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A 34-year-old member asked:

can you tell me what valium is ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It is an anxiolytic: Medication that falls into the class of medications called benzodiazapines.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Can Valium cause b-12 deficiency?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 17 years experience
Not: Would not see this as a cause of B12 deficiency in any mainstream western medical literature. Non-traditional practitioners may make claims of linkage between vitamin deficiency and certain medications, but these claims are not substantiated by good science.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

Can Valium trigger a relapse in a recovering alcoholic?

2 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Valium affects the brain in a similar way as alcohol. Taking it could "trigger" the brain and cause cravings for alcohol. Try to avoid and if they must be used make sure your treating physician knows about addiction and your history. Best to avoid if at all possible.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Benzodiazepines (such as valium) and alcohol act at the same target (or receptor) in the brain - GABA subtype A. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GABAA_receptor Therefore, there are similarities in how they effect people.
Nov 14, 2011
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you be 18 and take valium?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
YES: There needs to be a medical condition to prescribe this medication though.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how i could get my psychiatrist to up the dosage valium?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Individual need: You wouldn't "get" your psychiatrist to up your valium, but the psychiatrist might determine need to adjust or change treatments based on your progress. The psychiatrist evaluates this at your visits and responds accordingly. Valium may or may not be the best treatment for you, and the psychiatrist would then change as needed. Best wishes.
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A 26-year-old female asked about a 45-year-old male:

My b/f drinks sometimes when he takes his prescription Valium and claims "it's okay" because he's been doing it for 10 years . Can you tell us the risks please?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
So far so good: But, the risks are very serious if anything were to change and things do change over time. He's been lucky and may continue to be. But bodies change as we age - it's the heart function I'd worry about since both can depress heart rate. In 'extremely' moderate drinking (1 drink), w/ a strong heart and continued luck - he may be fine. But no one would recommend it. Take care.

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