Thursday April 24th 2014

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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103 Responses to “How long does lorazepam stay in your system?
Annie
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?

Kat
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?

Kat
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.

Kat
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.

Kat
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?

Ed
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?

Kat
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..

lisa
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.

Sully
9:53 am September 5th, 2012

Hi Lisa, check this website:

http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/

Monique
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.

Debbie
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:

KELL
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…
K

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.

Erin
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

Kath
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.

SSS
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!

Josh
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!

marcia
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:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22484396

BK
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!!
BK

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

aimee
1:00 am February 27th, 2013

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

Alittl01
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.
Thanks

Jennifer
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

HELP!!!

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

rick
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!

Sam
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!

Alina
4:03 pm April 4th, 2013

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

Alina
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.

Sam
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.

dave
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!

jean
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!

corey
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?

Bob
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.

Emma
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?
Thanks

pat
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.

joan
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?

JJ
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

JJ
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.

DO NOT JUST STOP.
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!

Julian
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?

joan
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.

Lisa
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?

brittany
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….

Sharon
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.

Karen
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

Heather
9:57 pm August 18th, 2013

Hello,

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.

DG
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.

Carole
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.

jeanne
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

John
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?

prilihda
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…

prilihda
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…

tabitha
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

Px
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?
O.K.
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.

Gif
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

SSS
2:34 am October 26th, 2013

FACT:
** ATIVAN: ALL URINE TESTS WILL COME OUT AS CLEAN In As Quickly As 24 HOURS **
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.

Rose
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?

JHiL
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

Bree
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 ..?

Barb
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?

jami
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.

Kim
5:41 pm January 21st, 2014

You say Ativan is never prescribed for long term use?

shirley
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.

jessika
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

Manjunatha.N.D
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

Sheila
4:40 pm March 24th, 2014

Hello,

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,

Sheila

susan
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?

susmitadas
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.

Meera
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

Jess
7:22 am April 23rd, 2014

How long does lorazepam stay in breast milk

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