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Is Valium a real addiction?

Is Valium a real addiction?

Yes: People can become very addicted to medications like valium. They can develop severe psychological and physical addiction. In fact the withdrawal from a medication such as valium can be life threating if not monitored and treated appropriatly. People often need a medically monitored detox. If you or someone is addicted seek medical help before trying to stop on your own! ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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I've been taking Valium for around 6 months now.. Can I still get an addiction & also, what are signs of early addiction?

It depends: on how much you have been taking everyone is different. Early signs of addiction may be using more of the medication than prescribed, craving the medication, getting sick (diarrhea, aching, sweating etc.) to going through frank withdrawal. Benzodiazepines like Valium may also have seizures associated with the withdrawal. If worried find a provider to SLOWLY wean you off the medication. ...Read more

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Alcohol or drug addiction, can they take this Valium medication.?

Alcohol or drug addiction, can they take this Valium medication.?

Not safely: Outside of their brief supervised use to help people come down off their drugs of choice. Benzodiazepines are highly dependency-producing themselves, and many alcoholics have had their relapses triggered by the similar sensations they get when taking a benzo, especially valium or xanax (alprazolam) which both hit the brain quickly and hard. Under supervision by doctors who understand addiction, sometimes ok. ...Read more

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Can alcohol or drug addiction person take this Valium medication.?

Can alcohol or drug addiction person take this Valium medication.?

Valium and alcohol: Sounds like you may be taking valium on your own that is not prescribed for you . If that's the case then no one can comment . In any event if you are taking it as prescribed i hope the prescriber knows about your addictions. The bottom line is it can potentially be very dangerous depending on your history and your metabolism met the built -valium can be deadly with alcohol. ...Read more

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Will clonoipin and Valium help me through the first 5 days of my physical addiction to opioids?

Will clonoipin and Valium help me through the first 5 days of my physical addiction to opioids?

No it won't: I agree with dr. Fowler that trying to detox yourself from opiates is a really bad idea. Also, benzodiazepines have no cross-tolerance with opiates -- so no, they won't help with opiate withdrawal symptoms. Please see either your own doctor or an addiction medicine physician. The latter than also help you get more support than pills alone. Be well. ...Read more

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I have an addiction problem to 3 meds. 25mg Valium , 300mg neurontin, (gabapentin) 50mg trazodone. I have bad symptoms when i try to reduce any of them. Who would be the best doctor to see to help me?

I have an addiction problem to 3 meds. 25mg Valium , 300mg neurontin, (gabapentin) 50mg trazodone. I have bad symptoms when i try to reduce any of them. Who would be the best doctor to see to help me?

Treatment Center: Congratulations on your desire to take control of your addiction. Withdrawal symptoms are never something to take lightly, as they can range from uncomfortable to life-threatening. You can start with your primary care but your best option may be to do inpatient detox where they can manage your symptoms effectively and keep you as comfortable as possible. ...Read more

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Tried l-thianine (200 mg) instead of 5 mg Valium for sleep when anxious. Much better and no drowsiness next day. Is l- thianine addictive like valium?

Tried l-thianine (200 mg) instead of 5 mg Valium for sleep when anxious. Much better and no drowsiness next day. Is l- thianine addictive like valium?

Go L-Theanine!: There is not much clinical data on how well l-theanine works for sleep or anxiety. However, it is considered quite safe (as taken in tea, for example; mage-doses have not been studied). If l-theanine is working better for you than valium, i would definitely switch given the side effects and possible dependency issues with valium. ...Read more

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Trying to stop using alcohol to control sudden anxiety from adhd. On Adderall for 3 years with success. Xanax (alprazolam) or Valium option. Pls no addicton respon?

Trying to stop using alcohol to control sudden anxiety from adhd. On Adderall for 3 years with success. Xanax (alprazolam) or Valium option. Pls no addicton respon?

Alcohol wrong answer: Alcohol is short-acting, causes physical dependence, which means larger and larger doses are required over time, and is toxic. Benzos may have some of the same issues, although less organ toxicity. If you have been prescribed stimulants for your ADHD, the increased anxiety may be side effect from those, and lower doses or different med may help.Antidepressants have good anxiety effects, fewer SEs ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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