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A 38-year-old member asked:

Whats are the differences between diazepam, lorazepam, alprazolam and clonazepam?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Benzo's.: All are benzodiazepines. With shortest-acting being Lorazepam (ativan), then Alprazolam (xanax) , then Clonazepam (klonopin), then diazepam (valium) which can have half-life of up to 100 hours.
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Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Benzodiazepines: All of the medications that you mention are benzodiazepines, which are primarily indicated for the short-term control of anxiety. Their use should generally be limited to about 4-6 weeks but some patients do well with chronic use. The meds differ in their potency and half-life. The choice to use one over another is based on the speed and length of response needed.
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A 50-year-old member asked:

Alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, or clonazepam, which is better?

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Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 37 years experience
Benzodiazepines: The medications that you have listed are benzodiazepines and used to treat anxiety, panic disorders, seizures, and are sedatives. These medications vary in the onset of action, side effects and all can be habit forming. The best medication is the one that best fits the patients clinical problem.
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