Tuesday January 22nd 2019

You're leaving Addictionblog.org and will be automatically redirected to Recovery.org.

Go back to Addictionblog.org


What is Ativan?

Ativan (lorazepam) is a sedative medication, 3-hydroxy benzodiazepine drug, and is commonly prescribed to treat anxiety in patients. Lorazepam it is mainly available as tablets and a solution for injection, but it can also be found as a skin patch, an oral solution, and a sublingual tablet. In addition to lorazepam, brand name Ativan tablets contain lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, polacrilin, magnesium stearate, and coloring agents (indigo carmine (E132) in blue tablets and tartrazine (E102) in yellow tablets).

How is Ativan used?

Ativan is usually taken divided into 2-3 doses at certain periods of the day. The starting dose for adults is 2-3 mg daily, a typical maintanace dose is 2-6 mg, and the maximum recommended dose is 10 mg per day. However, Ativan can be habit-forming. It’s not recommended for long-term use (regular dosing for longer than 4 months), because of increased likelihood of withdrawal symptoms.

Why do people use Ativan?

Health care professionals prescribe Ativan for short-term management of severe anxiety. It is fast acting, and because of its high-potency, Ativan use is recommended for the treatment of fast onset panic and anxiety. But Ativan is also used to treat other conditions such as:

  • Acute seizures
  • Agitation and seizures in case of overdose
  • Ease symptoms of vomiting and nausea in chemotherapy patients
  • Insomnia
  • Sedation of aggressive patients
  • Sedation of hospitalized patients

Ativan abuse is defined as taking this prescription medication OTHER THAN PRESCRIBED. While Aitvan is mostly abused for its anti-anxiety, relaxing, hypnotic and sedating effects, some people use Ativan recreationally (against medical advice) in order to achieve a euphoric high. How can Ativan be abused?

Crushed Ativan tablets are insufflated (snorted) by recreational users. Ativan injection also has a potential for abuse and may lead to dependence. Some users mix Ativan with alcohol to produce a stronger high. Additionally, there is criminal way to abuse Ativan: the anterograde amnesia and sedative-hypnotic effects are sometimes used by predators on unwitting victims as date rape drugs, or for the purpose of robbery.

Ativan effects

When Ativan is taken over a short-term period as prescribed, its effects can be positive. Ativan has a fast onset, and the effects last up to 8 hours. It helps reduce anxiety, sleeplessness, agitation and seizures. However, Ativan also may cause physical and cognitive impairments that users should be aware of, such as:

  • Anterograde amnesia
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Hallucinations
  • Weakness

A person should stop using Ativan in cases of severe allergic reactions, swelling of the face, sleep driving or other serious adverse effects. In order to safely quit Ativan, experts recommend that you consult your prescribing doctor about creating a tapering schedule. This way you can avoid withdrawal symptoms and intense or severe side effects.

Is Ativan addictive?

Taking Ativan repeatedly over a prolonged period of time may result in physical and psychological dependence and Ativan withdrawal symptoms. Because of its highly addictive properties, doctors do not recommend Ativan use for longer than 3-4 months. The likelihood of dependence is relatively high with Ativan (lorazepam), and one-third of individuals treated with the drug develop dependence within 4 weeks of therapy.

Signs of Ativan addiction include:

  • Compulsively taking Ativan
  • Continued use despite the awareness of negative consequences to health, home, work or social life
  • Craving Ativan
  • Loss of control over frequency and dose
  • Taking Ativan to cope with everyday stress

If you have been taking Ativan for a longer period of time, you may need to consider Ativan addiction treatment when trying to cut back or stop using the medication. Treatment is especially recommended if you have been increasing doses or frequency of use on your own, and you may need to detox from Ativan under medical supervision.


Ativan Detection Timelines [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ativan Detection Timelines [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 25th, 2018

This infographic shows Ativan detection windows on urine, blood, hair and saliva tests. More on Ativan detection here.

47 The Ativan Withdrawal Timeline Chart

The Ativan Withdrawal Timeline Chart

June 7th, 2017

Rebound anxiety, sleep disorders, and mood swings are only few symptom that occur when you are withdrawing from Ativan. What are the other Ativan withdraw symptoms? Explore our complete VISUAL GUIDE here:

2 Physical addiction to Ativan

Physical addiction to Ativan

May 15th, 2017

Ativan is a powerful benzodizepine with a high risk of causing physical dependence and addiction. Here, we answer how you can recognize physical addiction to Ativan and what treatment is like.

Zoloft Addiction Treatment

Zoloft Addiction Treatment

May 4th, 2017

The Complete Guide on How to Find Help for Zoloft Addiction. If you’re struggling with Zoloft, reach out for help today! Treatment can help you live a drug free life.

25 How to stop taking Ativan?

How to stop taking Ativan?

March 26th, 2017

The best way to come off Ativan is to consult your doctor about it FIRST. Stopping abruptly can be dangerous and can cause a number of unpleasant withdrawal effects. Read this article to find out how to safely stop using Ativan.

How to help an Ativan addict?

How to help an Ativan addict?

December 22nd, 2016

The best way to help an Ativan addict is to show support and compassion along the addiction treatment process. Here, we review how to identify and encourage treatment of Ativan addiction.

7 How to treat Ativan addiction

How to treat Ativan addiction

October 13th, 2013

Having problems quitting Ativan? Here, we explore how to treat Ativan addiction – both physical and psychological dependence.

Help for Ativan addiction

Help for Ativan addiction

September 13th, 2013

Ativan (lorazepam) can be addictive. So where can you find help for Ativan addiction. We review treatments for Ativan addiction and how to get started here.

11 Signs and symptoms of Ativan addiction

Signs and symptoms of Ativan addiction

June 19th, 2013

How do you know if someone is addicted to Ativan? Here, we explore the signs and symptoms of Ativan addiction. And we invite you to ask questions about Ativan abuse at the end.

13 Is Ativan addictive?

Is Ativan addictive?

July 30th, 2012

YES. Ativan is addictive, even in some cases when Ativan is prescribed by a doctor. We review what Ativan is made of and how you get addicted to Ativan here.

Page 1 of 212

Leave a Reply

3 Responses to “Ativan
10:02 am March 21st, 2018

Thanks for this blog

8:44 am June 9th, 2018

this is a awsome site, keep the good work up.

6:35 pm August 22nd, 2018

Thanks very useful article