Valium is mainly used to treat anxiety disorders, tensions in muscles and withdrawal symptoms related to alcohol. But this may be habit-forming drug so try to avoid misuse of this drug.
You should know what to do and what not to while taking Valium.
But how does Valium work in your body?
Valium acts on your central nervous system (CNS) i.e. the brain. It calms down the brain activity and also acts on nerves. This helps you to calm down from being anxious. Sometimes you may feel euphoria. So this drug always should be used under doctor’s observation and on prescription only.
As it is a powerful drug you must also know the side effects so that you can tackle them, and given below are few of the side effects of the drug:
Confused mindset, depressions, hallucinations, agitated state of mind, twitch in muscles, fatigue, drowsiness, problems related to urination.
If you are allergic to diazepam please do tell your doctor.
What should be avoided if you are on Valium treatment?
Valium is a sedative drug and alcohol also has similar effects. If both are taken together it may show increased side effects like drowsiness, dizziness, and difficulties in concentration. If these side effects persist more than a day please contact your doctor.
Diazepam containing drugs which have side effects which may get aggravated if taken during pregnancy, should be avoided if you are pregnant. It also shows adverse effects on the fetus.
- Grapefruit juice
It interacts with contents of grapefruit juice which results in an increase in side effects related to it.
- Increased weight
Being a benzodiazepine class drug, the half life of this medication in obese patients is higher so obese patients may feel longer effects of Valium. So it is advised to control weight while being on valium treatment.
- Disease history
If you are taking any medications related to glaucoma, then you are advised to avoid the use of valium because both drugs counteract with other and nullify the effects.
Also, if you are having respiratory depression, then avoid valium treatment, as it may act as an additive to respiratory depression and may aggravate it.
Diazepam present in this medication can pass through milk to the child. So it is advised for breastfeeding mothers to avoid this drug.
- Other drugs
It is advised not to take valium along with antifungal drugs or motion sickness drugs as it increases the effect of the medication.
- As per new research, absorption of valium is reduced by 27% if it is taken with food. So avoid taking it when you had food.
- This is a sedative drug, so avoid driving or using machinery after taking the pill.
Yes, list of things to avoid while taking valium is too long but it is because it is very potent and it reacts with other drugs and foods more. So try to avoid these things and be stress-free. And the more important thing, if you have any side effect related to this drug or you are developing the habit of Valium please contact your doctor.