What is Valium?
Valium is approved for the treatment of anxiety disorder, acute seizures, status epilepticus (continuous seizures), muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, and as a medication given right before anesthesia.
How to take Valium
Diazepam is a sedative that can be taken with or without food.
Diazepam can be taken on a daily basis or on an as(PRN) basis. Your healthcare practitioner will usually limit the number of dosages you can take in a single day.
Based on your reaction, your healthcare professional will establish the appropriate dose and mode of administration for you.
Valium side effects
Common side effects
- Feeling dizzy, drowsy, fatigued, or lightheaded
- Impaired coordination, decreased ability to concentrate
- Headache, sleepiness, and nasal discomfort with diazepam nasal spray
If you experience these side effects after starting diazepam they will often improve over the first week or two as you continue to take the medication
Rare/serious side effects
- Increased heart rate, headaches, memory loss, irritability, and restlessness are all possible side effects.
- Some persons who take benzodiazepines experience significant allergic reactions including facial edema. This can happen right after the first dose.
- Some patients who take benzodiazepines for sleep have reported engaging in activities such as sleep-driving, making phone calls, and preparing or eating food while asleep or not fully awake. When the individuals awaken, they have no recollection of the occurrences.