Compare Ativan vs. Klonopin

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

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Ativan (lorazepam)

Prescription only

Klonopin (clonazepam)

Prescription only
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
Controls seizures and helps panic attacks.

Klonopin (clonazepam) can be used for immediate relief of panic attacks and seizures, but is not intended for long-term management.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 767 reviewsforKlonopin
Upsides
  • 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.
  • More people who took Klonopin (clonazepam) were free of panic attacks, compared to people who did not take Klonopin (clonazepam).
  • Klonopin (clonazepam) works quickly, within the hour.
  • Can be used together with antidepressants to manage panic disorder.
  • Klonopin (clonazepam) lasts longer and has less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to other similar medicines.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Klonopin (clonazepam) can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Klonopin (clonazepam) can be habit-forming, so is not typically used for long-term treatment.
  • May require higher doses of Klonopin (clonazepam) over time to establish the same seizure control.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
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Reviews
642 reviews so far
71%
saidit'sworth it
51%
saiditworked well
15%
saidit'sa big hassle

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767 reviews so far
70%
saidit'sworth it
52%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
    16%
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Weakness
    4%
  • Unsteadiness
    3%
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4possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    37%
  • Depression
    7%
  • Abnormal coordination
    6%
  • Loss of full control of bodily movements
    5%
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Risks and risk factors
  • 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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  • Sedation, respiratory depression, coma and death
    • Taking with opioids
    • Drinking alcohol
  • Dependence and withdrawal
    • Taking high dosage
    • Taking long-term
    • History of drug abuse
  • Driving impairment
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Suicidal behavior and ideation
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