Valium (Diazepam) comes as a tablet, extended-release (long-acting) capsule, and concentrate (liquid) to take by mouth.
Schedule: Schedule IV
FDA pregnancy category: D
Valium is a benzodiazepine derivative. When Valium becomes active in a person it slows down the neurological system (Gaba), making it useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, seizures, alcohol withdrawal, and muscle spasms. It has also proven to be helpful in the treatment of seizures, agitation, delirium tremors and hallucinations resulting from alcohol withdrawal. Because of it’s calming effects, and like many other prescription drug medications, the likelihood of abuse can run very high.
- Anxiety - For the management of anxiety disorders or for the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety or tension associated with the stress of everyday life usually is not required treatment with Valium.
- Alcohol Withdrawal - Valium may be useful in relieving of acute agitation, tremor, impending or acute delirium tremens and hallucinations.
- Muscle Relaxant - Valium is a useful muscle spasm such as inflammation of the muscles or joints, or trauma,
- Anticonvulsant - Valium may be used for convulsive disorders, although it has not proved useful on it's own with no other drug prescribed in combination.
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Valium Uses (diazepam) has shifted its primary use between different areas of pharmacology. Originally, it was used mainly by psychiatrists for the short-term treatment of anxiety. Valium was the top selling prescription drug during the 1970s. It was a blockbuster because it was marketable to the masses to help them with the everyday symptoms of anxiety, nervousness and tension. It took nearly two decades before both the doctors and their patients realized that Valium had several negative effects, and its popularity has decreased. But even today Valium’s fame for relaxation is still commonplace.
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