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Xanax Vs. Valium

Both Xanax and Valium are frequently prescribed for treatment of anxiety, and both are in the benzodiazepine family. Only a physician can properly decide which if either is the ideal medication for a particular set of symptoms, with allergies, medical history, and drug interactions among the many factors used. Xanax is initially more potent than Valium, and lasts about one third to one half the time of Valium.

Sometimes, physicians will administer Xanax and later try Valium for treatment, or vice versa. Valium has been on the market longer, but in recent years, more physicians have been proscribing Xanax in cases that they would have once proscribed Valium for, especially as Xanax has shown more effectiveness with many individuals.

Since its FDA approval in 1981, Xanax has become one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. Xanax is commonly prescribed for treatment of General Anxiety Disorder, anxiety associated with depression, and Panic Disorder. Additionally it can be used for treating irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety caused by neurosis.

While nearly anyone may at times suffer from nervousness or stress, General Anxiety Disorder, anxiety associated with depression and Panic Disorder are far more serious than simply having a “bad day.” The extremely strong data supporting Xanax, the tradename of the Upjohn Corporation for the drug alprazolam, attests to its ability to help alleviate symptoms in many individuals.

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