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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Valium (Overview)

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, and may impair driving.


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What is Valium used for?

What is Valium used for?

Anxiety.: Used for anxiety, muscle relaxant, withdrawal symptoms of drug/alcohol abuse. Use with caution, may lead to dependence and addiction.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
513 Doctors shared insights

Valium (Overview)

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, and may impair driving.


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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.

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Please describe the medication: valium?

Please describe the medication: valium?

Tranquilizer: 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, and may impair driving.

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Husband a recovering alcoholic is going to have eye surgery. Md said he will prescribe Valium for procedure. Is it safe? Worried about relapsing.

Husband a recovering alcoholic is going to have eye surgery. Md said he will prescribe Valium for procedure. Is it safe? Worried about relapsing.

See below: Eye doctor needs to know this, perhaps no med is needed or alternative could be used. If absolutely necessary, and it's a one time thing, best bet is open dialogue, have a plan if cravings develop. Talking with people whom know him and his disease, being open and honest is a great way to reduce the power of cravings, and avoid relapse. Have a plan, communicate and should be ok.

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I have been prescribed Valium for short use it is helps me with my anxiety is there any medication with the same effect that I can use for long term.

I have been prescribed Valium for short use it is helps me with my anxiety is there any medication with the same effect that I can use for long term.

YES: For generalized anxiety, ssri medications (e.g., paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft, etc.) can be used. These have a once-a-day dosing as opposed to valium, which is short-term and prescribed several times daily as needed for anxiety. Check dna metabolic pathway to determine best medicine for you. If you know the cause of anxiety, get behavioral therapy. If you don't, consider hypnotherapy or thought field therapy.

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Is it ok to use Valium for a child (vcug) procedure?

Is it ok to use Valium for a child (vcug) procedure?

If dosed correctly: Valium itself is not used frequently for such procedures, but it can be. Such drugs are safe in the hands of a trained physician giving a weight based dose. It is possible that they are giving another drug similar to valium, since the effects of valium are long, and a VCUG usually doesn't require that long a period of sedation.

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What is the most effective natural substitute for Valium?

What is the most effective natural substitute for Valium?

Meditation: Mindfullness meditation and healthy breathing patterns along w/ a serious evaluation of the stress in your life are what comes to mind. Valium is often best for a specific unavoidable stressful time - funerals, court appearances, etc. Maintaining serenity in a stressful life takes mature awareness and eliminating unnecessary stressors. Therapy might help you to figure it out.

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Insomnia 2+ years. On pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) lithium for bipolar. No sleeping pills work. Valium does not work. A high dose Xanax can. 2 to 5 mg. What can I do?

Insomnia 2+ years. On pristiq, (desvenlafaxine) lithium for bipolar. No sleeping pills work. Valium does not work. A high dose Xanax can. 2 to 5 mg. What can I do?

Insomnia suggestions: Regular sleep schedule, especially time to get up. Minimize light before sleep period, including tv & computer. Don't go to bed hungry or right after a big meal. Avoid or minimize caffeine & alcohol. Exercise regularly, but not within 3-4 hrs before bedtime. Use relaxing pre-sleep routine (warm bath, light snack, reading). Bedroom temp at 60-68f. Learn relaxation skills. Find sleep specialist.

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Does it take about a week on daily Valium to alliviate panic? Or does it works for a couple hours symptomatically?

Does it take about a week on daily Valium to alliviate panic? Or does it works for a couple hours symptomatically?

Panic and Valium: Valium does not prevent panic attacks. Various ssri antidepressants do have that capacity though. Valium is habituating, and can reduce anxiety only temporarily. Please see a psychiatrist for an evaluation of your situation and individualized treatment plan.

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Is Valium safe with paracetamol?

Is Valium safe with paracetamol?

Rather safe: Apart from both drugs being metabolized by liver, you can the two together occasionally but do ask your prescriber as you may have other conditions to consider.

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Can I take guaifenesin 400 mg/phenylephrine HCl 10 mg safely with these meds Plaquenil, Cymbalta, Vyvanse, Omeprazole, ambien Linzess, Valium Celebrex

Can I take guaifenesin 400 mg/phenylephrine HCl 10 mg safely with these meds Plaquenil, Cymbalta, Vyvanse, Omeprazole, ambien Linzess, Valium Celebrex

What do you mean by: Safely? There have not been any drug-drug interaction studies with Linzess as yet. There is a risk of serotonergic syndrome with combining guaifenesin, phenylnephrine, Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Vyvance. Ambien is for occasional use. I would not combine it with Valium. Other than that you're fine.

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Dentist prescibed valium. Thought it was dangerous.?

Dentist prescibed valium. Thought it was dangerous.?

All drugs risk...: Like any drug or therapy, there are potential risks and benefits. That is why valium and other related drugs must be prescribed appropriately. Benzodiazepines can interact with other drugs, can cause sedation, and dependence. Long term use can lead to memory impairment. Still, valium and related drugs are useful and safe for management of anxiety when used wisely.

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Can you take Valium and metronidazole together.

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Valium: Some increase in valium level can occur, not to level of being toxic though.

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Wil it be an deadly overdose to take 15 Valium (10 mg) before I go to sleep? Less don't work anymore. I fell 100% normal af 10. My heigh is 185cm 65kg

Wil it be an deadly overdose to take 15 Valium (10 mg) before I go to sleep? Less don't work anymore. I fell 100% normal af 10. My heigh is 185cm 65kg

Please see doctor: Valium is not meant for promoting sleep. Self medication and self dosage increase is very dangerous. At age 29-you need to see a doctor to thoroughly examine you and determine what treatment/medication is in your best interest. Good success to you!

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Side effect: impaired learning -- taking valium?

Side effect: impaired learning -- taking valium?

Memory: One of the long term use side effects of benzodiazepines which valium is a member is memory impairment which is reversible. With memory is crucial part of learning it can affect it.

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What are risks and side effects of Valium and why not allowed in singapore?

What are risks and side effects of Valium and why not allowed in singapore?

Sedation and abuse: Valium can cause drowsiness, lethargy, slurred speech, depression, slow reflexes, memory problems, lack of inhibition and addiction. An overdose (especially when combined with alcohol or other sedating drugs) can kill you. I don't know why it is not allowed in singapore.

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What's the fastest way to get Valium say your system?

Time.: I don't know of any scientifically valid and practically useful way to get rid of of any medication or drug out of the system. Each takes it's own time. Your asking this question, however, raises concern whether you are misusing this medication. If so, please consider getting help asap - addiction to this medication can be dangerous, and abruptly stopping it can be equally so. Good luck!

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My doc told me muscle spasm/ tension caused arm numbness/pins and needle~ How long does it last? I'm on Valium currently

My doc told me muscle spasm/ tension caused arm numbness/pins and needle~ How long does it last? I'm on Valium currently

With limited history: If cervical spasm from DJD with spinal stenosis treatment will help only control symptoms. Sometimes surgical intervention may be indicated if symptoms worsen

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How long should the side effects of Valium last?

A few days: Most side effects will last a few days (less than a week). However if you are taking a high dose daily and stop abruptly you may have withdrawal symptoms (like a seizure) that occurs 7 - 10 days later. This is because valium has a long half life, and so, takes a long time to leave the body.