Xanax vs Valium

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If you are the type of person who easily gets carried away by tense moments and stressful events—you might be suffering from a certain form of anxiety disorder. You may tend to lose focus on things around you, or you may endlessly talk or just lurk around one corner as if no one else exists… these may point out to you that anxiety has taken over your mind and body. Nothing else can be of great help but to get yourself into a therapy session and take some drugs meant to treat anxiety disorders.

Both of these drugs are considered benzodiazepines and are used to treat anxiety disorders by stabilizing the chemicals in our brain.

What We Need To Know about Xanax vs Valium

Xanax and Valium are both contraindicated for people who have been diagnosed with glaucoma, as well as kidney and liver diseases. A history of drug and alcohol abuse should also be taken into consideration since this drug has a tendency to be abused. Since these drugs can affect one’s way of thinking, it can also lead to suicidal thoughts so if a person has had suicidal tendencies before, prescribing it may be given extra precaution.

How Xanax vs Valium Need To Be Taken?

Both Xanax and Valium need to be taken in the exact amount prescribed by your physician, nothing more, and nothing less.

Also these drugs should not be taken for long term. They are design for short term use as these can bring about dependence signs and symptoms.

If your child below 12 years is prescribed with Xanax and Valium, make sure you talk with the pediatrician about it. Special care may be rendered especially with pediatric clients.

Special Precautions When Taking Xanax vs Valium

Xanax can interact negatively with the following drugs/ groups of drugs:

-          certain HIV/AIDS medication;

-          anti-fungal medications like Ketoconazole and Itraconazole;

-          cimetidine (Tagamet);

-          birth control pills; and

-          macrolide antibiotics (those ending in –mycins).

In terms of Valium, this drug should not be used with:

-          HIV/ AIDS medication;

-          Cimetidine (Tagamet);

-          Other psychiatric drugs like antidepressants, other antianxiety drugs;

-          Anti-convulsant drugs; and

-          Pain medications.

Side Effects That We Need to Watch out for Xanax vs Valium

Side effects from taking Xanax may be any of, but not limited to, the following:

-          Allergic response to the drugs (swelling, itchiness, hives, etc);

-          Depressed, agitated or confused mood;

-          Trouble speaking and sleeping;

-          Muscle cramps;

-          General feeling of tiredness and body malaise; and

-          Difficulty passing out urine.

As for Valium, a person may also experience any of these side effects:

-          Allergic reaction with the drug;

-          Breathing problems, i.e. chest tightness, shortness of breath;

-          Difficulty speaking and ambulating;

-          Generalized body weakness; and

-          Tremors and restlessness.

These is not a complete list of all the side effects that may come up when taken either of these drugs so make sure you report anything unusual to your physician. He or she will be able to provide you necessary information about your concern.

 

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