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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
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In brief: 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)

In brief: 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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