How should I take lorazepam?
Take lorazepam exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Never use lorazepam in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed. Tell your doctor if you feel an increased urge to use more of lorazepam.
Never share this medicine with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. MISUSE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
Measure the oral concentrate (liquid) with the supplied measuring device (not a kitchen spoon). Mix the liquid with water, juice, soda, or soft food such as applesauce or pudding. Swallow this mixture right away.
Swallow the extended-release capsule whole and do not crush, chew, break, or open it.
If you cannot swallow a capsule whole, open it and mix the medicine with applesauce. Swallow the mixture right away without chewing. Then drink a glass of water.
Do not stop using lorazepam without asking your doctor. You may have life-threatening withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the medicine suddenly after long-term use.
Store tightly closed at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
Store the liquid form of lorazepam in the refrigerator. Throw away any liquid not used within 90 days.
Keep your medicine in a place where no one can use it improperly.
Usual Adult Dose for Anxiety:
Initial dose: 2 to 3 mg orally per day, given 2 to 3 times per day
Maintenance dose: 1 to 2 mg orally 2 to 3 times a day.
Usual Adult Dose for Light Anesthesia:
IM: 0.05 mg/kg IM ONCE
-Maximum dose: 4 mg
IV: 2 mg total OR 0.044 mg/kg IV ONCE, whichever is smaller
-Doses of other injectable central-nervous-system depressant drugs should be reduced.
-Narcotic analgesics should be administered at their usual preoperative time.
-IV: The recommended dose of 2 mg (OR 0.44 mg/kg, whichever is smaller) should not ordinarily be exceeded in patients over 50 years of age.
-IV: Doses up to 0.05 mg/kg (4 mg maximum) may be administered.
-IM: For optimum effect, this route should be administered at least 2 hours before the anticipated operative procedure.
-IV: For optimum effect, this route should be administered 15 to 20 minutes before the anticipated operative procedure.
Use: As a preanesthetic medication to produce sedation (sleepiness or drowsiness), relieve anxiety, and decrease the ability to recall events related to the day of surgery