Can you get high on lorazepam?

YES. And NO. Lorazepam can get you high when you take higher doses than prescribed. But most people do not get high on lorazepam when taken as prescribed. More on this habit-forming drug here, including lorazepam effects on the central nervous system and adverse side effects.

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Yes. And no.

YES – Lorazepam can get you high when used in larger doses than prescribed for treating anxiety. In fact, lorazepam which is used by people to get high on Ativan and Temesta is habit-forming and can cause physical dependence and addiction. Lorazepam also has adverse effects which make it dangerous, especially when taken in large amounts.

NO – Most people DO NOT get high on lorazepam when it is taken as prescribed. More here on lorazepam effects on the body, plus a place for your questions about lorazepam at the end.

Lorazepam chemistry and use

Lorazepem is the active ingredient in the name-brand drugs Ativan and Temesta. Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine medication primarily used to treat anxiety. However, lorazepam is usually prescribed for no longer than 4 months at a time due to its addiction liability. A typical course of lorazepam treatment, for example, would be 2-4 weeks. Lorazepam is sometimes used to treat severe seizures, insomnia, muscle spasms, and related disorders.

Lorazepam and central nervous system effects

Lorazepam is a central nervous system depressant. This benzodiazepine slows activity in the brain and enhances natural chemicals which have a calming effect. Sedative and tranquilizing effects are possible.  Benzos how long in system?  Benzodiazepines like Lorazepam can be detected in urine for 7 days to weeks to months after use, depending on frequency of use and chronic use vs. occasional use.

Lorazepam and euphoria

You can get high by taking lorazepam in larger doses than are normally prescribed by therapeutic use. However, taking lorazepam in the prescribed amounts for legitimate medical purposed is unlike to get you high. In addition to a feeling of euphoria, taking lorazepam can cause dizziness and drowsiness.

Mixing lorazepam with other substances

It’s dangerous to mix lorazepam, or any benzodiazepine, with other central nervous system depressants (for example, alcohol or opiates). Some people enjoy mixing these substances because it gives them a better high, or enhances the effects they’re seeking, but this is a potentially deadly combination. Mixing CNS depressants heightens their effects and can make it easier to overdose, causing trouble breathing, loss of consciousness, coma, and death.

Can you get addicted to Lorazepam?

Yes, lorazepam is highly addictive. Both abusers and normal users will develop a tolerance with sustained use, making it difficult to stop taking the medication due to withdrawal effects. Larger and larger doses will be necessary to treat symptoms and to get high. These larger doses carry a greater risk of serious adverse effects, which can include breathing difficulties and heartbeat irregularities.

If you are abusing this medication recreationally and to get high…you may be facing a risk of lorazepam addiction. But, no need to worry because help is available. In fact, there are many rehab options and treatment programs for lorazepam addiction available to help you get sober.

Am I addicted to Lorazepam?

Do you take lorazepam in larger doses than prescribed? Do you fill multiple prescriptions for lorazepam with different doctors and pharmacies? Do you take lorazepam without a prescription? Do you need to take lorazepam regularly to avoid withdrawals? If you answered, “Yes” to any of these questions, you might have a problem with lorazepam addiction.

Help for Lorazepam abuse

Benzodiazepine addiction is a common problem, so there are resources available to help you. If you want to quit, don’t do it by stopping your medication abruptly. A doctor can help you taper your dosage so that you can safely quit. Or seek help with a medical detox center to go through lorazepam withdrawal with 24 hour care. After you get off lorazepam, you can ask your doctor or even social services about local support groups for lorazepam addiction. You may also be able to get a referral to a therapist who specializes in prescription drug addiction.

Getting high on lorazepam questions

Do you still have questions about getting high on lorazepam? Or maybe a question about using lorazepam or signs of lorazepam addiction. Please leave your questions below as a comment, and we will do our best to respond to your questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Reference Sources: MedLine Plus: Lorazepam
Drug Enforcement Administration: Benzodiazepines
PubMed Central: Lorazepam withdrawal seizures
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. Ive been taking 7.5mg of Lorazepam daily for 3 years, alongside citralopam, and other drugs, [to treat chronic sarcoidosis. If I do not take them for a couple of days, last time, i felt like i was dying, due to the seriousness of the withdrawal symptoms. I was sweating buckets, with duvets and blankets wrapped around me, and shaking with cold the moment i stood out of bed. Terrible.

  2. If you want a better faster result to get rid of your full on panic attack, will snorting 2mg be enough? It’s not a matter of addiction, it is about ridding my severely damaged life of the anxiety/panic/ terror that i get about 1-2 times a week. My regular dose is to orally take .5 to 1.0 mg. It isn’t working and I’ve been in the ER for panic attacks i was certain was a heart attack. Please answer. I’m not sure if I can do another full blown panic attack.

  3. I take 1 mg of lorazepam 2x a day.. Recently concluded that I get the weird feeling, ” wooziness”, and feeling a bit drunk when I mix it with chocolate.

  4. is there a 5 mg Ativan/lorazepam? My daughter is telling me her doctor increased her from 1 mg twice a day to 5 mg twice a day. I am very concerned as she takes other meds also. Can you clarify the dosage, everything I see says 2 mg is largest made.

    1. Hi Sally. Ativan is available as 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg tablets. The usual daily range is 2 to 6 mg given in divided doses. I think she may have also misunderstood the doctor. I believe she has been put on 5mg total daily dose, which she needs to take in two divided doses. If you are uncertain and would like to get more info, call your local pharmacy or your daughter’s prescribing doctor.

  5. Does lorazepam cause brain damage? I took 3 mg and snorted 1. I am trying to stick with the marajuana and adderall. (Although I’m trying to cut back on the MJ). Any suggesstions? I love smoking weed and I smoke it once a week. I’m trying to cyt back to every 2-3 months, withiut binge smoking since I seem to do that. I’m 16 yeara old. How are these substances affecting my brain and how can I change my habits so that there is minimal damage?

  6. I take a 1 mg tablet for anxiety as needed (usually about once a week), but I get a whole bunch of weird effects when taking even this low of a dosage, most of them being very positive effects. I am able to think much more clearly, I feel extremely motivated, I no longer feel anxious when talking to people, I get a ton of energy, I make connections faster when studying, and everything I do, even work, just feels fun. Everytime I take it, I get a ton of stuff done, much more than when I don’t take it. If I were to take 1 mg daily instead of once per week, I be able to get work and studying done much more effectively, but I do not know if there would be any adverse effects to me doing this. I also do not know if these effects would go away if I took the 1 mg tablets more often… Ivana, what is your opinion on me doing this?

    1. Hello Jeremy. You know that lorazepam can get you high when used in larger doses than prescribed for treating anxiety. Also, your tolerance level will change, so in future you will need more tablets to get the effects you are wanting. So, use lorazepam only as recommended and prescribed. Further, I’d suggest you consult with your doctor for any drug changes.

  7. I take lorazepam to help my anxiety which it does but it also makes me feel really weird to. I can’t walk right and I get dizzy very easily I kinda feel drunk when I take it

  8. I take Ativan 1mg 4 times per day…I don’t notice what it does when I take it I can only see when I don’t take it…Take a break from it…I went 4 monts with no refill just to see how how I was was…I know back on it today Ativan helps me …I will live just fine without it…it may be additctive but that’s in the mind…you were living before you startyed taking benzos..My personality and my shaky and jumpynesss it takes care of…Im just normal..but if Im out I don’t worry..Addiict/user can be a slippery slope here…Getting additctidect to Ativan is a mental thing …you Don’t need it to live..Hyperactive just means im probably smarter than the avg. joe…My brain runs in overdrive…It will be ok

  9. I have severe tinnitus and have lorazepam. I don’t take it often but my tinnitus has been overload the past 3 days. Mine is NOT RINGING IN THE EARS, IT IS A SIREN. I have take 2mg but want to take another mg. Is that safe?

  10. hi garry,ask that your doctor help with wean off the lorazepam as you switch to using medical marijuana to help with pain, inflammation, anxiety, and many other symptoms you might find relieved. I personally condone cannabis as needed, but no not endorse smoking it as the way to go. Smoke can be inflammatory no matter how quality your herb is, but vaporizing, for example, removes the combustion process and results in a cleaner intake of the active principles therein.
    Marijuana tinctures, edibles, and lotions are great alternatives if you are not interested in the flower itself

  11. Hi I have suffered from anxiety all my life. I am 62 years old. I have been on lorazepam for 30 yrs. I did not realize how addicting it was. I was taking .5 mg 4 times a day. Then i started abusing it by taking it it all at once or 3-4mgs per day. It was the only way i could function in life. Then for the last 5 yrs I was buying it online (lord knows what quality it was). Then i started taking as much as 20mg per day thinking there was an endless supply. I am also a recovering alcoholic. I went to re hab for 28 days in Dec 2013. while i was in there they wouldnt give me lorazepam for a taper, but tapered me with valium which for the most part did nothing. By this point i think the reverse affects had set in. When I got out of rehab in Jan 2014 i started taking lorazepam again, as i had aprescription with 2 refills still there. I couldnt function unless i had taken lorazepam. I started .5mg 2x daily and got back to 4x daily. Than i ran out and my doctor would only prescribe me with valium, which i said did not do much for me. I had to try and go back to work so i got some lorazepam on line again. My whole body is a mess: cant focus, memory is short, cant swim, have a hard time walking at times (except short distances). I want to get my life back. If I go to rehab for the 28 days it will be the same old thing again. Is there anything i can do, say go into the hospital and get some treatment. Pleas advise. Is there a proper treatment for someone in my case.

  12. I take .5 or 1/2 of .5 lorazpeam most days for over a month. I am worried about getting “hooked” but still am gettting anxiety. I believe my anxiety was set off by a COPD hospitalization requiring long and heavy dose of prednesone..

  13. I think I am addicted to Lorazepam. I have a medical surgery involving anesthesia in two weeks and worried over if my use of Lorazepam will affect my surgery/etc… but i cant stop taking 2-6 mgs a day if i skip i get upset, shaky, very nervous etc. help?

    1. Hi Brian. You are not addicted. But, you’ve been taking Lorazepam long enough that your organism has gotten accustomed to the presence of the medication and now, whenever you skip a dose it reacts because it believes the usual dose is normal. When you skip a dose you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Talk to the doctors because i believe the surgery may need to be postponed until you get off the medication for your own safety.

  14. My PCP perscribed 1mg Lorazapam as a sleep aid. I have been taking this dose daily at bed time for approx. 10 years. How long should I taper it back and at what dose ? For the most part it has help me stay asleep all night but I would really like to discontinue use. I think I have been on this for far too long a time and would like to find a solution to why I have trouble sleeping.I have just completed a sleep study and waiting for results. Thanks for any information you can supply.

    1. Hi Gary. The tapering dose and rate can be determined by your doctor, based on your needs. After taking the medication for 10 years it is inevitable to lower doses slowly and gradually, in order to lower your tolerance to the drug. By tapering down, your tolerance level will also drop and you will be able to get the effects you once used to when you start over.

  15. If I took 750mg of lorazepam for two weeks skipping a few days. How long will it take to not to be in my urine. I drink tons of water and have high metabolism. I haven’t taken it for 28 days. Do you thinkmy urine will be clean? I was taking it for back severe back pain. It wad not a prescription , samples .

  16. I am 20 years old. How many I .milligram lorazepam pills can I take with out overdosing? Cause it really can’t get me to sleep and is this a real Doctor that knows what she/he doing.

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