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Can Valium trigger a relapse in a recovering alcoholic?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Valium affects the brain in a similar way as alcohol.
Taking it could "trigger" the brain and cause cravings for alcohol. Try to avoid and if they must be used make sure your treating physician knows about addiction and your history. Best to avoid if at all possible.

In brief: Yes

Valium affects the brain in a similar way as alcohol.
Taking it could "trigger" the brain and cause cravings for alcohol. Try to avoid and if they must be used make sure your treating physician knows about addiction and your history. Best to avoid if at all possible.
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Dr. Jeff Blixt
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Benzodiazepines (such as valium) and alcohol act at the same target (or receptor) in the brain - GABA subtype A. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GABAA_receptor Therefore, there are similarities in how they effect people.
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Valiun and other benzodiazepines like ativan, Xanax (alprazolam) and Klonopin work on the same GABA receptors in the brain.
Although they can ease the withdrawal from alcohol, they can also trigger the craving and relapse.

In brief: Yes

Valiun and other benzodiazepines like ativan, Xanax (alprazolam) and Klonopin work on the same GABA receptors in the brain.
Although they can ease the withdrawal from alcohol, they can also trigger the craving and relapse.
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
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