Valium is widely known as one of the most popular anti-anxiety drugs. However, this medication is so much more and it is much more versatile than that. For instance, Valium can also be used for treatment of insomnia, different muscle spasms, seizure disorders, alcohol withdrawal, restless legs syndrome, Meniere’s disease and it is sometimes used by medical staff prior to certain medical procedures that might induce anxiety and tension in patients.
Valium is such a versatile medication for the simple reason that it has a number of properties which make it useful in all those cases, such as muscle relaxant properties, sedative, hypnotic, anticonvulsant, amnestic and anxiolytic properties.
However, its primary use is still in treatment of anxiety. It may be also used for panic attacks, as well as for mitigation of different states of agitation. It provides the beneficial results by enhancing the functioning of the GABA neurotransmitter, which as a result has different depressive effects on the central nervous system. This does not mean that you will become depressed when using Valium, but that some of the responses, such as anxiety responses will be alleviated by the use of this medication.
It needs to be said that Valium is a very potent medication and that it should never be taken without first discussing this with one’s doctor. For one, there are multiple conditions that are considered contraindications for the use of Valium, which means that it must not be used by people suffering from these conditions. In addition to this, you will also need to have a doctor come up with the best regimen for you that is going to benefit you as much as possible, but still not be too risky for your health.
There are two major concerns associated with Valium, just like with all benzodiazepine medications. The first one is tolerance. Namely, it is estimated that the effects of Valium begin to deteriorate after some time using it and that larger and larger doses are needed to achieve the same results. Also, dependence is a big issue, as the person may become physically dependent to the medication after a prolonged use. It is because of this that Valium is generally prescribed for shorter periods of time which you must not exceed unless you wish to develop dependence.
The most common side effects associated with Valium are sedative and hypnotic ones. This means that you might experience feeling hungover after using Valium and that your reactions and your thinking might become impaired under the influence of Valium. If this should occur, you need to wait until these side effects have cleared before you do anything potentially hazardous, such as driving.
It is also very important to remember that you should never combine Valium with any other prescription or over the counter drugs before you talk to your doctor or a pharmacist about combining them with Valium. This way, you avoid any interactions that might occur and that might be harmful for your health.