My Doctor has me on Hydrocodone 10/325 QD for pain and Valium 10mg BID for muscle spasms. The Valium also helps control the anxiety this injury is causing me. I have a rotor cuff tear that I am waiting for surgery authorization from Workers' Compensation. He asked me today if I ever tried Xanax instead of the Valum? I looked up both, effects, side effects and half life. Is there any benefit switching to Xanax? Will it work better, be less addictive or is it better staying with the Valium. I do find myself taking an extra Valium here and there due to the spasms. I am just curious and needed to ask.
This question has also been asked and answered here: Valium vs Xanax: What's the difference?
Hello, I also am on a narcotic/benzodiazapine regimin so i thought that i would put my 2 cents in. I take Nucynta for pain and have tried both valium and xanax for pain (muscle spasms, dystonia, leg tightness) and the intermittent anxiety that chronic pain can cause. In my experience, I did find that xanax worked better for me than the valium, but they do not last a long time. From what i have read, xanax appears to be more addictive/abused and i think has more of a negitive stigma association (not that that matters- this is about people in genuine pain and what works best for you). I have stopped and restarted the xanax myself without problems, but some people find it easily addictive, it is also dangerous to stop abruptly (seizures, ect). Now my doctor and i have decided to try me on klonopin. So far, i find this a happy medium- works better than valium, but lasts longer than xanax.
Discuss all these options with your phycisian, sometimes it's trial and error as everybody is different and different meds are good for some, but not for others. Also, when taking any benzo for pain- i would drink 1/2- 1 whole of a 5 hour energy drink (the 5 -hour brand, which has vitamin B's, folic acid, niacin, ect). When i do this, my mind didn't feel any negitive, tired effects- however it still worked to relax my muscles. I hope you find the right one for you. Best of luck.
I also have taken many medications, narcotic pain relievers and benzodiazepines.
Xanax is fast acting in most people, however it also leaves the body just as fast. It works OK. however, not well enough for me, I didn't like how dizzy it made me feel, and that was a really low dose I had been on .5mg and I would even cut that in half. I then started taking Valium take 10mg, it takes longer to get into the system, and also stays longer. So I was much more pleased with the over all effect of this medication. I have also been on Ativan and Klonopin, neither one worked well for me at all.
Since we all metabolize our food and medications at different rates we each have different results with meds. Having said that, it is how well it is working for you and if it keeps all the other medical problems in check for you and in balance so you don't feel the spasms etc. Both can be addictive, however it is and always will be my belief that if I'm taking my medications for a medical problem the least of my worries is if I can get "addicted", I go off and on my valium without any problems, however having said that, Our bodies get adjusted to these medications, and if you stop them suddenly, they can cause all sorts of problems and seizures, very scary. You have a multitude of problems, and the Xanax may get you into a more stable sense of well being with the anxiety you're also going through, I am sorry you're having these problems, it can't hurt to try the Xanax, and see how you do with it. In the end...
You will be the best judge in that case. I'm no doctor, I can only share with you how effective each medication was for me . I wish you all the luck my dear. Hope this helps you a bit. Bless You, midwestma
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