Valium is prescribed for treating symptoms of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder
(GAD), panic disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and short-term relief of the symptoms of
anxiety. It is also used for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal known as delirium tremens. It is
sometimes prescribed along with other medications to treat convulsions or seizures. Additionally, the
drug can treat muscle spasms from injury, inflammation or nerve disorders and also used for sedation
Dosage and Administration
Take this medicine exactly as prescribed. Don’t increase of decrease your dose voluntarily without medical
Never take more of the medication that your doctor has prescribed. Overdose of Valium can be fatal to
Take each oral dose with a glass of water.
Take the missed dose soon you remember. Don’t take extra tablet to compensate the missed dose.
Don’t give this medicine to a child younger than six months.
It should be used for short time period. Don’t take Valium for longer than 12 weeks (3 months) without
Don’t stop medicine suddenly as it can lead to increased seizures or unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
Valium is a drug of abuse. Dispose it by flushing to reduce the danger of accidental overdose causing
death. You should be aware if anyone is using this medicine improperly or without prescription.
Make sure to inform your doctor about your medical history particularly if you have been suffering from
narrow-angle glaucoma. Consumption of Valium can worsen the condition.
Seek medical help before taking Valium if you have diseases like liver disease, kidney disease, sleep apnea,
asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, respiratory disease or depression and suicidal thoughts.
You should not use Valium if you are allergic to diazepam or similar drugs including Ativan, Klonopin,
Restoril, Xanax, and others.
Valium is not for pregnant ladies or mothers nursing their babies. Tell your doctor if you have become
pregnant while taking this medicine for seizures. Don’t start or stop taking Valium during pregnancy
without doctor advice.
Avoid using alcohol while taking Valium as effects of alcohol can be increased.
Be cautious when driving or doing any hazardous activity. It may cause drowsiness and dizziness.
Valium can be habit forming. Never share it with anyone especially someone with a history of drug abuse.
There can be withdrawal symptoms in case of sudden stop of Valium. The dose is reduced gradually by
Along with a number of benefits, Valium causes some side effects such as sores in mouth or throat, rash or
pale skin or eyes, allergic reactions such as difficulty in breathing, hives, swelling of face, lips, or tongues
and hallucinations and blurred vision. Immediately start avoiding Valium if you feel vomiting, nausea, dry
mouth, depression, constipation, diarrhea, drowsiness, difficult or painful urination, headache, decreased
sex drive or vivid dreams. Seek medical help if you notice any of these effects.