Compare Ativan vs. Anafranil

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Ativan (lorazepam)

Prescription only

Anafranil (Clomipramine)

Prescription only
Helps you relax.

Ativan (lorazepam) is an effective medicine for occasional or short-term anxiety. It's less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 642 reviewsforAtivan
Helps with your actions.

Anafranil (Clomipramine) is helpful in treating OCD, but it can have a lot of side effects.

Upsides
  • Effective at relieving short-term anxiety.
  • Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in.
  • Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other drugs like it, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications.
  • Works well to decrease the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Helps some people see improvements in their mood.
  • Can help you sleep.
  • Lower risk of causing heart problems compared to other medicine in this class.
Downsides
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Compared to other similar medicines, Ativan (lorazepam) is more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then suddenly stop.
  • Most people find that Ativan (lorazepam) gets less effective over time.
  • It's more likely to cause side effects like dizziness, drowsiness, weight gain, and constipation compared to other medicines in this class.
  • Can cause sexual performance problems in men.
  • Increases the risk of falls, especially when used in the elderly.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
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think this treatment is worth it
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think this treatment works well
15%
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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
    16%
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Weakness
    4%
  • Unsteadiness
    3%
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8possible side effects
  • Dry mouth
    84%
  • Somnolence
    54%
  • Tremor
    54%
  • Dizziness
    54%
  • Headache
    52%
  • Constipation
    47%
  • Ejaculation failure
    42%
  • Fatigue
    39%
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Risks and warnings
  • Severe sedation with opioid use

    Taking with opioids

  • Tolerance and dependence

    Taking more than the prescribed dose

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Withdrawal

    Long-term use

  • Driving impairment

    Alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    Age 24 years or younger

  • Driving impairment

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Using other medications that affect serotonin

  • Seizure

    History of seizure

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Withdrawal

    Stopping Anafranil (Clomipramine) suddenly

  • Low blood pressure

    Age 65 years or older

  • Heart problems

    History of heart disease

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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