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Valium (diazepam)

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ValiumŪ

Generic Name: Diazepam dye-AZ-e-pam

Drug Class: Benzodiazepines

 

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Description
Benzodiazepines are a class of medicines that are used to treat patients with anxiety or panic disorder. Your doctor may use this medicine to treat other conditions as well. Temazepam (Restoril) is a drug in this class that is prescribed 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 Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.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
      • 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.

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


 

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Baroness4tea
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Registered: May 2014
Location: Telford
Posts: 50
Wed May 21, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $16.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: No side effects noticed, helps fall asleep
CONS: None

Better than klonopin because sedation wears off quicker and you feel better waking up in the morning

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mrs.lovett
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Registered: April 2014
Location: Canada
Posts: 5
Sun April 27, 2014 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: works fast when it is not used on a daily bases
CONS: /

I was taking this medication for "just in case", so it worked well; works quickly, if you have a panic attack, or get too exited - kinda like a tranquilizer.

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zoloft4unme
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Registered: November 2013
Location: san bernardino
Posts: 3
Mon November 4, 2013 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Less anixty
CONS: shakyness

http://zoloftexperience (seriously, this place sucks) / Zoloft has really helped my life a great deal you never understand how much you needed help until you get treatment and be able to see such a better difference in your live but it all starts with you and yes its a journey but its one worth taking

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Oldenboy
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Registered: February 2012
Posts: 4
Tue February 28, 2012 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 6 

 
PROS: It usually works.
CONS: Sometimes it makes me feel worse.

Not as good as Xanax. Often makes me sleepy when all I want is relief from Limited System Panic Attacks. Sometimes it makes me angry - as it is wearing off. I do not have anger issues - but every so often, maybe six or seven hours after taking Valium, I want to strangle the cat, the dog, and anything else that happens to be within reach.

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bathory
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Registered: November 2011
Posts: 7
Mon November 7, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: worked very well
CONS: most dr will not prescribe even if it is only kind that helps

had no more anxiety at all, was a little drowsy at first but it passed dwith in 2 days and med worked well.

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John Malkovich
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Registered: March 2011
Posts: 13
Sun March 20, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $65.00| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: no side effects for me
CONS:

i have tried several drugs for anxiety ,none worked very well. Diazapam is the only drug that has helped with my pms,which leads to agitation and anxiety, highly recommended,the only downside it is quite addictive,but i would rather be on diazapam than suffer the terrible agitation and anxiety that i suffered before i started taking this drug,,another thing i found it killed my sex drive,,,but i can live with that!!!!but for how long i am not sure!!!!

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spacemonkey36
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Registered: March 2011
Location: Washington State
Posts: 81
Sat March 19, 2011 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $46.00| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Effective for multiple medical conditions other than anxiety
CONS: Potential for abuse-and the folks who abused it for those who need it

Good overall--the liquid is pricey, and with a malabsorption syndrome, I have to have liquid. My insurance won't cover compounded. The liquid is also very nasty-tasting. Other than that, it's effective--both for my anxiety, sometimes sleep, and the muscles spasms I get as a result of SPS.

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hotmesscarebear
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Registered: September 2010
Posts: 1
Sun September 19, 2010 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: Nothing really
CONS: made me real quiet and gave me a "flat:" feeling

This medication doesn nothing and I just took like five all at once just to get a feeling

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Sultrysorrow
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 77
Wed August 18, 2010 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: The standard....
CONS: none

I've taken this smack may times and have had no problems with it so far..

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summerteeth
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Registered: November 2007
Wed March 5, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: calming, stops panic attacks fast
CONS: none yet.

I just started taking Valium. I've tried Ativan, Klonopin, and Xanax XR and all three were not strong enough to help my worst panic attacks. So far, 5mg of Valium is doing the trick. I hope it lasts!

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mazer
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Registered: January 2008
Location: in my own crazy world
Posts: 20
Wed January 2, 2008 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: brillant,give me more ! totally relaxing ,bliss !
CONS: addictive

only allowed 2 weeks dose !

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LR7218
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Registered: November 2007
Tue November 27, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10 

 
PROS: Very calming
CONS: Addictive for some

Valium has done an excellent job at calming me down when needed. I have struggled with panic attacks and generilized anxiety for ages now and valium has helped me more than anything.Granted it can be addictive, I think overall it is a really good drug.

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anna342
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Registered: March 2007
Posts: 574
Mon November 5, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Made me relax, when experiencing bad anxiety
CONS: I can't help but want more

I'm not sure where I stand, it worked fabulously for me, but with my addictive personality it's dangerous.

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Sultrysorrow
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Registered: October 2007
Location: Arizona
Posts: 77
Fri October 12, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 5 

 
PROS: Works better than Cyclobenzaprine
CONS: If you're extremely sensitive to hypnotics you'll find out the next morning >.<

Had servere TMJ spasming/pain and took the minimum dosage as directed after work on a Friday. The next thing I know it's Saturday morning and my wife is pissed at me. Apparently I ate a fresh tray of brownies she baked and was walking around like I was drunk & acting like a brat.. I had no knowledge of these accusations lol. But I knew she wasn't making them up neither.

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mrwagner66
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Registered: September 2006
Location: Michigan, USA
Posts: 1
Sat September 22, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: Relaxes body, helps with severe back nerve pain from injury
CONS: None yet.

Haven't taken it long enough to experience the cons, but so far it's helped with a calming effect on my lower back pain.

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macca
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Registered: May 2007
Fri May 25, 2007 Recommended? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 3 

 
PROS: initially very good
CONS: Long term no good

have been on valium for quite a number of years, My highest dose was 15 mls a day, over the last few years I have cut back to 1 to 2 mls a day, Its a crutch for me, I advise any one to stay away from this drug,

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Murren
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Registered: May 2007
Location: Scotland
Posts: 7
Tue May 8, 2007 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Great. Really calming and helps insomnia.
CONS: Makes you drowsy the following day.

This drug is great in the intial stages of anxiety but not for long term use. Also really helps as a relaxant for patients with bipolar on lithium who are unable to be prescribed NSAIDs...my doctor did this for me when I tore a tendon, it was prescibed with diahydricodiene.

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imightknow
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Registered: December 2006
Location: Seal Beach, CA
Thu December 21, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $3.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: calming effect
CONS: body will build resistance

Helps for relaxation and falling asleep. A very mild medication, however continued daily use is usually not advisable. As with all prescription meds, talk to a health care professional face to face before use.

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ccpaz
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Registered: October 2006
Location: North West
Tue October 24, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
PROS: no noticable physical affects, aide in sleep
CONS:

it's only for anxiety. I take once in great while at low doses, it's not affective for longterm use.

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PasDeDeux
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Registered: July 2006
Posts: 750
Fri September 15, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $12.00| Rating: 9 

 
PROS: Is calming for anxiety ands panic, works fast and on an as needed basi
CONS: for me none

I am maybe not typical in that I have never had to up the dose I started at. I find the 5 mgs 3 x's a day PRN is perfect for relaxing me. It's not a costly med, doesn't make me sleepy, no dry mouth. I really like it for my dx and have been on it in excess of 10 years.

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eskielover
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Registered: October 2004
Location: Kentucky, USA
Posts: 11351
Thu September 14, 2006 Recommended? Yes | Total Spent: $5.00| Rating: 8 

 
PROS: at beginning, helps control effect of anxiety
CONS: with time, it takes more & more to have same effect

Valium is the same as diazepam. I was taking valium/dizaepam for almost 12 years. When I initially started taking it, it seemed to be fairly effective in controling my anxiety levels. The longer I was taking it, the more I needed to take to get the same relief. I could almost down a whole bottle full without it having any effect by the end, so I decided to stop taking it at all. From what I have heard, I was lucky to not go through any withdrawall at all. Even when I go back now & take it, it still seems to have no helpful effect on the anxiety.

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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: Fast acting, calming.
CONS: Not for long term use.

I found it was good for my PA, and overall muscle spasms I get. Works great for those. After the inital drowsiness I didn't have any "odd" side effects, which was nice. The only down side is not prescribed for long term use.

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