Someone told me that phenobarbital is similar to xanaxs and valuims. I was prescribed it from my doctor and he gave me phenobarb to help me get off the xanax because i was tired of taking them and feeling like a zombie all day. Xanaxs were prescribed for my anxiety and sleep and i have been taking that prescription for nearly 10 years. Is the phenobarb like the xanax?
Chemically they are different. One is a benzodiazepine (Xanax) and phenobarbital is a barbiturate but they both produce relaxation and drowsiness so in a way their actions are the same but very chemically different drugs. Phenobarbital is most often used to control seizures but as a barbiturate it can produce profound relaxation of skeletal muscles and drowsiness. Most folks who take it for seizures develop tolerance for the effects of drowsiness fairly quickly. Valium is a benzodiazepine and is also used often for seizures, sometimes in conjunction with phenobarbital. Valium is one of the best muscle relaxants around that truly acts on the muscles, not just offering muscle relaxation as a result of sedation as some others in the muscle relaxant category do. Xanax is used primarily for anxiety. All three drugs can be very habit forming.
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