Ativan® (lorazepam) is a prescription medication used for various conditions, such as anxiety, tension, and certain types of seizures. Although Ativan can be effective in treating these conditions, for some people it does not work or may cause side effects. Fortunately, there are several substitutes for Ativan. Some of these substitutes include antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.
The different classes of antidepressants used as anxiety medications include:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
A few different anti-anxiety medications can also be used as a substitute for Ativan. These include:
If Ativan is not working for you or if it is causing bothersome side effects, ask your healthcare provider about trying an Ativan substitute.
(Click Anxiety Medications for a more in-depth look at alternatives to Ativan, such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. This article also explains when it may be time to consider making a change.)