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How strong is Valium or diazepam?

How strong is Valium or diazepam?

Strong based on dose: Diazepam is usually prescribed in 2.5, 5 or 10 mg doses. The effect of the medication is dose dependent. It is a "rescue" mediciation, not a controller. If you are panicky, it will help you to relax. But there are medications which can help to prevent those anxious feelings in the first place, ssris. Never use diazepam with alcohol! ...Read more

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Valium (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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I'm frightened of flying will diazepam (valium) help?

I'm frightened of flying will diazepam (valium) help?

Yes, but no alcohol: Diazepam will help to deal with anxiety about flying. Do not take with alcohol. It would also be helpful to have a guided imagery recording on your ipod, which will help you to relax more naturally. If you must fly often, you should consider working with a therapist to de-sensitize yourself and work on your phobia. ...Read more

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Usually how long can valium/diazepam stay in your system?

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Usually how long can valium/diazepam stay in your system?

Valium: Depending on how long u have been taking it. Roughly up to 100 hours. ...Read more

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How long could you take diazepam (valium) before the drug is useless?

How long could you take diazepam (valium) before the drug is useless?

I don't understand?: I'm not really understanding your question, since valium is not "useless." the basic drug has a 30-60 hour half-life, and it has psychoactive breakdown products. This is one of the problems with it, especially in older people: it can build up and create longer-lasting sedation & cognitive issues than expected or desired. Tolerance can happen -- habituation, addiction, & withdrawal syndrome too. ...Read more

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How long should you take diazepam (valium) before the drug is rendered useless?

How long should you take diazepam (valium) before the drug is rendered useless?

Not so: Valium is not destined to become useless. Some people develop tolerance but most don't the time course is related to symptoms and if one is symptom free, then the suggestion is that you talk to your doctor about weaning off, but talk to your doctor before stopping. ...Read more

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After how long does diazepam (valium) not react with alcohol?

After how long does diazepam (valium) not react with alcohol?

Longer than U think: If taken orally (as most people do) it takes the average young healthy person about a day to get rid of half the drug they took. This metabolism is prolonged further with use of alcohol. So best advice.... Several days would be a safe interval. ...Read more

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Tell me if diazepam (valium) shrinks the penis?

Tell me if diazepam (valium) shrinks the penis?

No: Where would you get such a silly idea? Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. ...Read more

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Can o take diazepam (valium) for sleeping?

Can o take diazepam (valium) for sleeping?

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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Why can't you use diazepam (valium) for muscle relaxation?

You can: Valium, a benzodiazepine class drug, was one of the first effective muscle relaxants utilized. Unfortunately it is over-utilized. Better, less-sedating and less-addictive drugs are now available. Valium leads to dependence, depression and other mood disorders. It's effects are greatly increased when taking alcohol or opioids, such as vicodin (another over-utilized drug). ...Read more

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What are the effects of diazepam (valium) and clonazepam on flaccid penis and erections?

What are the effects of diazepam (valium) and clonazepam on flaccid penis and erections?

They don't help: Neither diazepam nor Clonazepam will help erectile dysfunction. There are also reports of sexual dysfunction with all benzodiazepines. Though not well understood, the mechanism of these problems could be via gamma-aminobutyric acid receptors in the midbrain central gray or ventral tegmental area. However, this is mixed with issues stemming from anxiety itself. Hoping you work w/urologist too. ...Read more

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Hi! So I have a prescription for diazepam (I also take prosac), and I finished a z pak a week and a half ago - am I ok to take the valium at this poin?

Hi! So I have a prescription for diazepam (I also take prosac), and I finished a z pak a week and a half ago - am I ok to take the valium at this poin?

Better not: valium and prozac interact, would cause CNS depression and serious side effects with increased valium levels in blood, so you may want to use an alternative or reduce the valium dose, ask your doctor/prescriber. The azithromycin is gone out of your system by now, so don't want worry about it, best wishes ...Read more

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I am on 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) and 8mg of diazepam. The last week I am aggressive and irritable. Could it be the Lexapro (escitalopram).Today I took 5mg of valium. I feel cal?

I am on 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) and 8mg of diazepam. The last week I am aggressive and irritable. Could it be the Lexapro (escitalopram).Today I took 5mg of valium. I feel cal?

Possible, not likely: The aggression could still be part of your depression which have not totally resolved. You might be slowly recovering from depression to have the energy to be angry. Depression is 'frozen anger' in some cases. Go back to your doctor as you may need an increase in Lexapro (escitalopram). ...Read more

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Which of these has nightmares as a side effect? Oxycodone, percocet, celecoxib, or diazepam (valium)?

Which of these has nightmares as a side effect? Oxycodone, percocet, celecoxib, or diazepam (valium)?

Hard to Say: Side effects of most medications are turning out to be highly individualistic and sometimes based upon genetic susceptibility! This is fairly new research. But, it suggests that any specific side effect is not necessarily going to happen to you.

That said, with the exception of celecoxib, these drugs are narcotics and/or sedative/hypnotics and can cause "dysphoric" feelings and hallucinations. ...Read more

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Can morphine (several) and valium (diazpam) make you gain weight? Have been taking it for two days and my scales say I've put on 4 kilos.

Can morphine (several) and valium (diazpam) make you gain weight? Have been taking it for two days and my scales say I've put on 4 kilos.

STOP!!!: This is a seriously dangerous combination and you should consult someone on this. Not sure why you are gaining weight other than possible constipation with the morphine. Morphine and Valium can both slow down respiration and so you must have medical guidance on this. ...Read more

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Took Ambien (zolpidem) 10mg for 2 year's. My dr changed me to 15mg diazapam. Not working for insomnia. If I already took the Valium 20mg can I take a 10mg ambien (zolpidem)?

NO -- please don't!: Please do not take valium and Ambien (zolpidem) at the same time! You could end up overly sedated. Also, valium is not meant to be a sleep medication anyway. Please tell your doctor about this. It sounds like insomnia is a very significant problem for you, and needs further investigation (maybe sleep study?). Both Ambien (zolpidem) ; valium produce tolerance, making long-term use very problematic overall. ...Read more

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I took 10 mg of diazipam (valium) 2 weeks before I was going to try to conceive. I will be ovulating in 2 weeks. Should I wait another month before ttc? Or will the drug be cleared out in 2 weeks?

I took 10 mg of diazipam (valium) 2 weeks before I was going to try to conceive. I will be ovulating in 2 weeks. Should I wait another month before ttc? Or will the drug be cleared out in 2 weeks?

It should be out of: Your system and there is no danger really if you want to conceive. Its half life is 30-60 hours and its metabolites may have half life 100 hours. Two weeks is more than sufficient time for all the drug and its metabolites to get out of your system. ...Read more

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First I eated 1 2mg Rohypnol to sleep. I can't get them. So now I eat 5 10mg Valium to sleep. My question: what sleep pills is strong as rohypnol?

First I eated 1 2mg Rohypnol to sleep. I can't get them. So now I eat 5 10mg Valium to sleep. My question: what sleep pills is strong as rohypnol?

Oh be careful!!!: Rohypnol is illegal here. I'm uncertain, but are you saying you take "5 10mg valium to sleep" this would mean you take 50mg of valium at once. Dangerous level. Or did you mean either 5 or 10 mg of valium at night. If you take amphetamine, as you state, you will have trouble with insomnia. Recommend discontinuation of upper, and 5-10mg of ambien (zolpidem). But you need to be under doctor's supervision. ...Read more

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Been on benzos 3 years daily. Tapering Valium. Down to 8mg. Very strong anxiety, but lowest I've ever been. Will I get better? Valium best for taper?

You will get better: Benzodiazepine taper, especially for someone on them long-term, takes a long time - think many months. Valium is good, and there's really no reason to change to a different benzodiazepine. However, an alternative can be to add-in a seizure medication - Depakote/Tegretol/Gabapentin. These meds hit the same GABA receptors that Benzos do and can allow for quicker taper off of Valium. Best Wishes ...Read more

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I've been taking 2 to4mg diazepam daily for 4years, isthis a strong enough dose to get withdrawals? Shouldicut down to 1mg daily or 2mg every other day

I've been taking 2 to4mg diazepam daily for 4years, isthis a strong enough dose to get withdrawals? Shouldicut down to 1mg daily or 2mg every other day

Yes, withdrawal: Taking this amount of diazepam for the past 4 years is enough to cause withdrawal symptoms. Please don't try to taper this on your own, but get your doctor's help. Especially, you want to be sure that the problems for which diazepam was originally prescribed, are in remission. If not, they will make tapering very difficult to impossible. Be well. ...Read more

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My Psychiatrist changed my Klonapin 1mg QID to Valium 10mg QID Is one stronger than the other? I ONLY do & take what she says. But I was just curious.

My Psychiatrist changed my Klonapin 1mg QID to Valium 10mg QID Is one stronger than the other? I ONLY do & take what she says. But I was just curious.

WOW! Huge Dose!!: Both medicines are very potent and addictive. I am sure your Psychiatrist know the best, BUt yes do as she says. And if you can Try to tapper off the dose. ...Read more

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Is Zanaflex (tizanidine) the same thing as a strong valium?

Work differently: Both Zanaflex (tizanidine) and valium can cause muscle relaxation. They work by different mechanisms. They are not equivalent. Valium has a higher tendency to cause dependence then zanaflex (tizanidine). ...Read more

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Hi. I can't sleep at night so I also eat between 7 - 10 valium (10) each night to sleep... What is stronger sleep medicine?

Hi. I can't sleep at night so I also eat between 7 - 10 valium (10) each night to sleep... What is stronger sleep medicine?

Need Dr.: Your self imposed treatment may be setting you up for other health problems down the line. Get into a Dr. Asap and discuss these issues. ...Read more

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I have severe hypochondriasis, go to ER weekly, on Valium 5mg. Is there anything stronger you recommend? I tried intensiv therapy doesn't work, I 16

Psych issue: You need a good psychiatrist working closely with your primary care physician. I'm thinking good cognitive behavioral therapy and/or psychotherapy, in concert with a good primary care doc taking care of your actual problem of asthma and keeping it under control would be best. ...Read more

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You hear of 'people' these days purchasing Valium or strong painkillers online without prescriptions. How is that possible?

You hear of 'people' these days purchasing Valium or strong painkillers online without prescriptions. How is that possible?

These may be: Coming from other countries. It is a very dangerous industry as you can't really be sure what you are getting. It is also not legal. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Diazepam (Definition)

Diazepam belongs to the benzo family and has a long 1/2 life in the body. It is used for anxiety and muscle spasms. Neuro docs like to use it for patients with ms and stroke for muscle relaxation. It can also be used rectally for ...Read more


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Intensol (Definition)

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