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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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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How long does alcohol and Valium stay in your liver?

How long does alcohol and Valium stay in your liver?

Highly variable: A healthy liver can metabolize alcohol at a brisk rate; a person with liver disease or an elderly person will likely metabolize it more slowly, so there's no single answer.
The half-life of diazepam and its metabolites ranges from 20-200 hours after a single dose of valium. This is deposited in fatty tissues, and so with chronic use, detectable levels can persist for much, much longer. ...Read more

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What is the standard dosage of Valium for alcohol withdrawal?

What is the standard dosage of Valium for alcohol withdrawal?

No Standard Dose: There is no fixed standard dose of Valium(Diazepam) for alcohol withdrawl. The dose depends on your symptoms and how long you have been abusing alcohol. One may start 10 mgm every 6 hours and gradually taper&stop
Alcoholics are not usually prescribed Valium for long term as there is potential for Addiction with Valium It is only used in acute phase and in hospital or rehab setting to prevent DTs ...Read more

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After how long does diazepam (valium) not react with alcohol?

After how long does diazepam (valium) not react with alcohol?

Longer than U think: If taken orally (as most people do) it takes the average young healthy person about a day to get rid of half the drug they took. This metabolism is prolonged further with use of alcohol. So the best advice.... Several days would be a safe interval. ...Read more

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How dangerous really is it to mix seroquel (quetiapine) with alcohol? Valium with alcohol? Or both pills with alcohol? I'm finding very mixed answers. Mydrsaysno!

How dangerous really is it to mix seroquel (quetiapine) with alcohol? Valium with alcohol? Or both pills with alcohol? I'm finding very mixed answers. Mydrsaysno!

No: Your doctor is correct, the best answer is no. Alcohol, seroquel (quetiapine) and valium all can be quite sedating. Combining them can have an additive effect leading to increased sedation and impaired ability to function. Combining alcohol and valium is especially dangerous since they work on the same receptors in the brain. In sufficient quantities this runs the risk of respiratory depression and death. ...Read more

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Can Valium increase blood alcohol level?

Can Valium increase blood alcohol level?

DANGEROUS MIX!!: The blood alcohol level will not increase with the combination of alcohol and valium but the sedative effects of each will increase and therein lies the danger. So you can definitely worsen the impairment especially with driving etc. The bac will not increase but the problems will including the possibility of death. Do not do this! ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect the brain? What about valium?

How does alcohol affect the brain? What about valium?

Many ways: Classic is cerbellar atrophy affecting coordination and balance. Also, may see general atrophy with multiple cognitive issues. Wernicke-korsakoff can cause short-term memory loss, and behavioural changes. Epilepsy can also develop. The valium issues are rather milder, but habituation, sedation, seizures upon stopping may be seen. ...Read more

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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

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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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Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?

Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?

You need support: Few people, if anyone, can recover all on their own. There are self-help groups like aa/na and others, formal therapy groups that use cognitive behavioral therapy, individual psychotherapies and family/couples therapies. Work on improving health with diet and exercise, and develop other fulfilling activities and hobbies, religious and/or meditative practices. Treat underlying psychiatric problem. ...Read more

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I took 8mg of out-of-date Valium from 2006 to 4 hours ago. Should i be worried, I feel okay. I took it for alcohol withdrawal?

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I took 8mg of out-of-date Valium from 2006 to 4 hours ago. Should i be worried, I feel okay. I took it for alcohol withdrawal?

Valium: It is expired by now. If u are awake, u should be fine. I advise not taking any more of that valium and work with your doctor to help u through the alcohol detox. ...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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Adult son is in alcohol withdrawal. May he take seroquel (quetiapine) with 10mg Valium to get some sleep?

Adult son is in alcohol withdrawal. May he take seroquel (quetiapine) with 10mg Valium to get some sleep?

This can be serious: Alcohol withdrawal can be serious. In some cases there can be hallucinations, shaking, seizures and it can even be life threatening. So it is good idea to get physical check up as well as psychological evaluation. Treatment plan will probably include AA, psychological treatment and possibly some medication. ...Read more

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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 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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I'm always tired, severe anxiety&stress. I'm on Valium and drink alcohol weekly (not alcoholic and don't take them together), doc said normal, is it?

Fatigue, stress: If your fatigue, stress, and anxiety are adversely affecting your functioning you should pursue further medical opinion. Valium and alcohol can lead to dependency (and potential respiratory failure if used together) and do not help your fatigue and anxiety in the long run. There are effective ways to evaluate and treat your symptoms. ...Read more

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Will Valium and alcohol affect your alk phos, AST and ALT levels when a liver function test is performed. Alkphos29, alt110, ast38 bilirubin dir 0.4?

Will Valium and alcohol affect your alk phos, AST and ALT levels when a liver function test is performed. Alkphos29, alt110, ast38 bilirubin dir 0.4?

Liver function tests: Although valium is metabolized by the liver, it does not increase or decrease liver enzyme activity. Alcohol, on the other hand, depending on the amount consumed & frequency of consumption, can significantly elevate liver enzyme levels to a lesser or greater degree. Your alt is about 4 x normal; ast & direct bilirubin r minimally elevated; alk phos is ok. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can also affect liver enzymes. ...Read more

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Hi, last week I was treated for alcohol detox and heart attack w/ valium. I was allergic to the dye and was flushed w/ IV urine results: creatine-20 benzos-60pass; creatine-65 benzos-1333fail; creatine-260 benzos-1999fail each 2 days apart. Why

Hi, last week I was treated for alcohol detox and heart attack w/ valium. I was allergic to the dye and was flushed w/ IV urine results: creatine-20 benzos-60pass; creatine-65 benzos-1333fail; creatine-260 benzos-1999fail each 2 days apart.  Why

Dont understand ?: Why you would be tested for drugs after a heart attack, I don't know. However, if you were treated with valium by doctors, this is not "failing" a drug test. When you first get a drug, it has not been metabolized yet, and drug tests measure the metabolites usually, not the parent drug. So a test becomes more positive as you metabolize more of the drug, which takes time. Initial urine was dilute. ...Read more

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I was treated with Valium for alcohol and heart attack. Allergic to the dye and flushed at hospital with large amount of fluids. I am in a program and had three urine tests. Results 1 creatine-20, benzos-60----2 creatine-65 benzos-1335----3 creatine-260 b

I was treated with Valium for alcohol and heart attack. Allergic to the dye and flushed at hospital with large amount of fluids. I am in a program and had three urine tests. Results 1 creatine-20, benzos-60----2 creatine-65 benzos-1335----3 creatine-260 b

Dont understand ?: Why you would be tested for drugs after a heart attack, I don't know. However, if you were treated with valium by doctors, this is not "failing" a drug test. When you first get a drug, it has not been metabolized yet, and drug tests measure the metabolites usually, not the parent drug. So a test becomes more positive as you metabolize more of the drug, which takes time. Initial urine was dilute. ...Read more

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Starting doxycycline tomorrow for UTI. Take prozac (fluoxetine) and valium. Also, smoke marijuana. Can these interact with doxy? What about alcohol?

Starting doxycycline tomorrow for UTI. Take prozac (fluoxetine) and valium. Also, smoke marijuana. Can these interact with doxy? What about alcohol?

Doxycycline no prob: But, combining Prozac, (fluoxetine) Valium and MJ with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants can cause increased sedation and potentially dangerous respiratory depression and death. You should avoid alcohol altogether. ...Read more

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What is the recommended dose of Valium per day for severe alcohol withdrawal? And how long should this treatment last usually?

Detox from alcohol: I think there are other drugs used for alcohol withdrawal. The benzos, especially valium is considered to be just another pill form of alcohol and are not a good fit for someone trying to get sober. I would hope you are in a medical setting and not attempting this at home. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol if I took a vallium?

Probably not: Depends upon how far apart the ingestions are, but the combination of alcohol and benzodiazepines (such as valium) can be fatal, and valium is one of the longer-acting benzos. ...Read more

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What will drinking alcohol on Zoloft (sertraline) seroquel and vallium do? Is it safe to drink for a function?

What will drinking alcohol on Zoloft (sertraline) seroquel and vallium do? Is it safe to drink for a function?

Very dangerous: Combining alcohol with many medications, especially psychiatric medications like seroquel (quetiapine) or valium, is extremely dangerous. They can cause abnormal consciousness, possibility of passing out, depressed breathing, and other problems. You should discuss this with your doctor to make sure you are ok to have just one drink and how long after taking a medication dose. I don't recommend this at all. ...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