Compare Ativan vs. Butisol
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
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.
Butisol (butabarbital) is not very good for sleeping problems because it can be addictive.
- 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.
- Butisol (butabarbital) works very quickly to help you fall asleep, within 45-60 minutes, and it lasts 6-8 hours.
- 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.
- Your body can get used to needing Butisol (butabarbital) for sleeping.
- Butisol (butabarbital) can interact with a lot of medicines, vitamins and supplements.
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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
- Long-term use
- Driving impairment
- Taking other medicines that make you less alert
- Memory problems
- Addiction and tolerance
- Behavior changes
- Feeling awake
- Having acute or chronic pain
- age 65 or older
- Breathing problems
- Drinking alcohol
- Taking narcotics, tranquilizers or antihistamines