A 31-year-old female asked:
i think i have become dependant on valium, what are the symptoms of dependency and how do i stop taking it?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
Stop w/ supervision: You mention both valium & diazepam--are the same medicine. History of alcohol dependence or withdrawl is an added risk in your history. Red flags are daily use, increasing need--frequency or higher dose, daydreaming about this medicine, being secretive about use, hoarding pills from providers, needing it for sleep or stress. If you wonder if you are dependent you likely are.Seek help.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Can Valium cause b-12 deficiency?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Benzo and B12: No.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Can Valium trigger a relapse in a recovering alcoholic?
2 doctor answers • 11 doctors weighed in
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.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Can taking Valium when tired make you fall?
1 doctor answer • 8 doctors weighed in
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 35-year-old member asked:
Dentist prescibed valium. Thought it was dangerous.?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 45 years experience
All drugs risk...: Like any drug or therapy, there are potential risks and benefits. That is why Valium and other related drugs must be prescribed appropriately. Benzodiazepines can interact with other drugs, can cause sedation, and dependence. Long term use can lead to memory impairment. Still, Valium and related drugs are useful and safe for management of anxiety when used wisely.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Side effect: impaired learning -- taking valium?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 38 years experience
Memory: One of the long term use side effects of benzodiazepines which Valium is a member is memory impairment which is reversible. With memory is crucial part of learning it can affect it.
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