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Tuesday, October 21, 2008 angie, Community Member, asks

Q: whats the difference/ preferred anxiety med between lorazepam 1mg and Valium?

I have a perscription for Lorazepam 1mg, to take as needed. I just wondered how it compares to Valium. Which is better? Or are they different?


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10/22/08 9:12pm

Angie - Both are members of the benzodiazepine family. Lorazepam is more potent (i.e. 1mg of Lorazepam is roughly equivalent to 10mg of Valium) and is considered to be an intermediate acting benzodiazepine. Valium is a long acting benzodiazepine. Both are very effective for anxiety and have significant addictive potential. Which of these is best for you is a matter of your level of anxiety, general health, and other factors which you should be discussing with your prescribing physician.


Rick Wirtz


Rick Wirtz is a Psychologist, not a Psychiatrist. Although the majority of Psychologists are not authorized to prescribe medications or give you specific advice about them, they typically have experience working with patients who take a variety of medications. The response above is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or mental disorder. Any information given in a post about medication is for educational purposes only and primarily to aid you in having an informed discussion with your own physician.

TammyValenzuela, Community Member
5/29/10 9:20am

I Thinkthelorazepamworksalotbetter

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By angie, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/20/14, First Published: 10/21/08