i have been prescribed xanax daily for the past two years. 1mg a day. xanax is a short term drug and I'm wondering if it might benefit me to change to something that has a longer half life like valium considering i am taking this medication daily?
14 Sep 2011
Hi sandman1461. I've been on both and to be honest, the one that helped my anxiety the fastest, was valium. But between the two, I also found when missing the valium, meaning my dose, my cravings for it were much more noticeable than the xanax. Valium, I could actually always feel it working, whereas xanax, I really never did. Between the two, valium would be my choice. the best to you pledge.
14 Sep 2011
Ok, I m on both.. Valium at the highest dose doesn't do much to me at all and makes me crabby. Xanax gives me a relaxed feeling and helps me sleep. I take way too much because the doctors couldnt find anything else for my anxiety or insomnia. definately zanax and I take 2 mg bars
18 Sep 2011
Yes, Valium has a longer half life than Xanax and does last longer but long term Valium use has greater long term undesired effects than Xanax mainly extrapyramidal effects which are l parkinsonian in nature... like shaking of the extremities. Hope this helps you to decide...
6 Mar 2012
Xanax is definitely more potent than valium. Xanax has a shorter half life ,meaning, xanax hits you fast but wears off faster. I am on 5 2mg xanax a day. A high dose I know, but I've been on them for over 10 years. I'm also on Restoril, 30mg 2 at bedtime. A valium 10 mg is equal to .5mg xanax or maybe 1 mg. I've been on both. I have had anxiety and panic disorder my whole life. I just didn't know what it was until my mid 20's. I also have a little PTSD after my brother was in a near fatal car wreck which eventually killed him and from Hurricane Katrina. I recommend xanax for symptoms like mine. Valium is more for relaxation and someone that doesn't need a fast acting benzo. I need a fast acting benzo because my symptoms hit me quick and without warning. I know a great deal about both drugs since I've been on both and have been on 10mg's of xanax for 8 to 10 years.
I'm also on 80mg's of Methadone for pain, and no I don't take xanax with the methadone. I'm also on 2 200mg Serequel with 2 30mg Restoril for insomnia. You will benefit going to valium or klonopine since they do have longer half lifes but you may give up a little potency. If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask. I hope this helps.
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