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Valium® (diazepam) is a prescription medication used for treating several conditions, including seizures, anxiety, and alcohol withdrawal. Although Valium can be effective in treating these conditions, for some people it does not work or may cause side effects. Fortunately, there are several substitutes for Valium. Some of these substitutes include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Other medications.
Some of the medications that are considered alternatives to Valium include:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Other anti-anxiety medications.
It usually takes several weeks (and maybe even longer) to feel the full, beneficial effects of these medications. Try not to be discouraged if these medications do not work right away for you. If Valium is not working for you or if it is causing bothersome side effects, ask your healthcare provider about trying a Valium substitute.
(Click Anxiety Medications for a more in-depth look at Valium substitutes, such as therapy and other medications. This article also explains when it may be time to consider a substitute.)