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Diazepam is a commonly prescribed drug that you may be more familiar with under the name Valium. Although it’s a beneficial drug, it is also quite dangerous when misused, because it can get you addicted. And addiction brings a lot of adverse effects that we’re sure you would rather avoid.

It’s good to know as much as possible about the drugs that are being given to us. This way, we can actively avoid getting addicted to them. We can look out for the warning signs of drug abuse, and the potential side effects of taking prescription drugs.

Let’s take a closer look at diazepam: what it is used for, and what you should know about it.

What is Diazepam and what is it for?

Everything you Need to Know About ValiumDiazepam is the generic name for the substance we all know as Valium. It is classified as a benzodiazepine or BZD. It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and create anxiety.

Because of the way it acts, diazepam is often used to treat anxiety disorders. But beyond that, it can also help fight withdrawal symptoms caused by quitting alcohol. It can even provide relief for muscle spasms.

When used with the proper medications, it can help treat seizures. Other functions of this substance may be indicated by your doctor. But what you should keep in mind is that if they prescribe this medication, you should take particular care when taking it. As beneficial as this drug may be, it can still be dangerous when misused.

What are the Possible Side Effects?

Diazepam may cause side effects that range from unpleasant to life-threatening. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact your doctor and tell them about it: hives, breathing difficulties, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience hallucinations, confusion, or experience any unusual thoughts or behavior. A person who has taken diazepam may become hyperactive, or depressed, or agitated—even suicidal in some cases.

Diazepam may cause weak or shallow breathing, and it can worsen the person’s seizures when taken in large doses.

Other common side effects include: muscle twitching, tremors, drowsiness, dizziness, memory problems, irritability, nausea, constipation, dry mouth, slurred speech, and rashes. Do take note that this is not a complete list of side effects.

What You Should Know about the Drug

Don’t be scared if your doctor gives you diazepam. In fact, you’ll be surprised by the number of medications that can potentially turn dangerous if you don’t use them properly. In order to stay safe, you must simply follow your doctor’s prescription. Report to them any side effects you encounter.

But generally, if you’re not taking the drug recreationally—which some people do, because diazepam is habit-forming and addictive—you’ll be just fine.

Do not take large doses of this drug. If you accidentally skip a dose, do not try to double your next dosage in an attempt to catch up. Also do not take diazepam more often than you are supposed to.

Do not take diazepam if you are pregnant. Do not drink alcohol while taking diazepam as it can increase the effects of alcohol and cause dangerous side effects. Inform your doctor if you have a history of drug or alcohol addiction, before taking diazepam.

If you know someone who is addicted to diazepam, you can look for an addiction treatment facility near you. The path to sobriety starts today!

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