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Why Valium cannot be used if you have narrow angle glaucoma?

Why Valium cannot be used if you have narrow angle glaucoma?

Valium: As muscle relaxant, it widens opening behind eye which increases pressure inside the eye which is a term for glaucoma. ...Read more

Dr. Gerald Mandell
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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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Why shouldnt Valium be used if you have narrow angle glaucoma?

Why shouldnt Valium be used if you have narrow angle glaucoma?

Could cause pressure: Valium is a muscle relaxant which selectively affects skeletal muscle fibers more than smooth muscle fibers found in the iris and pupil. The thinking would be that if valium or diazepam relaxes the iris muscles it could trigger angle closure glaucoma -a medical emergency. I've never seen that happen to a patient on valium and if you have a laser iridotomy it will prevent this. ...Read more

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How is it that Valium should not be used if you have narrow angle glaucoma?

How is it that Valium should not be used if you have narrow angle glaucoma?

It depends: Valium belongs in a class of medications that, in theory, could precipitate an angle closure attack (as a weak anticholinergic). In practice, this is not an absolute contraindication. What is more important is to ensure that your narrow angles are managed by your ophthalmologist (either with laser+/-medication). ...Read more

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I have glacoma with pretty bad nerve damage. Can I use 5mg - 10 mg of valium as a sleep aid (just had total knee replacement) ? Thank you so much. Bob

I have glacoma with pretty bad nerve damage.  Can I use  5mg - 10 mg of valium as a sleep aid (just had total knee replacement) ?

Thank you so much.   Bob

Anxiety: Valium is not a Medication for insomnia. 10 mg at bed time is high dose and can have side effects; taking Alcohol wit it can increase side effects. It is habit forming. You have gone through stresses of Glaucoma and Total Knee Replacement. Seeing Psychiatrist for Therapy and discussing Medication for Anxiety and sleep will be beneficial. Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Meditation, Yoga ...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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Is there only 5 mg in the roche 10 valium?

shouldn't be: All medications, whether branded or generic, sold in the United States, are required by the food and drug administration (fda) to have plus or minus twenty per cent of the stated dose to be legal. So a medication which states 10mg can have between 8 and 12 mgs, which for some patients, may make a noticeable difference in their treatment. But 50 % difference should not be possible. ...Read more

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Need a Valium taper plan?

Need a Valium taper plan?

The slower the bette: When it comes to tapering someone off valium, i take it very slowly. I do not want to see one of my patients lulled into the false security that they can quickly taper off valium only to have them have a seizure 2 to 4 weeks later. Valium is a very long acting drug. Without knowing what type of anxiety you're being treated for, it is difficult for me to state that you should take an antidepressant . There have been some reports of using tegretol, an anticonvulsant in the long-term use of valium withdrawal to improve patient compliance and comfort during the long withdrawal process. Please lower valium under the direction of your psychiatrist. Take it slowly especially as you get down to lower amounts or withdrawal typically becomes more difficult. I wish you the best in this process and know that you can come off of the medication given proper emotional and if necessary medicinal support. ...Read more

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Does melatonin work as a valium?

Does melatonin work as a valium?

No: Melatonin is a zeibgeber - it signals the body that it is dark outside (and time to go to sleep). It is not a sleeping pill. Valium (diazepam) increases gaba activity in the brain, reduces anxiety, makes you sleepy, lasts for more than two days in the body. ...Read more

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Can I take Valium with predisone?

Valium & prednisone?: Most importantly, be certain that every doc knows ur full med list. there's no formal interaction between these2 meds. Prednisone can have psychiatric side effects, which you should be monitored for. Valium should not be stopped without a docs instruction. Best to check with ur doc to find out what's right for you. Get well soon!:) ...Read more

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Can people be allergic to valium?

Not common: I would wonder if the allergy is to the inactive ingredient in the tablet of diazepam as opposed to an allergy to diazepam itself because it is an uncommon allergy although i suppose it is possible. A more common consideration would be an adverse behavioral change related to the administration of diazepam including severe disinhibition or aggression. Stay safe! ...Read more

Dr. Robert Chang
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Glaucoma (Definition)

A condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness ...Read more