A 66-year-old female asked:
i know ativan and xanax (alprazolam) are in the same drug class but what are some of the differences between the 2 drugs?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Steven Reidbord answered
35 years experience Psychiatry
Ativan vs Xanax (alprazolam): Both Ativan (lorazepam) and xanax (alprazolam) are benzodiazepine tranquilizers. The main differences clinically are that Ativan is longer-acting and slightly more sedating than xanax. Most agree that xanax is more potent than Ativan on a milligram-for-milligram basis, and probably more addictive. However, both are considered high-potency benzodiazepines and both can lead to drug dependence.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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