

The Benzodiazepines with The Higher Half-Lives are Klonopin with an 18 to 50 hour Half-Life (which means after 50 hours just to be sure, you will test Clean, and some will test clean at just 18 hours.) and Valium is one of the Longest Acting Half-Lives, meaning after the ‘feeling of it’ wears off it remains in the body for a Longer period of time: 20 to 100 hours.

So please remember: Not all Benzos have the same half-life, so they don’t require the same amount of time in between to Test Clean.
With Ativan, you only need 24 hours after taking it to give a Clean Urinalysis. You might be like me and only need 16, but if you can, always go with the Top Number in this case 24 hours JUST to Be Sure you test clean.

and as a p.s.: If you’re also on Methadone (or using some other narcotic at the same time)
Be Careful, Please. Makes No Difference which Benzo or what it’s half-life is. Remember it’s Half-Life only refers to when the ‘effects’ are over. The First Part, the way the body is affected is the same no matter Which Benzo you take.
But please know that Benzos and Methadone Do NOT Mix.
Benzos alone is hard enough, figuring out how much is just right and how much is Too Much. Narcotics too. And both drugs taken alone do kill us off one by one. But put them BOTH Together? Benzos and Narcotics? especially Methadone…
Adding Benzos to a Methadone Dose kills off More People than any Other Drugs – combined or alone.. I just wanted to get that out there. No judgement here guys. Just the facts.

2:42 pm October 24th, 2013

I have been prescribed lorazepam 1mg to treat panic attacks and to help sleep it has seemed to work but the dizziness isn’t going away I’ve only taken 2 pills when I felt like I needed it as told by my doctor will the dizziness go away anytime soon or should I call my doctor

2:34 am October 26th, 2013

you can double-check this fact on ANY (other) website page. This is The Actual Facts regarding Ativan, it has a Short Half-Life, meaning it does Not stay in your system long, and if it’s not IN your body it can Not be detected in the urine, correct? It’s usually all out within 16 hours, but go with 24 hrs just to be 100% Sure.

7:14 pm November 15th, 2013

I was given 15mg Remeron for severe anxiety. I was also given Ativan to help until the Remeron took over. I took 1 mg Ativan daily for about 3 1/2 months. I have tapered the dose to 1/2mg then to 1/4mg. (tapering has been about 1 1/2 months) It has not been easy but I am managing. For the last 7 days I have been on 1/8 mg. I am having headaches and tremors and tight feeling head.
How long will these withdrawal symptoms last and when should I quit it completely? Once I do quit how long before it will be completely out of my system?

10:47 pm November 15th, 2013

I took 3 mg of aitivan around 1pm for a lil nap and I was wondering if it would be safe to drink later in the night. it’s a guys night thing me and my fiends do every Friday at 9 bar hoppin. So would that time period be safe to still go out and have a good time

6:55 pm November 27th, 2013

Hello.. I have a question as well.. my names bree I am I recovering heroin addict.. and I am currently taking METHADONE..now I know BENZO’s and METHADONE are a bad combo but I had an extreme anxiety attack and didn’t know what else to do…I took one of my dad’s lorazapams that was last night first and only one ive taken…HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST IN MY SYSTEM ..?

7:04 pm December 13th, 2013

I had never taken any of these type of meds before. I was prescribed .5 mg of lorazepam which I only took 9 of over about 6 weeks. Would I experience withdrawal stopping at that point in time?

1:21 am January 4th, 2014

I took 1 pill of 1 mg of lorazepam. How long will this stay in my system. I have never taken this before.

5:41 pm January 21st, 2014

You say Ativan is never prescribed for long term use?

11:34 pm February 25th, 2014

My 80 yr old mother has been on Lorazepam for 4 1/2 yrs, 1mg pill twice daily along with .05 Alprazolam 2 times daily and 7.5/325 mg hydrocodone. She was in the past wk under a new drs orders made to go cold turkey off ativan then had alprazolam knock down to 1 .05 alprazolam split in two & taken twice daily with no change in her pain meds

JJ and SSS
3:40 am February 27th, 2014

glad to see you changed the information from ‘generic’ benzo info to lorazeam (Ativan) specific.

3:54 am March 18th, 2014

i took about 15 mg of ativan 4 days ago and i have a urine test in the morning will i fail for benzos or will it be out of my system by then

7:21 pm March 21st, 2014

thanks for this oppurtunity..
respected doctor
i was advised to to take ativan 1 ml and stalopalm plus for 10 days and i dint find the oppurtunity to meet the doctor, so i self decided to extend it for another 10 days. is there any prob,because i feel much better when i am on at these stuff? i was suffering from depression,anxity and illness in the behaviour

4:40 pm March 24th, 2014


I have been taking Lorazepam 0.5 mg three times a day since 1/29/14 (for two months now), I reduced the dose to 0.5 mg twice a day for three days and 0.5mg for two days. My last dose of 0.5mg was 14 hours ago. I feel a bit anxious, nauseous and increased heart rate. My question is, what should I expect from here on? Should I try taking another dose or just stay away from it at this point? How long will it stay in my body?

Please help with any info.

Thank you,


11:37 pm April 12th, 2014

ive been taken attivan for a year or so off and on but the last months ive taken one everyday but the last week ive had headaches dizzy fuzzy in the headnervous feeling depressed my doctor said its not additive but i think im having bad sideaffects what can i di?

6:54 am April 13th, 2014

about last 10 years i was taking ativan 1 mg at night and there was no problem i could get up any time and again used to sleep.but last eight month i am suffering some problem that is nervousness i have got acidity and some times i take ativan 1mg some tomes to 2mg .i am trying my best to take 1 mg but after breaking sleep i can not sleep. in the morning i feel.

2:27 pm April 13th, 2014

I believe that I was been given lorazepam dose without my knowledge for some period of time and without medical supervision I was stopped giving this drug and I have faced over dose side effects I want to detect and be sure that this is given to me is there the possibility that this can be detected through my broken hair of that time when it was been consumed

7:22 am April 23rd, 2014

How long does lorazepam stay in breast milk

10:52 pm May 22nd, 2014

Im on 1mg of Ativan 3 times a day how long does it take if you cut one in half for it to not cause me a problem?

9:53 pm May 23rd, 2014

Was wondering if lorazepam would come up in your pee as alcohol? If u take a pee test will it come up as alcohol in your pee?

7:05 pm June 23rd, 2014

I have been on ativan 1mg. for about three years what is the easiest way to get off it without severe withdrawel symstoms as I was on demeral for eight months and even cutting back like the doctor suggested I had severe withdrawal symptoms for two months after. I would also like to know how to get of rhovane for sleeping?

3:34 pm June 24th, 2014

Hello Hazel. Coming off Rhovane is a challenge. Experts usually recommend that withdrawal be carried out over a period of time, by lowering doses gradually in order to avoid severe withdrawal symptoms. The side effects when quitting Rhovane abruptly include seizures and psychosis. You should consult your doctor to come up with a tapering schedule and perhaps prescribe some other medications to regulate your physical state during that period of time.

11:54 am June 25th, 2014

For the last 10 years I’ve been taking Ativan 1 mg at night before going to bed. It lasts 9 hours, sometimes 7 hours. Frankly i would like to quit… but I can not! Sometimes I try to sleep without medicine but I can not. I feel all tenses because of that. Please help me! I am 55 years old. I only have chronic acidity. When i take the max dose (for me), which means Ativan 2mg it works better, but I’ve had it reduced by 1mg. Now I want to reduce it to 0.50 mg but I can not. I am searching some natural Ayurvedic medicine.

7:47 am June 27th, 2014

My daughter takes lorazepam as emergency med for her epilepsy seizures. My question is: How long does it’s effect last?

4:50 pm July 2nd, 2014

Please help. I had horrible hair loss very extreme over the year I was taking lorzapam. I have quit lorzapam around 2months if not more. Will my hair grow back? Does using minoxidil help? I took many hair vitamins through the year please help

9:01 pm July 2nd, 2014

your wrong ive been testing pos for benzo for 3 weeks now and i stopped taking it 4 weeks ago

9:58 pm July 2nd, 2014

Was recently on ativan 1-2 me a day for over year went through a horrible withdrawal that put me in hospital. I had all of the normal withdrawal symptoms but mostly being very agitated and anxious and angry . I have been off for two months and my moods are up and down alot. I just wanna know is this permanent or will my brain chemistry level out ? Thanks

11:15 am July 3rd, 2014

Hi tanya. The hair loss that people experience as a result of taking certain drugs, including lorazepam, is telogen effluvium (TE). To ease your mind, this form of hair loss is not permanent. The problem is, it may take from six months to over a year for your hair to start to come back.
The process of hair growth can be speeded up through a good diet. And that doesn’t mean loading up on vitamin pills. It means eating nutritious foods and avoiding junk foods.

3:37 pm July 3rd, 2014

Hi AJ,
Yes, the mood swings you are having will eventually go away once your body adjusts itself to not having the medicine anymore. The same thing happened to me and now I feel fine. I’ve been off of it for 4 months now after going through horrible withdrawal symptoms. I told my doctor I felt like a drug addict, thank God I feel fine now. Hang in there!

11:12 pm July 7th, 2014

HELLO. If a person is taking 1/2 of 1mg per day of ativan…How long would it take before tolerance builds up and addiction would become problem?

12:05 pm July 8th, 2014

Hi Cynthia,

It really depends on the person but typically it’s between three to four weeks you will start to form dependancy. But three weeks is ok then your doctor should start to taper you off slowly. I personally hated being addicted to those, I took them for 2 months and the withdrawal symptoms were just horrible, it took a lot of will power to get over those. I’m terrified of it! Good luck!

7:01 pm July 14th, 2014

Hi ivana. Thank you for replying. Before stopping or as soon as I stopped lorzapam (can’t remember) onedof the derms said my te has stopped but I need to stop whats stressing and meds. Which I did. But can’t really stop whats stressing me cause its here only thing I can do is do my best on following up on whats good for my health and how to treat it and im working on that. I have lost my huge appetite but I eat fairly and healthy stuff mostly and usual. I did start minoxidil but not always two times a day as I am scared. And te or normal shedding from it started and it freaked me out. So I went to other derm and he told me to stop now to check for other underlining. Im worried not use it and that might cost me or to use it and that might cost me to be honest I did feel itching a few times through the year in certian places and a couple or 3times in that year a painfil burning in sculp in the frontm so im so scared that lorzapam might have caused me a scarring hair loss in some places. Is your advice just to keep a healthy life style and not use minoxidil. Its only been 3months im off it. Have you really seen that people who have taken it had some regrowth or total regrowth in 6months to a year? I know you have given me hope somehow. Its still scarry to know itching and burning may be a scarring hair

Tamara marrott
2:49 am July 16th, 2014

I’ve been on .5 of adavan for a week and now upped it to 1mg and this is my third day and I take about 2 or 3 and day but I feel funny in my head all the time now and it won’t go away I feel like I’ve takin pain pills or that I’m drunk constant lying what do I do and is that normal

8:41 pm July 16th, 2014

Ive been on lorizpan 1mg for almosr two years what is the best way to get off it without withdrawel symptoms

6:40 pm July 30th, 2014

My husband is addicted to opiates and just recently went on a suboxone program. He’s been on the program before and it was very successful. He only returned to opiates after a dozen serious surgeries, which had him abusing them once again. He started this new program on Friday, was doing really well, until Saturday night when he went into a grand mal seizure, he had two additional surgeries and three emergency room visits within a fourteen hour period.

I contacted the suboxone doctor who asked if he was also abusing benzos, and I told them I honestly did not know.

Apparently, according to pharmacy records he had 60 1mg lorazepams prescribed in mid May, then he stole 50 of mine in June and again this month. I’m prescribed 1 mg three times a day, but have never taken more than one and only then if absolutely needed or anxiety.

So basically he had access to about 160 pills in 8 weeks and not sure how he was taking them but certain not any where near the appropriate way.

The neurologist prescribed him Librium 50 mgs per day for four days and say that should keep him from seizing and now I’m TERRIFIED.

What’s going to happen when the Librium is done day after tomorrow? Is he going to pick back up with the seizures? He last took the Lorazepam about six days ago, and I know he took twelve in one day……this is a nightmare.

He’s currently experiencing memory issues big time. He has no cravings for either the opiates due to the suboxone, nor the Lorazepam, which the cravings are not addressed by the suboxone.

It’s very apparent, especially once he’s been on the Librium the last three days, that his brain IS NOT functioning very well. He’s lucid, but but someone lethargic and slightly confused.

His other physical health is very poor, has had countless surgeries over the last three years.

I’m terrified…the seizures were literally horrifying. Do you have any idea how long the seizure threat will be there?

Please, please, anyone?

4:53 am August 12th, 2014

lorazepam is indeed a short acting.
But your statements of 1-2 days is ridiculous.
If a person is healthy generally speaking you can expect this medication to be Long Gone and thus Undectectable within 7 to 15 hours tops.
Not days.
Please use more than one source when you get information such as this.

So if you take this medication at midnight.. they Will be 100% drug free by Any testing methods the following day as early as 7 am to 3 pm at the long end.
Others like Valium however can and will stay around for weeks. < yes, 2 weeks.

One benzodiazepine is Not like every other. And one short-acting s not 'as' short-acting as another.
Lorazepam is one of THE most short acting and short-in-body medication out there.
It is expelled from the body entirely within seven to 15 hours.
To state it takes days is simply not clinically true.

Even at higher than recommended doses, although if drug testing is the situation one would be smart to go with the 15 hour time line since all bodies are different and one would not know whether they fall into the 7 hours or the 15 hour period.

But days? Absolutely ridiculous. Show me one case in which a person tested positive for lorazepam days later.
Anyone? ANYONE EVER Test Positive for Lorazepam DAYS later? Only if you have Kidney/Liver or other problems. It works and is dispelled from the body very, very quickly.
It is because this drug can stop breathing and kill you! Be careful if you are recreationally taking any of them – long or short acting the results can be 100% exactly the same.
But let's be truthful in our information – They are dangerous. But don't use these types of pages to give false information to scare people into stopping. Give Factual Information.

2:59 pm August 12th, 2014

Hi Ramond. Lorazepam can be detected in urine for 2 or 3 weeks (and up to 6 weeks if used regularly) but it is not anywhere close to 7 to 15 hours as stated in your comment. Generally if you have a urine screen 24 hours or less after a one-time dose of Lorazepam the metaboilite will not be detectable. However after about 24 hours it will be detectable, and can stay detectable for weeks to come. The following link shows that even one-time lorazepam use is detectable in urine over 144h:

1:11 pm August 21st, 2014

I was prescribed lorazepam for anxiety and have been taking 1mg twice a day for almost over a year. My husband and I plan on getting pregnant and I need to wean off the drug. My question is how long after weaning off would it be safe(for the baby) to conceive? I’d ask the doctor who prescribed it but she’s had me on it for longer than recommended that I don’t trust her opinion. Thank you

6:46 pm August 22nd, 2014

How long will it take five to get out of your system

3:12 pm August 23rd, 2014

Hi Tracy. If you are planning on becoming pregnant, notify your healthcare provider to best manage your medications. But, it should be out of your system in about a month when you stop taking it completely. But, before you try to conceive is important to discuss this with your doctor and caregivers. It’s not only about stopping the lorazepam, it is about the strong hormonal changes during pregnancy and how it will be handled.

Ray J
7:03 pm August 23rd, 2014

for: Ivana @ Addiction
I am glad Ivana that you included the link you received your information from..
I only wish you had looked at it yourself a bit longer. You would have seen the information you listed were in regards to Forensic Science. i.e.: The Testing of Dead Bodies.
Those specific tests and times are Only in relation to How long lorazepam can be tested for and Detected in a DEAD person..
and clearly once a person is Dead! I doubt their main concern will be passing their mandatory drug test. :)

Now Back To Lorazepam (Ativan) in A living person:
A living human being Will PASS a urine or oral fluids (swab) drug test After Waiting:
7-15 Hrs.
That is HOURS. Not days, and certainly Not weeks!
Not with lorazepam (Ativan). Whether they have taken a risky high dose, or if they have been taking lorazepam for a lengthy period of time, if they have Not Used Yesterday, They Will Be Fine Tomorrow.

Why the on-going listed errors with lorazepam?
Many websites simply look up[ the family of drugs, in this case: Benzodiazepines.
However one Benzo is NOT Always like any other, in fact they differ in regards to Detectability from Hours (lorazepam) up to Weeks! (Valium)

LORAZEPAM Can No Longer Be Detected After: 7 to 15 Hours. period.
Go by the 15 hours since it’s almost impossible to know if you’re closer to the 7 or the 15, so assume you’re one of the 15 hour people and you’ll be fine. Obviously the longer time between using the better – and the best is Not using at all – but when life is life, wait a day in between you will be fine.
I will explain some of Why this is the case with lorazepam::

All urine and ‘swab’ tests used today test for an Active Drug (it’s effects are currently working within your body, the time when the body ‘feels’ the drug’s effect) and a drug’s half-life (when the effects of the drug are no longer ‘felt’ but the body is still ‘working’ on the drug as it has yet to be expelled from the body). And lorazepam’s Half-Life is very Short. It doesn’t stay in your body too long after taking it.
So AFTER 7 to 15 hours lorazepam has worked it’s self OUT of the human body and thus can Not no longer be detected in any current urine/swab test Anywhere b/c it is not there is Nothing in the urine nor saliva To Be detected. Understand?

It’s short half-life, the same reason it can only be testable for a very short time is the same reason for that fast hitting withdrawal.
So tapering down is indeed a must as it could be life threatening. Not to mention very unpleasant and lasts a week give or take in general.
During that week there will be a general feeling of malaise (crummy feeling), sleeping will be difficult to impossible which as the week continues so will the possible onset of ”strange and odd’ thoughts or ideas.
If you are going ‘cold turkey’ be aware that it is dangerous and seek medical assistance at a doctor’s office or an E.R. and be honest with them about your situation. They are not there to condemn you nor call the police. Their concerns are your physical well-being.
But If cold-turkey is your only option, do not do so all alone. Many experience a temporary thought-disorder (mild to severe Depending on length of time/dosage as well as in a general your-experiences-will-vary). So having a person stay or visit, even a daily check up call is better and safer than hiding out alone in a room.


5:25 pm August 29th, 2014

Took one 1/2 of a 0.5 mg tablet of lorazepam last night at 10:30. After 20 minutes had several strange sensations. About an hour later those were gone and I felt calm. Slept well. Felt good this morning. Then about 11:00 this morning started feeling jittery, foggy, headache, some waves if unsteadiness. Is this normal? How long will this last. My first time taking this.

1:44 pm September 15th, 2014

i m taking this drug for 14 yrs,after my angiography having 4 stents in my heart as pressed by me & prescribed by doctor but now it is not helping me and causing me nuissance,i want to stop it but no doctor is taking risk seeing my age of 69 yrs,pl help me exit this without any other sleeping tablet.

12:10 am September 16th, 2014

I took a one time dose of 1.5 mg ativan and 20 hours have passed and im very nasious dizzy etc. Is it from the ativan?

12:46 pm September 21st, 2014

Been taking Lorazopam for 12 yrs. was prescribed for sleep…1 mg at night. A year ago I cut in half and decreased to .5 mg. at night …I told Dr. they gave me .5 mg. tablets instead of cutting, now last two months I have cut that in half and am now taking .25 at night…not the best sleep in the world but doable..lots of dreaming and wake up alot..but ok. I have learned the harmful side effects and now i have read where it can spur on dimentia and alzheimers for some patients…I want off completely. Drs. dont seem to make a big deal about it. my side effects are mainly hard to concentrate, and make decisions, but I eventually do…mood swings…occasionally feel feelings of dejavu along with feeling like I am going to pass out….but I never do…it goes away. and its a rare occurance. I know its a nasty drug and it was irresponsible for Drs. to let me stay on it this long. I tried not taking it the other night and took a 5mg. Melatonin..I slept , horrible nightmares…next night tried nothing…..Awful feeling, headaches. nausia…could not sleep….wow,,,and thats only at .25….nasty drug…..I am doing all this on my own….Thinking I will just take the .25 at night only for awhile yet and in bout a month or so, trying to stop the .25 again….I guess I am asking if it is helpful to use the Melatonin? Or is there something else you may recommend to take to help me along that is not addictive when I decide to stop the .25? for sleep and the awful feeling? I will talk to the Dr. about it, and if there is a prescription to take, I will ask…..but I would like your take on my situation and what you may recommend, knowing that I should see a Dr. , just want your input….Should I see my family physician, or make appt. with Neurologist ? for proper help with this? I quit smoking 16 yrs. ago, and that was easier than this….and I have stopped drinking recently……only very occasional and only a beer or two……..there have been times during taking the lorazopam that I have drank too much alcohol…I am 62 and knowing it may too late for serious side effects down the road,,I still want to get off this totally….hard to believe that .25 is still hard to get off of.?????need advice and HELP???

11:39 pm September 21st, 2014

Im trying to fnd out if a sexual side effect is from lorazepam. How long do I have to be off the medication before I can rule it out as the cause? How long does it stay in my system?

12:17 pm September 22nd, 2014

Hi I have been suffering from cluster headaches for six years now. I take sumatriptan nasal spray when I feel a headache coming on which helps a little but dosnt take the pain away completely. My doctor has prescribed me to take half a mg of Lorazepam when I feel a headache coming on, how long should I expect to see some benefit and how long should it work (I get approx 6 headaches daily). Thankyou.

5:36 pm September 22nd, 2014

If a person takes 4mg of lorazepam on a Saturday night and takes a urine test Monday afternoon, how likely will they be to pop? The person is 130lbs with no prior usage of lorazepam, has a high metabolize and has been taking 60mg of prescribed vyvanse regularly.

9:04 pm September 22nd, 2014

Hi, I am 86 yrs young, and I have been taking Ativan since I lost my Husband in 1993, on and off, I have lost 2 grandsons, as well as a daughter, and always went back to Ativan, just the .o5 I have never increased the dosage, In Nov. 2013 I had the trial for one of my grandsons who was stabbed to death, and I was still taking my Ativan till the beginning of Sep. 2014 when I went to a walk in clinic, and the Dr. wouldn’t give me my Ativan, just 20 pills to wean off them. I have been taking one pill every other night since Sept 4th, so I have had 9 pills instead of 17, now do I keep on as I am till the 20 pills have gone, or should I space them further apart, I haven’t had any bad reactions at all
Thank you
Sincerely Eunice

8:10 am September 27th, 2014

Hi , I have been told to take loraxepam for my anxiety till the zoloft kicks in . Im very nervous as im still breastfeeding my son once a day at bedtime. Could you please explain when it would be at its losest safest time to bresstfeed. Is the 10 hours when its at its highest or left the body . Cheers

10:56 pm October 3rd, 2014

I was on ativan (lorazepam) for 8yrs prescribed by a doctor. I had to go cold turkey just because my doctor did not want to refill my medicine. I am still with drawing from it. Aug 8 2014 til this date, it is not a fun withdraw. I was up to a 2mg pill. I was taking it for sleep and anixety. It stays in your system for a long time. and as far as sex, with me i did not have any sex desire but when I was made to come off of it, in 4 weeks I got my desire back. I am also seeing a mental health doctor which she has given me some other medicine in replace of it. This is a different doctor than the one who made me go cold turkey without the lorazepam.

8:36 am October 13th, 2014

i feel sleeplessness so i took 0.5mg anxit pills once at midnight 1 day ago .if i do my blood urine tests traces can be found or not
how many days traces can be found in human body. please reply as soon as possible, my age is 16yrs.

7:39 pm October 14th, 2014

Hi, I have been taking Lorazapam for 10- 12 years now, 1 mg twice a day as needed but only took 1 mg before bedtime, just last year increased to 1 and a half mg at bedtime, just last week was taken off the 1 mg and put on 0.5 mg to be taken twice a day, but I only take one tablet at bedtime also was given a script for Zopiclone 7.5mg to be taken at bedtime which I haven’t taken yet and don’t want to, so it’s been 5 days on the 0.5 mg tablet at bedtime, not sleeping well and starting to feel nauseated and having heart palpations like my insides are shaking, not every day though, should I be worried at this stage, I’m 52 years old.

J Mulligan
9:54 pm October 28th, 2014

I have been going through withdrawal from lorazapam . my dosage was 1mg twice daily. I have reduced it to one and a half tablets for two weeks. I am going to reduce it again to one one mg per day for two weeks after I will reduce it to one half for two weeks and reduce it to the final one half. my question is when during this time will I feel like I ‘turned the corner ?
Withdrawal for the first two weeks has been brutal

3:05 am October 29th, 2014

Does Lorazepam bother Diabetics and their sugar levels?
My Doctor has had me on this medication for two years. Had a tragic time with my husband. He has Alzheimer/Dementia and had to be put in the LTC Nursing Home. I took the medication to help me sleep. Now I sleep too much. The Doctor said to stop it at once and if I can’t sleep to take Gravol. Thank you for your help.

7:38 pm November 1st, 2014

Hi. I have been weaning myself off my lorazepam this morning was my last pill. How long till the lorazepam is out of my system so I can get pregnant?

3:45 pm November 5th, 2014

Hello: My Dr. has prescribed an anti depressant drug Bupropion XL. It is 150 mg.
I take this with Luvox -100mg and Lorazepam -1mg at bedtime.

I am sleeping better. Is this dosage ok? Is it ok to drive the car?

5:18 am November 6th, 2014

Hello I take to milligrams of antivan a day. M I Addicted to it.

2:44 am November 14th, 2014

I have seizure and I’m taking topirmax for my seizures since I had a bad head injury almost 3 years ago and i just started taking lorazepam and I am scared to take it when I get a panic attack is it really safe for me to take with my seizure pills

2:46 am November 16th, 2014

I was prescribed avitan for anxiety. 0.5 mg, 30 pills. I did not take them every day in a period pf 1 1/2 month since I dont like eating these pills. After using them up I asked for more, since my anxiety started increasing. I received adfitional 30 pills, same dose. I did not take frequently, every day but when I did, majority of time it was 1/4 or half of 0.5 mg. These pills were used up in about 1 month. I then started doing research about avitan and got more and more concerned. My anxiety was still there, so I asked doctor for 10 more pills, then using them up, then orderef 15 more…and now im done. I stopped last week, and have decided to pull through. My question is, can you get dependant after this short time, and is there risk fpr seizured with this low dosage? If so, during what timeframe is it the riskiest? I have epilepsy and on meds to prevent seizures. How long does the recovery take, after using this med for the time I discribed? Physical and mental. Should I have tapered down? I need ypur help…

6:43 pm November 25th, 2014

took lorazepam from 6:30pm till 10:30pm about 3/12 mg. Is it still in my system? I did not mean to take that much, it was by accident. I took some every hour trying to get to sleep.

11:48 am November 26th, 2014

Hello Brenda. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 to talk to a poison expert. They’ll assess your risk of overdose and provide advise and guidance on what you should do next. If you don’t feel OK-Call 911 right away.

10:30 pm December 2nd, 2014

I have been taking 1/2 of 1mg tablet each morning for anxiety for about 2 months now. What are my chances of addiction if I continue say for another month. I also take citalopram 10mg each night(just started) Thank you I am 75 years of age

7:54 pm December 4th, 2014

I saw a new pain specialist in October and he did a urine test on me. I had taken a few ativans because I ran out of my Xanax and it showed up in the test he said I would be cancelled if it shows up again. How could it still be in my system and how long for it to leave my body.

7:10 pm December 29th, 2014

lets get thing straight from the off , doctors and shrinks don’t like you on Loz ie Ativan ever since the big law suit that the patients lost 20 years ago , I would die without Ativan 6mg aday every day and 5mg Lexapro . I made this treatment not some luppy shrink I no my own body . don’t ever try detox cold you will finish in hospital, infact if it works don’t try dtox full stop , why should you do you want to be ill again. If you have a life long anxiety problem you need life long treatment and that is Benzos that all there is. therapy from someone thats never been ill wont help. Except you need them and half you problem is over , its not your fault you ill , Ativan is used in every hospital in England has front line anxiety situation, the only thing better is morphine and you wont want that every day . people take heart tablets and blood pressure tabs, diabetic , so what the big deal with anxiety tabs .

7:57 pm December 30th, 2014

Another thing while I am on a role , people will say I take point 5 of a tablet and I don’t feel anything???????? you wont its not enough. You are taking enough when I works that’s all there is to it could 1mg a day or the max a doc will give 10mg a day . You feel dizzy , of course you do there is a Benzo in your head stopping anxiety , YOU DONT GET AWAY SCOTT FREE

12:26 pm January 3rd, 2015

if my girlfriend has taken 2mg ativan for a few days. I’d say maybe two a day. How long will it take to flush out of her system?

4:19 am January 5th, 2015

I take one half mg. sometimes (3-4 times per week for one month), before sleep, as I have anxiety and can’t sleep. What about tolerance? I don’t want to increase dosage. I would appreciate any comments.

9:30 pm January 6th, 2015

I am 78 yrs of age Started taking 0.5 mg once a day of Lorazepam because I was nervous and could not sleep. Now I still do not sleep well and feel depressed. Stopped taking for 2 days felt very good . On 3rd day I thought I was nervous and took another pill. I want off .What do I do ? Thank you

7:56 am January 11th, 2015

I’ve taken Lorazepam for over 5 years ..started on a low dose but now at 2 1/2 mg each night for insomnia. I would like to get off it..tried it once but was so ill for 3 days and was awake all night while not taking it.. consequently I had to go back on it. What can I take to make me sleep as I taper off the Lorazepam.

4:37 pm January 14th, 2015

Hi Judy. Lorazepam is advised to be used for 2-4 weeks because it is one of the most addictive sleeping tablets on the market. Your dose is small and you also do not take it very frequently, but it may easily get out of hand. So, please be very cautious and if possible try using another sleep aid.

Hi Ernestine. Have you tried with any alternative ways to relax, a chamomile tea before bed, a nice warm bath, relaxing music, meditation…if the Lorazepam is not treating the conditions you are taking it for, you may need another medication or a different dose. For how long have you been taking it?

8:50 pm January 16th, 2015

If you wanting off Ativan for sleep aid and the mg is low . stay up later at night till your body closes you down and half the dose , I take 2mg for anxiety and tolerance at 9pm every night it 2mg out my 6mg a day but I don’t go to bed till at least 2 am. Never go to bed when not tired ,you will look at the ceiling all night . Also people don’t think because Ativan is out you system after 12 hours don’t think that’s the end of them . If I stopped my 6 mg a day cold I would be out my brain in 2 days .I an 66 and now and can never withdraw I don’t want to either, I will always have anxiety so I will always need Ativan , unless they bring out a new drug

5:30 pm January 23rd, 2015

not sure if I have anxiety but breathing been weird and think its causes me to panic cause my chest and head fell funny. scared to take this med now for 3wks….. haven’t even started. today I fell worse and thought about it but still scared due to addiction of this pill and withdrawl. thought about takeing aleeve to see if the “pain” goes away thus making me not as stressed about it but if I do need this pill today can I take it with aleeve and if I only take 1/2 1mg will I be ok next day with withdrawl. thanks

1:26 pm January 26th, 2015

Chelsea if it bothers you don’t take it, when I have chronic anxiety I would have walked on broken glass if they said that worked . If you thinking about it you don’t need it . CHRONIC ANXIERTY can even make you lose your bodily functions with fear , now that is a case for ATIVAN, I take a big dose but there is still lots of things I cannot do . like go abroad I have to have my home has a sanctuary to return to . CHRONIC ANXIETY you do what you are capable not what is asked, Ativan gives me back a life without rear. Tolerance so what I don’t care I am lost without benzo help. If you feel nothing like this and gan WORK, PLAY ,TRAVEL don’t take it

10:52 pm January 26th, 2015

I wish they would take the drug off the market, they can come up with something that is not addicting and help people sleep throughout the night. I just found out I have insomnia I take something to make me fall asleep, but I wake up during the night several times. Some of the sleep aid they have on the market is ok, but a person can’t take it like a prescribed medication sleep aid. I have tried, it only works 1 time for me.

10:58 pm January 26th, 2015

speaking about breathing,, my breathing was off for 3 months, because of ativan. My mental health doctor had to give me Prozac to get my breathing right. Ativan will mess a person up, they need to take it off the market, and come up with a non-addicting drug that will help a person sleep at night all night long.

11:45 am January 27th, 2015

Prozac is given with detox to help detox symptoms , but then you detox Prozac a year or so down the line . Prozac is a great med on its own it helped my anxiety when it first came out , I gained a lot of weight and came off. It never worked again for me when it went generic in the middle of using it i crashed. there will never be a sleeping aid with no side effects like any med. Just think if they was at would get abused by people who want to sleep 24-7 . the only sleeping aid is stay up at night till you feel tired , no matter what time.

12:50 pm January 27th, 2015

I used lorzapam for a year. It made me lose more than half of my hair. I saw the percentage of people who got back which is around 17 percent out of 80 percent who didnr get their hair back yet. What did the 17 percent do? Im very sad about my hair please help. Ive been off lorzapam for 10months if not more. No hair recovery. Taking all vitamins and no under lining. Im sure its lorzapam. From seeing another one havingthe same problem and by researching. And cause I never really lost hair like that until use.

8:34 pm January 27th, 2015

TAN , This is strange to me I have the opposite effect . I am 67 on Thursday and my hair is still brown , Its not megga thick but its not mega thin , I don’t have bald spots just age thinning I keep it short grade 4 back and sides and longer on top with a parting , I put hair gell on and look ok for an old guy. The only time I lost hair was taking Effexor and detoxing ATIVAN the opposite to what you say. ANXIETY makes your hair fall out quick and turns you grey kill the anxiety

3:57 pm January 28th, 2015

I’m currently on 1mg of Lorazapam. Had to start taking it due to a chemical mishap in my brain caused by drug interactions. (I told the doctor I was taking a mood stabilizer and an anti-depressant, but she said it was NO PROBLEM to take his lethal dose of antibiotic at the same time)….clearly it was a problem! But I’m hoping to get off the Lorazapam soon (slow taper I guess) as it wakes me with suicidal thoughts. Anyway…. ALL WHO READ THIS…. please check out anxietycoach.com
This sight helped me tremendously in learning how to overcome my anxiety and severe panic attacks! Also, a drug free way to “fix” your brain is with tapping. (tapping.com) It seems weird, but it works! And in a blind test of 5,000 people with SEVERE ANXIETY DISORDERS AND PTSD (Yes, I have that too), the first group was treated with behavioral therapy and/or meds. The second was treated only using tapping. The meds group were 51% symptom free while the tapping group was 76%!!! It’s SOOO worth trying!!!
Praying for us all – it’s a hard road, but God loves you and plans to see you through!

1:35 pm January 29th, 2015

Tapping is hardly used at all now it never took of in England its just like any passing fad , if you want to believe it you will,it wont cure any chronic anxiety . ANTIBIOTICS should not be given on phyc meds unless your life depends on them then you don’t have a choice. Your chemical mishap is depression and if suicidal thoughts should be treated with AD,S. Please don’t bring God into a mental health problem , if you believe he will help, why did he let have this problem in the first place.

1:51 am February 4th, 2015

My Father in Law has has a Massive Brain Stem Stroke…..he is 81y/o n the Night Nurse was told NO Ativan she did it anyway Sunday night!! We did get him in rehab they moved him Monday and he has been asleep since Sunday night!
We know that 2/3 of people that have the type of stroke he did die.
So I was trying to find out how long it would be in his system or is he sleeping due to stroke?

8:45 pm February 10th, 2015

I took 2mg of Ativan Friday 2mg on Saturday 4mg on sunday and 4mg on Monday. I have a drug test on wendesday will be able to pass?

Samuel E.
12:17 am February 11th, 2015

I take 1 mg of Ativan 3 times a day and sometimes a bedtime, for acute anxiety. I had blood fasting the next morning and didn’t take meds. My V.A. Dr. Thinks I don’t take them . It showed negative the next morning. If I miss one dose the starts a nervous queasy feeling. Than you.

12:10 pm February 11th, 2015

Hi Samuel. Although it may seem uncommon, it’s not unheard of. In fact, a great number of people who take Ativan (lorazepam) even for years have had drug tests come back negative for the presence of the drug. Why? Well, that’s not explained yet. But it is more common than one would assume. Maybe you can ask for another test to be done, or a hair test if the urinalysis keeps coming back negative.

5:10 pm February 11th, 2015

i was never given detox. and whatever that is i really don’t need it. Prozac is all i need, I had taken it many moons ago, it was different from this pill, which i like this one better, don’t even no i even have it in my system. the other prozac pill i did, it made me drowzy , Depression runs in my family, i inherited it. But there are secrets that I do to keep me unsuppressed and it works too.

8:43 pm February 11th, 2015

I have regular blood test for medication reasons, I am asked to fast on the day but still take all meds including 6mg of Ativan , nobody has ever said its blocking the test or showing up in them.

5:16 pm February 12th, 2015

I really hope no one has to go cold turkey like I did, getting off of ativan. It is a very horrible drug to go cold turkey off of. take care God bless you all who have to take this drug.

10:36 pm February 13th, 2015

NORMA How many a day were you on. , then I will tell you a story that will make you think that I am lucky to be alive

8:28 pm February 16th, 2015

I was born BIPOLAR this med Ativan you all want off is the only think that keeps me alive. I wont take phsycotic meds the weight gain is to great. and growing up I didn’t want to be fat. I was a ladies man so I drank instead to dull bipolar in depression, and road out mania in a blaze of glory. I take 5 mg of Lexapro a day the best ssri AD there is and 6 mg Ativan. I once had a habit of 8 to 12 mg a day ,I had saved all my scripts I never used when young I had hundreds of Ativan , I had a breakdown just through bipolar , and when to a NHS shrink who stopped dead all Ativan not believing I took that many has the scripts were for far less, I mean the ones I was taking from a stash were 10 to 15 year out of date but still worked. He sent me away with a Effexor script I week later I tried suicide saved only by a bottle of brandy making my throw up and alerting my family. I spent 3 week in mental hospital still not given Ativan , sitting in cold walk in shower most of the day letting the cold water cool my on fire body. I lied my way out hospital put the Effexor down a drain and went to my GP gave me back against the hospital wish 4mg Ativan a day and saved my life, I detoxed the other 4 to 8 over 8 months locked away in my music room. EVERYONE reacts to meds in different ways Ativan works on me with Lexapro every day, I have after 8 years just gone up to 6mg Ativan but still not bad hike in 8 year period.I may even need more later but so what I am dead without them . I AM NOW 67 and lived 20 lives

1:33 am February 25th, 2015

I took lorazepam yesterday and I have a drug test tomorrow, will I pass the drug test? I will be tested for LORAZEPAM . I took a 50$ detox drink today and been drinking alot of water, the urine test is tomorrow. Will I be ok?

7:21 pm February 27th, 2015

I have never shown lorazepam in my blood at 6mg a day ,

2:28 am March 6th, 2015

I had been on ativan for 9 years an 8 months ,, too long for me ,,, and did not no it was addicting,,, it had stopped me from any sex desires,,, or going to the bathroom no 2,,,this is not good ,,, now i have both of them back after getting off this drug,,,,so this will be my last conversation ,, good luck everyone ,,, if you still want to take this drug,,,, May God Bless.

7:44 pm March 6th, 2015

Good luck to you NORMA , Prozac is a good AD , you will be on the generic now if scripted by you doctor, real PROZAC cost 10 times more than FLUOXETINE they now give. you had strange side effects to Ativan constipation is not a usual side effect for anxiety , the opposite in fact. I take 6MG a day and can have sex anytime . ejaculation problems yes but that’s more to do with LEXAPRO the AD I take . PROZAC ie FLUOXETINE will in time mess with your sex life far more than Ativan and constipation is a problem with most AD,s So if you have been on Prozac less than six months you will be cool , long term is when the sex side effect of ADs kick in. Some complain about generic Prozac not being has strong has the real Prozac but this works fine for you, but try to keep the same generic name has chemists buy in the cheapest from all over the world REAL PROZAC is made by 1 company alone so no bad meds. YOU should never have been given Ativan just for sleep problems your doc is a dummy.

4:38 pm March 23rd, 2015

I was prescribed Lorazepam for sleep and seizure backup control 1 mg. nightly for over 20 years. I got off the drug by reducing .125 mg every 4 weeks over a 7 month period under a doctor’s care and am still unable to sleep more than a couple of hours nightly. I have been off the drug completely for over a month now and am wondering when and if I will ever have a decent night’s sleep again. Thank you.

11:32 pm March 30th, 2015

I took 1.5 IV ativan while in the hospita at 11:00 aml. How long do I have to wait to breastfeed my 11 month old?

10:11 am March 31st, 2015

Hi Rachel. It’s best to ask your doctor or gynaecologist for an answer.

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