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Diazepam (Valium)

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Diazepam

Generic Name: Diazepam dye-AZ-e-pam

Drug Class: Benzodiazepines

 

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Description
To treat patients with anxiety or panic disorder. Your doctor may use this medicine to treat other conditions as well. Temazepam (Restoril) is one of the benzodiazepines used for sleep disturbances.
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General Information
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect, adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions about your medicines, talk to your healthcare provider. 

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Proper use of this medicine
Follow the directions given to you by your doctor. This medicine is taken by mouth with water and can be taken with or without food. Avoid drinking grapefruit juice with this medicine.
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Missed Dose
Take your next dose as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double doses.
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Storage
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
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Possible Side Effects
    • Some common side effects reported with this medicine include:
      • drowsiness
      • dizziness
      • unusual weakness
      • headache
      • clumsiness
    • Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away; restlessness or excitement, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision or changes in sex drive.
    • anxiety, depression
    • If you experience memory loss, behavioral problems, or involuntary muscle movements, talk to your doctor right away.
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Warnings/Precautions
    • This medicine is meant for short term use. If your symptoms continue, talk to your health care provider.
    • Benzodiazepines can be addictive. This medicine should not be taken for long periods of time.
    • This medicine can aggravate narrow-angle glaucoma.
    • This medicine may cause dizziness and drowsiness.
    • Alcoholic beverages can increase the effects of this medicine and should be avoided.
    • Don't drive until you know how you will react to this medicine.
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Overdose
Seek medical attention immediately. U.S. residents can call the national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
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Drug Interactions
    • Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all other medicines that you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products.

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Pregnancy/Nursing
This medicine should not be used if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. This medicine can cause harm to your fetus. For breast-feeding mothers, check with your doctor to discuss any possible risks to your baby while taking this medicine.
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More Information

For more information about this medicine, talk to your healthcare provider.
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Copyright 2006 PharmClips, Inc. All rights reserved. www.pharmclips.com
This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. This is general information and should not in any event be construed as specific instructions for individual patients. The publisher does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the information or the consequences arising from the application, use, or misuse of any of the information contained herein, including any injury and/or damage to any person or property as a matter of product liability, negligence, or otherwise. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made in regard to the contents of this material. The reader is advised to check with their health care provider before making any changes in their drug regimen.

Last reviewed:
  On 8 Aug 2006
  By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.


 

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notALICE
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Registered: March 2013
Location: Florida (non-native)
Posts: 301
Wed May 1, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $10.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Lessens anxiety
CONS: None I could tell

All positive

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lou99pop
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Registered: July 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 1114
Wed July 16, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Relax, calm, decrease agitation etc
CONS: none

to prevent the relapse of lacking in sleep patterns and mood disurbances if agitation increases during the day.

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daddysGal
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Registered: July 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 3
Mon July 14, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: I take this @ night!! after being awake 14 nights.days stright with anxiety..no problems
CONS:

It dissolves on your tongue so that you can take it while in bed you relax and you fall asleep. I don't sleepwalk either. I see changes in my night pateerns which leads to a better day!

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starfishblue
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Registered: August 2007
Location: New Jersey USA
Posts: 41
Wed December 5, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: quick acting
CONS:

Relieves anxiety quckly. Calming.

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WoahMan
Newly Joined

Registered: November 2007
Wed November 7, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: nice for anxiety, good sedation, very relaxing
CONS: long elimination

Personaly i like Valium better then Ativan even though Ativan is a more potent benzo. Valium's effects are a little better tolerated then Ativan. I find if i take 2mg of ativan at night to help me sleep, the next morning is hell. Makes me feel groggy and tired through the hole day. Valium doesn't make me feel this way. Valium also has better muscle relaxing properties then Ativan, posibly because Ativan works more for anxiety. Valium is a great all around benzo, and by that i mean i feel it works more balanced for anxiety, sedation, and mucle relaxing. Where Ativan works better for anxiety, it also is the only benzo i took that produced a lot of amnesia, where as Valium does not. It is weird to say but i prefer Valium over Ativan, but Xanax is the better benzo out of them all in my opinion.

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buzzie
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Registered: March 2006
Location: Southern CA
Thu August 2, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 1 

 
PROS: nothing
CONS: addictive

for me it was not good. Made me have a major panic attack. Thought my heart stopped. Flushed them down the toilet.

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Special_K
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Registered: July 2008
Location: Georgia, US
Thu November 2, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 4 

 
PROS: fairly fast relief from anxiety, long half life
CONS: tolerance and withdrawal

I have mixed feelings about this medication...I take it occasionally for anxiety when I'm 'spinning out'. I find it calms me down fairly swiftly and I feel nice and calm and relaxed... If I take it in the evening I also feel relaxed through the next day as it has a long half life. The trouble I have with this medication is that the effects are a little too good. One really does feel nice and calm and relaxed and so the temptation is to take some more when the feeling wears off... Over time one builds up a tolerance (so one needs to take more to achieve the same effects) and if one attempts to cut back or stop taking them the withdrawal symptoms can be severe.I'd be extremely careful for this one... If people are taking it for anxiety I'd reccomend looking at / working on other ways to deal with anxiety. I have also had fairly good success substituting as needed benzos with as needed chlorpromazine... Chlorprom made me feel 'drugged' rather than 'great' if I took too much but I found similar benefits with respect to anxiety. A slightly lower dose didn't make me feel drugged and I never had a problem with tolerance and withdrawal on that one...

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AlteredState01
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Registered: October 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 1061
Tue October 10, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: Works wonders for anxiety
CONS: Addictive

Would have loved to stay on this med, but physician did not want me to because of my addictions (still relatively new to recovery at the time). Prescribed a "weaker" version of valium (clonazapam)instead.

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endless_hysteria
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Registered: October 2006
Location: Worcester, UK
Posts: 2
Fri October 6, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: It stops all my panic attcks
CONS: Don't expect to be able to do anything after taking

excellent treatment for panic attack, even stops me feeling suicidal in extreme cases. but i only take it when i really need it, not a drug for repeatative use or people who maybe tempted to abuse.

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eskielover
just me wantng to be free

Registered: October 2004
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 11358
Thu September 14, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: initially provided some relief for anxiety attacks
CONS: continually needed more to provide any anxiety relief

Diazepam is the generic for valium. I was using both generic & the valium on & off for almost 12 years. Towards the end, I was having to take such a large amount to get any relief from the anxiety attacks that is became unreasonable to use. Initially, it was good for providing relief from my anxiety attacks. By the end, it wasn't providing any relief no matter how much I took.

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Tue September 12, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Definately relaxing
CONS:

Other then being a bit foggy I had no side effects. I took it at night and it definately relaxed my anxety away.

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alisandria
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Registered: August 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 303
Fri September 8, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: worked well for PA
CONS: felt a little drowsy, dry mouth

I think it worked fast, and well.

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