Lorazepam has, as far as I know, only ever been available in tablets of 1mg and 2.5mg; I have never met anyone at my sufferers' group who has been prescribed anything other than multiples of these. I thought 2mg tablets were only sold in India and Pakistan & you would need a pill splitter to get anything below 1mg (what good would such a low dose as 0.5mg do anyway?). Also I try whenever possible to get 2 x 90 day Rx forms for original ex-Wyeth Pfizer 2.5mg Temesta, Tavor or Ativan (usually Temesta as I am in the UK) for dispense in a nearby EU country, as only Metwest generic is close to that quality and most pharmacies stock the Genus pills, which I find pretty poor compared. Some doctors will write me my former Xanax (brand) 2mg tds in those times. Some strange dosages are being used here, I just can't understand why or how!
Here in the US lorazepam's most popular dosage is 0.5mg and it is usually quite effective. It is usually dosed 0.5mg up to two to four times a day so being a daily total of 1-2mg per day. I have seen only 0.5mg and 1 mg tabs myself. I think we have a 2mg dose made here too but I just dont see it as often. It is best to use the lowest effective dose. If you have a high tolerance for benzodiazepines you may need higher doses. The body quickly becomes tolerant and then they are not as effective for anxiety.
I used to take lorazepam. Buspirone is a much safer alternative to any of the benzodiazapenes. I do not have a "placebo effect" from them, as some people try to say on these sites. They alleviate my anxiety very effectively. I took different benzos thru the years. My new doctor will not prescribe them at all. She suggested buspar. I had never even considered taking it. It took a couple to a few weeks to give full relief, but it works great for my anxiety. Of course, I should add, I take them along with Bupropion SR.
- Lorazepam Information for Consumers
- Lorazepam Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lorazepam (detailed)
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