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?
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.
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
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