This medication starts working about 20 to 30 minutes after administration and it reaches its full effect within approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
This medication can help alleviate feelings of anxiety and help you feel calmer. It can also reduce unnecessary mental alertness and make you feel sleepy if you are experiencing sleeping difficulties. Patients can thus enjoy sleep that is more restful.
The dose should be decreased gradually at the end of treatment. This can be achieved over a few days or weeks, to reduce the likelihood of withdrawal symptoms.
Grapefruit or grapefruit juice should be avoided when taking this medicine as it can increase the likelihood of lorazepam side effects. Drinks that contain caffeine such as coffee and tea should also be avoided, as caffeine is a stimulant that has an opposite effect to this medicine.
This medication usually stays effective for 6 to 8 hours. However, the duration of action can vary slightly from one patient to another and according to the exact lorazepam dosage taken.