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Doctor insights on: Reported Deaths From Valium Abuse

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Should I see a therapist or a psychiatrist for this: valium abuse for 5 years, anxiety, especially social anxiety, depression, low self esteem? Thanks

Should I see a therapist or a psychiatrist for this: valium abuse for 5 years, anxiety, especially social anxiety, depression, low self esteem? Thanks

Yes: With such conditions and addiction, a patient should see both his primary care doctor and a psychiatrist. If necessary, the doctors may refer him to an addiction specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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My dr. Wants to give me Valium for anxiety, my family has a history with substance abuse so I have always stayed away from drugs/alcohol. Is it ok?

My dr. Wants to give me Valium for anxiety, my family has a history with substance abuse so I have always stayed away from drugs/alcohol. Is it ok?

Anxiety: I try to stay from benzodiazepines like Valium regardless of Family History but even more so given yours. Have you tried any SSRIs? Even before turning to medications, have you tried psychotherapy like cognitive behavioral therapy? It does wonders! And is side effect free. In meantime, ask your FamilyDoc to check for hyperthyroidism. And cut down on caffeine intake. ...Read more

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Describe the problem of benzodiazepine abuse.?

Addictive disorder: Even when used properly, long-term benzodiazepine use will lead to tolerance such that higher doses will be necessary to achieve the same anti-anxiety effect. This situation should not be confused with benzodiazepine abuse, where one is taking extra amounts of benzodiazepines in order to achieve a "high" or euphoria. Xanax (alprazolam) is the benzodiazepine most often abused as it can produce a high. ...Read more

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Is benzodiazepine abuse curable?

Benzodiazepine treat: It is well established that addictions are associated with other conditions such as mood and anxiety disorder. In an well done study in arch gen psychiatry. 2008;65(1):47-52 they found in comparison with major depression, bipolar ii disorder was associated with the development of alcohol and benzodiazepine use and disorders. If you treat correctly the mood disorder you improve treating addict. ...Read more

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Sir kindly check my semen report and tell me its normal or not total valium:4.7ml method of obtaining: masturbation time of liquefaction: 15 minu?

Sir kindly check my semen report and tell me its normal or not
total valium:4.7ml method of obtaining: masturbation time of liquefaction: 15 minu?

Need more info: There is a lot of data in a standard semen analysis, which you did not provide. Therefore, it is impossible to tell you anything important. The limited data you provided is normal, but insufficient to tell you anything. ...Read more

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My 37 yr old son took Valium, muscle relaxers, beer. At 6:45 am he was snoring loudly. At 2:45 pm he was dead. What is meaning of the loud snoring?

My 37 yr old son took Valium, muscle relaxers, beer. At 6:45 am he was snoring loudly. At 2:45 pm he was dead. What is meaning of the loud snoring?

Death by drugs: Very sad to read of another drug related death. Most likely, the muscle relaxation effects of Valium and excess alcohol most likely caused slack throat muscles that fell,I to the air passage ways of posterior pharynx or throat, leading to snoring sounds. If opioids had been used, there is a new product, EVZIO, that is an auto injector which blocks opioid effects, and can save lives ...Read more