View Full Version : how long does Lorazepam stay in system?

11-30-16, 12:01 AM
For years I was prescribed Lorazepam 1 mg pills, take 1-3 pills daily as needed. I never ever took this many, usually only taking it a few times a week, and usually only one pill per night. It was to alleviate my anxiety enough to let me sleep. Even though I didn't ever take the full prescription I filled it every month, thinking well what if I lose my job and don't have health insurance and can't get medications anymore, I may as well fill these while I can. Needless to say I have a lot leftover.

Flash forward to now, I have a new health insurance and a new doctor, and she will not prescribe benzos. She says current research says they cause dementia and aren't even safe to take occasionally as I did before, and is unwilling to prescribe any type of benzo. We have gone over the options for anxiety medication but nothing has seemed right for me so right now I don't have anything prescribed for anxiety (just adderall for ADD). (There were no other "as needed" options).

Well, I sometimes still take the Lorazepam 1 mg at night bc with my job and my kids and my ADD and everything, I do have some bad bouts of anxiety at night sometimes. I know I'm not supposed to bc its not currently prescribed, but at the same time the prescriptions were legitimately prescribed to me so it didn't feel that wrong. The prescriptions are about 2 years old and I've been taking them again for about 1 year.

Well, I've come to find out I will be drug tested in about 4 months. I'm wondering how long the medicine will stay in my system? The test specifically states it tests for benzos. ive stopped taking them but just concerned they will stay in my system. This is so frustrating bc the medication worked really well for me, and none of this would be an issue if the doctor would just have continued the old doctors prescriotjob. Sigh.

11-30-16, 02:59 AM
That sucks and for the record, I dont think you are doing the wrong thing.
I dont have an answer for you. My doc started drug testing about 2 or 3 years ago and I am always paranoid that somehow I will fail the next one. She doesnt do it regularly but i signed a release acknowledging that I knew she could.

02-07-18, 01:32 AM
I agree completely with previous post. Sorry, don't know how long. It's people like us who just take them as need and have better quality of life because the med works, that suffer for others abuse...or what I think the main problem is, is Drs. that just want to say no to everyone.

02-07-18, 10:49 AM
From Wikipedia:

On discontinuation, lorazepam serum levels become negligible after three days and undetectable after about a week.