Diazepam (also known as Generic Valium) is from the family of drugs known as Benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines are psychoactive drugs. Its chemical structure is the synthesis of a benzene ring and a diazepine ring. Benzodiazepines increase the effect of the gamma-aminobutyric neurotransmitter acid (shortened to GABA) which creates a hypnotic (often sleep-inducing) and sedative action. It also results in anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and anticonvulsant situation. The properties of Benzodiazepines are helpful throughout the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, muscle spasms, seizures, and agitation. Generic Valium slows down your body’s central nervous system in order to create a relaxed and calming situation that does not induce anxiety attacks. It is a fast acting medication that usually works 30 minutes to one hour after it is ingested. Due to the fast acting nature of the drug, it is very effective when ingested during an anxiety episode.
Side effects of Generic Valium include slow reflexes, lack of energy, confusion, depression, disorientation, slurred speech, nausea, blurry vision, memory loss, and impaired thinking. Paradoxical effects of Diazepam include an increase in anxiety, agitation, and irritability, as well as rage, hallucinations, impulsive behavior, and mania.
The main components in Diazepam (Valium) can create adverse effects, including anterograde amnesia and sedation, and paradoxical effects, such as seizures, depression, anxiety, rage, and irritability.
Long term use of Generic Valium can lead to tolerance, dependence, and eventual withdrawal syndrome. Diazepam is also habit-forming and is considered a medication that is prone to being abused, especially recreationally.
Due to the components of Diazepam, there are certain medical conditions in which individuals should avoid taking Diazepam. These medical conditions include ataxia, glaucoma, liver disorders, sleep apnea, severe depression (especially depression accompanied by suicidal thoughts), psychosis, pregnancy and/or breastfeeding, coma, acute intoxication, and benzodiazepine allergy.
As well, there are certain medications that should not be combined with Generic Valium, including antidepressants, other Benzodiazepines, antihistamines, anti-seizure medications, barbiturates, tranquillizers, MAO inhibitors, anti-psychotics, prescription narcotics, some ED pills and oral contraceptives. Diazepam should definitely not be mixed with prescription pain killers, alcohol, and sleeping pills as the reaction could prove to be deadly.