Friday July 25th 2014

Can you overdose (OD) on Valium?

Yes. You can OD on Valium.

But a Valium overdose requires high amounts of Valium.  Overdose is also a risk of mixing Valium and alcohol or other drugs.  And given that many drug overdoses are unintentional, it is possible to avoid a Valium overdose. More here on how to avoid accidental Valium overdose or risk factors for Valium overdose. At the end, we invite your questions about Valium and overdose.

Can you overdose on Valium?

Yes, you can overdose on Valium. But it typically takes a very high amount of Valium to cause an OD, unless Valium is being taken with other medications or alcohol.  How much Valium to overdose? The amount of Valium to overdose will vary from person to person, based on your size, tolerance to Valium, and other factors but is about 1,000 times the therapeutic dose of diazepam. Plus, Valium abuse like when you inject or snort Valium increases your risk of addiction, and potentially, overdose. This medication should only be taken swallowed as a whole pill, and only in the doses recommended by your doctor. You’re much more likely to overdose on Valium if you take it with alcohol or other drugs.

What happens when you overdose on Valium?

You’re at a greater-than-normal risk of accidents when you take too much Valium. But taking large amounts of Valium can make you dizzy and impair your judgment, which can put you in danger. And when taken at high doses or mixed with other drugs, Valium can cause a slowed heartbeat or breathing problems.

Slow or shallow breathing is the most dangerous complication of Valium overdose. In some cases, Valium overdose might stop your breathing completely. Other medications combined with the Valium may also cause overdose, or make these effects more pronounced.

How many Valium is too much?

It’s hard to overdose on Valium, but it is possible, especially when combined with other drugs. The recommended daily dose is 4 to 40 mg of Valium throughout the day. Only up to 10 mg of Valium should be taken at one time – less in someone without a tolerance to Valium. People have been reported taking doses of up to 2000 mg Valium without serious effects. That’s about 50 times the maximum recommended daily dose. So Valium is incredibly safe and very difficult to overdose on if taken by itself.

Valium overdose help

While on its own, high doses of Valium are unlikely to cause permanent harm, even low doses of Valium could be fatal if combined with alcohol, narcotics, or other CNS depressants. If you’ve taken Valium in high doses along with alcohol or other drugs and you suspect you may be experiencing an overdose, your prognosis may not be as good. Medical attention is necessary if you start experiencing troubling breathing or experience an irregular heartbeat.

Overdose on Valium questions

Do you still have questions about safe amounts of Valium in your system? Please leave them here. We can try to help you answer your questions about Valium or refer you to someone who can. Furthermore, we try to respond with a personal and prompt reply for all legitimate queries.

Reference Sources: Toxnet: Diazepam
Medline Plus: Diazepam
PubMed Health: Diazepam

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3 Responses to “Can you overdose (OD) on Valium?
Mic mac.
1:57 am April 27th, 2013

I have been taking diazepam(Valium) since 1974 which at i’ts peak was 50/90 mgs a day. I am on 2 mgs now,14 tablets to last me 30days…,been tapering off for 2 years now…,it does work..honest! the withdrawal symptoms at first were psychological and physiological..but after a while it was just psychological. That is now diminishing.p.s. like my red wine though.can’t believe I passed my driving test on 60mgs of Valium,(I am not proud of that!) on a more serious note the NHS made me an addict but in the seventies they were handed out like sweets.heroin addicts get methadone support..smokers get their nicotine patches benzo addicts get sweet F A.(ps. Stopped smoking 31 years ago.,40 a day.)that was a walk in the park compared to benzo addiction!!hope this might offer some help to those who are struggling at this moment with any benzo issues! Truly the devil’s drug!

hayley
1:31 am December 23rd, 2013

Hi iv a 6 month old child an 2 months ago i discovered the father of my child was taken valium 6 7 maybe more a day didn let him see our child til i new he was clean it stopped for 2 weeks an hes bck on them now he got them off a guy he knows how can u tell if ther d fake ones that’s goin round my friend took 3 fake ones an never woke up from his sleep an don’t want this to happen to him please help!!!!

3:49 am December 23rd, 2013

Hi Hayley. The only way to know what’s in any drug is to have it tested by a 3rd party laboratory. Otherwise, it’s a guessing game and a little like Russian Roulette.