November 19, 2023

How Long Does Lorazepam Stay in Your System?

Whether your employer requires drug testing as part of your job, or you are taking prescription medications and need to know how long they will stay in your system, the answer depends on a number of different factors. Some people have faster metabolisms, or livers that break down drugs more quickly than others. Kidney function and the presence of other substances, like alcohol or drugs can also affect clearance rates.

Lorazepam, the main active ingredient in Ativan, is a benzodiazepine that works by binding to gamma-aminobutryric acid (GABA) receptors in your brain and sending calming signals throughout your body. It is commonly used to treat anxiety disorders, but it can be prescribed for other conditions, as well. It’s a powerful medication that comes with serious risks, including dependency and addiction. For this reason, it is usually only prescribed for short-term use and under a doctor’s close supervision.

If you have narrow angle glaucoma or lung problems, your doctor may not recommend this medicine. Tell your doctor if you have other mental illness or suicidal thoughts, or if you drink large amounts of alcohol or use street drugs. Misuse of this medication increases your risk of addiction, overdose, and death.

Take this medication with or without food as directed by your doctor. If you are taking an extended-release capsule, swallow it whole and do not crush, chew, or break it. For liquid medication, measure the dose with a special measuring device/spoon. Take it with water, juices, or soda-like drinks, or with semi-solid foods such as applesauce or pudding.


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