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Diazepam and alprazolam: you may know these prescription drugs better as Valium and Xanax, respectively. Are they similar to one another? The answer is yes. The reason we are comparing them with one another is because they are in fact quite similar.
But are they exactly the same? For that question we’re gonna have to say no. And the differences between these two medications are very important. That’s what we’re going to discuss today.
Diazepam and Xanax: An Overview
Many of us feel anxious from time to time. But anxiety is a serious mental health condition with symptoms that can affect our everyday lives. Those who suffer from it find themselves limited in what they can do, and it’s a very uncomfortable condition to live with, especially if it happens daily.
Ongoing anxiety can disrupt your ability to function at home, at school, and even at work.
Treating anxiety often involves therapy and antidepressant medications. Valium and Xanax are both benzodiazepines that are prescribed to help treat the symptoms of anxiety. These are brand names. The generic names are the ones we mentioned above: Diazepam and Alprazolam.
Both are minor tranquilizers with sedative and hypnotic effects. As benzodiazepines, they work by helping boost the activity of the neurotransmitter known as gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA. It is a chemical messenger that slows down brain activity, allowing the person to relax. It reduces anxiety and even makes the person feel sleepy.
Remember that because they are in the same drug class, they have many similar interactions with other drugs and substances. Medications that affect the nervous system can be dangerous when combined with benzodiazepines. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any other medications you are taking. Do not drink alcohol while taking either Diazepam or Xanax.
They may be similar, but they are not exactly the same.
The Differences between Diazepam and Xanax
While both drugs are used for anxiety disorders, Xanax may also treat panic disorder. But Diazepam treats several other conditions such as acute alcohol withdrawal, skeletal muscle spasms, seizure disorder, and chronic sleep disorder.
Diazepam takes effect quickly and stays active for a longer period of time. On the other hand, Xanax is slower to take effect, and only stays in the system for a short amount of time.
Your doctor is in charge of selecting which one is more suitable to your condition.
In any case, you should follow your prescription carefully, as both of these substances can be habit-forming. They can cause addiction and physical dependence if you abuse them. Unfortunately, because of the euphoria they induce, some people take these drugs for recreational purposes. This involves taking large doses within a short period of time.
Eventually they get addicted and suffer from different adverse health effects. Common side effects include drowsiness, constipation, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, sleepiness, muscle weakness, muscle cramps, agitation, irritability, indigestion, rashes, itching, and loss of appetite.
Drug abuse increases the risk of encountering these side effects.
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In more severe cases of BZD abuse, the user experiences serious side effects affecting the nervous system and the vital organs: convulsions, irregular heartbeat, heart failure, liver disease, and respiratory depression. Contact your doctor if your loved one encounters any of these side effects while taking diazepam.
This isn’t even a complete list of potential side effects. Work closely with your doctor and see which one is right for you—and then follow your prescription carefully.
If you know someone who is addicted to Diazepam or Xanax, it is better to look for a drug rehab facility instead of making them quit abruptly. Withdrawal symptoms are dangerous, and will only cause them to relapse. Work with the professionals. Look for an addiction treatment facility near you today!