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What is more powerful Xanax or Ativan?


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Answered 2012-05-19 14:30:20

1. alprazolam(Xanax) is way more powerful, Ativan isn't even is potent as Valium trust me Xanax is the way to go either that or klonopin but I prefer Xanax

2. I've tried both. I currently have access to both. Ativan hits harder and produces a more euphoric feel for me. The only problem is it only last about 20 - 30 min tops. Xanax just makes me fall asleep. I also am always off balance in the morning after doing xanax the night before.

3. As you can see, it's quite subjective. Objectively speaking, the statements "Xanax is way more powerful" and "ativan isn't even as potent as Valium" are false. Xanax IS a powerful med, with a potency trailing only Halcion and Klonopin in the U.S. Ativan is one of the more potent benzodiazepines as well, with a strength equal to that of flunitrazepam (Rohypnol or "roofies" though it does not behave the same pharmacologicaly) It [Ativan] is about five times more potent than Valium, thus it is dosed in smaller amounts, so Valium, when adjusted for potency, may "feel" stronger to some than Ativan to some.

Though equivalency charts vary, the standard equivalent doses for the four main benzos are 0.5mg Xanax = 10mg Valium (gold standard) = 1-2mg Ativan = 0.25-0.5mg Klonopin (I've found the potency of Klonopin to be exaggerated. It is probably closer to 0.5mg than 0.25mg and Ativan to be underestimated, probably closer to 1mg than 2mg, but again... each person will perceive any of these drugs differently)

The reason Xanax is probably often perceived as "more powerful" is because it has a quick onset and short duration of action. So it hits the individual taking it quickly, strongly, and wears off quickly as well. Ativan, on the other hand has a moderate half-life and duration of action, so it is felt more gradually and the effects stay longer before wearing off a little more gradually. (Unless taken under the tongue. It is then absored directly into venous circulation and it's are felt within minutes)

Personally, I prefer Ativan and Tranxene. Xanax does what it's supposed to do and obliterates anxiety, but the potential for addiction, in my opinion, outweighs its benefits. Valium and Tranxene are almost identical, with Tranxene having one major metabolite which is the principal metabolite of Valium and Valium having several-- they are the longest acting benzos. The quality and characteristics of Ativan work best for me. It is like a cross between Xanax and Valium, IMO. I don't care for Klonopin as it causes increased aggression and anger for me. But it does work- can also be taken sublingually for panic and is VERY effective.

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Xanax (alprazolam) is more potent than Ativan (lorazepam). Typically 0.5 mg of Xanax is equal to 1 mg of Ativan. However this does vary from person to person. Xanax also works faster and lasts a shorter period than Ativan. So it is logical to say that Xanax is more "powerful" because of its potency and rapid action.


What is the difference between ativan and xanax?


Ativan can be stronger than Xanax. However, it depends on the milligram dosage. Both Ativan and Xanax are anti-anxiety prescription medications.


Ativan and Xanax do NOT have equivalent dosing.So no, .5 ativan does not equal .5 xanax.Also, Xanax tends to be more sedating and faster acting than ativan; it also (for most people) gets out of your system faster.


1 mg of ativan equals roughly 0.5 mg of xanax, which is the more potent of the 2 benzos


It's hard to say. Although Lorazepam (Ativan) is said to be more addictive, if you're using the drugs recreationally Alprazolam (Xanax) definitely packs a bigger punch in terms of the "high". Ativan is more like just being tranquil and relaxed, whereas Xanax gives you quite a rush. The euphoria is definitely more pronounced. Recreationally, I find Xanax to be much more addictive, however the facts state that Ativan is the more addictive of the two.


Xanax is more powerful. Zoloft is meant for people who should not take xanax, because they have a history of abusing drugs.


A person should not mix Ativan and Xanax. This is because the two drugs work with the body in the same way and could cause an overdose.


No, It is a SSRI. Benzo's are xanax and ativan.


Ativan or Librium. Avoid Xanax.


No zoloft is an anti depressant while Xanax and Ativan are anti anxiety medications that belong in the benzodiazepine famy


Taking Xanax and Ativan together is absolutely UNSAFE. They are both in a class of drugs called Benzodiazepines. The main difference in the two is that Ativan is longer lasting than Xanax. I am no Doctor, but I would advise strongly against taking these two drugs together.


I would consider the Xanax much stronger.


hmmmm i feel like they are equals, but xanax makes me real mellow so does ativan, ur just gonna have to "feel" urself when u take them


can zolof and xanax taken at the same time


These two drugs are VERY similar. Xanax is about twice as potent as Ativan and is longer-acting.


What is stronger a 1 milligram ativan or a 1 milligram xanax


Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Ativan


Lorazepam (Ativan) has a long half-life, so it is a good choice for tapering, though diazepam is traditionally used. Getting off benzodiazepines is difficult no matter which one you taper with. Cut off your supply of Xanax and find someone to hold the Ativan for you so you aren't tempted to take more when things get rough.


They are both addictive-they are a schedule #4 drug,which means out of a schedule from 1-5 they are considered to be one of the least addictive,but with my prior experience with both-I find that Xanax is more addictive-this is a quick acting benzodiazapine,where ativan is a long active-they are both nerve pills,but ativan is also an antisiezure medication as well. Xanax if you take large amounts or have been taking it for a long period of time-the withdrawl does include seizures,and believe me I've had em!!!


Somewhere around 1-3mg's. Ativan comes in .5,1,and 2mg tablets. Ativan is a benzo very similar to klonopin,xanax,and valium.


Yes, they are both benzodiazepines so "crossing over" is possible. It should be noted, however, that Xanax is roughly twice as potent as Ativan and has a much faster half-life so it may seem like the Ativan is not as effective in someone who is used to the rapid onset of Xanax. Of course, some people find that Ativan works better than Xanax for anxiety. It just depends on the person and what your taking it for


NO, it is anti anxiety, like Valium and ativan, and it makes you drowsy


yes if needed for a medicial condition


Ativan and Xanax are both Benzodiazepines which cause a calming effect and act as a Central Nervous System depressant.



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