Side Effects

Valium belongs to benzodiazepines drug group which affects unbalanced brain chemicals that cause social anxiety. It is used to manage various social anxiety disorders, to relieve muscle pain and also to treat hallucinations, agitation and shakiness caused by alcohol withdrawal.

Common Side Effects

  • Coordination problems
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Nausea
  • Shakiness
  • Sex drive change
  • Control problems with bowel or bladder
  • Drowsiness
  • Double-vision
  • Fatigue
  • Slurred speech
  • Headache
  • Change in salivation
  • Vertigo

Serious Valium Side Effects

Some Valium side effects are possibly serious, even if they only occur occasionally, and must be instantly reported to a healthcare provider.

  • Hallucinations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
  • Aggression, rage or hostility
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Restlessness, agitation or anxiety
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Allergic reactions (itching, unexplained rash, unexplained swelling and hives)

Withdrawal Side Effects


  • Sleeping problems
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Trembling
  • Prickly, tingling or burning sensations
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Pounding heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Increased hearing sense
  • Hypersensitivity to pain and touch
  • Increased sweating
  • Increased sense of unreality
  • Muscle cramps
  • Mental depression
  • Vomiting


  • Confusion with a person, place or time
  • Seizures
  • Paranoia
  • Increased feelings of distrust and suspicion
  • Hallucinations

Overdose Effects

  • Convulsions
  • Severe drowsiness, coma
  • Continuing confusion
  • Staggering
  • Severe Weakness
  • Continuing slurred speech
  • Severe weakness
  • Breathing problems
  • Slow heartbeat


Valium must not be used if you have a serious liver disease or if you have allergic reactions to diazepam. It isn’t recommended for people who suffer from myasthenia gravis, serious liver disease, sleep apnea, serious breathing problems or narrow-angle glaucoma. Pregnant women should also avoid taking Valium.

Never drink alcohol while taking Valium since the drug will just increase the alcohol’s effect.

Never take more than what is prescribed by the doctor. Valium overdose can be deadly.
Side note: I only took Valium a couple times in my life (wasn’t for social anxiety through). All I have to say is that it did work for me, but I wasn’t on it for about a week. This did not give my body time to get used to it, therefore, I never became addicted to Valium. This is the way to do it in order to avoid addiction.

If you are going through a rough patch in your life, sometimes you’ll need to take Xanax, Klonopin or Valium for about a week. However, if you keep taking these types of medications on a daily basis, you will suffer withdrawal symptoms.

Lastly – before taking my advice from this page, please see a doctor before taking my suggestions. This side notes are my personal experiences only. You’ll need to see your doctor and see what he/she recommends.