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How Long Do the Effects of Lorazepam Generally Last?

Lorazepam is a type of benzodiazepine which is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety disorders. Its brand name, Ativan, more commonly refers to lorazepam. Lorazepam will make someone feel less nervous, relaxed, and sleepy. Although the primary purpose of Lorazepam is to reduce anxiety, it is also prescribed frequently in hospital settings to sedate a person before, during, and after surgery or to minimize the effects of trauma from accidents and injuries. Lorazepam is also prescribed to help alcoholics who are experiencing delirium tremors.  Lorazepam is an effective medication for treating symptoms of anxiety, but it is very addictive.

How to Identify Lorazepam?

Lorazepam is typically a small round white pill, and depending on the dosage, the imprint will correspond. The dosages that Lorazepam is available range from 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg tablets. Medical doctors will start with the smallest dosage to treat anxiety and increase as needed. The most common Lorazepam prescription is 2 to 4 mg/day given in divided doses. To identify Lorazepam, it is necessary to rely on a pill identifier website and never to buy or accept Lorazepam from anyone other than a legal pharmacy.  Drug dealers sell counterfeit Lorazepam and cut it with Fentanyl which leads to accidental overdose and death.   

What is the Typical Duration of Lorazepam’s effects?

The effects of Lorazepam will last between 4 and 6 hours. Some people who are sensitive to Lorazepam will notice the sedation longer. People who abuse Lorazepam will need higher doses and take it every one or two hours to maintain the effects. Lorazepam addiction and abuse will, in time, cause physical dependence. That means that the person using Lorazepam will need to take it every day or go into physical withdrawals. Lorazepam must be tapered off slowly to prevent seizures and other medical emergencies from happening.  Recovery from Lorazepam addiction begins with medically supervised Benzodiazepine detox. 

What Does the Medical Community Say About Lorazepam Addiction?

The National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health conducts advanced research on prescription drugs that are addictive. For example, they explain how addictive benzodiazepines such as Lorazepam are. 

Four benzodiazepines, alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), diazepam (Valium), and Lorazepam (Ativan) is listed among the 200 most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S. Benzodiazepines are widely used clinically to treat anxiety and insomnia. They also induce muscle relaxation, control epileptic seizures, and can provoke amnesia. Moreover, benzodiazepines are often abused after chronic clinical treatment but also for recreational purposes. Within weeks, tolerance to the pharmacological effects can develop, in addition to dependence and even addiction in vulnerable individuals. (NCBI)

How to Know if Someone is Addicted to Lorazepam?

Many people who get addicted to Lorazepam first got it from their doctor. Therefore, it is very common for Lorazepam addicts to see their doctor and multiple doctors all the time to get more Lorazepam. Someone on Lorazepam will also sleep more and get agitated quickly and will be forgetful. Lost keys, misplacing cell phones, or even not remembering what day of the week is typical behavior for someone abusing Lorazepam. The most solid determining factor of addiction to Lorazepam is the presence of detox symptoms. 

What Are Lorazepam Detox Symptoms?

Lorazepam detox symptoms are severe and can be life-threatening. Anyone who is addicted or abusing this drug must receive medical support to get clean. Seizures are likely to occur and can cause death during Lorazepam withdrawal. Lorazepam detox symptoms can be treated medically with safe and effective detox medications and a taper to reverse the following detox symptoms: 

  • Profuse sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Intense anxiety
  • Insomnia 
  • Shaking and muscle spasms 
  • Cold sweats and fever 
  • Rapid heart rate and high blood pressure  
  • Suicidal thoughts  
  • Hallucinations 

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