- Ativan vs. Xanax review
- What are Ativan and Xanax?
- What are the uses for Ativan and Xanax?
- What are the side effects of Ativan and Xanax?
- Can I get addicted to Ativan and Xanax?
- What are the withdrawal symptoms of Ativan and Xanax?
- How should Ativan and Xanax be taken (dosage)?
- Which drugs interact with Ativan and Xanax?
- Are Ativan and Xanax safe to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
Ativan vs. Xanax review
- Ativan (lorazepam) and Xanax (alprazolam) are both members of the benzodiazepine family of drugs used mainly to treat anxiety and other psychiatric disorders.
- Researchers believe both Ativan and Xanax – like other benzodiazepines – work by enhancing the effects of a neurotransmitter that helps inhibit excess brain activity. Excessive activity of nerves in the brain may cause anxiety and other psychological disorders, according to the current understanding of neuroscience.
- The central difference between Ativan and Xanax is Ativan leaves a person's system more quickly, reducing the chance of toxicity or side effects, a few of which are:
- Lorazepam also has fewer unfavorable interactions with other medications when compared to alprazolam. Each medication, however, can cause dangerous increased sedation when consumed with alcohol, other depressants or other anti-anxiety medications.
- Both drugs also have the potential for addiction. Stopping either Ativan or Xanax abruptly can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms, depending on how long a person has been taking the drug.
What are Ativan and Xanax?
Lorazepam and alprazolam are both benzodiazepines. They affect gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter chemical that nerves in the brain use to send messages to one another. It is thought that Ativan, Xanax and other benzodiazepines may act by enhancing the effects of GABA in the brain. By influencing GABA, benzodiazepines reduce the activity of nerves in the brain.
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