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Is it acceptable for a pharmacy to substitute alprazolam for lorazepam?

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Anonymous 15 Mar 2010

The only time a pharmacy could legally substitue Lorazepam (Ativan) for Alprazolam (Xanax) is if the pharmacist called the doctor's office that prescribed the medication and had the medication changed. Otherwise, though in the same class of drugs (Benzodiazepines), they are not the same medication.

barbles2413 15 Mar 2010

Lorazepam is Ativan
Alprazlam is Xanax

Definitely different meds both can be used for same purpose But the doctor can not given ativan when xanax is ordered and vise versa. Unless they called the doctor and they changed it orally over the phone Hope this helps

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