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What is the dosage for ativan (lorazepam) gel?

Depends: The dosage fir any medication us dependent in the condition for which it is being treated as well as the condition of the person being treated. Suggest you talk to your treating md about use of this medication. ...Read more

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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Anyone familiar with ativan (lorazepam) dosage?

Anyone familiar with ativan (lorazepam) dosage?

YES: Ativan (lorazepam) comes in. 5mg 1mg 2 mg and can be given as an injection or iv. ...Read more

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Need help. Is 1 mg of ativan (lorazepam) a strong dosage?

It is a standard: Dose for many people. Be aware that it may cause sedation or impact reaction times. ...Read more

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Could I develope health problems from taking a very low dosage of ativan (lorazepam) just as needed for anxiety?

Could I develope health problems from taking a very low dosage of ativan (lorazepam) just as needed for anxiety?

NO: This is not likely to cause problems, but psychotherapy to help deal with the causes of anxiety is really more to the point than trying to control things "as needed". ...Read more

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Am I likely to develop health problems from taking a very low dosage of ativan (lorazepam) just as needed for anxiety?

Am I likely to develop health problems from taking a very low dosage of ativan (lorazepam) just as needed for anxiety?

No: If taken for anxiety on an infrequent, as needed basis under the close monitoring of a physician you would not be likely to develop health problems related to ativan (lorazepam). ...Read more

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I'm 69 year old female & a long time user of Ativan. Present dosage is. 5 mg. Which I take nightly. How long should I take to withdraw from it? Ideas?

I'm 69 year old female & a long time user of Ativan. Present dosage is. 5 mg. Which I take nightly. How long should I take to withdraw from it? Ideas?

Speak to your doctor: Without having a detailed history on the need and dosing of the Ativan, your past medical history, other drugs etc etc it is very difficult to provide a tapering schedule per se. Please speak with your prescribing doctor familiar with the above to create a schedule for you. ...Read more

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I take Lexapro (escitalopram) 20 1x a day along with ativan 1mg a day. Can I stop by immediately or do I need to gradually reduce dosage before stopping?

I take Lexapro (escitalopram) 20 1x a day along with ativan 1mg a day. Can I stop by immediately or do I need to gradually reduce dosage before stopping?

Under physician care: Never stop an antidepressant without the blessings of your prescribing doctor. Lorazepam if taken for more than 2 months should be tapered down to 05 mg a day for 2-4 weeks before it is stopped. Stopping an antidepressant for depression: if you've had one episode risk for recurrence is 50% over 15 years, 2 episodes and risk is 70 %, 3 episodes in 90% risk of relapse, at which point most stay on. ...Read more

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My dr switched me over from Xanax (alprazolam) to ativan apparently equivalent in dosage, with no taper is this safe?

My dr switched me over from Xanax (alprazolam) to ativan apparently equivalent in dosage, with no taper is this safe?

It's safe: There is cross tolerance between xanax (alprazolam) and ativan, so you should be safe if taking this medication as prescribed. Xanax (alprazolam) is a little different molecule from ativan, though. Stay in touch with your doctor for any difficulties. ...Read more

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Zoloft (sertraline)- from 100 to 150mg Ativan-.5mg Could a change in my dosage of Zoloft (sertraline) affect how Ativan effects me? I was VERY addled the last time I took it.

Zoloft (sertraline)- from 100 to 150mg Ativan-.5mg Could a change in my dosage of Zoloft (sertraline) affect how Ativan effects me? I was VERY addled the last time I took it.

Depression, Anxiety: I understand your concern. Zoloft (sertraline) is a medication for depression and anxiety.
Ativan is a medication for anxiety.
Ask yourself for reasons to take 2 medications for anxiety; and for increase of dose of Zoloft (sertraline) to 150mg/day which is a high dose.
Using Ativan together with Zoloft (sertraline) may increase dizziness, difficulty concentrating and confusion.
See a Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Medication and Therapy ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I am prescribed klonopin for anxiety. It is not doing anything for me. I've even up'd my dosage through a doc. Would ativan or Xanax (alprazolam) help better?

I am prescribed klonopin for anxiety. It is not doing anything for me. I've even up'd my dosage through a doc. Would ativan or Xanax (alprazolam) help better?

Not necessarily.: Although your dr could do a trial on a different benzodiazapine. I don't see any non-medication treatments listed - it is very important. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep /night ; good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies ; 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong ; progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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In regard to flight anxiety for overseas trips, please go over your recommendation on which anxioytic to use, ativan (lorazepam) or Valium and the proper dosage. Additionally, what is a good hypnotic for sleeping good at night?

In regard to flight anxiety for overseas trips, please go over your recommendation on which anxioytic to use, ativan (lorazepam) or Valium and the proper dosage. Additionally, what is a good hypnotic for sleeping good at night?

SHORTER ACTING: I would recommend the shorter acting xanax or Ativan as these are more manageable to avoid over-sedation and lasting too long into the trip. As far as sleep aids to help with the whole time change thing, consider melatonin over the counter or even sonata (zaleplon). ...Read more

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How high a dose of ativan (lorazepam) is. 5 mg?

Not high: Depends on what it is used for an frequency and person receiving the medication. For sedation or pre procedure anxiolysis, higher doses are required ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a 10mg dose of Ativan (lorazepam) all at once.

Is it safe to take a 10mg dose of Ativan (lorazepam) all at once.

No: The usual daily dose range of lorazepam (Ativan), a benzodiazepine, is 2 to 6 mg/day. And this would be divided into 1, 2 or 3 mg per dose. As I hope you know, this medication is highly addictive. I am worried that you if you are wanting to take such a large dose that dependence has developed. You need to review your usage with the prescribing doctor and conform to the prescribed plan. Good wishes ...Read more

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How soon after taking 2 midol can I take my. 75 dose of Ativan (lorazepam)?

How soon after taking 2 midol can I take my. 75 dose of Ativan (lorazepam)?

Ativan (lorazepam) and midol: If you are young, healthy, have no kidney or liver conditions, and are not taking any other medications, it should be safe to take the medications approximately 30 min to 60 min apart. Make sure you don't drive, as you are likely to become sleepy. Feel better. ...Read more

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What quantity of 0.5mg ativan (lorazepam) is considered a dangerously high dose?

What quantity of 0.5mg ativan (lorazepam) is considered a dangerously high dose?

Depends on the: Person. If you are not used to taking ativan (lorazepam), (lorazepam) then you can become overly sedated with just a total of 2-3 mgs. If you regularly take Ativan (lorazepam) and have built up a tolerance, then you could take much more. When prescribing, most physicians follow the idea of "start low and go slow" when dealing with medications like ativan (lorazepam). ...Read more

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I took7 mg of ativan (lorazepam) last dose on the 27th will my urine be clean by the 12th. L? I don't use all the time

I took7 mg of ativan (lorazepam) last dose on the 27th will my urine be clean by the 12th. L? I don't use all the time

HIGH Ativan (lorazepam) dose: 7 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) is a very high dose, so you must have a big tolerance for it whether or not you "use all the time." ativan's half-life is 10-20 hours, longer in women. This means it will be approximately 5 half-lives, or at least 100 hours to eliminate the medicine from your system. It sounds like you could be using Ativan (lorazepam) for other than prescribed purposes -- not healthy for you in long run. ...Read more

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If I still have racing thoughts after taking normal dose of Ativan, do I need to take more? Not more than prescribed though

If I still have racing thoughts after taking normal dose of Ativan, do I need to take more? Not more than prescribed though

Maybe: Ativan is a sedative like Valium which calms the mind and feelings of anxiety. It is dose related. So sometimes a higher dose is needed, but with caution. It is habit forming. Racing thoughts can be from anxiety but other things like bipolar or even some Meds. Check it out with your doctor. Ativan treats symptoms. It is not a long term fix. But can be a big help on your way to finding one. ...Read more

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Are there any major concerns with taking a small dose of Ativan (lorazepam) here and there for anxiety. Usually take just a few times a month.?

Yes and no: No problem, this is a reasonable treatment for anxiety IF directed by a trained professional who is following the diagnosis and response. But if this is done without medical, supervision, it can be dangerous. ...Read more

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I have been taking 1.5 mg of Xanax (alprazolam) a day in one dose. Is taking 2mgof Ativan (trying to switch meds) ok instead of Xanax (alprazolam)?

May be better: Ativan is slightly longer half life than Xanax (alprazolam) and should be smoother acting however Tranxene is a better choice and is longer acting and less addictive. ...Read more

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What's the max dose of Ativan daily one could take while beginning 10mg of lexapro (escitalopram)? Very anxious, normal dose isn't as effective right now....

What's the max dose of Ativan daily one could take while beginning 10mg of lexapro (escitalopram)? Very anxious, normal dose isn't as effective right now....

Depends: The recommended maximum dose of Ativan (Lorazepam) is 10 mg per day. However this depends on your mental and physical condition as well as your situation. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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I tried reducing my daily dose of Ativan (lorazepam) from 1.5mg to 1.25mg. Next day I felt terrible. Resumed 1.5mg dose. 2 days later still feel in withdrawal.?

I tried reducing my daily dose of Ativan (lorazepam) from 1.5mg to 1.25mg. Next day I felt terrible. Resumed 1.5mg dose. 2 days later still feel in withdrawal.?

Talk w/ provider: Changing dose levels of psychotropics needs to be done w/ the prescriber. The w/drawal symptoms are not unique to w/drawal and might only have been coincidentally related in time. You may have some other illness - even some virus or flu that just hit at this time. Have a consult and maybe an exam. Plan w/ them on reductions in medication. I hope you can achieve your goal. ...Read more

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My dr prescribed ativan (lorazepam) for situational anxiety around work and other events. Should I try a dose before I take it for work to see how it affects me?

My dr prescribed ativan (lorazepam) for situational anxiety around work and other events. Should I try a dose before I take it for work to see how it affects me?

Yes!: Ativan (lorazepam) can cause sedation as it is used as a sleep agent too, among other things. You should try it during the day while at home or a few hours before sleep so you can assess how it works for you. It may be you will need to adjust the dose your doctor gave you but consult her or him first before doing so. ...Read more

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Tips on detoxing from high dose of ativan (lorazepam)?

Tips on detoxing from high dose of ativan (lorazepam)?

Medical attention.: Detoxing from hisgh dose of Ativan (lorazepam) need to be done slowly and under close supervision of your physician, to prevent benzo withdrawl seizure. ...Read more

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I have taken a. 5mg dose of ativan (lorazepam) a day for 8 days. Is it safe for me to get off cold turkey?

I have taken a. 5mg dose of ativan (lorazepam) a day for 8 days. Is it safe for me to get off cold turkey?

Speak to your doctor: It really depends on for what reason you're taking the medication. If your doctor just instructed you to do it then, following his advice is best. Otherwise, you should check to see what the schedule is supposed to be. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Under what circumstances-medical or otherwise -would low dose ativan (lorazepam) -1mg twice daily cause breathing difficulties?

Under what circumstances-medical or otherwise -would low dose ativan (lorazepam) -1mg twice daily cause breathing difficulties?

Ativan (lorazepam): Ativan, (lorazepam) a sedative benzodiazepine, could reduce the respiratory rate, particularly if in combination with opiates, alcohol, other sedatives, and in cases of respiratory disease like copd, breathing related sleep disorders like sleep apnea. At at a dose of 1 mg twice a day, it is unusual to cause strong effects but it could if other circumstances are present. ...Read more

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Does 0.25mg of ativan (lorazepam) do anything to stop anxiety also is it now safe for me to stop at this dose with no withdrawls?

Does 0.25mg of ativan (lorazepam) do anything to stop anxiety also is it now safe for me to stop at this dose with no withdrawls?

Yes: Ativan (lorazepam) is an anxiolytic (antianxiety medication). 0.25 is a low dose, but it should be helpful with anxiety. Depending upon how long you have been taking it and your pattern of dose it should be safe to discontinue. However, you should not discontinue a a medication without talking to the prescriber. ...Read more

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I took 7mgs or 14mgs (small white pill) of ativan (lorazepam) over a 4 day span. My last dose was the 27 february how long before undetectable in urine?

I took 7mgs or 14mgs (small white pill) of ativan (lorazepam) over a 4 day span. My last dose was the 27 february how long before undetectable in urine?

HIGH Ativan (lorazepam) doses: Your Ativan (lorazepam) quantity has changed since your last message, but the time required for eliminating it from your body is still the same: at least 100 hours from last dose. If you're taking 7-14 mg of Ativan (lorazepam) that is not prescribed for you, this still sounds like substance abuse with tolerance to ativan (lorazepam). Your doctor is a good resource for help with this problem. ...Read more