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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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.


Dr. Daniel Saurborn
505 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more