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Valium: What is it good for?


Valium: An Overview

Back Image - DIAZEPAMValium, falls within the drug classification of benzodiazepines. Valium, along with the other benzodiazepines are by far the drugs most often prescribed to treat anxiety problems. Also in addition to being good for anxiety, Valium is frequently used as a muscle relaxant and for sleeping difficulties. Sometimes the benzodiazepines are also used to treat seizures in some patients with epilepsy. It is considered a long-acting benzodiazepine, in that you may take one dosage to last all day. Valium is frequently prescribed for individuals with generalized anxiety disorder, problems with muscle relaxation (such as if you have back problems), and even for a condition called night terrors that occurs with children.

Do I take any tests before I take Valium, or when I am on it?

No tests are required prior to receiving a prescription or while you’re on Valium. No blood test or x-rays are required to monitor the effects. Valium can be given to patients with very serious medical problems, and has no ill effects on the heart, lungs, or kidneys. It is not recommended if you have a history of alcohol abuse or have misused other drugs, or if you have liver disease, are pregnant or are nursing.


Dosage and effects of Valium:

Because Valium is a long-acting benzodiazepine, one 5 mg dose may last the whole day. Patients usually take between 5 mg and 20 mg daily, with the doses usually divided and taken in the morning and evening, rather than being taken all at once. Because Valium works more quickly then most other benzodiazepines, relief can be felt within 30 minutes to an hour after taking the first pill. If you have generalized anxiety disorder and take Valium regularly, there usually is a substantial improvement within one week. Once the dose that controls your anxiety has been found, you may then remain on that dose indefinitely without usually experiencing new anxiety symptoms. If the medication does not work, that frequently means that the diagnosis may not be accurate. Also, depression or other psychological problems may be present. Valium will not help depression. Also, sometimes problems or difficulties in an individual’s life may be more effectively handled with psychotherapy. Changing to another benzodiazepine does not usually help. The smallest dosage is usually attempted before increasing to a higher level for the elimination of symptoms. There are no known medical risks associated with remaining on Valium for your entire life, but the longer you take it the Harder it is to stop. Side effects and withdrawal symptoms will be addressed on a separate page of this web site.

Information adapted from The PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs - Sixth Edition


Back Image - DIAZEPAMAdditional information By Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist  Ph.D Candidate

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