Compare Ativan vs. chlordiazepoxide
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.
Librium (chlordiazepoxide) is good for lowering anxiety since its effects aren't as strong as similar medicines; however, it lasts longer in the body and can be more dangerous in older people.
- 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.
- Librium (chlordiazepoxide) is available as a generic.
- Because Librium (chlordiazepoxide) lasts longer in the body, it's preferred for alcohol withdrawal since it's less likely to cause seizures.
- Librium (chlordiazepoxide) can be used by itself, or with antidepressants to help lower anxiety.
- 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.
- Librium (chlordiazepoxide) lasts much longer in older people, so it's not safe to use if you're age 65 or older.
- Librium (chlordiazepoxide) is not as strong as similar medicines, so it's only really useful to calm anxiety and for alcohol withdrawal.
- Librium (chlordiazepoxide) can be addictive, so you should use it for as short of a time as possible.
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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
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Taking Librium (chlordiazepoxide) for more than 2 weeks
- Drowsiness and sleepiness
- Drinking alcohol or taking narcotics