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What is Valium?

Valium is the brand name for medication that is medically known as Diazepam. Diazepam belongs to a group of medications known as benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are the most commonly used medications for treating anxiety. Valium along with Xanax is considered to be one of the most prescribed, sold, and used medications in the US. Apart from anxiety Valium is also used to treat panic attacks, seizures, insomnia, and substance abuse.

Active IngredientsDiazepam
UsesPanic attacks, seizures, insomnia, and substance abuse
TypeCNS (Central Nervous System) Stimulant & Benzodiazepine
Brand NamesNearly 500 Different Brand Names Around The World
Strength Variations2, 5,10 & 20mg
Legal StatusSchedule IV
Max Daily Dosage30 mg/day
Dependency RiskHigh
ManufacturersRoche & Multiple Others

Valium was introduced in the US market in 1963 and it was the top-selling medication in the ’70s. it is one of the safest and most effective medications for anxiety treatment and necessary for any healthcare system as per WHO (World Health Organization). It is a Schedule IV medication which means a patient will need a prescription to purchase and consume this medication.

How To Consume Valium?

Valium is available in liquid and tablet forms. While consuming it in liquid form it should be measured properly with a spoon or a dosing syringe. This will help in avoiding an overdose. While in tablet form patients should consume the tablets without chewing, breaking, or crushing. The time between doses should be measured and maintained in order to avoid an overdose.

Long term use of this medication is usually not a recommendation. Yet if a patient needs to use it for a long period of time they should regularly consult their doctor and keep track of any reaction of side effects caused by this medication. Valium can cause dependence so try to consume it for the shortest possible time.  

What Are Side Effects of Valium?

Valium is a comparatively safe medication as compared with other benzodiazepines. If used properly in proper doses for a limited period of time patients will have no problems or side effects. Yet side effects exist and patients need to be as careful as possible while using this medication.

Normal/Moderate Side Effects

The list side effects of Valium are never-ending so we will be listing some of the commonly reported side effects. Mention them to your doctor during the next checkup.

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Tiredness
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness
  • Shakiness
  • Trembling

Serious Side Effects

Stop using the medication if any of the side effects mentioned below develops in a patient. Call 911 or go to an ER if condition is serious.

  • Blurred vision or loss of sight
  • Skin rashes
  • Seizures
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive sweating
  • High heart rate
  • Constant headache
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Narcolepsy

Precautions for Valium Usage

 People who are allergic to benzodiazepines should not be prescribed Valium. Apart from that people suffering from heart, lungs, liver, or kidney diseases should also avoid using this medication unless prescribed.

People with a history of substance abuse should also use this medication with extreme care. Dependency can develop if used for a long period of time. Using this medication along with alcohol or marijuana should be avoided. Using them it can cause severe effects and induce dizziness or sleepiness.

The use of the medication during pregnancy or nursing should be avoided. It can be passed to the unborn or nursing baby and cause adverse effects. if you have been prescribed this medication let your personal doctor know if you get pregnant or make plans of getting pregnant.