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dentist prescibed valium. thought it was dangerous.?

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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
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.
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 20 years experience
Yes it's dangerous!: Valium, like many other controlled substances, is dangerous. That is why you cannot buy it over-the-counter. You need a prescription from a qualified medical professional. So if your dentist prescribed it, he or she concluded that it is probably safe for you in the dose that was recommended, for the purpose that it was intended.

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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.
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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

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