What is Valium?
Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine medication used to treat anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, muscle spasms and stiffness, and seizures. It works by enhancing the activity of certain neurotransmitters in the brain.
Do not take Valium if you are allergic to diazepam or similar medications, have myasthenia gravis, severe liver disease, narrow-angle glaucoma, a severe breathing problem, or sleep apnea. Valium can slow or stop your breathing, especially if combined with opioids or alcohol. Keep the medication away from children and others.
Do not stop using Valium without consulting your doctor, as sudden discontinuation may result in dangerous withdrawal symptoms that can last for an extended period. Seek immediate medical help if you experience unusual muscle movements, increased activity or talkativeness, sudden and severe changes in mood or behavior, confusion, hallucinations, seizures, or thoughts of suicide.
Things to know before you take this:
Some individuals may have suicidal thoughts while taking Valium. Monitor any changes in mood or symptoms and inform your family or caregivers about any sudden behavioral changes. Avoid using Valium if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, as it may harm the unborn baby and cause withdrawal symptoms requiring medical treatment. Inform your doctor immediately if you become pregnant. Do not breastfeed while using Valium.
How should I take Valium?
Take Valium exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on the prescription label and read all medication guides. Do not exceed the recommended dosage or use it for longer than prescribed. Inform your doctor if you feel an increased urge to take more of this medication. Do not share Valium with others, especially those with a history of drug abuse. Keep the medication out of reach of others. Selling or distributing Valium is illegal. Use the provided measuring device to measure liquid medication.
Valium should only be used for a short period. Do not take it for more than 4 months without your doctor’s advice. Do not stop using Valium abruptly without consulting your doctor, as it may lead to increased seizures or dangerous withdrawal symptoms after long-term use.
What should I avoid while taking Valium?
Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Valium, as it can result in dangerous side effects or even death. Grapefruit may interact with diazepam and cause unwanted effects, so avoid grapefruit products. Refrain from driving or engaging in hazardous activities until you know how this medication affects you.