Valium is a brand name of diazepam, which is the most often prescribed medicine in the world. For the first time, it was released in 1963, and it is considered by the World Health Organization to be a safe and effective medication.
What Is It Used for?
As one of benzodiazepines, Valium has a calming effect on the brain and nerves. It works by affecting the levels of GABA in the brain, which reduces abnormal brain activity. This medicine can be used for treatment of a range of health conditions, including the following:
States of agitation;
Neurovegetative symptoms due to vertigo;
Symptoms of opiate, alcohol or benzodiazepine withdrawal;
Short-term sleep problems;
Stiff person syndrome and others.
How to Take This Medication Safely?
Before you start taking Valium, you should read the following safety information.
This medication is not suitable for people with an allergy to its active ingredient, temazepam or oxazepam. Provide our doctor with full information on your current diseases as well as their history. In particular, you should tell if you have the following conditions:
Lung or breathing problems;
Drug or alcohol abuse;
Mental or mood disorders;
Since the use of this medication may cause dizziness, drowsiness or blurred vision, you should avoid driving or doing other activities requiring a clear state of mind. Do not take alcoholic drinks along with Valium. Sometimes when used for treating children, this medication may cause mental or mood changes. Moreover, Valium should not be used by women during pregnancy or a breastfeeding period.
What Side Effects Can It Cause?
If you misuse or overuse Valium, you may experience some side effects. The following are the most common ones:
Restlessness and others.
Contact your doctor if you have at least one of the following severe side effects:
Extreme drowsiness or weakness;
Trouble swallowing or breathing;
Inability to urinate.
How to Avoid Drug Interaction?
In order to avoid drug interaction, you should not take Valium with other medications, both prescription and non-prescription, without notifying your healthcare provider about it. There are 921 drugs known to interact with Valium.
Do not combine Valium with the following drugs:
MAO inhibitors and other CNS-active medications.
Such interaction may lead to occurrence of severe side effects, for instance, memory loss, breathing problems, drowsiness, confusion and others.
You should avoid combining Valium with the following drugs: