Compare Valium vs. Gablofen

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Valium (diazepam)

Prescription only

Gablofen (baclofen)

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.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 976 reviewsforValium
Works well to control muscle spasticity.

Gablofen (baclofen) is effective for long term spastic conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, and others. It is administered intrathecally by a pump connecting to your spine.

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.
  • Gablofen (baclofen) is the agent of choice for treatment of muscle spasticity.
  • Gablofen (baclofen) has fewer side effects than the oral form, since higher levels can be delivered to the spine at lower doses.
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.
  • Gablofen (baclofen) can cause sleepiness and drowsiness.
  • Stopping Gablofen (baclofen) right away can be life-threatening, so a doctor would need to help you stop it.
  • Gablofen (baclofen) has to be started in the doctor's office. You or your caregiver need to be trained on how to use the pump.
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Reviews
976 reviews so far
70%
saidit'sworth it
53%
saiditworked well
15%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Valium (diazepam) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
21possible side effects
  • Loss of muscle tone
    35%
  • Drowsiness
    19%
  • Headache
    11%
  • Convulsion
    10%
  • Urinary Retention
    8%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Increased muscle tone
    6%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Slowed breathing
    4%
  • Pain
    4%
  • Itchiness
    4%
  • Increased salivation
    3%
  • Swelling of limbs
    3%
  • Back pain
    2%
  • Constipaiton
    2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
  • Weak muscles
    2%
  • Pneumonia
    2%
  • Urination control problems
    2%
  • Inability to urinate
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Decreased breathing from use with opioids
    • Taking Valium (diazepam) with opioids, drugs or alcohol
    • Using Valium (diazepam) for a longer duration and at high doses
  • Dependence and withdrawal
    • History of substance abuse
    • Taking with alcohol or drugs
    • Taking long-term
    • Taking a higher dose
    • Stopping Valium (diazepam) suddenly
  • Driving impairment
    • Alcohol use with Valium (diazepam)
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Drug interactions
    • Current liver problems
    • Taking Tagamet, ketoconazole, Prozac, Prilosec
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  • Withdrawal symptoms
    • Stopping Gablofen (baclofen) too quickly
  • Driving impairment
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
    • Age 65 or greater
  • Seizures
    • Higher dose
    • Using other medicines that can cause seizures
    • History of seizures
    • Alcoholism
    • Eating disorders
    • Brain infections
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