Compare Ativan vs. Belsomra

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

Ativan (lorazepam)

Prescription only

Belsomra (suvorexant)

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 you sleep.

Belsomra (suvorexant) helps you fall asleep, but is only avaliable as a brand name so can be expensive.

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.
  • May be helpful if other sleep aids don't work.
  • Works quickly, especially on an empty stomach.
  • Might be a good option for the elderly.
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.
  • Not usually used for long-term treatment since it can be habit-forming.
  • Belsomra (suvorexant) is likely expensive since it's only available as a brand name, but coupon savings program could be available.
  • Not recommended if you do not plan to sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • Belsomra (suvorexant) may cause sleep paralysis.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
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Reviews
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think this treatment is worth it
51%
think this treatment works well
15%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
    16%
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Weakness
    4%
  • Unsteadiness
    3%
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8possible side effects
  • Headache
    7%
  • Sleepiness
    7%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
  • Dry mouth
    2%
  • Cold and flu
    2%
  • Abnormal dreams
    2%
  • Cough
    2%
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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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  • Changes in thoughts

    Uncontrolled psychiatric conditions

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Hangover effect

    Alcohol

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Dependence and withdrawal

    Continuous use for 2 weeks or more

  • Depression

    Risk increases with dose

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Difficulty breathing

    Sleep apnea

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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