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
70%
of people (All ages) say Valium is worth it
53%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
976 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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Prescription only
Available as
ValiumVistaril
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Rectal gel
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
ValiumVistaril
  • Anxiety Pruritus Sedation Adjunct
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Taking longer than 4 weeks
  • History of drug abuse
  • Long-term use
  • Alcohol
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
    • Not safe to use with alcohol.
    • 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.
    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 temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
    • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
    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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