Diazepam is a medicine available from local and online pharmacies as an agent efficient in the treatment of anxiety, agitation, severe insomnia (short-term treatment), seizures, and muscle spasms.
Mild side effects
Taking Diazepam is associated with certain mild side effects. They are usually quite short-lived and tend to disappear after several hour s or a couple of days.
These side effects are unlikely to interfere with your everyday life and prevent you from doing the usual tasks – which is why you do not have to report them to your health care provider.
The following ones belong to this category:
- memory problems,
- blurred vision,
- sleep problems,
- lack of balance,
- skin rash,
- spinning sensation,
- decreased sex drive,
- muscle weakness,
- slurred speech,
- drooling or dry mouth,
- and dizziness.
Serious side effects
Although serious side effects are quite rare, every patient taking Diazepam should know about their possibility to inform their doctor as soon as possible and prevent these symptoms from getting worse:
- urinating less than usual,
- unusual thoughts and behavior,
- muscle twitching,
- risk-taking behavior,
- double vision,
- body aches,
- flu symptoms,
- suicidal thoughts,
- weak or shallow breathing,
- depressed mood,
- and hostility.
If you get any other ones not mentioned here, make sure you report them as well, since different people can get different side effects that cannot be foreseen.
Typical symptoms of withdrawal
Just in the same way you shouldn’t take this medicine without your doctor’s consent, you are not recommended to discontinue the treatment without previously consulting your health care provider.
This has to do with the fact taking Diazepam is associated with developing an addiction, as a result of which you may experience
- trouble sleeping,
- unusual behavior,
- muscle cramps,
- stomach pain,
- unusual thoughts,
- or vomiting
when you stop taking this medicine abruptly. Gradual withdrawal is the best way to avoid the symptoms mentioned above.
Can Diazepam interfere with my medicine?
Depending on which drug you are taking at the moment Diazepam can be affected in different ways: it can become less efficient, its effects can be enhanced, causing side effects, or it can interfere with that other medicine making it less effective.
If you combine Diazepam with
- sleeping pills,
- medicine for seizures,
- cold or allergy medicine,
- narcotic pain medicine,
- depression or anxiety drugs,
- muscle relaxers,
- anxiety medications,
- and some other ones.
Some other drugs can add to the drowsiness Diazepam causes and make your treatment less pleasant and inefficient.
- and methadone.
Make sure you do not start taking any new medications while on Diazepam and if you are being prescribed something by another doctor inform him of the fact of taking Diazepam and the dosage you have been prescribed.
Discussing the treatment with your doctor
Your health care provider will be interested to know as much as possible about the state of your health and any health conditions you have that can negatively affect the results of your treatment with Valium (Diazepam).
The following ones may be of importance when you are being prescribed a certain dosage of Diazepam:
- lung or breathing disease,
- liver disease,
- Parkinson’s disease,
- seizures or a history of seizures,
- an alcohol or drug abuse history,
- bipolar disorder,
- myasthenia gravis,
- suicidal thoughts,
- an allergic reaction to Diazepam or other products,
- kidney disease,
- and any other mental health conditions.
Your doctor will probably want you to do some additional lab tests to asses the safety of taking Diazepam in case you have any of the situations described.
Diazepam and pregnancy
Diazepam should not be taken by pregnant women or those that can potentially get pregnant while taking Diazepam. This has to do with the negative effects this medicine may have on the health of unborn babies.
Being an FDA pregnancy category D, Diazepam can also pass into breast milk and cause problems in nursing babies. Talk to your doctor before taking Diazepam if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.