Valium is a widely prescribed medication for a variety of conditions, particularly those related to mental health and substance use disorders. But as with any medication, there are potential side effects that can occur when taking Valium. At Northpoint Washington, a mental health and substance abuse treatment facility, we understand the importance of being aware of the potential side effects of Valium before beginning a treatment plan.
Our expert team of medical professionals is dedicated to helping our patients achieve the best possible outcomes in their treatment journeys, and we strive to ensure that all of our patients are well-informed about the risks associated with taking any medication. Contact us at 425.437.3298 to learn more about our valium addiction treatment program.
What Is Valium?
Valium, also known by its generic name diazepam, is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizure disorders. It is a member of the benzodiazepine class of drugs, which work by enhancing the effects of a neurotransmitter called GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). This neurotransmitter slows down the activity of certain brain cells, which can produce a calming effect.
Valium is available in tablet, capsule, and liquid form, and it is typically taken orally. It is usually prescribed for short-term use, as it can be habit-forming if taken for long periods of time. Valium is typically used on an as-needed basis, but it can also be taken on a regular schedule to prevent anxiety or muscle spasms.
Recognizing Valium Use Disorder
While Valium can be effective in treating anxiety and muscle spasms, it can also be addictive if taken in large doses or for a long period of time. When someone takes Valium in larger doses or for a longer period of time than prescribed, they may develop a dependence on the drug. This can lead to a Valium use disorder, which is characterized by the continued use of Valium despite negative consequences.
Symptoms of a Valium use disorder may include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Changes in mood
- Cravings for the drug
- Impaired judgment
- Difficulty concentrating
Valium use disorder can lead to a range of negative consequences, including social, occupational, and financial problems. It can also increase the risk of developing other health problems, such as respiratory problems and mental health disorders.
Side Effects of Valium
Valium can cause a range of side effects, some of which can be serious. Common side effects of Valium include:
- Dry mouth
- Blurred vision
In rare cases, Valium can cause more serious side effects, including:
- Respiratory depression (difficulty breathing)
- Allergic reactions
Valium can also interact with other medications and substances, potentially leading to dangerous side effects. For example, Valium can increase the sedative effects of other medications or alcohol, which can be life-threatening.
It is important to talk to a healthcare provider about all medications and substances being taken before starting Valium. It is also important to follow the prescribed dosing instructions and not take more Valium than recommended.
Valium Addiction Treatment at Northpoint Washington
If you or someone you know is struggling with a Valium addiction, there are treatment options available. At Northpoint Washington, we offer a range of addiction treatment services, including support for those struggling with Valium addiction.
Our treatment programs are tailored to the individual needs of each patient and may include a combination of medication-assisted detox, group therapy, and other supportive services. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping patients overcome their addiction and build a foundation for lasting recovery.
If you are ready to seek help for a Valium addiction, we encourage you to reach out to us at 425.437.3298. Our team is here to support you on your journey toward recovery.