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Hello fcraig. They are both fast acting benzodiazepines. Thier side effects, the time it take to work are almost identical. Ativan is used more often than not as a straight tranquilizer. Whereas xanax is used more as a drug to help say anxiety along with depression. They are both extremely habit forming and when its time to no longer be taking them, a difficult means of doing so. Best wishes,
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