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Valium: Anti anxiety medicine of choice? 


Valium: Why is this anti anxiety medicine prescribed? 

Back Image - DIAZEPAMValium is an anti anxiety medicine used in the treatment of anxiety disorders and for the short-term relief of general symptoms of anxiety.  Valium is from the anti anxiety medicine classification known as benzodiazepines. 

Valium is also used sometimes to treat the acute symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, to relieve uncontrolled muscular movements caused by cerebral palsy and paralysis of the lower body and limbs, to relax muscles, to control involuntary movement of the hands, to relax tight aching muscles, and it is sometimes used with other medications to treat epilepsy and other convulsive disorders. 

Most important fact about this anti anxiety medicine: 

It is especially important to be cautious with this anti anxiety medication as it can be habit-forming or addictive.  You may experience withdrawal symptoms from Valium if you discontinue its use abruptly.  You should only change the dosage or discontinue its use under the supervision of a medical doctor. 


How should Valium be taken?

You should only take this anti anxiety medicine as prescribed.  If you're taking Valium for epilepsy or convulsive disorders you should make sure to take it at the same time every day. 

If you miss a dose of valium… 

Take the missed dose as soon as you think about it if it is within an hour or two of the scheduled dosage time.  If you do not remember until much later you should skip the missed dose and go back your normal schedule.  You should never take two doses of this anti anxiety medicine at once. 

Storage instructions...

You should store Valium away from heat, light, and moisture. 

When should Valium not be prescribed? 

If you're sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to value me should not take this anti anxiety medicine.  Also, you should not take this medication if you've ever had an eye condition called narrow-angle glaucoma.  Every day tension and stress does not usually require anti anxiety medicines such as Valium.  You should always discuss your anxiety symptoms thoroughly with your physician before taking this medicine.  Finally, Valium should never be taken for mental disorders considered to be more serious than anxiety.

Information provided by 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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