Compare Zoloft vs. Valium

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

Zoloft (sertraline)

Prescription only

Valium (diazepam)

Prescription only
Improves mood and helps you relax.

Zoloft (sertraline) is good for treating depression and anxiety, but it can interact with many medicines.

4.7/ 7 average rating with 1472 reviewsforZoloft
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
  • One of the more effective and better tolerated antidepressants in its class.
  • Causes less sleepiness than other antidepressants.
  • Available as a generic, which is cheaper.
  • Best choice among antidepressants if you are pregnant.
  • 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
  • Takes at least 1 to 2 weeks to kick in and can take up to 12 weeks for maximum effect.
  • Can cause low sex drive, an inability to orgasm or ejaculate, and minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds).
  • Is more likely to cause diarrhea compared to other antidepressants.
  • Interacts with lots of other medicines.
  • You may need to try out several different antidepressants before you find the one that works for you.
  • 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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  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Reviews
1472 
59%
think this treatment is worth it
41%
think this treatment works well
15%
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
  • Nausea
    26%
  • Diarrhea
    18%
  • Dry mouth
    16%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    16%
  • Drowsiness
    13%
  • Dizziness
    12%
  • Tremor
    11%
  • Fatigue
    11%
  • More sweating
    8%
  • Constipation
    8%
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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

  • Serotonin syndrome

    Taking other medicines that affect serotonin levels

  • Mania

    Personal history of bipolar disorder

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Withdrawal

    Stopping Zoloft (sertraline) suddenly

  • Increased bleeding

    Taking blood thinners

  • Low sodium levels in the blood

    Older people

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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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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