Is ativan and xanax in the same class of medications?

Question is Closed Report Mark as Favorite

Answers (1)

24 Aug 2009

Kraigh,
Yes. Xanax and Ativan are both from the chemical class: benzodiazepine and the same functioning class: antianxiety. Where they are different is that Ativan is also classified as a sedative and hypnotic. Xanax is generally used for anxiety, panic disorders, anxiety with depressive symptoms, and insomnia; Ativan is also used for anxiety and insomnia, but it is also given for irritability in psychiatric disorders and to aid with alcohol withdrawl. Hope this helps answer your question.

Votes: +0

Further Information

Search for questions

Still looking for answers? Try searching for what you seek or ask your own question.

Similar questions

My first doctor prescribed Xanax 0.5 3X per day. How long will withdrawals last?

... day. I could only take half pills at a time as it made me feel terrible. Sometimes I would take a whole pill. I used Xanax for 30 days. My new ...

1 answer 3 Jul 2009

Best benzodiazipine?

ive tried xanax and ativan but the ativan does not help at all and the doc says she wont write a script for xanax because she says its really ...

4 answers 28 Sep 2010

Would it be better for me to take Xanax or Ativan instead of Valium?

I am noticing more often I feel more depressed after a couple days where I have used a bit more Valium than I usually do use. Someone on the board ...

4 answers 20 Feb 2012

I recently changed Drs., and she mistakenly prescribed 3 mg of Xanax instead of Ativan! Any advice?

I have been on Ativan for about 18 mnths, following the tragic death of my 15 yr. old daughter. The new doc will be out of contact until Monday.

3 answers 16 Nov 2012

How many mgs. of ativan is equivalent to xanax 1 mg. XR?

Because I have a Koch Pouch - a stoma on the outside of my stomach which has to be intubated - xanax does not digest in my system. I have no rectum ...

3 answers 24 Dec 2013