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 !
19 Mar 2012
I have dealt with panic, chronic pain and a recent death of a loved one whom I took care of for a long time. In my opinion from my own experience Valium does not ever help me with panic! I recently developed vertigo that causes episodes of vomiting and extreme dizziness the doctor I go to as you stated knows me well and I would never abuse or misuse any medication the doctor already had me on Xanax the same dose as you and added Antivert at first but to no avail so on a followup visit the doctror started me on Valium 2 mg one 3 times a day for vertigo.
given that I have taken both I think that Valium is a long acting drug it has multi uses but you must be cautious in reducing both meds given the fact that you have been on them for a good period of time! I would really pray that I never resvisit Panic again, Xanax although I know full well many doctors dislike prescribing it because of its potential for abuse and some doc's hate the word benzodiazepine period! I really feel for you! just be sure you watch every pill don't take any chances, if possible allow these folks to see that you can be trusted and it is a necessary situation for you to be on these medications.. minimize every area in your life that can cause any upsets right now you just don't need to rock the boat! one thing I do is take my meds to the appointments so that the doctor can see that the directioons are followed to the letter, with Valium be sure and not drink any gratefruit or juices or products that contain such, I am always on and off the site even though I have had issues that have required me to be off I still check and am trying to make it back to "normal", if you find you need to just talk please feel free to ask and I will talk with you in private and try and help in any way possible, I don't know that I have helped in any way but I do know that it is helpful just to know that someone else understands and is willing to help in any way possible! watch for signs of withdrawl you don't want seizure type activity, also Vitamin B and B complex are helpful in helping the body deal with periods of stress, do the very best that you can and again if I can be of further help please feel free thats what I am here for! Caringsonbj (Billy)
18 Mar 2012
If you have panic attacks I would stick with xanax, but if you get quite tense and do not have actual panic attacks stick with the valium.
Just my opinion, I personally think xanax works better.
You might want to take xanax one day, see how you feel on just that, and switch on another day to valium, see which one works the best for you.
19 Mar 2012
Hello Anonymous. Your choice would be Valuim. It was created to be used as a one or two per day drug.(off labe use is often as a muscle relaxant because of its seditive nature) Unlike Xanax, a type of johnny on the spot, created for panic attacks and moments of severe anxiety. Xanax is the number one abused drug from all the benzodiazepines. Simply because of its fast, quick acting chemistry and its become known as a "quick fix" I have taken both of these drugs and recommend Valium. ( The most perscribed of all the benzodiazepines. Regards, pledge
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