Ativan Dosage

by on May 7, 2012

There are a number of factors that have to be considered when determining the effective Ativan dosage for your condition. These factors include your age, other underlying medical conditions and other medications currently taken.

The following information provides only the usual dosage, as prescribed by most physicians. If you get a different dosage, do not adjust or change it without consulting your healthcare provider. Take note that not all patients experience the same symptoms. Depending on the evaluation of your physician, you may be given a unique dosage.

Ativan Dosage For Adults

The usual Ativan dosage for adults ranges from 2 to 6 mg per day taken twice or three times a day, the largest dose to be taken around bedtime. The overall daily dosage may vary from 1 to 10 mg.

  • Management of Anxiety - The initial dose ranges from 2 to 3 mg per day taken in two or three divided doses. Daily maintenance dose may be adjusted depending on the response of the patients. Dosage must be increased gradually to prevent any negative effects. If an increase in dosage is necessary, the evening dose should be increased first.
  • Management of insomnia related to anxiety or transient situational stress:

A single dose of Ativan 2 to 4 mg may be taken before bedtime.

Older Adults

Elderly people appear to be more sensitive to the potential adverse effects of this medication. Usually, the recommended dosage for elderly population is 0.5 to 1 mg taken in two divided doses. The total daily dose must not exceed 1 to 2 mg to avoid negative effects, particularly oversedation. Dosage may be increased if necessary.

General Information on Ativan Dosing and Administration

Here are some important considerations when taking Ativan:

  • Ativan is taken orally, usually in two or three divided doses although it can be taken as a single dose. It is dispensed in tablet form (0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg). For maximal effect, this drug must be taken exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
  • Again, each patient is given individualized dosage such as the dose, duration of therapy and frequency of administration. Read the prescription label carefully. Do not take more than or longer than recommended by your physician.
  • Watch out for symptoms of Ativan overdose that include drowsiness, oversleeping, confusion, loss of balance and coordination, feeling of being in trance or hypnosis, low blood pressure, sluggishness, and coma. If you suspect drug overdose, seek medical attention right away.
  • Check for any signs of drug dependence such as craving for the medication or requiring increased doses to achieve desired effects. Ativan can be habit-forming, discuss with your healthcare provider if you suspect or notice symptoms of drug dependence.
  • Ativan can be taken on a full or empty stomach. If this medication causes stomach problems, try taking it with food.