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Valium belongs to the group of benzodiazepine drugs which affects the chemicals present in the brain which may have become unbalanced and causing seizures, anxiety, and muscle spasms. Valium is extensively used in the treatment of anxiety, tension and nervousness associated with anxiety disorders. Valium is also used in the treatment of muscle spasms and seizure disorders.

Things to keep in mind while prescribing this medicine:

Valium can cause drowsiness and giddiness so it is better to avoid hazardous activities like driving or operating machinery during the course of Valium treatment. Alcohol consumption should be strictly avoided during this treatment as alcohol increases the dizziness and drowsiness caused by Valium. Besides this, alcohol also increases the risk of seizure when taken along with Valium. Valium is a habit-forming drug and patients often tend to become physiologically as well as psychologically dependent on this medicine. Never exceed the prescribed dose of Valium and never extend the period of medication as recommended by the doctor. Do not stop taking this medicine all of a sudden without discussing with your doctor as Valium may cause serious withdrawal symptoms. Administration of Valium should be avoided under the following conditions:

• Narrow-angle glaucoma;
• Kidney or liver disease;
• Asthma, emphysema, bronchitis or any other respiratory disease;
• Depression or suicidal thoughts.

Valium falls under the FDA pregnancy category D which signifies that this drug has been reported to cause harm to the developing human embryo during the period of pregnancy. The administration of Valium should, thus, be strictly avoided in case of pregnant women. The medicine also passes into breast milk so it is better to consult your doctor before taking this medicine in case you are breast feeding your child.

What are the possible side effects associated with this medicine?

Valium may exhibit various types of side effects such as the following: –
• Allergic reactions leading to hives, breathing problems and swelling of throat, face, lips and tongue;
• Skin rash;
• Pain in mouth and throat;
• Hallucination or extreme confusion;
• Yellowing of eyes or skin;
• Changes in vision;
• Nausea, drowsiness, depression, vomiting and diarrhea.


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