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What Is Valium?

Valium is a medication used to treat anxiety, seizures, alcohol withdrawal, and muscle spasms. Its generic name is diazepam. It is also used before surgery as a sedative. This medicine belongs to the drug group known as benzodiazepines. This medicine affects the nervous system and calms down the nerves.

Usage of valium

Consume Valium with or without food. Take it in doses prescribed by your doctor. If you are taking it in liquid form, use a measuring spoon. Do not use a normal spoon from your kitchen. Everyone’s dosage is different. It depends on your age, gender, and severity of your condition. Do not increase your dose without your doctor asking you to. It will not make the process any faster rather you will have a higher risk of side effects. When you decide to stop using  Valium, lower the dose gradually. If you stop using it suddenly you might have
withdrawal symptoms.

How to make sure if you are addicted to Valium or not?

If you are not sure whether you have become addicted to Valium or not, try looking for these signs. If you have strong cravings for the drug, if you have become isolated from you friends and family, if you feel like all your favorite activities have lost their charm, and if you cannot stop its use even after it has caused you many problems then you are definitely addicted to Valium and you need to seek medical assistance immediately.

Storage of valium

Store Valium at room temperature in a dry place. This means that Valium can not be kept in a bathroom. It should be kept away from heat and direct light. 2 to 4 mg doses should be taken twice or thrice a day. Make sure that no one else has access to your medicine as it can prove to be a serious health risk for them. If you forget to take a dose then take it when you remember, do not take the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take double doses to compensate for the missed dose.

Withdrawal symptoms of valium

Some withdrawal symptoms of Valium include seizures, restlessness, shaking, fidgeting, vomiting, abdominal cramps, stomach pains, headaches, seizures, mood swings, panic attacks, muscle cramps, irritability, anxiety, and excessive sweating. If you consume Valium for a long time in high doses then your withdrawal symptoms will be more intense. It is possible that if you take this medicine for a long time it may stop working for you. Withdrawal symptoms of Valium may last from 5 to 15 days. If this happens contact your doctor immediately. It is possible to get addicted to Valium. Addiction to Valium can prove to be very bad for your health. Valium should not be consumed for more than 4 months. Avoid operating heavy machinery and driving while using Valium as these tasks need you to be alert.

What are some side effects caused by Valium?

Some common side effects caused by Valium include weakness in muscles, tiredness, drowsiness, tremor, dry mouth, nausea, constipation, loss of coordination. It is not common but there can be some serious side effects caused by Valium are lightheadedness, shallow breathing, confusion, suicidal thoughts, depression, hallucinations, aggression, agitation, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, hyperactivity, yellowing skin, problems in urinating, memory loss, vertigo, slurred speech, and hostility. People who have a history of
substance abuse should avoid using Valium. Avoid having grapefruit or products containing grapefruit as it can increase the risk of side effects. If you have hives, swelling in your face, lips, tongue, eyes, or mouth then it means you are having a severe allergic reaction to Valium and you need to get medical attention immediately. If Valium is consumed with any opioid drug, alcohol, or an illicit drug it can slow down your breathing and you can die.

Who should avoid using Valium?

If you are allergic to other benzodiazepines like Xanax, Klonopin, etc. then you should avoid using Valium. If you are suffering from any severe liver disease, glaucoma, sleep apnea, alcoholism, asthma, bronchitis, epilepsy, mental illness, kidney disease or severe breathing problem then tell your doctor before starting the treatment. Valium might worsen your condition. In addition, overdosing can make your vision blurry, your lips purple and you can have trouble breathing. Overdosing on Valium can also prove to be fatal and
result in death. Furthermore, avoid consuming cough medicine, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, anti-anxiety pills, antifungal, antipsychotic sleeping pills, or other medicines for seizure or depression. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant then tell your doctor beforehand as this medication can cause serious harm to the unborn baby and give it lifelong medical issues. It can pass down through breastmilk and affect the baby, so avoid using Valium while breastfeeding. Do not give Valium to children under
the age of six months.

Keep this medicine away from the reach of children and pets. The reason why the abuse of prescription drugs is highest amongst all is because they are easily available. People who are addicted to Valium do not take it to get high, rather they take it to feel normal again. If you quit using Valium and then begin using it again then you will have a greater health risk as your body would no longer
be used to accept such high doses of drugs. There is a misconception among people that if they misuse prescription drugs rather than illicit drugs then it would be less harmful. Whereas the truth is farther from it, misuse of prescription drugs is just as much a health risk as anything else.