Valium is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, and convulsive disorders. In cases of epilepsy, Valium is sometimes prescribed off-label and used in combination with other drugs to control seizures. Valium is also referred to by its drug name, diazepam.
Valium is a member of the benzodiazepine class of drugs. It is believed to work in cases of epilepsy by inhibiting nerve signals in the brain.
How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Valium is taken orally as a tablet.
Do not suddenly stop taking Valium. If you decide to stop taking Valium, consult your doctor for a plan to reduce your dose gradually. Valium should be taken exactly as prescribed by a physician.
The FDA-approved label for Valium lists common side effects including drowsiness, fatigue, muscle weakness, and difficulty controlling body movements.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Valium include depression, psychosis, delusions, low blood cell counts, and compromised liver function.
Valium is habit-forming.
Older adults may experience some side effects of Valium more intensely.
Call your doctor if you experience abdominal pain, yellowing of the eyes or skin, slurred speech, memory problems, hallucinations, mood shifts, trouble urinating, muscle tremors, sleep disruptions, or difficulty walking while taking Valium.
Avoid driving or operating machinery until you are certain you understand how Valium affects you.
Drinking alcohol while taking Valium can intensify some side effects.
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Valium — Drugs.com
Valium — RxList