Diazepam (Valium) review

ValiumDiazepam, more commonly known as Valium or “Mother’s Little Helper” is a benzodiazepine drug more widely known as Valium. It is totally addictive and has plenty of side effects. A prescription is required to get it legally. It usually comes in tablet pill form, although it is also available in liquid solutions for oral use or injection. Diazepam is popular to prescribe for extreme anxiety disorders and seizures. It is also used on alcoholics experiencing alcohol withdrawal. Sometimes, it is used as a muscle relaxant for arthritis.

How does Valium work?

There is a part of our brain that controls emotion. Some believe that anxiety and nervousness can occur when this portion of our brain is too active. Diazepam depresses this activity by enabling the action of a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA attaches itself to brain cells and blocks transmission of electrical impulses. As a result, the communication between the overactive cells is reduced and anxiety, ideally, is alleviated.

Never mind that GABA, known as the brain’s own anti-anxiety medication can be found naturally in GABA rich foods such as almonds, bananas, broccoli, brown rice and other whole grains…

The safeness for use by pregnant ladies or lactating moms

Diazepam crosses the placenta and is present in mother’s milk, so it should be avoided in pregnant or lactating females!

Potential Valium side effects

With Diazepam, you can look forward to such joys as weakness, fatigue, drowsiness, confusion, talkativeness, excitement, restlessness, trembling and sleeping problems. Makes you want to run out and get some, doesn’t it?

Dangers of drug interactions

You should never drink alcohol when taking Diazepam. Also, it may interact with the other medications you might be taking, including cimetidine, digoxin, disulfiram, levodopa, seizure medication, sleeping pills, prescription pain medication, medication for depression, tranquilizers, sedatives, antihistamines and medication for allergies and colds.

Drawbacks & limitations

Diazepam is not eliminated from your body very quickly which increases the likelihood of serious side effects. After a while, many people develop immunity to the drug and must take more for a similar effect. So goes the dwindling spiral of addiction…

You should not take the drug if you suffer from the following conditions: myasthenia gravis, severe liver disease, narrow-angle glaucoma, breathing problems or sleep apnea. Also, its not a good idea to take Diazepam before operating a car or other heavy machinery, as it has been known to cause a decreased level of alertness and coordination. Finally, you should not take diazepam with alcohol or while smoking, as smoking could decrease its level of effectiveness. In short, think TWICE before getting involved with this drug!

References

http://www.drugs.com/diazepam.html

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR602809/DSECTION=proper-use