Valium Addiction (diazepam)

Valium Addiction

Valium® | What is it?

Valium is the brand name for the drug Diazepam, a central nervous system depressant used to treat moderate to severe anxiety disorders, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal. Users are not immune to Valium dependence and addiction with over medication. More than 1 million Americans have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders, which include:

  • Panic Disorder

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Social & General Anxiety

  • and Social Phobias

How Does Valium® Work? This drug calms brain functions by releasing Gamma Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) Neurotransmitters into the central nervous system, creating a sense of calm and relaxation.

Side effects of Valium Addiction

Common side effects of Valium can be severe, and include but, not limited to:

  • Lethargy
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Slurred Speech
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Double or Altered Vision
  • Sexual Side Effects including Low Libido

Side effects can often be managed or lessened by adjusting the Valium dosage.

Abuse: The potential for Valium dependence and addiction is very high. It is both psychologically and physically addicting and tolerance to the drug builds up quickly with repeated use. An increased tolerance to the drug causes the user to take a larger dose or need more frequent dosing to achieve the same level of relief or experience the same “high”, in this case calmness. Patients with a history of drug or alcohol abuse are especially vulnerable to Valium dependency or abuse.
Experts call Valium a “secondary drug of abuse”, meaning that it often taken to supplement and elevate the high of another substance. The risk of overdose and death when mixing Valium with other drugs is high, especially when mixed with alcohol. Valium is also used by addicts to lessen withdrawal symptoms from other drugs, including heroin.

Conclusion: Valium is a widely prescribed central nervous system depressant used to treat moderate to severe anxiety disorders which leads to dependence typically related to over medicating. There are common side-effects. Taking Valium repeatedly for two or three days is enough to cause withdrawal symptoms if the drug is stopped abruptly. Withdrawal symptoms can be mild to moderate, and include insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, heart palpitations, hypertension, sweating, depression, cramps, nausea, and vomiting.
A gradual tapering schedule should be administered, followed, and monitored to avoid withdrawal.

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