Thursday October 30th 2014

How is Valium prescribed?

Valium is the brand name for an anti-anxiety medication which contains diazepam, a Schedule IV controlled substance. Because people can abuse diazepam to get high, Valium is only available by prescription and can be used in tablet, gel and injectable form. More here on Valium costs, prescription doses and signs of Valium abuse. Plus, a section at the end for your questions about Valium prescriptions.

What do doctors prescribe Valium for?

Valium is a very versatile drug. Doctors may prescribe Valium to treat the symptoms of anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and even alcohol withdrawal. So, Valium works how?  The main ingredient in Valium, diazepam, is part of a class of medications called a benzodiazepine that causes sedation and relaxes the muscles. Valium is also knowns as a tranquilizer, sedative, or central nervous system depressant.

Valium prescription dosage

How long Valium lasts does not vary (about 4-6 hours).  But the dosage of Valium depends on the symptoms your doctor is hoping to treat. For example, someone suffering from anxiety may take between 2-10 mg of Valium several times a day. For alcohol withdrawal, 3-4 doses of 10 mg over the first 24 hours is the starting dose, but after that Valium prescription dosage will be reduced to 5 mg as needed. For muscle spasms and convulsive disorders, doctors recommend 2-10 mg of Valium between 2 and 4 times a day. In elderly people, the dose will be much lower, usually no more than 2.5 mg until the ability to tolerate Valium has been established.

Valium prescription cost

The cost of Valium will vary depending on your dosage and insurance coverage. Without insurance, the name brand version of Valium can cost upwards of $100 a month. However, the generic version of diazepam is usually less than $10. Unless there’s some reason why you can’t take the generic formula, it’s probably going to be much more affordable to buy generic Valium.

Can you get Valium over the counter?

No. You cannot get Valium over the counter. Valium is only available with a doctor’s prescription due the addictive potential of the drug. If you are suffering from anxiety or another disorder treated with Valium, your best option is to talk to your doctor and get his or her recommendation on the best medication to treat your symptoms. Valium isn’t the best option for everyone.

Signs of Valium prescription drug abuse

How addictive is Valium?  Very.  Taking more Valium than prescribed, or taking Valium in a way other than directed usually indicated Valium abuse. If you’re using Valium to get “high”rather than to treat your symptoms, you’re abusing the medication. Regular abuse of Valium does have risks -including addiction and increased adverse effects. Abusing Valium in conjunction with alcohol or other drugs can potentially cause illness or death.

Valium prescription questions

Do you still have questions about Valium prescriptions? Please leave your questions about Valium here. We are happy to help answer your questions personally and promptly. If we do not know the answer to your particular question, we will refer you to someone who does.

Reference Sources: ToxNet: Diazepam
Medline Plus: Diazepam
NCBI: Addiction to diazepam (Valium) 

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4 Responses to “How is Valium prescribed?
helene
7:26 pm August 27th, 2012

as i tell the dr GO F$#% YORSELF I mcan buy them off people on mass health who sell them

6:38 pm September 5th, 2012

Hi Helene. Valium is prescribed for a reason – it’s addiction liability. And the black market for diazepam makes use VERY dangerous. You simply don’t know what you’re getting and popping when you buy pills.

Bill W
12:53 am October 18th, 2013

TIME SENSITIVE PLEAESE REPLY ASAP
If one who is precribed Valium, tries to Suicide with it; will they have problems getting Prescriptions for it, in the future?

4:32 pm October 22nd, 2013

Hello Bill. This is a good question. I believe that the decision to prescribe Valium to someone after a suicide attempt is under the discretion of the prescribing doctor. You can call a physician’s office, a pharmacy, or a medical clinic to confirm this.

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