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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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  • 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.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Valium (Diazepam)

Manufacturers don’t say how common these side effects are

  • Aggressiveness
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Changes in libido
  • Changes in salivation
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Decreased liver function
  • Delusions
  • Difficulty creating new memories
  • Dizziness
  • Double vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Excess salivation
  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Hallucinations
  • Headache
  • Including dry mouth
  • Incontinence
  • Increased muscle spasticity
  • Irritability
  • Lack of muscle coordination
  • Loss of contact with reality
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low mood disorder
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Nightmares
  • Rage
  • Restlessness
  • Skin reactions
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Slurred speech
  • Stimulation
  • Sudden excessive excitement
  • Tremor
  • Urinary retention
  • Vertigo

What to expect when you start Valium (Diazepam)

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  • Good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.
  • Starts working in 30 minutes when swallowed.
  • Helpful with muscle spasms.
  • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Addictive. Long-term use can cause dependence or abuse.
  • Not safe to use with alcohol.

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.

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Tips from pharmacists and people taking Valium (Diazepam)

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  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • 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.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Not safe to use with alcohol.
  • Valium (Diazepam) is a complete medication. It works VERY well for the following, -Anxiety -Muscle Spasms -Detoxification (Benzos, alcohol, etc.) -Insomnia -Agorphobia Etc...
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Stopping Valium (Diazepam) suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, agitation, flu-like symptoms, trouble sleeping, and muscle pain or burning. Withdrawal symptoms can last 6 weeks or longer. Work with your doctor to gradually reduce your dose.