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Valium is used to treat several conditions. It is most commonly prescribed to help with anxiety, panic attacks, and extreme agitation. However, it can also help with alcohol withdrawal, muscle spasms, and seizures. Valium is sometimes prescribed before surgery and other medical procedures to help calm a patient.
Valium is the brand name of the medication diazepam. It was released for use in 1963 and is one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the world. It has also been named as one of the safest medications in the world.
How to take Valium
Even though Valium is considered very safe, it’s important that you take it exactly as prescribed to prevent any issues. Take only the amount directed by your doctor. This will ensure the medicine does what’s supposed to, while also lowering your risk of side effects and addiction.
This medicine comes in several forms, including tablets and liquid. If you’re taking the liquid version, be sure to carefully measure your dosage using the provided device so as to prevent under- or overdosing.
You may take Valium with or without food. If you’re taking the liquid version, you may find it easier to take by mixing it in a small bit of soft food, such as pudding, applesauce, or ice cream. No matter which version of the medicine you’re taking, never take it with grapefruit or food/drink made with grapefruit as it’s been show to increase side effects.
Valium is most effective as a short-term to medium-term medicine (up to four months). Take it as it has been prescribed by your doctor; do not take more than prescribed, and do not take it for longer than prescribed. If you take Valium for longer than recommended, you may become tolerant to it, meaning it won’t work as effectively as it once did.
No matter how long you take Valium, you should not suddenly stop taking the medicine before talking with your doctor. If you do, you may experience withdrawal symptoms.
Who should avoid Valium?
Valium is not appropriate for patients who are allergic to it, its ingredients, or similar medicines. You should also avoid the medicine if you have difficulty breathing, glaucoma, liver disease, or sleep apnea.
Valium should never be mixed with alcohol, opioids, relaxants, or any other medicines that may make you sleepy or have a side effect of difficulty breathing. If you combine Valium with any of these things, you could face extremely dangerous conditions, including death.
How to store Valium
To keep your medicine at 100% effectiveness, you should store it in its original container in a dark, cool place. Do not store your medicine in places with excessive humidity, such as a bathroom.
When you have finished your treatment regimen, you should discard any leftover medicine by taking it back to your pharmacy or flushing it down the toilet. You should not keep Valium for use at a later time as your doctor may change your dosage or may switch you to another medicine. Valium can be dangerous if taken by someone who it has not been prescribed to, especially children.
Valium (Diazepam) is often abused by drug users. Returning or destroying unused medicine is a good way to keep this potential fatal medication out of the hands of abusers.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Valium, take it as soon as remember—unless it is almost time for your next dose. Never take two doses of Valium together.
Valium has both minor and serious side effects. Minor side effects include:
- drowsiness or fatigue
- dizziness or loss of coordination
- muscle weakness
Until you know how you’ll react when taking Valium, it’s best to limit your activities. You should not drive a car or partake in any activities where you might fall or injure yourself.
More serious Valium side effects include:
- distressed breathing
- loss of consciousness
- strange behavior or personality changes
- seizures (new or stronger)
If you experience any of the above symptoms, especially difficulty breathing, you should seek immediate medical assistance. Call an ambulance or have someone drive you to the hospital—do not attempt to drive yourself.