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Taking diazepam with opioid medications such as codeine and hydrocodone can increase your risk of serious side effects. Unfortunately, people don’t know enough about diazepam to be aware of that fact.
And so it is important to learn more about the drugs we are given—what they are, what they’re for, and what they do—as well as all the small details about them. On this article, we’ll be taking a closer look at diazepam.
Diazepam is the generic name for a substance that’s widely known as Valium. It is used o treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, and in some cases, seizures. Diazepam is classified as a benzodiazepine, and it works by calming the brain and the nerves.
This medication is also used to relieve muscle spasms and provide sedation before medical procedures.
Diazepam is taken orally, either with or without food—depending on the doctor’s prescription. If you are given a liquid form of this medication, make sure you measure the dose carefully. It is recommended that you use a measuring device instead of a household spoon in order to get the right dosage.
The doctor will prescribe the right dosage for you based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment—among other important factors.
Do keep in mind that diazepam can cause side effects when taken incorrectly. Do not take larger doses of this drug in an attempt to improve your condition faster. Also, avoid taking it more often than you are supposed to.
Diazepam and Drug Abuse
When used properly, Diazepam is a very helpful type of medication. But it may also cause addiction for those who abuse it. The risk is higher for those who have a substance use disorder, as well as those who have a history for drug abuse.
To lower the risk of addiction, take the drug exactly as prescribed. The drug is potent enough to become habit-forming, so do not attempt to use it recreationally. Even beneficial medications such as this can be harmful when abused.
It is possible to develop physical dependence on this substance. This means that the body has adapted to its presence due to excessive intake. It will react negatively if the user stops taking the medication abruptly. This creates withdrawal symptoms that range from mildly unpleasant to severe or life-threatening.
Withdrawal symptoms caused by diazepam misuse include muscle cramps, abdominal cramps, vomiting, excessive sweating, anxiety, restlessness, and seizures.
Treatment for diazepam addiction involves a combination of medical detox and behavioral therapy. While addiction treatment is personalized to suit a patient’s specific needs, it generally works best with this combination.
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Medical detox involves gradually lowering your dosage so that you can avoid severe withdrawal. Trained medical professionals will be able to manage all your withdrawal symptoms this way.
On the other hand, behavioral therapy techniques such as counseling, addiction education, group therapy, family therapy, and meditation can help a person address the root cause of addictive behavior.
Look for an addiction treatment center near you today if you know someone who is addicted to diazepam.