The answer is yes, but with some caveats. The first thing to know is that these two drugs are very similar in their chemical makeup, so they have many of the same side effects as well as similar medical uses. They both belong to the benzodiazepine class of drugs and can be used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.
But while they’re similar, they’re not identical. Valium (diazepam) is a long-acting benzodiazepine that’s used for the short-term treatment of acute anxiety and insomnia (it’s also sometimes prescribed for muscle spasms). Xanax (alprazolam) is a short-acting benzodiazepine that’s used for the short-term treatment of acute anxiety and panic attacks (it’s also sometimes prescribed for muscle spasms).
So what does this mean? Well, when someone takes one of these medications without having taken the other before, it can cause negative interactions between them—and even cause serious side effects or complications if taken in combination too often or without professional guidance!
It’s important to note that taking Valium and Xanax together is not recommended if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. It’s also not recommended if you have liver disease or kidney disease.
What’s the difference between Valium and Xanax?
There are many similarities between Valium and Xanax, but they are also different in a few key ways.
Both medications are used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, and other forms of chronic anxiety. They work by increasing the amount of serotonin or GABA in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and sleep cycles. GABA is an amino acid that acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system (CNS). This means it slows down activity in the CNS so you can relax and feel relaxed.
Both drugs have a high risk for addiction if taken long-term or at high doses. They also cause physical dependence, meaning that if you stop taking them suddenly then withdrawal symptoms will occur such as nausea, vomiting, tremors, headaches, and insomnia among others depending on how long you’ve been taking them.
They can also cause tolerance with regular use over time which means that your body needs higher doses to experience the same effects which can lead to overdose if combined with other substances such as alcohol or benzodiazepines (sleeping pills).
What does Valium do?
Although Valium is commonly known as a sedative, it actually works by increasing the amount of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in the brain. GABA is a chemical that has calming effects on the nervous system, which makes Valium useful for treating anxiety and related conditions like panic disorder.
What does Xanax do?
Xanax also increases the amount of GABA in the brain, but it has an additional effect: it inhibits the reuptake of serotonin, another important neurotransmitter that affects moods and emotions. This dual-action makes Xanax more effective than Valium at treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social phobia, and panic attacks when used long-term; however, it can also cause more serious side effects such as dependence if taken at high doses or for long periods of time.