Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Mental health

Valium 

(diazepam)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Mental health
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Helps you relax.

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Valium (Diazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety and for pain and sleeplessness from muscle spasm. Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

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Upsides

  • Effective at relieving short-term anxiety and sleeplessness.
  • Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in (it can take several weeks).
  • Effective at relieving muscle spasms caused by a variety of conditions.
  • Less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to other benzodiazepines.
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Downsides

  • Processed by the liver, so might not be the best choice if you have liver problems.
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Most people find that it gets less effective over time.
How it works

Valium (Diazepam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects neurotransmitters in the brain and calms the nervous system. This reduces anxiety and muscle spasms, and causes sleepiness.

What to expect when you take Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety

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Side effect rates for Valium (diazepam)

Risks and Warnings for Valium (diazepam)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking more than the prescribed dose
    • Taking longer than 4 weeks
    • History of drug abuse

    If you use Valium (Diazepam) for 4 weeks or more, it's likely that your body will develop tolerance to it, which means that more and more of the medication is needed to achieve the same effect. You're also likely to become physically dependent on the medication, which means that you'll feel withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it all at once. You can avoid withdrawal by weaning off of the medication very slowly with the help of a doctor. Take only the prescribed dose to minimize risks of abuse and overdose. Valium (Diazepam) should not be used by people with a history of drug abuse if an alternative medication is available.

Common concerns from people taking Valium (diazepam)

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Alcohol
  • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Not safe to use with alcohol.
Kidneys and liver
  • Processed by the liver, so might not be the best choice if you have liver problems.
Sleep
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Made me highly emotional and drowsy the next day