Compare Valium vs. Neurontin

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

Valium (diazepam)

Prescription only

Neurontin (gabapentin)

Prescription only
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
Treats tingling and burning nerve pain.

Neurontin (gabapentin) is an old seizure disorder medicine that is now used to treat nerve-related pain caused by different conditions.

4.6/ 7 average rating with 620 reviewsforNeurontin
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Originally used to treat epilepsy (partial seizures), but now it primarily treats neuropathic pain that's caused by nerve stimulation or damage.
  • Studies show it's most effective for nerve pain from diabetes, shingles, and fibromyalgia (a painful muscle condition).
  • It's available as a generic, so it's less expensive than similar medications.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Neurontin (gabapentin) can cause some side effects, including memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion. There is a higher risk for these side effects if you drink alcohol, so it might not be the best medication for heavy drinkers.
  • You can't skip or miss doses since suddenly stopping Neurontin (gabapentin) can cause seizures.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Oral solution
  • Extended release
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Reviews
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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620 
57%
think this treatment is worth it
40%
think this treatment works well
19%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Valium (diazepam) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Neurontin (gabapentin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • 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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  • Neurologic and psychiatric side effects (children)

    Children ages 3 to 12

  • Driving impairment

    Taking Neurontin (gabapentin) with alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Withdrawal seizures

    Stopping Neurontin (gabapentin) suddenly

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