As with any medication, Ativan should only be taken if prescribed for you and should only be used as directed on the label. This will reduce any potential side effects of the drug and help you to stay safe from an overdose. An Ativan overdose can be fatal, so it is vital to seek immediate attention if you believe you may have taken too much of this drug.
To avoid an accidental overdose, take this medication on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose, you can take it as soon as you remember, but if you are very close to the next dose, it is better just to skip the missed dose. Never take a double dose to “catch up” even if you have missed a dose.
What are the symptoms of a lorazepam overdose? Symptoms will include extreme drowsiness, fainting, and potentially coma. This makes it vital to call for medical attention immediately before you lose consciousness. Confusion is also likely along with muscle weakness. All of these symptoms combined will make it difficult for you to seek help on your own. A call to the emergency services will result in the necessary help arriving at your home and bringing you to the appropriate medical facility for further treatment.
Never take this medication if it has not been prescribed for you. Purchasing the drug online for personal use is dangerous. The drug may be combined with other chemicals or medications. Also, dosage levels vary by person. There is no safe way for you to administer this drug to yourself without risking an overdose.
To help you appreciate how little of this drug may result in an overdose, many patients begin by only taking .25 mg of this medication. The largest dose pills only contain 2 mg, but as you can see, this is the equivalent of 8xs the dose that may be prescribed to an individual. Thus, there is no way to know the effect that even a small dose of the drug will have on you. Ativan is highly addictive and you can easily become dependent on the drug if your use is not being monitor by a health care professional.
If you believe your current dose is no longer having the desired effect, consult your physician rather than deciding to increase the dose on your own. You may need blood work before increasing your dose to know if it is safe.