What is Valium prescribed for?
Valium (Diazepam) is used to treat anxiety disorders, agitation and tremor, as well as such alcohol withdrawal symptoms as delirium and hallucinations. In combination with other medications Valium may be used in neurology to relieve muscle spasm and treat seizures. This medication belongs to the group of benzodiazepines. Valium possesses anticonvulsant, anxiolytic, sedative, hypnotic, skeletal muscle relaxant and amnestic properties. During treatment with Valium it is not recommended to engage in any activity that requires you to be concentrated, alert and demonstrate quick reaction. Valium may impair both your reaction and thinking. The medication may cause addiction and should be used only in amounts prescribed by your doctor. The dosage of Valium is individualized, in order to reach its highest beneficial effects, and depends on the severity of your condition. Taking Valium in higher doses than prescribed may cause overdose, which can be fatal.
Adverse effects of Valium
Valium should not be used during pregnancy and the period of lactation. It is harmful to unborn and nursing babies.
You should stop taking Valium and call your doctor immediately, if you have allergic reaction to the medication or such severe side effects as hallucinations, unusual behavior or thoughts, decreased inhibition, no feeling of danger or fear, depressed mood, thoughts of hurting yourself, aggression, agitation, aggravated seizures, weak breathing, tremor, loss of bladder control, reduction or absence of urination. Valium has limited period of use – up to 12 weeks. During this period your liver function and blood need to be tested regularly to be sure the medication is not causing harm. Valium increases the effects of alcohol and these two should not be used together. Overdose of Valium can be fatal, so follow strictly the prescription of your doctor and do not take additional amounts of the medication, even if you have missed a dose. If you want to stop taking Valium, consult your doctor in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms.