Difference Between Xanax and Ativan

Main Difference

Xanax and Ativan are both the medicines of anxiety. The working both medicines is same by increasing the neurotransmitter GABA effect in the brain. Difference is among their side effects and in interactions with other medicines. Formula of Xanax is C17H13ClN4 while that of Ativan is C15H10Cl2N2O2. Xanax is also used for panic disorder but ativan is not used for panic disorder. Side effects of ativan includes the changes in sex drive while xanax don’t has such side effect. Side effect of xenon also includes frequent urination but xanax don’t has such side effect.

What is Xanax?

Xanax (Alprozolam) is the benzos drug used for the treatment of disorder in anxiety. It is also used for the treatment of pane. It is not recommended to use in pregnancy as it is unsafe for pregnancy. Xenon has a high dependence liability with 11.2 hours of intermediate release of half life. Its side effects include drowsiness, blurred vision, concentration loss, lack of balance, nausea, headache, memory problem, vomiting, dry mouth and sweatiness. Formula of Xanax is C17H13ClN4.

What is Ativan?

Ativan (Lorazepam) is the benzos drug for the treatment of disorder in anxiety. It is not recommended to use in pregnancy as it is unsafe for pregnancy. Ativan has a high dependence liability with 9-16 hours of half-life. Its side effects include drowsiness, dry mouth, changes in sex drive, constipation, frequent urination and weight changes. Formulae of Ativan is C15H10Cl2N2O2

Key Differences

  1. Formula of Xanax is C17H13ClN4 while that of Ativan is C15H10Cl2N2O2.
  2. Xanax is also used for panic disorder but ativan is not used for panic disorder.
  3. Side effects of ativan includes the changes in sex drive while xanax don’t has such side effect.
  4. Side effect of ativan also includes frequent urination but xanax don’t has such side effect.
  5. Side effect of ativan also includes weight changes but xanax don’t has such side effect.
  6. Side effect of xanax also includes swelling in limbs but ativan don’t has such side effect.
  7. CAS number of xanax is 28981-97-7 while that of ativan is 846-49-1.
  8. Half life of Xanax is 11.2 hours in intermediate release and 10.7-15.8 in extended release while ativan has a half life of 9-16 hours.
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