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Dr. Jeff Blixt Dr. Blixt
Addiction Medicine
20 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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


Dr. Robert Grindstaff Dr. Grindstaff
Addiction Medicine
34 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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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

Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Valium has really helped my nerve type pain but I can't stay on it long term due to addiction. Is there any others meds chemically similar ?

Valium has really helped my nerve type pain but I can't stay on it long term due to addiction. Is there any others meds chemically similar ?

Alpha Lipoic Acid: is used for nerve health. 1200 mg daily. Can be found in health food store. Check w/doc first. Peace and good health. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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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

Dr. Brian Lynch Dr. Lynch
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
University of La Salle Mexican School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Barbara Toohill Dr. Toohill
Clinical Psychology
8 years in practice
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
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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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Dr. Scott Diede Dr. Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
25 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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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. Marcie Berman Dr. Berman
Clinical Psychology
35 years in practice
University of the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine
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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

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan Dr. Noonan
Pediatrics
16 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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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

Dr. Nelly Cohen Dr. Cohen
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Andizan Medical Institute of M. I. Kalinina
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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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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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How do I stop taking valium?

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

Dr. Luis Villaplana Dr. Villaplana
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
Ponce School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Nicholas Stratas Dr. Stratas
Psychiatry
57 years in practice
University of Toronto
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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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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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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

Dr. William Jenkins Dr. Jenkins
Anesthesiology
years in practice
UC Irvine School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Horacio Capote Dr. Capote
Psychiatry
years in practice
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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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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