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Drug info - The difference between Valium (Diazepam) and Xanax (Alprazolam)

Discussion in 'Benzodiazepines' started by smurfmunster, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. smurfmunster

    smurfmunster Newbie

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    Nov 19, 2008
    Male from U.S.A.
    Can someone please explain the differences between the two and the effects as well. Swim is new to the benzos and is still trying to figure it out especially after a very bad over dose of xanax. Also swim would like to know about other benzos if you could. Thanks.
  2. Felix Guattari

    Felix Guattari Newbie

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    Aug 15, 2008
    27 y/o Male from U.S.A.
    Re: The difference between valium and xanax

    SWiM far prefers valium (diazepam) over xanax (alprazolam), as xanax is a hell of a lot stronger and seems to have greater amnesic effects in SWiM, though much of this is due to the difference in doses in his experience.

    Check out the equivalency table for a general idea of how the benzos relate potencywise. For SWiM just 5 mg of diazepam is enough, any more is overkill.

    Equivalence chart : http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16708
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2008
  3. KaLiShNiKoF

    KaLiShNiKoF Newbie

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    Dec 10, 2008
    Male from U.K.
    Re: The difference between Valium and Xanax

    They come on differently, Valium has a lot longer half life, as to where Xanax has a half life of up to 16 hours maximum SWIM believes... and SWIM believes Valium runs somewhere around 40 hours... this is all off the top of SWIMS head so don't trust all info. anyway the Valium is less potent, and most will say 1mg of Xanax is equivalent to about 20mgs of Valium. SWIM personally prefers Xanax because of years of using Lorazepam, Clonazepam, Diazepam, Alprazolam seems to suit SWIM the best. best of luck to you, and be careful when using Benzos, especially Xanax or Klonopin. Two very potent.:crazy
  4. Jatelka

    Jatelka Psychedelic Shepherdess Platinum Member & Advisor

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    Re: The difference between Valium and Xanax

    Please use pharmaceutical names, doing so avoids confusion on this international forum

    Xanax is Alprazolam, a quick onset, relatively short acting drug, which is used in the treatement of anxiety. As a result of it's short acting nature, it's use is often associated with rebound anxiety.

    Valium is Diazepam, a slower onset, extremely long acting drug, which is sometimes used to treat anxiety, and which tends to be used for tapering purposes in Benzodiazepine withdrawal

    There are many threads on Alprazolam and Diazepam for various purposes, including (but not limited to) these...

    http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=66027&highlight=Diazepam+Alprazolam (for recreation)
    http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=54845&highlight=Diazepam+Alprazolam (for anxiety)
    http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=43569&highlight=Diazepam+Alprazolam (for sleep)
    http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=26064&highlight=Diazepam+Alprazolam (general effects)
    http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9983&highlight=Diazepam+Alprazolam (monkeys' preferred, and reasons why)

    All found in less than a minute by UTFSE!