I have been taking Valium 10mg (1 and 1/2 in the a.m. & 2 in the afternoon) and Xanax 2mg (2 in the a.m. and 2 in the p.m.) for about 18 years for severe anxiety. I had been under the care of very well known and trusted psychiatrist. Unfortunately, he has retired, I recently lost my job and am currently going to a free clinic for my healthcare. Another unfortunate is this clinic is horrible, and their knowledge of meds is basically based on google.com. I'm hopeful that someone can help me with my question. I have been tapering myself off of both meds successfully (due to the fact that my anxiety isn't as severe). I've been more careful with xanax because I know of the risks involved. I currently now take Valium 10mg (1 in the a.m. and 1 in the afternoon) and Xanax 2mg (1 and 1/2 in the a.m. and 1 in the afternoon). My question is: Because I feel my anxiety levels have dropped, and am trying to taper off I would like to know which medication I should taper off of more - and - which medication out of the two makes you more lethargic and tired? The reason I asked which medication out of the 2 I should take for anxiety is because the nurse I do see does not want me on both benzo's, and I want to know which one is more effective in treating low to medium anxiety. Thank you !