Valium (Diazepam) 10mg is used to treat anxiety and seizures, and also commonly used to reduce alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
How Valium (Diazepam) 10mg Treats Panic Disorder
Valium (Diazepam) 10mg impacts the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors, neurotransmitters in the brain that are connected to the regulation of sleep, relaxation, and anxiety. When influencing the GABA receptors, Valium then slows down the central nervous system (CNS). This action decreases your feelings of nervousness and agitation and produces a sense of calm and relaxation. In this way, Valium also helps lessen the intensity of panic attacks and other anxiety symptoms.
Valium (Diazepam) 10mg is a fast-acting medication that quickly helps lower anxiety and other symptoms of panic disorder. Valium gets into your system rapidly, but can also build up over time, which can sometimes make it challenging to find the most effective and safe dose of Valium (Diazepam) 10mg.
Who Should Not Take Valium
Valium should not be given to children under the age of six months. Also, patients with sleep apnea, serious difficulty breathing, severe liver disease, or myasthenia gravis (a condition that causes weakness in your muscles) should use significant caution when taking this drug.
If you have glaucoma, it’s possible that you should not take diazepam. Make sure you know whether you have open-angle glaucoma (where Valium use is okay) or acute narrow-angle glaucoma (where Valium should not be used). Contact your ophthalmologist if you are not sure which type of glaucoma you have.
Side Effects Valium (Diazepam) 10mg
The most common side effects of Valium include:
You shouldn’t use alcohol or take anything else that makes you sleepy while taking Valium. In addition, if you’re taking Valium to help treat a seizure disorder, you shouldn’t stop taking it suddenly, because doing so may increase your seizures.
Possible Drug Interactions
Because Valium slows the activity of your central nervous system, your doctor should be careful when prescribing other drugs that can affect your central nervous system. These include:
phenothiazine antipsychotics (including Compazine and Thorazine)
antipsychotics (including Zyprexa, Haldol, and Risperdal)
anti-anxiety medications (such as Xanax)
sedatives and hypnotics (including Ambien and Lunesta)
narcotic painkillers (such as Percodan)
sedative antihistamines (such as Benadryl)
MAO inhibitors (an older form of antidepressants that includes Nardil and Marplan), and
There also are several drugs that can lead to increased effects or even toxicity when taken with Valium. These include:
Tagamet (cimetidine), prescribed for ulcers and excess stomach acid
Prilosec (omeprazole), another drug for excess stomach acid
oral ketoconazole, which treats fungal infections
Luvox (fluvoxamine), used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, and
Prozac (fluoxetine), used for depression
You should always make certain both your physician and your pharmacist know what other drugs you’re taking if you’re starting a Valium prescription since it interacts with so many drugs.
Dependence and Withdrawal
Valium (Diazepam) 10mg is a member of the benzodiazepine family. These drugs can be addictive, even if you’re only taking the prescribed dose. You run a higher risk of becoming addicted if you take the drug long-term, or if you abuse the drug.
Symptoms of withdrawal from Valium can be mild to severe. These can include:
abdominal and muscle cramps
A temporary return of anxiety symptoms that are worse than before treatment was started also can occur.
If you stop taking the drug suddenly, your withdrawal symptoms may be more severe. Your doctor can help you by designing a plan to taper down your dose gradually when discontinuing Valium.