I'm not a dr, but I've been taking Xanax for almost 10 years now. I've heard Valium and Xanax can have similar effects when diagnosed for anxiety. The first time I took it, I thought I was in heaven. The stuff must have been made for me. The effects wore off pretty quickly, & now I use it mostly before social situations where I know I'm going to be in trouble. Which is a lot of them. Actually, I take it as prescribed but when a situation comes up I take more. I wouldn't recommend doing that, though. With me it got to the point where my SA was getting progresivley worse, and the Xanax just wasn't doing anything anymore on a day-to-day basis.
My impression of Xanax after taking it for 10 years is it's kind of a dangerous drug, and definitely psychologically addictive, maybe physically addictive as well. In 10 years I have not missed one dose of this medication. Not one. I would be really careful with something as powerful as Valium.
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