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Valium vs Xanax

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Valium (diazepam) and Xanax (alprazolam) are prescription medications that both belong to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines (benzos). Drugs in this class have hypnotic, sedative, anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), anticonvulsant, and muscle relaxant effects. Because of these properties, benzos are typically prescribed to treat insomnia, anxiety, and seizures.

Both Valium and Xanax are classified as Schedule IV controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act in the United States. This designation means that these drugs have a low potential for abuse and low potential for dependence compared to other drugs. Despite this designation, Valium and Xanax are known to cause physical dependence within just a few weeks of use, and both drugs are highly addictive.

Valium vs Xanax: Similarities and Differences

Again, both Valium and Xanax are benzos often prescribed to treat acute anxiety and to treat and prevent seizures. In general, benzos aren’t often prescribed for long-term therapy because the risk of abuse and addiction is high. And although both drugs are chemically similar, their minor differences give them differing abilities to treat anxiety, prevent or relieve seizures, and relax muscles.

Compared to Xanax, Valium is absorbed into the body slightly quicker, reaching peak concentrations in about two hours. Furthermore, a 1 mg dose of Xanax roughly equates to 15 mg of Valium, so Xanax is the more potent of the two.

Depending on the person, the effects of Xanax tend to last around five to six hours on average, while Valium lasts approximately four to five hours. Despite the length of these effects, Valium’s half-life (the time it takes for half of the drug to be cleared from the body) is much longer. The half-life of Valium is 50 hours or more, compared to 11-13 hours for Xanax.

While the effects of both drugs are comparable, Valium appears to offer more benefit to individuals suffering from anxiety as well as depression. When taken, Valium usually makes users more sleepy than Xanax, so it works better for treating insomnia.

Xanax appears to be the better choice for treating panic disorder, and Valium works better for alleviating muscle spasms and seizures. However, both drugs can cause memory loss when taken in high concentrations or for extended periods. Likewise, taking large doses of either drug can severely impair motor function, leading to accidental injuries.

Since Xanax has a shorter half-life, it tends to be more addictive because it forces users to take the drug more often to avoid withdrawal effects. Taking a drug more often increases the rate at which tolerance and dependence occur. Both drugs are highly addictive and very difficult to quit.

 

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Valium vs Xanax: Side Effects of Abuse

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Substance abuse occurs when an individual takes more of a drug than initially prescribed, takes it by an unapproved method (such as crushing and snorting, injecting, or smoking), or uses it without a prescription. Abuse of Xanax or Valium increases the rate at which side effects occur, the risk of developing tolerance and dependence, and the chance of overdose.

Valium or Xanax abuse can produce a number of side effects, including the following:

  • Amnesia
  • Blurry vision
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Decreased libido
  • Delusions
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Light-headedness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Nightmares
  • Paradoxical anxiety
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Unsteadiness
  • Weight gain

Valium vs Xanax: Dependence and Withdrawal

When an individual takes a substance for a prolonged period, their body adapts to the presence of the chemicals the drug produces. Once this occurs, the brain becomes physically dependent on the substance to produce those chemicals. If the individual attempts to quit taking or reduce their dosage of the substance, they will experience unpleasant, sometimes life-threatening withdrawal symptoms.

Indeed, benzodiazepine withdrawal can be deadly. Benzos can help relieve and prevent seizures, so dependent users could suffer life-threatening seizures if they try to quit since their body isn’t producing the normal chemicals that stabilize the central nervous system. If you are dependent on Valium, Xanax, or another benzo, never attempt to quit at home. To safely detox from benzos, consult your doctor and seek out a professional detox center.

Withdrawal symptoms associated with the discontinuation of Valium and Xanax are similar and may include the following:

  • Agitation
  • Changes in perception
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Excessive sweating
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Headache
  • Increased tension
  • Irritability
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Panic attacks
  • Psychosis
  • Seizures
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Suicidal ideations
  • Tremors

Treatment for Benzo Abuse and Addiction

Abuse of Valium, Xanax, or another benzo can lead to dependence and addiction, which could become a lifelong battle. Likewise, heavy abuse can increase the risk of overdose, which is often deadly. If you or someone you love is struggling with benzo abuse, you are urged to seek professional treatment today.

Just Believe Detox and Just Believe Recovery offer state-of-the-art programs to treat substance abuse and addiction. Our customized treatment plans employ evidence-based services, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, 12-step group support, individual counseling, family counseling, mindfulness therapy, relapse prevention, and aftercare planning.

Call us today to find out how we help our clients overcome addiction and live the happy and healthy lives they deserve.

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If you or a loved one needs help with substance abuse and/or treatment, please contact Just Believe Detox Center at (877) 497-6180. Our specialists can assess your individual needs and help you get the treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

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