Valium Abuse Facts
FACT: Valium is a brand name for the drug diazepam, which comes from the drug group benzodiazapines.
FACT: Valium is used to treat anxiety. It is not intended and/or needed for everyday stress.
FACT: Valium exerts anxiolytic, sedative, muscle-relaxant, anticonvulsant and amnestic (causing amnesia) effects.
FACT: Valium can also be used to ease alcohol withdrawal symptoms and muscle spasmas. It can also be used in combination with other drugs to help with serizures.
With severe alcohol withdrawal, Valium mcan help relieve acute agitation, tremor, impending or acute delirium tremens (DTs) and hallucinations. Knowing these Valium abuse facts can help you understand why your doctor may be prescribing it for you.
FACT: Other drugs that are similar to Valium include Xanax, Restoril, Klonopin and Ativan.
FACT: Valium and alcohol do not mix, so it is highly advisable to avoid taking both at the same time.
FACT: Valium is also a drug of abuse and overdose can be fatal.
FACT: Valium is addictive.
FACT: Pregnant women should not use Valium as it could harm the baby.
FACT: People with liver disease should not use Valium.
FACT: Valium can cause respiratory problems and low blood pressure.
FACT: Valium is intended only for short-term use. Unless a doctor specifically prescribes it, patients should not use Valium for more than three months. Likewise, patients who are using Valium need to consult with their doctor before they go off, as withdrawal symptoms can set in.
FACT: Valium overdose is common. Symptoms include loss of balance, poor coordination, muscle weakness, confusion, drowsiness, fainting.
FACT: People abusing Valium may take unnecessary, or foolish risks. They may become agitated, hostile, aggressive. Valium abusers may become depressed and suicidal. They may experience unusual and inappropriate thoughts. They can have shallow breathing. These are valium abuse facts users a should be aware of.
FACT: Less serious side-effects may include memory loss, restlessness, irritability, fatigue, constipation, dry mouth, less frequent urination or none at all, loss of appetite.
FACT: Patients who use narcotic medications should discuss that with their doctor before mixing those meds with Valium. Side effects, such as seizures, anxiety, depression can occur.
FACT: Valium is not recommended for psychotic patients. Careful consideration needs to be given when Valium is to be used in combination with any psychotropic drug or an anticonvulsant, to avoid negative side effects.
FACT: Valium, like other benzodiazepines, requires precautions, especially when considered for patients that have been diagnosed with depression and have a suicidal ideation. If Valium produces an adverse reaction, doctors will discontinue the drug immediately. At particular risk are children and seniors.
FACT: Valium can be administered in lower amounts to patients that have breathing difficulties and may be at risk for respiratory failures.
FACT: Because Valium is addictive, it may not be recommended for people with a history of alcohol and drug abuse. The potential for serious abuse may outweigh the good it can do. These valium abuse facts need to be considered before you start using valium.
FACT: People can build up a tolerance for Valium over time and its effectiveness can diminish.
FACT: Doctors will carefully monitor the use of Valium due to its potential for developing physiological and psychological dependence.
FACT: Valium can cause blurred and double vision.
FACT: Valium is a Schedule IV drug, producing withdrawal symptoms similar to those produced by barbiturates and alcohol. Extreme withdrawal symptoms go hand-in-hand with excessive abuse over a longer period of time.
FACT: Overdose of Valium ranges from mild to severe. Mild would include confusion, lethargy and drowsiness. Severe overdose would show respiratory depression or failure, slow reflexes, sometimes coma and even death, although neither is common. However, if Valium is used in combination with alcohol, that dramatically increases the possibility of a fatal overdose.
FACT: Medical intervention is necessary in overdose cases and appropriate action will be taken, depending on the severity of the case.
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