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is xanax (alprazolam) different from valium?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
Xanax (alprazolam): Xanax (alprazolam) is shorter-acting benzo. More potent for panic attacks than valium. Both are addicting & tolerance develops with continued use.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Can Valium help calm alzheimer's patients?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Poorly: Valium, ativan, Xanax (alprazolam) and similar drugs calm the brain, but unfortunately act a little like giving liquor. They will work, but in alzheimer's patients are often associated with unwelcome side effects. It is important to always, first look for more simply treatable issues, like discomfort, hunger, senory impairment that may be treated with simpler solutions.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Will you be hurt if you drink one beer while taking xanax (alprazolam)?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
No: Unlikely. Xanax (alprazolam) and alcohol can have additive sedative effects but a single beer with a single Xanax (alprazolam) is unlikely to cause serious problems. That said, don't take this combination and drive.
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A 52-year-old member asked:

I have trouble with insomnia. My doctors have prescribed xanac for me but I now feel like I cannot go to bed withoutthem and its giving me anxiety. What should I do?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Trouble: You have become physically defendant on it. There are ways to change this. Sleep issues are a very common problem, the root of which needs looked into. It's only after a thorough timeline and evaluation that your treatment will be as specific as possible. Depression, thyroid/adrenal/ and other possibilities need entertained. Please seek advice asap.
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A 34-year-old female asked:

I was prescribed 5 mg Valium 2 x daily how far apart do I take them ?

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Dr. Mario Reyes
General Practice 38 years experience
Don't take it at all: Valium is a benzodiazepine with high risk for addiction. If used it should be for short term , at least 8 hrs apart but it's better to look ands ask for better alternatives for anxiety , insomnia or muscle relaxation.They are many other medications that can be used for those purposes that don't have the risk of addiction and tolerance.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What does "valium 5mg IV q2h prn agitation" mean?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
IV Valium: Valium is a benzodiazepine medicine which can calm anxiety and agitation. "iv" denotes giving it intravenously -- i assume this patient is in the hospital or other medical unit. In this case, the person may be given 5mg of valium IV every 2 hours if agitated -- but the "prn" means it's only used "as needed" rather than around the clock.

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