Ativan (lorazepam) is a sedative medication belongs to benzodiazepine which is prescribed to treat anxiety and seizures. Ativan is available in a generic form called lorazepam. It may also be prescribed to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and withdrawal symptoms from alcohol. Let us see How Long Does Ativan Stay in Your System
How Do You Take lorazepam?
Lorazepam is available in two forms as lorazepam tablet and concentrate (liquid) to take by mouth and lorazepam solution for intravenous (IV) injection.
How Long Does Ativan Stay In Your System?
A number of factors can affect how long it stays in your body. It depends on some other factors such as type of drug test being administered. There are four types of these tests:
The factors that influence the clearance rates of lorazepam, including:
Dosage: If you take an overdose of lorazepam than prescribed, the longer lorazepam will stay in your system. Usually, prescribed doses of lorazepam have higher urinary clearance rates than overdose of lorazepam.
Frequency of use: If you take lorazepam frequently, it stays in your system for a longer period of time. A single dose will take short time to get rid of.
Age: lorazepam may stay in an older people than in a younger people.
Metabolism: If your metabolism is slow, it may take your body longer to get rid of lorazepam. The metabolic rate is affected by your physical activity, age, diet and genetics and atmospheric conditions.
Diet: Balanced Food and water can affect how the body processes Lorazepam. The persons who stay properly hydrated could excrete Lorazepam faster. The drug might stay in their bodies longer those who do not consume balanced diet.
Reduced function of the organs: If your kidney or liver are not functioning properly, it will stay longer in your body.
Ativan (lorazepam) detection time period by drug testing method:
Blood: Ativan can be detected in blood for up to 3 days after it’s taken
Saliva: Ativan can be detected in saliva for up to 8 hours after it’s taken
Urine: Ativan can be detected in urine up to 6 days after it’s taken
Hair: Ativan can be detected in hair for up to 30 – 90 days after it’s taken
What are the side effects of lorazepam?
Ativan can cause mild or serious side effects. The most common side effects of lorazepam include:
- slurred speech,
- lack of balance or coordination
Ativan may cause serious side effects including:
- unusual changes in mood or behavior,
- worsened sleep problems
- muscle weakness
- vision changes
- breathing trouble
- rapid heartbeat
- thoughts of suicide
This list does not contain all possible common side effects and serious side effects that may occur. Check with your doctor for additional health information about your problems and negative side effects associated with this medicine. Call your doctor for medical advice.
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