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These medications are comparable to Valium (Diazepam) or used for similar purposes.

Valium
(Diazepam)

Ativan
(Lorazepam)

Xanax
(Alprazolam)

Klonopin
(Clonazepam)

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.Helps you relax. Ativan (Lorazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety and sleep. Less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.Helps you relax. Xanax (Alprazolam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety, and longer-term for panic attacks. More likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.Controls seizures and helps you relax. Klonopin (Clonazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety, and to treat seizures. Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.
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Reviews for Valium (Diazepam)
70%
of people (All ages) say Valium (Diazepam) is worth it
53%
say it works well
15%
say it's a big hassle
976 reviews
Have you used Valium (Diazepam)?
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Reviews for Ativan (Lorazepam)
71%
+1% vs. Valium (Diazepam)
51%
2% vs. Valium (Diazepam)
15%
Same vs. Valium (Diazepam)
642 reviews
Have you used Ativan (Lorazepam)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Xanax (Alprazolam)
74%
+4% vs. Valium (Diazepam)
55%
+2% vs. Valium (Diazepam)
13%
+2% vs. Valium (Diazepam)
1287 reviews
Have you used Xanax (Alprazolam)?
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Reviews for Klonopin (Clonazepam)
70%
Same vs. Valium (Diazepam)
52%
1% vs. Valium (Diazepam)
14%
+1% vs. Valium (Diazepam)
767 reviews
Have you used Klonopin (Clonazepam)?
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Side effects
ValiumAtivanXanaxKlonopin

The Valium FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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The Ativan FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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The Xanax FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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  • Drowsiness 40%
  • Dizziness 8%
  • Low mood disorder 7%
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection 6%
  • Sinus inflammation 5%
  • Fatigue 5%
  • Menstrual cramps 4%
  • Memory disturbance 3%
  • Constipation 3%
  • Muscle pain 3%
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How it works
ValiumAtivanXanaxKlonopin
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.Ativan (Lorazepam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects neurotransmitters in the brain and calms the nervous system. This reduces anxiety and can cause sleepiness.Xanax (Alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects neurotransmitters in the brain and calms the nervous system. This reduces anxiety and can cause sleepiness.Klonopin (Clonazepam) 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.
Type of medication
ValiumAtivanXanaxKlonopin
Anti-anxiety
Benzodiazepine
Prescription only
Anti-anxiety
Benzodiazepine
Prescription only
Anti-anxiety
Benzodiazepine
Prescription only
Anti-anxiety
Benzodiazepine
Prescription only
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  • Dissolving tablet
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ValiumAtivanXanaxKlonopin
Risk factors for serious side effects
ValiumAtivanXanaxKlonopin
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Taking longer than 4 weeks
  • History of drug abuse
  • Long-term use
  • Alcohol
Detailed risks & warnings »
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Taking longer than 4 weeks
  • History of drug abuse
  • Long-term use
  • Alcohol
Detailed risks & warnings »
  • History of drug abuse
  • Taking with alcohol or drugs
  • Taking more than 4 mg/day or longer than 12 weeks
  • Stopping Xanax (Alprazolam) suddenly
  • Severely depressed
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  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Taking longer than 4 weeks
  • History of drug abuse
  • Long-term use
  • Alcohol
Detailed risks & warnings »
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 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 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 real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Interactions
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No interactions related info.
  • Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other benzodiazepines, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications.
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Alcohol
ValiumAtivanXanaxKlonopin
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Kidneys and liver
ValiumAtivanXanaxKlonopin
  • Processed by the liver, so might not be the best choice if you have liver problems.
No kidneys and liver related info.
  • Processed by the liver, so might not be the best choice if you have liver problems.
No kidneys and liver related info.
Sleep
ValiumAtivanXanaxKlonopin
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and salivation.
Upsides and benefits
ValiumAtivanXanaxKlonopin
  • Effective at relieving muscle spasms caused by a variety of conditions.
  • 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).
  • Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to other benzodiazepines.
  • Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other benzodiazepines, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications.
  • 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 longer-term for panic attacks.
  • Effective at relieving short-term anxiety.
  • 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).
  • Can be used alone or with other medicines to treat seizures.
  • 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).
  • Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to other benzodiazepines.
Downsides and risks
ValiumAtivanXanaxKlonopin
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Compared to other benzodiazepines, more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then stop suddenly.
  • Most people find that it gets less effective over time.
  • 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.
  • Compared to other benzodiazepines, more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then stop suddenly.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
ValiumAtivanXanaxKlonopin
  • Starts working in 30 minutes when swallowed.
  • Helpful with muscle spasms.
  • Good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.
  • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Addictive. Long-term use can cause dependence or abuse.
  • Not safe to use with alcohol.
  • Starts working in 10 to 20 minutes when dissolved under your tongue.
  • Good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.
  • Starts working in 45 minutes when swallowed.
  • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Addictive. Long-term use can cause dependence or abuse.
  • Not safe to use with alcohol.
  • Good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.
  • Starts working in 45 minutes when swallowed.
  • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Addictive. Long-term use can cause dependence or abuse.
  • Not safe to use with alcohol.
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • Can cause dizziness, drowsiness, and salivation.
  • Report any confusion or inability to control muscle movements to your doctor.
  • Not safe to use with alcohol.
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