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Can a teenage boy take diazepam (valium) for sleeping?

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Dr. R Sangal
Dr. R Sangalanswered
Sleep Medicine 44 years experience
Not good idea: Sleeping pills should only be taken here and there, now and then, not everyday for weeks/months/years. Sleeping pills should be effective through the night and stop working by morning, which means they should have short half-lives. Diazepam has a 20-100 hour half-life, so it is still in your system all day the next day and is not a good idea as a sleeping pill.
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