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please describe the medication: valium?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Tranquilizer: Valium (diazepam) is an older benzodiazepine tranquilizer. It was the #1 prescribed drug (of any kind) in the us in the late 1960s but is used less now due to drug interactions and active metabolites. It is still used for anxiety and as "pre-medication" for uncomfortable medical and minor surgical procedures. It is habit-forming, should not be used with alcohol, and may impair driving.
Dr. Brian Writer
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Benzodiazepine: Valium (diazepam) belongs to a class of medications called benzodiazepines. They are also referred to as sedative-hypnotics & anxiolytics. These medications are used for a variety of indications to include anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasm, seizure, & alcohol withdrawal. All benzodiazepines including valium are potentially habit forming. Alcohol should be avoided when taking these.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

Can Valium cause b-12 deficiency?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
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.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Can Valium trigger a relapse in a recovering alcoholic?

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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.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can taking Valium when tired make you fall?

1 doctor answer8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Definitely: Many drugs promote falling. Valium and all the members of its class can promote falling through multiple mechanisms including loss of coordination, relaxation of muscles and lack of clear thinking. If you are not tired before taking benzos, this risk is present. When tired, the risk is magnified.
A 44-year-old member asked:

I'm a 26 year old about to self medicate with moms valium. How high are my risks?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Please don't: Your risks of what? You're saying nothing about your symptoms, other medicines or drugs you might be taking, etc. If you feel the need for medication, it's best to get your own evaluation rather than taking something which hasn't been prescribed for you. Why not consult a psychiatrist, or even your family physician? These doctors could at least suggest something tailored to you, if needed.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you be 18 and take valium?

1 doctor answer7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
YES: There needs to be a medical condition to prescribe this medication though.

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