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What is Valium used for?

What is Valium?

Valium is the brand name for a drug called diazepam. Valium is a type of medicine called a benzodiazepine, which enhances the effects of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. The more GABA in the synopses of nerve cells, the less active the brain, which is why Valium is mainly used as a sedative or tranquilizer. Valium (diazepam) is also considered a hypnotic, anti-epileptic, and anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) drug which affects the central nervous system as a general depressant. Typically, doctors administer Valium in a tablet form in doses of 2-10 mg per dose taken 2 to 4 times per day. Under the Federal Controlled Substance’s Act, Valium is classified as a Class IV substance by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), meaning that it has a current medical use but a low potential for abuse. Valium is also classified as a Schedule IV drug due to its relatively limited physical and psychological dependence when compared to the drugs or other substances in Schedule III.

What is Valium used for?

Valium is mainly used to help treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal and/or insomnia. Valium is also used to sedate or tranquilize people or to induce amnesia before certain medical procedures. Valium is prescribed by doctors for a wide range of medical conditions. These include:

  • alcohol withdrawal (control agitation)
  • anxiety
  • benzodiazepine withdrawal
  • Ménière’s disease
  • muscle spasms
  • insomnia
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • neurological diseases
  • panic attacks
  • restless legs syndrome
  • seizures
  • tremors

Non medical uses of Valium

Valium (diazepam) can be a psychoactive drug, which creates a “high” in some people. This is why some people use valium recreationally or to calm down. Other non medical uses of Valium include:

  • induce feelings of drowsiness
  • lethargy
  • loss of inhibition
  • relaxation

Can I get addicted to Valium?

Yes, Valium can be addictive. In fact, if you take a larger dose of Valium than prescribed, take it more often that prescribed, or for a longer time than your doctor tells you (often 4 months max), you may develop tolerance to the drug, which means that you may need to take higher doses to get the same effect. Long-term or excessive use can also result in withdrawal (a sign of physical dependence) when you stop taking the drug.


Does someone you know take regular doses of Valium, or mix Valium with other substances such as alcohol or prescription drugs? Do you yourself have a potential problem with Valium? Comment here, and we’ll respond to you as soon as possible. Or learn more about next steps for prescription pill addicts here.

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12 Responses to “What is Valium used for?
Jenny Rue
7:33 am July 8th, 2011

My Mom is taking valium 10mg 3x a day for the past several years. She is also taking Prozac 20mg 3x a day. She was recently prescribed Concerta 36mg for Adult onset-ADD. Is this safe? Stimulants with tranquilizers? Thank you for your reply.

10:27 pm November 14th, 2012

HI there, I am just wondering what the effects are of diazepam when mixed with heroin? I have heard that it is very dangerous and can be fatal. Would this occur with even a small dose of diazepam? Thank you for any insight you can give.

11:38 am November 15th, 2012

Hi Tara. Both heroin and diazepam are central nervous system depressants. When taken together, heroin and Valium have an additive effect on one another and your heart can slow down, as well a breathing. When combined, this can lead to overdose or death! In fact, using pills and heroin within 12 hours of each other is the single largest cause of fatal overdose in the U.S. More on overdose interventions here:

dale bartlett
10:44 am February 4th, 2013

i just had back surgery and the percocette does not seem to dull the pain much and now my right leg hurts from the knee to the ankle and acrost the buttoxx i see the doc in a couple days and woncering if and what dose of valume can ease the pain ,,just wondering thanks dale for break thru pain

2:36 pm February 11th, 2013

Hello Dale. Valium isn’t really used as a pain medication. And you don’t want to really mix a benzodiazepine with an opioid. For break through pain, doctors usually prescribe hydrocodone or oxycodone (the main ingredient in Percocet). Check with your prescribing doctor or visit an emergency clinic if you can’t wait.

4:54 am June 27th, 2014

Hi , in currently in the process of trying to get a diagnosis of hyperparathyroidism . I possibly have underlying thyroid issues as well. Since the horrible symptoms started almost 18 months ago I started taking 5 mg of Valium since may 2013 not every day but when I was feeling really anxious or teary and and emotional due to whatever hormonal issue I have . .. I take 5 mg every two or 3 days … For muscle pain as well from parathyroid disease. Is that considered addiction ? I don’t want to take anti depressants until I find out the real cause which again is likely to be parathyroid issues . So again I’m wondering if my issues were sorted would Valiam be easier to get off especially if I only take it 2-3 times a week . Thank you

9:05 am June 27th, 2014

Hello Carmen. You are in quite a specific situation. I believe your question will be better answered by a doctor or pharmacist. It’s possible that the body becomes dependent on Valium, even if taken in smaller doses and infrequently. So you might experience some withdrawal symptoms, but since you’re not a every-day user, they will probably pass quickly and less painfully. You should also check to find out if the thyroid medications interact with diazepam, in which case, you may need to wait to get your system cleaned from it, and start using the new meds afterwards.

homage rashid
8:59 pm December 31st, 2014

My husband who is doctor has. developed dependency on diazepm after he got fracture of his elbow joint .now he is taking diazepam kinz n sometimes mixed with avail once or twice a there any solution to get rid of this dependency.he is also diabetic n hypertensive and using these injections since 10 months or may b more I’m not sure about the time period.plz help me.

3:29 pm January 14th, 2015

Hello homage. Have you spoken with him about your concern? Stick to the facts, including data on becoming dependent on Valium ( or tolerance to its effects. If he is not addicted, he will be able to stop using Valium with the help of his prescribing doctor and an individualized tapering plan. If not, you’ll next an expert opinion from a family psychologist who specializes in addiction. I wish you my best!

5:11 am June 15th, 2015

rescently in hospital for alcahol withdrawl i was taking apo-diazepam 10mg ever 4 hours for 7 day .When i left i was prescribed 50 pills and to take 3 per day only have had for 3 days and lost the rest i am worried if i should see my doctor because im worried about seisures because of not finishing script . have a little shakyness but not sure when i can get appointment soon enough

11:47 am February 23rd, 2017

My husband wants to quit brown sugar but he’s suffering a lot, so can give him this medicine? (Valium )

2:36 am April 4th, 2017

I’m going down a road that I do like, Anxiety, Anger, Self loath, bipolar, I’ve been charged with Theft, more than once, I want help but don’t want to suffer or die. I’VE BEEN ON many Many Medications that hasn’t helped. I’M AT my Whitsunday end…. can you help? I’m on disability so money is a hardship. Help Me P,ese

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