I am currently taking the low dose xanax as needed & I have taken it for a number of years. I noticed that the xanax sometimes make me sleepy & all I want to do is cut my anxiety & not get sleepy or lower my energy level! Does anyone take ativan & use to take xanax? Or has anyone tried them both & prefer the ativan? Does anyone know the difference between the two? I am going to ask my doctor, I go see her at the end of the month, but I am researching online in the meantime! I am thanking you guys in advance for your replies & responses! I take .25mg of xanax, but I want something similar that would lower my anxiety level. Do you guys have any ideas?
This question has also been asked and answered here: Ativan vs Xanax - What is the difference?
I have taken both, Xanax (alprazolam) which is short acting, and Ativan (lorazepam) which is long acting.They both belong to the drug class of benzodiazepines. Xanax worked best for my anxiety and it acts faster. Ativan is stronger from my experience and it has a more calmer effect on me , due to my high tolerance to medications, I prefer it.
Again , from my experience , I have taken many different benzodiazepines, and at first they make one sleepy, in my case, but they do not anymore.
Xanax is used in the treatment of anxiety; depression; panic disorder; tinnitus; dysautonomia and belongs to the drug class benzodiazepines.
Read more at: https://www.drugs.com/xanax.html
Ativan is used in the treatment of anxiety; insomnia; nausea/vomiting; sedation; panic disorder, and belongs to the drug classes benzodiazepine anticonvulsants, benzodiazepines, miscellaneous antiemetics.
Different doses of Xanax affect everyone differently. I use 1mg of it 2x daily. It can make me sleepy or do nothing at all.
For my anxiety, my doctor placed me on BuSpar for my anxiety and panic attacks. I started on 20mg and eventually increased to the max of 60mg. I take it in 3 daily doses. It works very well for me. No wacky side effects.
Perhaps this might work for you. Talk with your doctor about this med as a suggestion. I am not a medical professional, this info is strictly based on my own personal experiences. I wish yiu luck in finding the help you seek.
I've used both, and for me Xanax worked better, I was on 1/2mg and that was enough to deal with my anxiety with the least amount for sleepiness. but it's different for everyone, I would work with your doctor when you go back at the end of the month. she will be able to give you the best advice. good Luck!!
I've noticed that Xanax does in fact make me sleepy also but only when I'm driving or watching tv. If I stay active it works great. I'm currently prescribed Klonopin .5mg and it works great for my anxiety with less sleepiness. I take one in the morning and one before bed. I don't have much experience with ativan. Anyway the Klonopin works great for me and might for you too. Everyone is different.
I have been on both xanax and ativan, but on a much higher dosage as yourself, I was taking both of them, not at the same time, I was on xanax first 1mg 3x daily for panic/agoraphobia, and ativan for same diagnosis, I found that the xanax is more sedating then the ativan by far, but this is my opinion, it works on everyone differantly as our body makeups are all differant! They are both from a class of drugs called benzodiazepene, they are both fast acting meds... I now take klonipin which I in my case prefer for they last in your system longer up to 8 hrs if I am not mistaken, I also take them 1mg 3x daily, so they work around the clock for me, and they really don't make me want to sleep all day like the xanax did... hope this helped somewhat
Not sure if you have tried this, but have you cut a pill in half to see how it affects your anxiety as well as sleepiness? This is a drug that one must wean off. Xanax is habit forming and just stopping and switching may cause problems.
I just did a little research, and it says that xanax is more potent then ativan... hope this helps
Hello again hope31,
I aslo have done more research with regards to your question and have found the following:
"The strongest benzodiazepines, known as high-potency benzodiazepines, include alprazolam, lorazepam, triazolam, and clonazepam. Among the less powerful, or low-potency, benzodiazepines are chlordiazepoxide, clorazepate, diazepam, and flurazepam."
As you know not all medications affect us in the same way, what may be stronger for one individual may not be for another, we all react to the active ingredient of the medication differently (benefits,possible side effects, risks, interactions, etc.)
All the best,
Hello hope31. Both are almost identical in thier chemical makeup. Twins of the Benzodiazepine family. A person given one or the other would be hard pressed to identify either one. Regards pledge
I think that Ativan compared per mg of Zanex makes me much less sleepy. The danger is I've heard that people will go along with usual activities but the next day they forgot those activities. So some amnesia like effect.
All benzo's will make you sleepy. Perhaps you can cut your pill in half..
Personally I have been on and off xanax for the past 8 year's. . Ativan is longer acting however in my opinion its lighter than xanax. However ever individual reacts slightly differently.. my dr gave me ativan after taking xanax for a long time. And the ativan definitely does not make me as sleeply as xanax.. it has a different feeling.. try it.. hopefully it worksout better for you..
Maybe try an anti depressant that works for anxiety as well.. effexor works well.
I have been on Xanax for 2 years. My DR. told me he would no longer prescribe it for me (think they are getting pressure from the DEA) He had no problem giving me Ativan ( not sure why)
Bottom line take away: I feel 10 times more alive on Ativan, I wake up at 5:30 am (like I used to) more energy, more alive... Ativan is not as powerful, in my opinion, but it works well for me and does the trick without getting me all tired and lethargic.
I never knew Xanax was doing this to me. I noticed the change (positive) within 2 days of going off Xanax. I will never do Xanax again.. I have been on Xanax for 2 years. My DR. told me he would no longer prescribe it for me (think they are getting pressure from the DEA) He had no problem giving me Ativan ( not sure why)
PS: Here is a tip... Jog 4-5 times per week for 30 minutes, your anxiety WILL completly dispaear.. guaranteed.
I also have been prescribed Xanax for many years I am prescribed 1mg.TID three times a day also Ativan 2mg.in the evening so in my case I feel its the opposite way around.Xanax doesn't make me drowsy but Ativan helps me go to sleep in the evening.It makes me drowsy. then again it may be the dosage of meds I'm on at present. I hope I helped with your question until you see your doctor. Medea
I totally understand.. xanax makes me feel kinda drunk then super sleepy. Ativan makes you feel so cozy and does the job well. It lasts longer too but takes up to two hours to kick in The downfall of ativan though is (in my experience and a few others I know) is that your tolerance boosts up pretty fast (needing totake more or a higher mg). I dislike xanax more because it doesn't last long, kinda makes you feel drunk, and makes you sleepy. Be careful though, I noticed that Ativan in larger intakes makes me emotional and also makes your anxiety worse after you run out and xanax is pretty dangerous if abused. Ps. Do NOT mix benzos and do NOT take either of these benzos with alcohol
I have taken both & do find the Ativan to be a bit milder than Xanax. But my GAD is pretty severe & am always prescribed Xanax 1mg quid (4 times a day) & the only time I was ever given Ativan by a professional as opposed from some one I know was when I had to have taken it to help with the anxiety of having an MRI done? So my suggestion is to be grateful you are being prescribed the stronger one! You have better control of how you take it because you can always take less than prescribed making for your prescription to last longer which is ALWAYS much much better than running out too soon! It's always better to have & not need it than to need more & not have it! Anyone agree with me? You can always take less than your whole entire .25mgXanax & not have to ever worry about running out! OH YES ABSOLUTELY!!;)
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