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Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine.It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety.
Xanax (alprazolam) also belongs to the same group of drugs called benzodiazepines.
Its not a good idea to take benzos long term. These are for short duration only.Your body becomes dependent on them and sometimes tolerant so you have to keep increasing the dose.
You need to consult your doctor for the change of group of medication to avoid addiction & long term side effects.
You may be prescribed with specific members of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor(SSRI),atypical antidepressants
, tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs).
Switching to the drug(xanax) of same family for a month for a change for a month or so & then getting back to valium may cause side effects.You may get withdrawl affects of the drug.
So I advise that you should make an appointment with your doctor & discuss the best option accordingly.
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