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Seroquel vs. Ativan

Are Seroquel and Ativan the Same Thing?

Seroquel (quetiapine) and Ativan (lorazepam) are used to treat psychiatric disorders and insomnia.

Seroquel is used to treat schizophrenia, major depression, and bipolar disorder. It may be used off-label to treat insomnia.

Ativan is used for the management of anxiety disorders, insomnia, panic attacks, and alcohol withdrawal.

Seroquel and Ativan belong to different drug classes. Seroquel is an antipsychotic medication and Ativan is a benzodiazepine.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Seroquel?

Common side effects of Seroquel include:

Older adults with dementia may have a slightly increased risk of death when taking Seroquel.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Ativan?

Common side effects of Ativan include:

What Is Seroquel?

Seroquel (quetiapine) is a psychotropic medication used to treat schizophrenia in adults and children who are at least 13 years old. Seroquel is also used in the treatment of major depression and bipolar disorder.

What Is Ativan?

Ativan (lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine used for the management of anxiety disorders, insomnia, panic attacks, and alcohol withdrawal.

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What Drugs Interact With Seroquel?

Seroquel may also interact with other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety), medications to treat Parkinson's disease, steroids, antibiotics, antifungal medications, anti-malaria medications, heart rhythm medicines, medications to treat HIV or AIDS, or migraine headache medicines.

What Drugs Interact With Ativan?

Ativan may interact with alcohol, other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression, or anxiety).

Ativan may also interact with MAO inhibitors.

Acute withdrawal symptoms, such as insomnia, nausea, and vomiting may occur if you suddenly stop taking Seroquel. Withdrawal symptoms may occur when you stop using Ativan including tremor, sweating, muscle cramps, stomach pain, vomiting, unusual thoughts or behavior, and seizure (convulsions).

How Should Seroquel Be Taken?

Dosing preparations are 25, 50, 100, 200, 300, and 400 mg tablets.

How Should Ativan Be Taken?

The usual dose of Ativan for treating anxiety is 2-3 mg/day given in two or three divided doses. Insomnia is treated with 2-4 mg given at bedtime.

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Reviewed on 8/8/2019
References

RxList. Seroquel Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.rxlist.com/seroquel-side-effects-drug-center.htm
RxList. Ativan Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.rxlist.com/ativan-side-effects-drug-center.htm
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