Diazepam( valium) is a drug that belongs to the benzodiazepine medications. The medication is primarily used to relieve symptoms of anxiety disorders, seizures, muscle spasms and alcohol withdrawal. Diazepam functions by slowing down the nerves in the brain such as the central nervous system. The drug may be available in many different forms as well as under several brand names. Together with other medications or on its own, valium is most times used to treat seizures. This medication should be used with precaution; you need to discuss with your doctor before you start using diazepam as well as before stopping it. Abusing valium can cause severe damages and on some occasion can lead to loss of life.
How to take:
The usual oral Valium dose is 2-10 mg given 2-4 times daily. Patients with abnormal kidney function may need lower dosages of Valium as it is metabolized by the liver and excreted in the kidneys. Valium may be taken with or without food. For more detailed information please see label and please consult specialist. Do not take more Valium than it is indicated at the label without consulting your doctor.
Many side effects are associated with the use of diazepam; among them are breathing difficulties which can be in the form of shallow or weak breathing, blue coloured lips, depressed mood, increased seizures and hallucinations. Other side effects include confusion, hyperactivity, panic attack, aggression, anxiety, agitation, hostility and inflicting pain on oneself. Dizziness, unsteadiness, tiredness, drowsiness and blurred vision are known side effects of diazepam use. In older adults, the sedative side effects can often last longer than expected. Accidental falls are also a common effect associated with patients using valium; caution is advised to avoid such falls when taking this medication.
Valium should not be used for lactating and nursing women since it is excreted in breast milk and can affect nursing infants. Common side effects of Valium are loss of balance, exhaustion and lethargy. May also cause double vision, confusion, depression, and speech problems. Moreover, prolonged use may cause addiction. Therefore, Valium should be used under a doctor′s supervision.