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Are Valium and Ambien (zolpidem) similar?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: not really

Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine tranquilizer. Although it helps with sleep, it is mainly for anxiety and muscle relaxation, and can be taken during the day if prescribed that way.
Ambien (zolpidem) is chemically different, only used for sleep, never during the day, and is not a tranquilizer (anxiety reducer). Valium is also habit-forming, Ambien less so (but can be too).

In brief: not really

Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine tranquilizer. Although it helps with sleep, it is mainly for anxiety and muscle relaxation, and can be taken during the day if prescribed that way.
Ambien (zolpidem) is chemically different, only used for sleep, never during the day, and is not a tranquilizer (anxiety reducer). Valium is also habit-forming, Ambien less so (but can be too).
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Valium/Ambien

Valium is an anxiolytic & muscle relaxant, Ambien (zolpidem) is a sleep aid.

In brief: Valium/Ambien

Valium is an anxiolytic & muscle relaxant, Ambien (zolpidem) is a sleep aid.
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