I was told that my grandmother nearly overdosed on Ativan because it stored itself within her body then randomly released too much at once. I'm trying to find out what factors could be involved in order to prevent such an accident again. Any assistance on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Hi sneakyjedi. Ativan did not store itself in your grandmothers body. Just the opposite is true. Ativan is a very fast acting benzodiazepine. Once a dose is taken, it very quickly leaves your body. So, unlike a long lasting benzodiazepine, such as a valiumn, which will remain in your body for several days. The answer is that she simply took to many ativan, and did literally overdose or close to it. I hope shes doing better. Best of wishes,
Even though Ativan works quickly in your body it is stored in your fat... meaning it is lipophilic like other benzos. This does not cause it to be released and used later... just means it could stay around awhile for it to be detected... but this storing in the fat does not mean that it will be released to act at another time. I hope this clarifies for you...
- Ativan Information for Consumers
- Ativan Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Ativan (detailed)
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