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Dentist said she would rx anti-anxiety med for me to take before wisdom teeth appt. mentioned either xanax or valium. i know they're also benzos, but how are they different from ativan in terms of side effects and likelihood of side effects?

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Dr. Alejandra de Alba Razo
Specializes in General Practice
Benzodiazepines : Xanax contains alprazolam (lasts 6-12 hrs and helps to reduce anxiety without much sleepiness) while valium has diazepam (over 20 hrs and causes sleepiness and slightly helps with anxiety) and ativan has lorazepam (6-10 hrs reduces anxiety and has a smaller hypnotic effect compared with diazepam)

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