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  • italiangm February 01, 2011
    February 01, 2011

    While they are in the same drug class (benzodiazepine derivatives) and they perform similar functions (act on GABA receptors to cut down on signals flowing through the central nervous system), their chemical structures are very different.


    Xanax (generic: alprazolam) is a triazolobenzodiazepine.The chemical name of alprazolam is 8-Chloro-1-methyl-6-phenyl-4H-s-triazolo [4,3-I] [1,4] benzodiazepine.


    Valium (generic: diazepam) is 1,4-benzodiazepine. The chemical name of diazepam is 7-chloro-1,3-dihydro-1-methyl-5-phenyl-2H-1,4-benzodiazepin-2-one.


    The primary differences:


    [1] half lives (how long they stay active in the body before they are cleaned out)


    [2] valium has a mild muscle relaxant effect that xanax does not

  • carm May 10, 2016
    May 10, 2016
    I'm so thankful I found this site because I've been told that diazepam Xanax the exact same thing but every time I've been given diazepam I've had reactions to them ended up at the ER. I am convinced now that I can take Xanax because it's short-lived and fast-acting where I can take out of an Klonopin Restoril or diazepam. Thank you so much for your answers this was very helpful can't wait to share with my doctor thanks Carmen READ MORE
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