Compare Fanapt vs. Ativan

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Fanapt (Iloperidone)

Prescription only

Ativan (lorazepam)

Prescription only
Controls schizophrenia.

Fanapt (Iloperidone) is helpful for treating schizophrenia, but it can be expensive because it's only available as brand name.

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
  • Part of the first choice medications to treat schizophrenia.
  • There are patient assistance programs that can lower the copay.
  • Comes in many different strengths to make it easier to customize your dose.
  • Less likely to cause sexual problems than other similar medicines.
  • 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
  • Fanapt (Iloperidone) can be expensive because it is only available as brand name.
  • You will need to follow a strict schedule the first two weeks as body adjusts to Fanapt (Iloperidone). You might have to see your doctor several times until you find a dose that works best for you.
  • You're more likely to have changes in blood pressure with Fanapt (Iloperidone), which can make you feel faint or dizzy.
  • If you stop taking Fanapt (Iloperidone) for 3 days and want to restart it, you'll have to start taking it from the beginning dose.
  • You have to take Fanapt (Iloperidone) twice a day, which can be hard to remember.
  • 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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  • Liquid
  • Injection
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Side effects
20possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    10%
  • Sleepiness
    9%
  • Dry mouth
    8%
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    5%
  • Agitation
    5%
  • Nasal congestion
    5%
  • Fatigue
    4%
  • Sore throat
    4%
  • Joint pain
    3%
  • Faster heart rate
    3%
  • Blurred vision
    3%
  • Tremor
    3%
  • Sluggishness
    3%
  • Rash
    3%
  • Sudden changes in blood pressure
    3%
  • Colds or flu
    2%
  • Ejaculation disorder
    2%
  • Difficulty breathing
    2%
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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
    • People over 65 with dementia and psychosis
  • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
    • Taking antipsychotic medications
  • Higher blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight gain
    • People with diabetes
    • People with high cholesterol
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    • Long-term use of atypical antipsychotics
  • Blood disorders
  • Changes in blood pressure and heart beat
    • High blood pressure
    • History of heartbeat problems
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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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