5 Alternatives to Lorazepam (Ativan)

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In this article, we’ve distilled a list of 5 alternatives to lorazepam (also known as Ativan). If there is a message that we cannot reiterate enough on this site, it is this: Benzodiazepines are really, really bad for you. While it’s true that it will take a week or two before the process of dependency begins to occur, these are still very unsafe drugs to be taking in any quantity. However, they also happen to be very effective tranquilizers when it comes to anxiety and the symptoms associated with it.

That’s why we wanted to find natural remedies which could be just as effective as lorazepam (again – it’s usually marketed under the brand name Ativan) for short-term anxiolytic purposes. The majority of the fast-acting remedies we’re going to discuss here have been discussed at other points in time on Natural Anxiety Meds, but there are also a few new ones here that are definitely worth looking into. Without further ado, here’s the list (please also note that they are in no particular order):

1. Magnesium Supplements

Magnesium is one of those minerals that seems to play a role in just about everything. Without it, you’d have a lot of trouble. In fact, you probably wouldn’t be alive. Magnesium also plays a significant role in regulating mental health. There is scientific evidence pointing to a magnesium deficiency in some cases of acute anxiety – hence, we recommend a full blood work-up and taking a magnesium supplement if that happens to be the source of the problem. Click here to learn more about magnesium and some sources of whole foods that contain a lot of it.

2. AnxiClear

AnxiClear is an anti-anxiety supplement on the market that incorporates a variety of herbal and natural remedies into one product. These remedies include Valerian root extract, Chamomile, L-theanine, and Eleuthero root extract among many other active ingredients. For a more complete list of the ingredients contained within AnxiClear, please read our relevant write-up on the product. AnxiClear is offered in two versions: daytime (for general anxiety) and nighttime (for insomnia-induced anxiety).

3. Silexan Supplements

At Natural Anxiety Meds, we’re really excited about the next generation of natural (typically herbal) anxiety remedies. Among these new remedies is the German-developed lavender oil solution known as Silexan. In the United States and elsewhere outside of Germany, you can gain access to this powerful, new, and natural anxiolytic via the Lavela WS 1265 brand. We highly recommend it, and many of our readers have had success with lavender oil supplementation. It’s also backed by peer-reviewed scientific studies.

4. 5-HTP

An important amino acid in the body that regulates a variety of essential physiological processes is 5-HTP. It’s one of the chemical building blocks of the neurotransmitter known as serotonin – the one that makes you feel happy. The idea behind taking a 5-HTP supplement is to give your body more of that building block in order to create more serotonin and thus boost happiness levels while decreasing anxiety levels. Here’s one of the better 5-HTP supplements on the market today:

5. Tranquilene

Last but not least is the anti-anxiety supplement called Tranquilene. It contains a number of ingredients which have either been proven to contribute to low anxiety levels or may have a theoretical beneficial effect, including calcium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B12, Magnesium, Passion Flower, GABA, L-Tryptophan, Ashwagandha, Bacopa Monnieri, L-Theanine, Green Tea Extract. You can purchase it on Amazon:

Have Any Suggestions?

If you’ve tried a particular natural remedy that had success in treating your anxiety symptoms, please let us know about it in the comments section below. We also highly recommend that you incorporate at least half an hour of exercise into your daily regimen, and that you maintain a balanced diet that encompasses all the essential vitamins and amino acids your body needs to properly regulate its neurological and psychological processes. Meditation is also very useful, and we recommend you check out our database for more information!

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9 comments on “5 Alternatives to Lorazepam (Ativan)
  1. summers says:

    Calms pills work for me, even at times of very high anxiety and stress…even pmt.

    • Ezra says:

      Thanks for letting us know, summers. We’ll definitely do a write-up on that product – just scheduled it 🙂

      Keep in touch and let us know what else works for you!


  2. Delilah says:

    Remember, for normal anxiety, a healthy body is a happy and calm body, therefore, vitamins, oils and minerals work wonders, as your body has what it needs to function, a healthy diet is also important, it’s easy to ask your doctor for help if you need a balanced diet.

    However, if you are suffering from real anxiety related disorders which are disrupting your entire life and bringing on other problems such as depression and neglect of basic needs, go to your doctor, no amount of self proclaimed experts, dietary supplements, health gurus, workouts, snake oil or herbal miracle cures will ever make you better.

    Keep that in mind, give these things about 3 months, if you feel no difference, do yourself a favor and go to the doctor, don’t keep trying a new brand, if you read closely, most of them have the same ingredients, so don’t stall.

  3. Betty Spaulding says:

    Can these be mixed with 20 most of atavin? My daughter is fighting panic attacks, anxiety. Under a dOct care. Is on some magnesium and some b12. Has helped with panic attacks, sleeping better. Hearts is racing at 102-117.

    • Ezra says:

      Hi Betty,

      I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s panic attacks. It would be best to contact your physician to see if it is safe to mix these products with ativan or other benzodiazepines.

      Kind regards,

  4. lindsey says:

    St. John’s wort
    For depression and anxiety

  5. Felicia says:

    Are any of these covered by insurance, thanks

  6. June says:

    Be careful of St. John’s Wort….gave me hives.

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