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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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Why is a methadone addiction better than a heroine addiction?

Why is a methadone addiction better than a heroine addiction?

It's legal: Heroine is an illegal drug and unregulated. You'll not know what you are really getting. With methadone, you know you are using it under the guidance of a specialist dealing with the addicted patient, and you are under medical supervision. ...Read more

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Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Yes: If by "real addiction" you mean "very hard to stop" and "can actually get physical symptoms when you try to stop", then indeed it is. The physical symptoms are milder but the craving is as real, and the risk of suicide is far greater. Don't look down on a compulsive gambler as weak; it's a strange combination of brain chemicals, and may respond to medication and/or wise talk. ...Read more

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Is technology addiction a real thing? Is it a real condition? Can counseling be given on that..??

Is technology addiction a real thing? Is it a real condition? Can counseling be given on that..??

Divided: Experts are divided on this question. However, regardless if any compulsive behavior is leading to distress and/or dysfunction, and you are not able to get a handle on it yourself in a reasonable period of time, or if there are urgent problems which can't wait, seek evaluation. Counseling can definitely help with "technology addiction", and in some cases medications may be useful. ...Read more

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Is it true that heroine addiction recovery a hopeless endeavour?

Never hopeless: Ongoing support is needed for recovery from any addiction. Check local treatment programs, some of which may offer suboxone treatment which helps many relapse prone opiate addicts. Narcotics anonymous is often a major part of staying stopped as well. ...Read more

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Is d-amphetamine a narcotic?

Is d-amphetamine a narcotic?

No, not even close.: Narcotics are medicatoins that affect pain systems in the body. Amphetamine is a stimulant that is used mostly in treating adhd but also can be used at times to help with depression and for narcolepsy, a sleep disorder. ...Read more

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Is heroin a stimulant or a depressant?

Is heroin a stimulant or a depressant?

Depressant: While all opioids (drugs like opiates - heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Methadone etc) are depressants, in people who are dependent on them, they are also often energizing. People in withdrawal are often very tired and lethargic, and getting more opioid may make them more stimulated and awake. Long-term withdrawal from heroin is often marked with severe low energy, fatigue and depression. ...Read more

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What is a dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) psychological addiction like?

What is a dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) psychological addiction like?

Addiction=addiction: A harmful pattern of use characterized by using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of adverse effects. Psychological would imply no tolerance for withdrawal. ...Read more

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Cocaine is a powerful stimulant delivering euphoric feelings, but how addictive is cocaine?

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant delivering euphoric feelings, but how addictive is cocaine?

Very addictive: Cocaine is extremly reinforcing, meaning in one sitting of drug use and if the drug is available many people will tend to use that whole amount until the supply is gone. This is because the drug acts quick, esp with smoking or IV use and wears off quick and users want more. Cravings then can be very strong after the drug wears off. ...Read more

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Is there a panic attack medication that isn't a benzo or ssri?

Is there a panic attack medication that isn't a benzo or ssri?

Buspar (buspirone): is an excellent though mild anxiolytic. Passion Flower, Lemon Balm, Humulus lupulus (Hops) Valerian & Chamomile may help. Although Kava Kava may help it has potential to cause liver damage. Lavender & chamomile essential oils (not ingested) are also calming. ...Read more

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What is a good drug for opiate addiction ?

What is a good drug for opiate addiction ?

Many options, but...: Naltrexone, methadone and suboxone are the drugs used to treat opiate addiction. However, these drugs merely buy u time by lowering ur risk of relapse while you engage in the core work of recovery - which is disengaging from using friends, building new rituals to replace those of addiction, going to NA, working with a sponsor, going through an (usually outpatient) treatment program. Good Luck! ...Read more

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Is clonazapam a tranquilizer?

Is clonazapam a tranquilizer?

Anxiolytic: Clonazepam belongs to a therapeutic class of drugs called anxiolytics. It is chemically classified as a benzodiazepine. In regular doses it is normally used to control seizures. It has a tranquilizing effect as well. ...Read more

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What is gabapentin? Is it a barbiturate or a benzodiazepine?

What is gabapentin? Is it a barbiturate or a benzodiazepine?

Neither: Gabapentin is used to treat partial seizures, pain related to post herpetic neuralgia as well as neuropathic pain. While it does modulate the activity of the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, gaba, it's mechanism of action is significantly different from that of a benzodiazepine or barbiturate. As a result does not result in physiologic dependence. ...Read more

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Is there a natural version of xanax (alprazolam)?

Is there a natural version of xanax (alprazolam)?

Not really: There are botanical medicines which can help relax you, but xanax (alprazolam) is an extremely potent benzodiazepine that is synthesized in a lab. Although botanicals such as kava and passion flower can help with mild to moderate anxiety, their effects are not as strong or as targeted as those of xanax (alprazolam). There are also not as good research studies of the botanicals as there are for xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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What is worse a coke addiction or oxycodone addiction?

What is worse a coke addiction or oxycodone addiction?

Both are bad: Cocaine is more likely to lead to stroke and cardiovascular issues, where as oxycodone is more likely to lead to respiratory depression. Both are bad and i would not trade one for the other. Seek professional help to break free of each. ...Read more

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How can you argue that internet addiction is a real disorder?

It's controversial: There is a concept of "process addictions"-gambling, sex, internet (which can be both sex;gambling and other things), compulsive dangerous activity (adrenaline "junkies), which some people feel are an addictive disorders while others think it is a variation of an obsessive-compulsive disorder. There is argument about the line between bad habits and disorders, but there is no doubt folks need help. ...Read more

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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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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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I am 31 f weighs 210pDS. Ht 5'1 I took 8 10mgs valiums 2 days n a row on Wed &Thurof last week. Will I 've able to pass a urine test this fri?

I am 31 f weighs 210pDS. Ht 5'1 I took 8 10mgs valiums 2 days n a row on Wed &Thurof last week. Will I 've able to pass a urine test this fri?

Unlikely: It varies how quickly benzos leave your system. Drinking lots of water could help. The real question from my view is why you would take so many pills in a day. I can't imagine that this was how they were prescribed. ...Read more

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I recently moved n am afraid to fly so I took my sisters 5 mg Valium on mon have a pre employment drug test thurs will I pass what do I do I never use?

I recently moved n am afraid to fly so I took my sisters 5 mg Valium on mon have a pre employment drug test thurs will I pass what do I do I never use?

Be honest...: When you take a drug test, they will ask you to list the medications that you take and have taken. List the valium. It is likely to be detected in a urine drug test for 7-10 days and would be much harder to explain if you omit it on your medication list before the test. ...Read more

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Can i take valium?

Can i take valium?

Depends: It depends what you take it for, at what dosage and for how long. It depends on your health overall and if you are taking any other meds as drug interaction may happen. It should not be taken for a long period of time as it can cause dependance. ...Read more

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How do I stop taking valium?

Valium: Very gradual tapering, depending on dose and how long u have been on it, under close supervision by your prescribing doc. ...Read more

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Can you be 18 and take valium?

YES: There needs to be a medical condition to prescribe this medication though. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what Valium is ?

It is an anxiolytic: Medication that falls into the class of medications called benzodiazapines. ...Read more

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What herbs should I avoid on valium?

Use care: Kava kava, valerian sometimes associated with lemon balm, st john's wort and others are frequently used for effects similar to diazepam (valium) - use care, consultation with your doctor whenever adding supplements to you self management. ...Read more

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How far apart should you take 5mg of valium?

Valium: As prescribed. It has long half life & can accumulate in your system, causing more sedation & tolerance. Would not recommend using more than 'as needed' & no more than every 12-24 hours. The dosing is up to your prescribing doctor who knows your case best. ...Read more

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What to do if only med that feels like it helps is valium?

Valium is a: nice drug for short term usage, but not recommended chronically, stopping can lead to seizures. ...Read more

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What is herbal ingredient found in valium?

What is herbal ingredient found in valium?

None: Valium, also known by its generic name, diazepam, is synthetized & does not have an herbal component. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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