How is Valium prescribed?

Valium (diazepam) is an anti-anxiety medication prescribed in doses betwen 2 and 10 mg several times daily. More on Valium dosage, cost, and prescriptions here.

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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. But, no need to worry because help is available! In fact, there are many rehab options and treatment programs for tranquilizer addiction available to help you get sober.

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) 
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. Hi I just want to know i lost my husband and was put on 2 mg dieazapam twice a day as I suffered with anxiety it was fine but I wanted to go away 5 weeks ago and to help me I went on 5mg twice a day but now I want to go back to 2mg is it alright just to change back thank you

  2. I am suffering with anxiety and depression and have been taking diazepam, sertralin and pregabalin. I am not getting any better in fact I feel that it is something to do with the tablets but I don’t know which one. I take 5mg of diazepam when needed, and 50 mg of sertralin and 50 mg of pregabalin. I would appreciate your opinion, many thanks. Today I have been very depressed all morning.

    1. pregabalin have got to be one of the most horible things i have ever be on or abused they are worse than heroin plz try cu the pregabz out i was taking over a 1000mill a day for months and had the worst experience of my life and if been on many things hope this will help.

  3. I have MS as well as panic attacks.
    My neurologist has prescribed xanax.
    Xanax does nothing except speed me up.
    Is there a way I can get valium, from my neurologist even if the laws prevent Drs from prescribing drugs that may help people, I also have muscle spasms that prevent me from every day activity.
    Thanks. Carole

  4. My hand cripples up like a muscle spasm at least 3 to 4 times per week and it can be for hours at a time and after trying everything and looking on line I was desperate enough to buy some valium and it stopped the spasm immediately I told the doctor but he is adamant he won’t prescribe them. What more can I do it is making my life unbearable?

  5. If you guys have serious issues you should never be denied treatment via pain meds etc.I had some serious injuries then a botched surgeries.I have never had a problem getting what I need.I guess it’s tough finding a good doc good luck you guys.

  6. Uh hey, ive been suffering with extreme anxiety, depression and panic attacks for the past 3 years. Recently my PA have been getting so bad and uncontrollable that ive thought about getting Valium or Xanax. I was wandering if theyd refuse to give them to someone due to their age, even with the past health records stating the problems ive had with these mental issues

  7. I have been on 5 mg of Valium 3 times a day and hydocodone 10 3 times a day after being crushed under a truck. For 20 years . I went down from oxciticon and many many shots . This works for me moving from Fl to Indiana drs are giving me a hard time . I don’t abuse them drink or smoke but have to function. What can I do to resolve this?

  8. Why do I have to give up my Valium I have been taking for over 10 years because I have ms and need pain mess I started on 30 mgs of methadone prescribed by my dr for pain with the Valium I no longer take the methadone after 10 years I only have one 30mg morphine a day I am in a wheel chair because of muscle spasms but my dr says he can’t give them to me if I have pain mess why I truly need them they are the only thing that helps I can walk and don’t have spasms and I’m not in a wheel chair

  9. Hi Kathy. It depends on the state you live in. Some states work with digital prescriptions ONLY. Others accept hand written prescriptions. You can check in with your State’s Department of Health for exact directions on the laws that apply where you live.

    1. Hi Dawn. Physical and psychological discomfort are quite common during withdrawal from painkillers. Most people dependent on pain meds often experience cravings. If the dose prescribed by your doctor does not work for you, discuss this issue with him/her. Your doctor will either change your dose or prescribe you another medication. However, do not attempt to quit or regulate doses on your own. You risk hurting yourself.

  10. I was recently diagnosed with a muscle disorder,”Called Muscle wasting disease, However I take moraphine three times a day for severe spinal disease.It is not helping me anymore,I am wanting to know if my Dr should prescribe me Valium to try and see if it helps with the severe pain and muscle deteroiation..And would it interacts with the moraphine or should I stop it and just take Valium.. THANK YOU..

  11. Why no doctor will perscribe me valium to letnmum help me detox i have commitments i can’t go to rehab…what to do ive waisted 100bux in petrol driving around ans countless hrs ony to be refused everywhere i go need help urgently dont want to sezier.

  12. Is it un-ethical for my M.D to prescribe a few just to get by until I fill in 5 days; my psychiatrist is suddenly being investigated because of her neglect in responding to her patients? What do I do? I can’t go completely without for 5 days.

    1. Hi Kim. First, I suggest you consult with your doctor before taking any medication. Then, keep in mind that experts claim that slowly reducing the dosage is a safer way to quit the drug. Also, speak with your doctor to create an individualized tapering schedule. Generally, you may decrease the daily dose by 10% weekly in order to taper off slowly.

  13. Well I’m somewhat in between a rock and a hard place. I have state insurance (Obama crap) and have been seeing a primary the last 3yrs at a local clinic. Unfortunately she took another job elsewhere and now I’m without a doctor and cannot get seen by anyone else for another 3mnth. I’ve been trying various meds by her to treat my anxiety/insomnia/pain for sometime and all has failed to this point. I’ve been doing some personal research on what to maybe recommend and get a second opinion on, Valium seems to be the most common and recommended for what I am dealing with. Also I’m a recovering alcoholic with almost 1yr sobriety. Just lookin for another opinion and some possible options or suggestions? Thanks

  14. I have been taking 60 mg of valium, 6 10s each day since I was 28 for anxiety panick disorder alcoholism etc. I have been going to a psychiatrist but would like to know if a regulat doctor could prescribe 6 10 mg valiums a day for me. I’m 66 years old and still take 20 mg 3 times a day and still work. Labor style work. Plumbing

  15. @ivana
    I believe you misunderstood Sam. He/she is taking about test kits for regular people to use to test not only the the legitimacy of the drug that they wish to consume for recreational purposes, but the purity of said drug as well.

    1. Hi dark fish in a clear net. After I read your comment I went back to Sam’s and realized I did misunderstood him. I am reading and replying to many questions and comments and sometimes slips happen. I apologize 🙂 And, Sam does really have a good idea that we will keep in mind when developing future content. Thank you both for taking the time to write!

  16. I don’t really use this website but I came across your comment. You can always tell what you purchase via. the black market by using regent testing products. Even though your blog is about addiction and what I’m assuming is about fighting addiction, people will always use drugs and will always turn to sketchy sources to get them. You should promote testing of drugs via. regent testing as it makes drug use alot safer.

    1. Hi Sam. I believe you are right when you say that testing of drugs should be promoted more. It will contribute to the creation of much more safer medications for people to use, and will move the industry forward. But, only if the companies stop being profit-oriented, and testing of their products is done genuinely.

  17. I have been on valium for the last 15 20 years and now I was trying to go to a medical center close to me because of on going medical problems with which I cannot work again and medical centers that I have gone to refuse to give me any medication and I am seeing supposed specialist to get operations on my wrist and elbow and then said from one of the medical centers I have to see a psychiatrist to get them and being a non private medical center I have to pay for the medical records to be sent through and if I had of done this they would have still no and would have to pay for another 22 dollars to be sent I only wanted to go to a doctor that was close to me because walking up hills I run out of breath don’t know why they are refusing when I got over 20 years worth medical records at home and they didn’t even look at the records

  18. Where, if any, on the central coast nsw, on a saturday, can i get a script for 2mg of diazepam (valium). Any help? With thanks, Karen

  19. 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.

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

  21. 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.

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