The original name of Valium, a benzodiazepine medication, was Diazepam. In Australia, it is marketed under the name of Antenex.
The sale and purchase of Valium is illegal in a few countries, but not in all. The drug is held to be a controlled substance in countries such as Canada, UK, New Zealand, and Australia.
While some countries have passed clear and concise laws that make the purchase of Valium without a prescription illegal, but do nothing much to enforce this law, a number of other countries allow over-the-counter sale of Valium without any prescription.
Before purchasing Valium, consumers must make sure about the drug laws in their country.
If their country has definitely made it illegal for consumers to purchase Valium without a doctor’s prescription, they can neither purchase it offline nor order it online.
How to Take Valium
Consumers’ intake of Valium should be as per doctor’s prescription as a smaller dose would be ineffective and a larger dose would be harmful. Doctors take into consideration a number of factors depending on the patient’s medical condition before prescribing Valium.
Valium should never be taken more than 12 months; however, patients should avoid stopping their Valium intake all of a sudden without consulting their healthcare professional. This is because patients who suddenly stop taking Valium can suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as seizure.
Patients who feel that Valium is not having the desired effect on them must inform their doctor so that he/she can either change the medication or increase the dose. Patients on Valium also need to undergo regular medical tests to make sure that Valium is having the desired effects on them.
Since Valium is a drug that can be abused, patients must track their intake carefully and avoid using it in an improper manner.
Valium Side Effects
Some patients might develop an allergic reaction to Valium, and such patients might exhibit symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, hives, and swollen face.
Here is a list of some Valium side effects:
- Hallucinations, confusion, changes in behavior
- Depression and thoughts of suicide
- Aggressive behavior and hyperactivity
- Shallow breathing
- Trembling and twitching of muscles
- Loss of bladder control
- Reduced urination
- Loss of memory
- Fatigue and weakness
- Nausea and constipation
- Blurry vision
- Dry mouth and slurring of speech
- Itching and skin rash
Patients should inform their doctor if they are taking any other medication because if they take Valium along with other drugs that cause drowsiness, they will feel sleepier than ever.
Patients should make it a point to tell their doctors if they are on antibiotics, antidepressants, antifungal medication, medication for blood pressure or heart disorders, and AIDS/HIV medication. There are a number of drugs that can interact with Valium and patients must tell doctors about any over-the-counter medication, herbal medicines, vitamins, and so on that they might be taking at present.
Before Taking Valium
Consumers should not take Valium if they are allergic to either diazepam or similar drugs such as Klonopin, Restoril, Ativan, and Xanax, to mention just a few. Valium is also not for patients suffering from liver disorders, glaucoma, sleep disorders, and breathing disorders. Pregnant women should not take Valium as it could have a terrible effect on the fetus.
Patients should reveal their entire medical history before their healthcare professional before taking Valium. If patients have a medical history of breathing disorders, glaucoma, liver diseases, seizures, alcohol addiction, and mental disorders, Valium might not be the ideal medication for them.
Patients on Valium should not take Valium as it could enhance alcoholic effects.
Since an overdose of Valium can be fatal, consumers who have taken an overdose by mistake should immediately visit their healthcare center for medical treatment or call the Poison Help line.
Patients who have taken an overdose of Valium will experience loss of muscular co-ordination, confusion of thoughts, extreme drowsiness, dizziness, and weakness.
Missed a Dose
If consumers miss their dose, they must take it as soon as they remember. However, if it is almost time for their next dose, they can skip the missed dose and take the next dose. Patients should never take the missed dose and the next dose at the same time as it would be an overdose.
- What does Valium look like?
A Valium tablet is pale yellow and cylindrical and contains 5mg of diazepam along with non-medicinal substances such as lactose, color, corn starch, and magnesium stearate. The tablets do not contain any gluten, sulfite, sodium, paraben, and tartrazine.
- What is the recommended dosage?
Each dose for adults comprises 2 – 10mg of diazepam and needs to be taken 2 – 4 times every day. The initial dose for children above the age of six months is 1 – 2.5mg and is to be taken 3 – 4 times daily.
The dose that needs to be taken depends on a patient’s medical history and health conditions.
- How does Valium work?
Diazepam is a benzodiazepine drug that is used to provide short-term relief for patients suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms or anxiety, uncontrolled muscular spasms, and uncontrolled nerve activity. The drug can also be injected, and in this form, it helps control seizures.
This drug is never to be taken without a doctor’s advice, and if a patient is on Valium, he/she must never stop taking it without first consulting his/her doctor. Doctors can prescribe this medication in varying doses for a number of conditions not mentioned in this article. If you want to take Valium, never do it without consulting your doctor.
- How does one store Valium?
Valium needs to be stored in a dry place at room temperature, well out of the reach of young children. Valium needs to be disposed of carefully. Avoid disposing expired Valium tablets in toilets and sinks. Instead, talk to your pharmacist about the best way to deal with expired medication.
- What drugs does Valium interact with?
Valium can interact with alcohol, anticonvulsants, antidepressants, antipsychotics, narcotics, and others. Depending on the type of drugs you are taking at present, you doctor can change intake timings or medication or not make any changes. Keep your healthcare professional informed so that you get the best medical care possible.