Compare Prozac vs. Ativan

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

Prozac (Fluoxetine)

Prescription only

Ativan (lorazepam)

Prescription only
Improves mood and helps you relax.

Prozac (Fluoxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety. It's more energizing than other antidepressants, but may not be the best choice for people who have trouble sleeping.

4.7/ 7 average rating with 1319 reviewsforProzac
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
Upsides
  • Effective at relieving depression and anxiety symptoms.
  • Lowers relapse rates of depression and bulimia nervosa.
  • Causes less sleepiness than other antidepressants.
  • It's more energizing than other antidepressants, so it's good for people who have low energy.
  • It has been used to treat depression for a long time, so there's a lot of information available about how it works and how safe it is.
  • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • Can cause sexual side effects like low libido and an inability to orgasm or ejaculate.
  • Can increase feelings of anxiety or cause headaches during the first few weeks of taking it. These effects should go away over time.
  • More likely than other antidepressants to interact with other medications you're taking.
  • Like most antidepressants, it can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people younger than 24.
  • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
  • 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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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Delayed release capsule
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
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Reviews
1319 
62%
think this treatment is worth it
40%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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642 
71%
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
1possible side effects
  • Decreased libido
    4%
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4possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
    16%
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Weakness
    4%
  • Unsteadiness
    3%
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Risks and warnings
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    Age 24 years or younger

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Using other medications that affect serotonin

  • Withdrawal

    Stopping Prozac (Fluoxetine) suddenly

  • Heart problems

    History of heart problems

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Increased bleeding

    Taking other blood-thinning drugs

  • Mania

    History of bipolar disorder

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • 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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