What is the difference between xanax and valium

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What is the main difference between valium and xanax?

I already know what bezo's are so dont put Benzo's are.....

I just wanna know the different feelings they give you...............
And dont say....Benzo's are bad dont take them cause I have for 5 years taken xanax know im being switched to valium.....

Xanax is very short acting. Valium takes many hours to clear your system. Otherwise they have very similar properties: calms you, makes you sleepy, reduces anxiety, and relaxes muscles.

What is the main difference between valium and xanax?

I was switched and get the 5 mg valium 60 count the 13th.....will i have xanax withdrawel if i was on xanax a year...........i wasnt tapered off either......
And what benefit will valium have for my panick, anxiety, and sleep?

benzodiazepines have very different effects from person to person but in my experience xanax is a lot like valium only more powerful. I don't like xanax for anxiey because it makes me quite drowsy compared to valium which eases anxiety without much drowsiness. Xanax is good when i am anxious at night/late evening as its easy to sleep on. I am not sure about withdrawals, i used xanax a bit too much over the last 2 weeks and my withdrawals where hell. The positive effect of Benzos have very little effect on me but i feel the negative side of them quite sensitively.
Valium for me are great for anxiety, i used to drink a beer or 2 when i felt a panic attack coming on and i would be ok for a while but a 10mg valium keeps the panic attacks away for hours. I dont get to sleep easily on valium, xanax is better but strangely even on powerful benzos like nitrazepam and temazepam i cant sleep. Weird.. but like i say, everyone reacts differently to benzos. I wish i was my cousin, 5mg valium knocks him out cold!
I think benzos are a nasty drug tho, my light w/d was extremely unpleasant. You will think you are going mad.

Difference between xanax, valium, and klonopin?

They are all benzodiazepines I understand this. They are all schedule IV drugs to posess but what is the main difference between all of these drugs? Please only serious answers.

All you need to know about benzodiazepines

Ativan (lorazepam)
Klonopin (clonazepam)
Librium (chlordiazepoxide)
Tranxene (clorazepate dipotassium)
Valium / Diastat (diazepam)
Xanax (alprazolam)

Primarily known as anti-anxiety medications and sleep aids, the benzos are actually anticonvulsants, and as such they do act as mood stabilizers. However, they are not a first-line mood stabilizer. They are weak ones at best, and their highly addictive nature and potential for abuse just don't make their case for them. Their big advantage is that they act quickly. If seizures or mania or anxiety are happening right now then a benzo is just the thing. They are often listed in the package inserts as the thing to administer in case of seizures caused by other meds, probably because someone is far more likely to have some Ativan on hand than some phenobarbital.

All benzos are interchangeable, be they brand or generic, they all act exactly the same way; the first fifteen to twenty minutes they make me more nervous then they calm him down tremendously for six to ten hours before knocking you out.

For most people there are noticeable differences in how quickly each benzo takes effect, how long it lasts, what secondary effects there are, and how addictive it is. These differences are especially apparently in the three most popular (in the US) benzos - Ativan (lorazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam) and Xanax (alprazolam) Some people can be addicted to Xanax after just a couple days on the minimum dose and go through the worst withdrawal symptoms possible when they stop.

All benzos do work basically in the same way; they enhance the way GABA works. GABA is the neurotransmitter that really mellows us out. There are specific benzodiazepine receptors in the brain, but they don't seem to matter much to the desired effects of these meds. Those receptors may have plenty to do with the physical dependence and many drug-drug interactions. Everything else is all a matter of fine tuning specific effects.

As there appears to be little difference between the brand and generic forms for the majority of people, just get the generic form of the preferred benzodiazepine from a local pharmacy. That's inexpensive enough. Only brand Klonopin and generic clonazepam have had reports of significant differences in effect for mood stabilization and anti-seizure effect.

Dosage equivalents of benzodiazepines: 1mg Ativan = 0.5mg Klonopin = 25mg Librium = 15mg Tranxene = 10mg Valium = 0.5mg Xanax. If you need to suddenly switch from one to another because of a sudden bad reaction you're pretty much OK swapping any benzodiazepine for any other in case of emergency. Unless you've been taking Xanax for long enough to become dependent upon it. Then you're hosed. Xanax requires Xanax for discontinuation. You can try switching between brand and generic and that's it.

What is the difference between Xanax and Valium?

what are the effects...
uses for treatment...
why are they perscribed...

They both act on the same receptors, valium is the granddaddy drug, whereas the structural modificantion to make Xanax makes it more different from valium than most of the other benzodiazepines.

Drugs of this class tend to impair short term memory, and that can impair learning and lead to bad grades.

The big difference is in elimination rates, Alprazolam(Xanax) is eliminated more rapidly than Valium, but it is difficult to talk numbers as active metabolites cloud up the picture.

BUT, "withdrawal symptoms maybe especially severe" with Xanax. This is probably because Valium and its active metabolites leave more slowly than Xanax.


Below is an FDA label information link for the slow release form of Xanax, drugs that have lost their patent usually do not have label information available at the FDA.


What is the difference between xanax and valium?

As the other answer mentioned, xanax and valium both fall into a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. There is also an extended release form of xanax called xanax XR.

All benzos are quite similar chemically, but there are slight differences in what conditions they treat. Valium is used for generalized anxiety disorder, sometimes for night terrors in children, and as a muscle relaxant for adults. Xanax is also used for generalized anxiety disorder, but also for panic disorder.

One of the main differences between xanax and valium is how long it stays in the body, which is based on the drugs' half life. Xanax has the shortest half life at 6 to 12 hours. Xanax XR is in 2nd place at 11-16 hours, while vailum's half life is as long as 20 to about 80 hours, depending on the individual.

After the half life is over, the drugs continue to trickle out of the body. WIth xanax, the drug will not completely leave the body until about 60 hours. WIth Xanax XR, the drug will not completely leave the body until about 90 hours. With valium, the drug will not completely leave the body until about 350 hours.

All the benzos have the potential to be addictive. So please use the meds with caution. I have taken another benzo called klonopin. Once I ran out of it 4 days before my next doctor appt. The withdrawal symptoms, even for 4 days, were horrible. Be well.

What is the difference between Valium and Xanax?

xanax is stronger. valium will make you pass out, but xanax will make you pass out in weird places (like under the kitchen table).

What is the main difference between Valium and Xanax?

Both xanax and valium are more or less equally effective and help in warding off anxiety and depression. But major differences lie behind their actions and their potency leading to approximately 20-fold variations. Xanax tablet comes in two doses, 0.25mg and 0.50mg whereas Valium comes in doses of 5mg and 10mg. 0.50mg of xanax is equivalent to 10mg of valium. This simply indicates that a person on 5mg of xanax daily takes approx. 120mg of valium, which is considered as a very high dose. Though not many studies have been conducted on potency difference, but it definitely matters when one switches from one benzodiazepine to another.

Moreover, Xanax is a sedative that causes dependence within few weeks if taken regularly. Valium belongs to the same class of benzodiazepines, however, it tends to cause more drowsiness and can lead serious consequences if taken before driving or working with heavy machinery.

Found best so far in treating depression and anxiety disorders, xanax valium not only carries positive effects but also have a trail of withdrawal symptoms when discontinued. Both show unpleasant symptoms if stopped abruptly. These withdrawal symptoms include psychosis, seizures, and severe anxiety. Thus, it is advised to consult a doctor and to stop these drugs gradually. Few more things that you should know about xanax valium and other benzodiazepines are;

Valium is an awfully long acting drug and thus can be detected in the body up to three weeks, whereas xanax is believed to be very short acting and is detectable only up to three days.
Prolonged use can result into accumulation of drugs in body especially fatty tissues. It may worsen the withdrawal symptoms when you wish to discontinue the drugs.
Insomnia can be treated with these drugs if taken 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime.
Well all is good about these anxiety and depression healers but one should anticipate some common side effects that may appear during the treatment. Normally, these side effects are not niggling, but in case they bother you for long then you must seek medical help. There is no drug available that is spared of side effects, but it is the benefits that normally conquer these short-lived side-effects. Nowadays, getting xanax valium and other benzodiazepine is no longer a tough job even if they are not prescribed to you. However, for your own safety, you must get a prescription from qualified doctor and must be able to differentiate between the fake and real medicines. Thus, it is safer to buy xanax valium from authentic online pharmacies.

While concluding, a word on effectiveness and popularity of xanax valium that has led to a strange idea and issue of taking both the drugs together. Seems quite effective! But DO NOT try it. It can be extremely dangerous for you, especially if uptake of duo is combined with alcohol. Don't play with your life in order to get rid of depression. It may get you rid of your life altogether.

What are the differences between Xanax and Diazepam/valium?

How are the effects different and when are each prescribed?

I think people use Xanax like valium, but I really don't understand the difference, and when I read the side effects, I learned that Xanax can actually CAUSE anxiety.

I'm looking for something that will numb me up for a flight I have to take. I have huge anxiety when I fly.

Which one is best if I want to be knocked out for a duration?

Would Ambien be better?

Ambien will make you go to sleep, a lot of times Xanax is perscribed for flights only because with Valium the residual drowsiness is extreme, the best for a short flight would probably be Ativan, as you will be alert easier but still will have the same effect (BTW all the drugs described besides Ambien, belong the the Benzodiazapine family of drugs)

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