Compare Ativan vs. Restoril

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

Ativan
(Lorazepam)

Restoril
(Temazepam)

Helps you relax. Ativan (Lorazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety and sleep. Less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.Helps you relax and sleep. Restoril (Temazepam) is a good short-term option to help you sleep, but it shouldn't replace good sleep habits.
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Reviews & ratings
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5.1035598705501615Ativan
Reviews for Ativan (Lorazepam)
70%
of people say Ativan (Lorazepam) is worth it
50%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Restoril (Temazepam)
56%
14% vs. Ativan (Lorazepam)
56%
+6% vs. Ativan (Lorazepam)
22%
7% vs. Ativan (Lorazepam)
Side effects
AtivanRestoril

The Ativan FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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We haven’t found good data for Restoril side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Restoril »
How it works
AtivanRestoril
Ativan (Lorazepam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects neurotransmitters in the brain and calms the nervous system. This reduces anxiety and can cause sleepiness.Restoril (Temazepam) is a benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain to calm down your nervous system, helping you sleep and be less anxious.
Type of medication
AtivanRestoril
Anti-anxiety
Benzodiazepine
Prescription only
Anti-anxiety
Benzodiazepine
Prescription only
Available as
AtivanRestoril
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
AtivanRestoril
Risk factors for serious side effects
AtivanRestoril
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Taking longer than 4 weeks
  • History of drug abuse
  • Long-term use
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
      Detailed Ativan (Lorazepam) risks & warnings »
      • Taking more than the prescribed dose
      • Taking longer than 4 weeks
      • History of drug abuse
      • Long-term use
      • Women of childbearing age
      • Alcohol
      • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
        • Taking with alcohol
        • Taking with other drugs that acts in the brain
        • Age 65 or older
        Detailed Restoril (Temazepam) risks & warnings »
        Pregnancy category
        AtivanRestoril
        DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

        Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

        See the FDA package insert
        XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

        Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

        See the FDA package insert
        Alcohol
        • 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.
        • Not safe to use with alcohol.
        • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
        • Restoril (Temazepam) can make you dizzy and drowsy, especially when combined with alcohol and many other medicines that acts in your brain. It is not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
        Food
        No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
        Kidneys and liver
        No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
        Sex
        No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
        Sleep
        • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
        • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
        • Stopping Ativan (Lorazepam) suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, agitation, flu-like symptoms, trouble sleeping, and muscle pain or burning. Withdrawal symptoms can last 6 weeks or longer. Work with your doctor to gradually reduce your dose.
        • Can be habit-forming, meaning you'll start to rely on Restoril (Temazepam) to sleep.
        • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
        • Use only as needed when you can't sleep.
        • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, so don't do anything (like driving) after taking it that requires you to focus.
        • Stopping Restoril (Temazepam) suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, agitation, flu-like symptoms, trouble sleeping, and muscle pain or burning. Withdrawal symptoms can last 6 weeks or longer. Work with your doctor to gradually reduce your dose.
        • Restoril (Temazepam) can make you dizzy and drowsy, especially when combined with alcohol and many other medicines that acts in your brain. It is not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
        Weight
        No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
        Upsides and benefits
        AtivanRestoril
        • Effective at relieving short-term anxiety and sleeplessness.
        • Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in (it can take several weeks).
        • Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other benzodiazepines, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications.
        • Helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
        • Can be helpful to reduce anxiety.
        • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
        Downsides and risks
        AtivanRestoril
        • 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 benzodiazepines, more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then stop suddenly.
        • Most people find that it gets less effective over time.
        • Can be habit-forming, meaning you'll start to rely on Restoril (Temazepam) to sleep.
        • Your body can get used to Restoril (Temazepam) and it may not work as well long-term.
        • It's not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
        • Can't be used by pregnant women since it'll cause harm to the baby.
        • If it's used everyday for more than 2 to 4 weeks and you decide to stop taking Restoril (Temazepam), you'll need to work with your doctor to slowly get off the drug to avoid extra side effects.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        AtivanRestoril
        • Good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.
        • Starts working in 45 minutes when swallowed.
        • Starts working in 10 to 20 minutes when dissolved under your tongue.
        • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
        • Addictive. Long-term use can cause dependence or abuse.
        • Not safe to use with alcohol.
        • Use only as needed when you can't sleep.
        • Starts working within 45 minutes.
        • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, so don't do anything (like driving) after taking it that requires you to focus.
        • Take it only if you can get a full night's rest.
        • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
        • Tell your doctor if you notice any changes to your memory or mood.
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