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What is Valium?

Valium, which some know by its generic name as Diazepam, is a medication that is used to treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. It is also used to treat muscle spasms and as a sedative prior to medical operations. This medicine relieves anxiety by calming the brain and nerves. Diazepam is a member of the benzodiazepine drug class.

Types of Benzodiazepine

Common types of benzodiazepine drugs include:
• Diazepam (Valium)
• Nitrazepam (Mogadon)
• Temazepam (Restoril)
• Lorazepam (Ativan)
• Librium (Chlordiazepoxide)
• Alazopram (Xanax)
• Flurazepam (Dalmane or Rohypnol)

Different types of benzodiazepines have different potencies, a different onset of pharmaceutical effects and duration of peak effects.

How to use Valium

As instructed by your doctor, take this medication by mouth with or without food. If you are taking this medication in liquid form, carefully measure the dose with a proper measuring device/spoon. You should not use a regular spoon since you may not get the correct dose. When using the concentrated solution, use the medicine dropper provided to combine the measured dose with a little amount of liquid or soft food (such as applesauce, pudding). Take the entire mixture at once. The combination should not be saved for later use.
The dosage is determined by your medical condition, age, and treatment response. Do not raise your dose or use this medication more frequently or for a longer period of time than suggested. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your chances of experiencing negative effects will rise. When instructed, discontinue the drug.
When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.

​How do you get prescribed Valium?

Valium is a medication used to treat anxiety disorders and anxiety symptoms in the short term. The medication, also known by the generic name diazepam, works by slowing down brain activity.
Valium and other anti-anxiety drugs in the same family can fast help stop certain manic symptoms, such as agitation, in bipolar illness. This allows mood stabilizers to take effect.
This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away. Consult your doctor for more details.

Can you get addicted to Valium?

Though it helps many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. This risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lower the risk of addiction. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

Valium overdose

An overdose of Valium can be lethal. Overdose symptoms necessitate immediate medical attention via 911 or speedy access to a hospital emergency department.
Overall, overdose symptoms are the result of central nervous system deficits produced by Valium’s depressive and sedative effects.

​Causes of Valium overdose

Polydrug usage is the leading cause of overdose deaths. Polydrug use dramatically complicates Valium’s effects and adds significantly to Valium overdose.

Polydrug use can cause:
– unconsciousness
– coma
– brain and organ damage
– death

All sedative substances, including alcohol, opioids, and other benzodiazepines, can cause severe and persistent respiratory distress and heart issues when used with Valium.
Combinations with Valium that can result in overdose:

Valium with alcohol

Alcohol and Valium are a commonly abused combination that can result in overdose. They have similar sedative and depressive effects and are often taken inadvertently to enhance the effects of the other. However, alcohol use can impair the metabolism of Valium, causing increased levels to persist in the bloodstream while alcohol is taken.

Opioids/Opiates with Valium

Valium amplifies the harmful effects of opioids or opiates such as methadone, OxyContin, and others on the central nervous system when combined with them. Taking one of these medications can lead to different problems even if a person has previously exhibited a tolerance for these drugs on their own.

Valium overdose symptoms

A critical benzodiazepine overdose is distinguished by decreased breathing and heart function, which are often caused by a lack of oxygen and poor circulation.

Symptoms can include:

Excitability

Anxiety

Panic

Itching

Gastrointestinal (GI) distress

Hiccups

Snoring

Gurgling

Weakness

Labored, slowed or stopped breathing

Drowsiness

Slurred speech

Dizziness

Vision problems

Low blood pressure

Low pulse rate

Tremors

Lowered mental capacities

Hallucinations

Lack of coordination

Confusion

Lack of alertness

Bluing lips

Benzodiazepine Rehab

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