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Ativan Dosage: Safe and Recommended Amounts


Ativan dosages recommended for adults and children:

Ativan dosage for adults:

Front Image - LORAZEPAMThe usual Ativan dosage recommended for adults is a total of 2mg to 6 mg per day divided into smaller doses. Usually, the largest dose is taken around bedtime. The daily Ativan dosage may vary from 1mg to 10 mg per day.

For anxiety:

The usual beginning Ativan dosage is a total to 3 mg per day taken in two or three smaller doses.

Insomnia due to anxiety:

Ativan is usually taken at bedtime in doses of 2mg to 4 mg.

Ativan dosage for children:

The effectiveness and safety has not been established for using Ativan for children under the age of 12 years old.


Ativan dosage for older adults:

The usual starting Ativan dosage for the elderly and for those in a weakened condition should not exceed a total of 1mg to 2 mg per day, evenly divided into smaller doses to avoid oversedation. This dose can be adjusted by your doctor as necessary.

Ativan overdosage:

All medications taken in excess of the recommended amounts may have very serious consequences. An overdose of Ativan can be fatal, although this is relatively rare. If you suspect an overdose, you should seek medical attention immediately.

The symptoms of an overdose may include:

Coma, confusion, drowsiness, hypnotic state, lack of coordination, low blood pressure, sluggishness.


Information provided by The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs - Sixth Edition

Additional information By Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist  Ph.D Candidate 

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