Valium Overview

Valium is classified in a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It is prescribed to those who suffer from anxiety disorders. It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. It may also help relieve certain kinds of muscle pain as well as certain symptoms that come with alcohol withdrawal. It is important to only take what your doctor prescribes because it may be habit-forming. Valium may be taken in the form of liquid or pills (See Valium Uses).

Valium Dependency

Valium is a highly dependent drug. Often, Valium addictions happen accidentally. When used for a prolonged amount of time, the body becomes used to the amount of drugs administered. When this happens, the user has to take more to receive the initial effects. This is a dangerous thing to do because withdrawal symptoms will occur when a user does not take the medication. This is especially difficult with Valium because so many patients need this medication for longer periods because it treats anxiety. When taking Valium, the patient needs to do exactly as the doctor says to stay clear of addiction. It is important to talk to your doctor before getting off of Valium to ensure that withdrawal symptoms do not occur.

Forms of Valium

Valium can be taken in a couple different forms. It can be taken as a liquid. When taking prescription medications as a liquid, it is important to use a proper measuring tool specifically for medicine because a kitchen tablespoon will not suffice. Some will use the liquid form of Valium as a date rape drug because it is easy to slip in a drink and benzodiazepines have been known to impair the function to resist sexual assault. Valium can also be taken as a pill. This kind is easy for teenagers to use because it is easy to grab out of a parent’s cabinet and go unnoticed (See Diazepam Information).

Valium Side Effects

Even when taking Valium as prescribed, there is a chance for some mild to severe side effects. These effects are heightened when the drug is abused. Some of the mild effects include:

  • Hives
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Skin rash
  • Loss of sex drive

Some of the serious side effects include:

  • Confusion
  • No fear of danger
  • Hyperactivity
  • Anxiety
  • Double vision
  • Hallucinations
  • Weak breathing
  • Light headedness
  • Muscle twitching
  • Flu symptoms: fever, chills, muscle aches
  • Jaundice
  • Decrease in urine

It is important to contact your doctor if any of these symptoms arise.

Get Help for Valium Addiction

If you or a loved one is addicted to Valium, it is important to seek Valium addiction help. Valium is a highly dependent and addictive drug. Once addicted, the effects are devastating. But, there is hope. If you are interested in receiving information on prescription drug detox or rehab, please call our toll free number at (888) 371-5703. Here is a Valium addiction video to watch.

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