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Can I take ativan (lorazepam) before work?

Can I take ativan (lorazepam) before work?

Carefully: Ativan (lorazepam) is a valium derivative that is used for anxiety, tension, and for seizures. The side effect is sleepiness. Low doses are usually well tolerated and will relax you and allow usual function. Higher doses will put you to sleep. Understand why you are using it. Balance the benefit to the side effects.

Dr. Jane Steiner
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Ativan (Definition)

Ativan (lorazepam) is a medication used to treat a person with anxiety or anxiety related to depression. Lorazepam is a type of medication called a benzodiazepine. It slows the activity in a person's brain, so he is ...Read more


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Ativan is not safe with alcohol, but is it ok to take it the next day after having drinks? Is there a timeline?

Ativan is not safe with alcohol, but is it ok to take it the next day after having drinks? Is there a timeline?

Ativan and alcohol: Depends how much you drink and the condition of your liver. Ativan acts by itself (lorazepam half life is 12 hrs), and by a metabolite formed in the liver (lorazepam glucoride-half life is 18 hrs), so, to be safe you have to start drinking very moderately after18 hrs at least from your last dose, and it would be safe (after moderate drinking) to take the ativan 18-24hrs after the last drink.

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Can I take my ativan (lorazepam) if I am suffering from an alcohol hangover?

Can I take my ativan (lorazepam) if I am suffering from an alcohol hangover?

Oh my gosh.: This is worrisome - please don't mix alcohol and benzodiazapines like Ativan (lorazepam).

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After taking 1 dose of. 50 mg of ativan, (lorazepam) how many days do I need to wait before safely consuming alcohol?

After taking 1 dose of. 50 mg of ativan, (lorazepam) how many days do I need to wait before safely consuming alcohol?

Ativan (lorazepam): Ativan's usual duration of action is around 6 hours. Although the drug may still remain since it has a half life of 10-20 hrs. That means the longer you take this medication, the longer it remains in your system. Make sure to limit consumption to as little as possible once in a while because these both are depressants.

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I took 2 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) yesterday at 7 p.m. I wanted to drink a few alcohol tomorrow at around 2 p.m. Would the Ativan (lorazepam) have worn off by then?

I took 2 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) yesterday at 7 p.m. I wanted to drink a few alcohol tomorrow at around 2 p.m. Would the Ativan (lorazepam) have worn off by then?

Most likely: Since the half-life is about 12 hrs and at least three half-lives have past by then you should be OK as long as you have normal liver and kidney function.

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How long after last dose of ativan (lorazepam) (i take 6 mgs a day) is it safe for me to consume alcohol?

How long after last dose of ativan (lorazepam) (i take 6 mgs a day) is it safe for me to consume alcohol?

None: You are on a rather large dose of ativan (lorazepam). Because of this dose, I would not recommend you drinking any alcohol. It is not safe to mix them. Also, if you are on this large of a dose, likely you will always have some Ativan (lorazepam) in your system.

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I take. 5 mg of ativan (lorazepam) everyday at 7am and. 25 at 3pm. I know it is not recommend to mix with alcohol, but is it dangerous to have a few beers?

Yes: That is a lot of Ativan (lorazepam) which is a benzodiazepine (BZD). BZDs act in much the same way as alcohol. Both are sedatives and should not be mixed as they have an additive effect. I notice you are also on HCTZ which is a diuretic. This is anther reason for not drinking as alcohol inhibits ADH (vasopressin) (anti diuretic hormone)

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How long after taking. 5 of a 1mg Ativan would it be safe to drink alcohol?

How long after taking. 5 of a 1mg Ativan would it be safe to drink alcohol?

Should be avoided: Ativan and alcohol are synergistic meaning they will double their effect and cause unwanted side effects and behavior. I'd avoid the combination to get a more consistent effect. Ativan typically lasts 6-8 hrs so after that time frame it would be safe to drink alcohol possibly.

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Benn prescribed resperidone and ativan for psycosis and topamax (topiramate) for alcohol craving, is this combination bad?

Benn prescribed resperidone and ativan for psycosis and topamax (topiramate) for alcohol craving, is this combination bad?

Except ativan (lorazepam): Risperidone is a very effective medicine for psychosis. Topmax is found to be a very promising drug for the treatment of alcohol addiction. Ativan (lorazepam) can be used only for prevention if alcohol withdrawal not for treatment purpose. We tend to avoid any benzodiazepines in people with alcohol abuse history because the combination is dangerous

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Should you wait 24 hours after ativan (lorazepam) dose to drink alcohol?

The two do not mix: If a doctor recommended Ativan (lorazepam) to you, it is likely you suffer from some type of anxiety. Alcohol will make it worse. Also, Ativan (lorazepam) and alcohol do not mix. They just make you more sedated, you can end up addicted to both and your anxiety will actually get much worse. My advice: treat the anxiety and stop drinking. Ever considered aa? I think it could help you. A lot.

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What's worse for your liver - alcohol, ativan (lorazepam) or valerian root?

What's worse for your liver - alcohol, ativan (lorazepam) or valerian root?

Depends.: All the above are potentially toxic to the liver in high doses and long term use. Valerian use is generally safe in the short term and both Ativan (lorazepam) and alcohol are generally safe when taken sparingly and also for a short term. When you do take them, your doctor can monitor the effect on your liver.

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Is it okay to drink alcohol if I have not take. Ativan (lorazepam) in 24 hours?

Is it okay to drink alcohol if I have not take. Ativan (lorazepam) in 24 hours?

Depends on amount: Alcohol is a CNS depressant similar to ativan, (lorazepam) I would recommending waiting 12 hours or longer before drinking alcohol. Since, it has been longer than 24 hours, you are safe to consume alcohol in a responsible fashion.

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I have anxiety day after drinking alcohol. Can I take my ativan (lorazepam). 5 mg?

I have anxiety day after drinking alcohol. Can I take my ativan (lorazepam). 5 mg?

Absolutely not: Why drink alcohol if it makes you anxious? That is my first question for you. Your history of pancreatitis suggests that it is not good for. Alcohol and benzos (which includes Ativan) can be a lethal combination. You can do one or the other at any given window of time. Also, talk with your doc about anxiety management. Meditation and relaxation training can help.

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What can happen if you drink alcohol 10 hours after.50 mg of ativan (lorazepam)? Stop breathing?

What can happen if you drink alcohol 10 hours after.50 mg of ativan (lorazepam)? Stop breathing?

Dangerous: Drinking alcohol while taking Ativan (lorazepam) may increase your risk of certain Ativan (lorazepam) side effects, such as: drowsiness dizziness problems with coordination unusual behavior memory problems. It may also slow both the heart and breathing, which can cause you to pass out, have difficulty breathing, or even lead to death.

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I took 1 tab of 1 mg ativan (lorazepam) 11 hours ago. Is it safe to drink alcohol?

I took 1 tab of 1 mg ativan (lorazepam) 11 hours ago. Is it safe to drink alcohol?

Probably: In moderation. Ativan and alcohol work on the same receptors (GABA) in your brain. ONE dose of Ativan 11 hours ago is largely gone from your system. One glass of wine or one beer 12 hours before or after taking lorazepam is probably ok assuming normal liver function and no other drugs or meds in your body.

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I took. 5mg of ativan (lorazepam) at 8am today. Is it safe for me to drink alcohol tomorrow night around 9pm?

I took. 5mg of ativan (lorazepam) at 8am today. Is it safe for me to drink alcohol tomorrow night around 9pm?

Should be ok: Ativan (lorazepam) has a very short half life. This means it's out of your system and has no effect after a few hours. That being said, at 20, it is illegal for you to drink alcohol as the drinking age is 21.

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I took a 0.5mg dosage of ativan (lorazepam) can I drink alcohol 10 hours after the drug was taken? Or will it harm me?

I took a 0.5mg dosage of ativan (lorazepam) can I drink alcohol 10 hours after the drug was taken? Or will it harm me?

No guarantees: Is a small dose, however about 1/2 of the medication is still in your system so you should be careful how much you drink and definitely do not drive.

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