The Medication That Helps People Relieve Anxiety
Valium is a benzodiazepine, a psychoactive drug and a brand name for diazepam. Its main use is being a sedative or tranquilizer because it affects gamma-aninobutyris acid in the brain. Insomnia, anxiety, alcohol withdrawal are only few medical condition that Valium has proven to be very successful in their treatment.
However, many people enjoy Valium as a recreational drug. But, it can lead you to dependence as well as addiction. Below we review all uses of Valium. Then, we invite your questions in the section at the bottom of the page.
When Valium is taken under a doctor’s care, it is generally safe.
But due to its habit-forming properties Valium use might easily lead to dependence.
The safest way to stop taking Valium is through medical treatment.
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Medical Use Of Valium
As a brand name for diazepam, Valium is a benzodiazepine, a psychoactive drug. It is mainly used as a tranquilizer or sedative since it enhances the effects of a neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyris acid) in the brain. Classified as IV substance, Valium is also considered as a hypnotic, anti-anxiety, and anti-epileptic medication. Moreover, Valium is classified as a general depressant affecting the central nervous system. Available in tablet form, usually Valium doses are from 2-10 mg taken 2 to 4 times per day. Valium is used widely in medicine including:
- Alcohol withdrawal
- Benzodiazepine withdrawal
- Meniere’s disease
- Muscle spasms
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Neurological diseases
- Panic attacks
- Restless legs syndrome
Valium Recreational Use
People enjoy in the effects of Valium and use it as a recreational drug. In fact, it is a popular drug of abuse since Valium can trigger euphoric feelings. But, even though the Controlled Substance Act has classified Valium as a Schedule IV substance class, a drug with low potential of addictiveness, Valium can still cause dependence and addiction. Using Valium in ways other than prescribed and/or listed in the medical guide is considered illegal and punishable by law.
Being a strong benzodiazepine, Valium can be an addictive drug, especially when you administrate the drug differently than prescribed. Here is a list of abusive Valium routes and their risks:
- Chewing/ crushing Valium – This way of administration causes a variety of gum problems and tooth decay.
- Snorting Valium – This route of Valium releases concentrated amount of diazepam, and it takes only a few minutes to work in the central nervous system. But, you can damage your nasal passages.
- Smoking Valium – This mode of administration allows diazepam quickly enters the bloodstream. Note that when you are smoking Valium, you also smoke binders and filters which won’t be absorbed into your system. They can cause irritation of the eyes and respiratory system, and even may lead you to permanent lung damage.
- Injecting Valium – This route is the most dangerous one, putting you at great risk. Swelling, bruising, and collapsed veins are only few that injecting Valium may bring.
IMPORTANT: Overdose is the biggest risk when abusing any kind of drug. In any case of Valium overdose CALL 991 or Poison Control Centre on 1-800-222-1222.
Long Term Valium Use
Long term Valium use is defined as use of the drug that lasts at least 6 (six) months or more. In fact, the period of using Valium for 6 months and more is known as chronic or long term use of Valium. However, there are numerous side effects of long-term Valium use, so you must be very careful and use it only as prescribed. Moreover, increased level of tolerance and dependence are possible cases after long-term use of Valium.
The body adapts to the presence of Valium after only a few weeks of regular use. Resultantly, the drug changes your brain’s functions and re-establishes a new homeostasis. Actually, the human system develops physical dependence, and at that point, the system needs Valium to function normally. To add, the system builds up Valium tolerance level, and then, the body needs a bigger dose.
Below is a list of the most common side effects associated with long-term Valium use:
- Blurred vision
- Changes in appetite
- Difficulties in breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Skin rash
Prolonged Use Of Valium
It needs a course of several weeks of daily Valium use to get used to it. After you have built up Valium dependence, you will experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking the drug or even lower the dose.
Valium withdrawal usually occurs when you miss a drug dose or stop taking at all. During Valium withdrawal, your system is trying to balance a level of homeostasis. Valium affects the body the same way as other depressants, slowing down brain processes and relaxing the muscles. But withdrawal from Valium has opposite effects than the ones during Valium intake. When your boy goes through withdrawal the metabolism starts speeding up. First week or two after you
Valium cessation, you will go through these common Valium withdrawal symptoms:
- Abnormal pains
- Muscle pain
- Tingling of extremities
NOTE HERE: Moreover, some of these symptoms can reoccur several weeks after severe Valium withdrawal has worn off.
Valium Use Questions
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