Ativan (Oral)

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how long can ativan show up in your system, as for a swab drug screen

would like to know how long the drug ativan stays in your system? pertaining to a drug screen, swab drug screen to be exact. what is it used for? told used in some cases of withdrawl from some narcotics? please let me know also does it built up levels...
by lori in ohio, 08/01/2009

Ativan (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Ativan (Oral)

Ativan (Oral) Medication Classification

LORAZEPAM (By mouth)

Ativan (Oral) Brandname

Ativan, Lorazepam Intensol

Ativan (Oral) is used for the Treatment

Lorazepam (lor-A-ze-pam) Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). This medicine is a benzodiazepine.

When To Not Use Ativan (Oral)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to lorazepam or to other medicines that are like lorazepam (such as Valium®, Xanax®, or Dalmane®).

How Should You Use Ativan (Oral)

Tablet, Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • You may take this medicine with or without food.
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If you are more than 1 hour late, skip the missed dose and wait until it is time for your next dose.
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Ativan (Oral) Storage

Store Ativan (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Ativan (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Ativan (Oral)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy (such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain killers, or sedatives).
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine. Avoid drinking coffee, tea, or soft drinks that contain caffeine.

Ativan (Oral) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have glaucoma, liver disease, or lung problems.
  • This medicine may be habit-forming. If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not take more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
  • This medicine may make you drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.

Ativan (Oral) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Depression or severe confusion
  • Severe drowsiness and weakness
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Trouble breathing
  • Unsteadiness (having a hard time standing up)
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Blurred vision or headache
  • Dizziness, clumsiness, or trouble concentrating
  • Dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation
  • Feeling "hungover" in the morning after taking this medicine at bedtime

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