Valium and Vicodin are under two separate drug classifications and are used for completely different reasons. Valium (the brand name for diazepam) is a benzodiazepine often used to treat anxiety disorders, seizures, restless legs syndrome and more, with side effects of drowsiness, muscle weakness, and/or loss of coordination. Vicodin is an opioid based medication (the brand name for hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen) is a drug used to treat moderate to severe pain.
Valium works by calming the brain and nerves. The drug works by discouraging the firing of neurons in the brain, boosting the efficiency of the neurotransmitter GABA which flips the brain’s “off switch”. While Valium can help relieve some of the symptoms associated with anxiety, prolonged use can lead to dependence. If you’ve been taking Valium, you’ll notice if you’ve become dependent because you’ll experience withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, abdominal cramps, vomiting, sweating, anxiety, restlessness, and more.
Vicodin typically relieves symptoms of pain for up to 6 hours, but some individuals may develop a tolerance to it. When this occurs, taking higher doses at more frequent rates can cause the body to become dependent on the drug, eventually leading to addiction. Withdrawal symptoms typically include irritability, mood swings, tremors, sweating, diarrhea, rapid breathing, and more.
Treatment for Valium often includes tapering down doses while attending therapy. Medical assistance may be available, and rehabilitation typically includes individual and group therapy as well as a variety of other effective methods. Since Vicodin is an opioid medication, it can be very addictive, with an elevated risk for potential damage to the liver. Treatment may involve medical assistance, with buprenorphine and methadone to help ease withdrawal symptoms. A person may also taper down with this medication, lowering the doses until they are drug-free.
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