Compare Ativan vs. Vistaril

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

Ativan
(lorazepam)

Vistaril
(hydroxyzine pamoate)

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.Coming soon.
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5.14Ativan
Reviews for Ativan
71%
of people (All ages) say Ativan is worth it
51%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
642 reviews
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Side effects
AtivanVistaril
  • Sleepiness 16%
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Weakness 4%
  • Unsteadiness 3%
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How it works
AtivanVistaril
Ativan (lorazepam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects areas of the brain that help calm you down. This reduces anxiety and can cause sleepiness.Coming soon.
Type of medication
AtivanVistaril
Prescription only
Available as
AtivanVistaril
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
AtivanVistaril
  • Anxiety Pruritus Sedation Adjunct
Risk factors for serious side effects
AtivanVistaril
  • Taking with opioids
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Taking Ativan (lorazepam) for longer than 4 weeks
  • History of drug abuse
  • Long-term use
Detailed Ativan (lorazepam) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Interactions
    AtivanVistaril
    • 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.
    No interactions related info.
    Alcohol
    AtivanVistaril
    • Not safe to use with 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.
    No alcohol related info.
    Sleep
    AtivanVistaril
    • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
    • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
    No sleep related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    AtivanVistaril
    • 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.
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    Downsides and risks
    AtivanVistaril
    • 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.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    AtivanVistaril
    • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
    • Take only as much as your doctor prescribes. Taking more than directed or taking this for a long time can cause you to become dependent on it.
    • Not safe to use with alcohol.
    • Use caution or avoid use in older adults.
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