Compare Paxil vs. Valium

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Paxil (paroxetine)

Prescription only

Valium (diazepam)

Prescription only
Improves mood and anxiety.

Paxil (paroxetine) is effective for treating depression and anxiety, but causes more unwanted side-effects than other medicines that work like it.

4.5/ 7 average rating with 694 reviewsforPaxil
Helps you relax.

Valium (diazepam) is effective for occasional or short-term use for anxiety and muscle spasm. Compared to similar drugs, Valium (diazepam) acts very quickly but can have interactions with other medicines.

5.2/ 7 average rating with 976 reviewsforValium
Upsides
  • Available in a cheaper, generic form.
  • Is convenient and can take once a day.
  • Valium (diazepam) effectively relieves anxiety and muscle spasms.
  • Valium (diazepam) has less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to other similar drugs.
  • Works very quickly.
  • Available in generic.
Downsides
  • More likely to decrease your sexual appetite and delay or prevent ejaculation than other antidepressants.
  • Like most antidepressants, Paxil (paroxetine) has a high risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior when used in children and adolescents.
  • May not be appropriate for you if you are elderly or suffer from dementia.
  • Use of Valium (diazepam) can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Valium (diazepam) can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment.
  • Most people find that their body will get used to Valium (diazepam) levels and they may need higher doses over time to achieve the same effect.
  • People with severe liver problems should not take Valium (diazepam). Several drugs can also interfere with how Valium (diazepam) works.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Reviews
694 
52%
think this treatment is worth it
39%
think this treatment works well
24%
think this treatment is a hassle

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976 
70%
think this treatment is worth it
53%
think this treatment works well
15%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Abnormal ejaculation
    28%
  • Nausea
    25%
  • Weakness
    22%
  • Drowsiness
    22%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    21%
  • Decreased sexual appetite
    12%
  • Dizziness
    11%
  • Sweating
    9%
  • Dry mouth
    9%
  • Diarrhea
    9%
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The Valium (diazepam) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    Age 24 years or younger

  • High levels of serotonin (Serotonin Syndrome)

    Using other medications that affect serotonin levels

  • Withdrawal

    Stopping Paxil (paroxetine) suddenly

  • Increased bleeding risk

    Taking other blood-thinning drugs

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  • Decreased breathing from use with opioids

    Taking Valium (diazepam) with opioids, drugs or alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Dependence and withdrawal

    History of substance abuse

    ...and 4 more risk factors

  • Driving impairment

    Alcohol use with Valium (diazepam)

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Drug interactions

    Current liver problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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