Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine drug used to treat anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, tension headache, insomnia, and seizures. It was originally developed by the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company in 1954. Its chemical name is diazepam. Xanax (lorazepam) is a nonbenzodiazepine antiemetic medication used to treat anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder or social phobias. It was originally developed by the pharmaceutical company Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in 1957. Its chemical name is lorazepam. Both drugs are sold under brand names like Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, Serzone and others. They both have similar effects on the brain’s GABA receptors. However, there are some differences between them. Some of these differences include their pharmacological properties, side effects, and interactions with other medications.
The main difference between Valium and Xanax is that Xanax works faster than Valium does. Also, Xanax causes less sedation than Valium does. These two factors make it easier to fall asleep when taken at night while taking the drug on an empty stomach.
With Valium, you can take it with food or just swallow it without water. Valium is known to cause more withdrawal symptoms than Xanax if stopped suddenly.
These drugs are used to treat many of the same conditions; generalized anxiety and panic disorders. For both of these conditions, they need to build up in your system before reaching peak levels. This peak level is when they start working effectively in your brain treating your condition.
This can take up to two weeks. Many doctors will prescribe a benzodiazepine type drug like Valium or Xanax because of their quick action.
Valium is a little stronger than Xanax, while Xanax has the quickest working time. Valium, though stronger, takes a little longer to reach peak levels in the body than Xanax does.
Both of these drugs are habit forming and need to be taken exactly as prescribed by your physician. If you stop taking them suddenly you can have withdrawal symptoms such as seizures or the shakes.
Be sure to drink plenty of water when taking these drugs and do not take them with alcohol. Alcohol will increase sedation and can also lead to breathing issues.
Valium is cheaper than Xanax but can cause more side effects. It also stays in your system longer than Xanax does. If you suffer from severe anxiety or panic attacks, then your physician may start you on Valium to begin with.
If this drug doesn’t work for you, then a switch to Xanax can be made. With either of these drugs, it is possible that they will not work for you at all and another course of treatment will need to be made by your doctor.
Valium and Xanax are two of the most common and popular drugs used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Both drugs work extremely well when taken exactly as directed. When you do not take these drugs as directed, they can have serious effects on your body and mind.
It is important to remember that even over the counter medications can have serious interactions with these drugs. Check with your physician to see if either of these is right for you. If not, then another course of treatment maybe necessary.
You didn’t say if you wanted to get off the drugs or not, but I hope this helps.Anxiety disorders are treatable with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and SSRI’s (antidepressants). Depending on the severity of the anxiety, your doctor may start with one or the other.
For severe cases, both CBT and an SSRI may be used at the same time.
If you are interested in getting off your medication, this may take some time. The key is to stick with it and exercise some patience. It’s best not to make any permanent life changing decisions during this time and stay close to supportive people that care for you.
It can take weeks or even months before you feel significantly better. Don’t rush this.
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