Compare Valium vs. Vistaril

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

Valium
(Diazepam)

Vistaril
(Hydroxyzine Pamoate)

Helps you relax. Valium (Diazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety and for pain and sleeplessness from muscle spasm. Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Valium (Diazepam)
69%
of people (All ages) say Valium (Diazepam) is worth it
52%
say it works well
16%
say it's a big hassle
944 reviews
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Side effects
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The Valium FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
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Valium (Diazepam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects neurotransmitters in the brain and calms the nervous system. This reduces anxiety and muscle spasms, and causes sleepiness.Coming soon.
Type of medication
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Anti-anxiety
Benzodiazepine
Prescription only
Coming soon.
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Rectal gel
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Anxiety Pruritus Sedation; Adjunct
Risk factors for serious side effects
ValiumVistaril
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Taking longer than 4 weeks
  • History of drug abuse
  • Long-term use
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
      • Current liver problems
      Detailed Valium (Diazepam) risks & warnings »
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      Pregnancy

      Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Alcohol
      ValiumVistaril
      • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
      • Not safe to use with alcohol.
      No alcohol related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      ValiumVistaril
      • Processed by the liver, so might not be the best choice if you have liver problems.
      No kidneys and liver related info.
      Sleep
      ValiumVistaril
      • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
      • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
      No sleep related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      ValiumVistaril
      • Effective at relieving short-term anxiety and sleeplessness.
      • Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in (it can take several weeks).
      • Effective at relieving muscle spasms caused by a variety of conditions.
      • Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to other benzodiazepines.
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      Downsides and risks
      ValiumVistaril
      • Processed by the liver, so might not be the best choice if you have liver problems.
      • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
      • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
      • Most people find that it gets less effective over time.
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      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      ValiumVistaril
      • Good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.
      • Starts working in 30 minutes when swallowed.
      • Helpful with muscle spasms.
      • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
      • Addictive. Long-term use can cause dependence or abuse.
      • Not safe to use with alcohol.
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