Compare Zyprexa vs. Ativan

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

Zyprexa (olanzapine)

Prescription only

Ativan (lorazepam)

Prescription only
Helps control your thoughts and mood.

Zyprexa (olanzapine) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and agitation, but it's more likely to cause weight gain and sleepiness than other antipsychotics.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 68 reviewsforZyprexa
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.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 642 reviewsforAtivan
Upsides
  • Effective at relieving psychotic symptoms, manic episodes, and agitation in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
  • Less likely to cause heart problems than other antipsychotics.
  • Less likely to cause movement problems compared to older antipsychotics.
  • 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
  • More likely to cause weight gain and increase cholesterol or blood sugar compared to other antipsychotics.
  • Might make you more sleepy than some antipsychotics.
  • Mild risk of Extrapyramidal Symptoms (EPS): Movement disorders that include stiffness, tremor, restlessness, and slow, repetitive movements you can't control.
  • You may need routine blood tests to check how the medicine is affecting your body..
  • 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
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
Price
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Reviews
68 reviews so far
41%
saidit'sworth it
51%
saiditworked well
51%
saidit'sa big hassle

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642 reviews so far
71%
saidit'sworth it
51%
saiditworked well
15%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    48%
  • Weight gain
    28%
  • Increased appetite
    28%
  • Headache
    17%
  • Fatigue
    14%
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Dry Mouth
    7%
  • Abdominal pain
    6%
  • Pain in extremity
    5%
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4possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
    16%
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Weakness
    4%
  • Unsteadiness
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Increased risk of death
    • Elderly patients with dementia
  • Blood disorders
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart problems
    • Drug interactions
  • Shaking and restlessness
  • Higher blood sugar, high cholesterol, and weight gain
    • People with diabetes
    • People with high cholesterol
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  • Severe sedation with opioid use
    • Taking with opioids
  • Tolerance and dependence
    • Taking more than the prescribed dose
    • Taking Ativan (lorazepam) for longer than 4 weeks
    • History of drug abuse
  • Withdrawal
    • Long-term use
  • Driving impairment
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Memory problems
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