Diazepam, available in the brand name Valium, is an anti-anxiety medication belonging to the Benzodiazepine family of drugs that works by enhancing GABA, the natural chemical in the brain. The medication ensures stability amongst the brain chemicals by positively influencing the neurotransmitters in the brain.
Diazepam 10mg is considered to be the best effective pill for treating moderate to severe anxiety. Indeed, the effects of the medication can be felt in about 40 minutes and it might last for an hour.
Many at times diazepam 10mg is used for sedation and is also administered as an amnesia before performing surgeries.
Secondary uses of Diazepam
Its secondary uses are to treat alcohol withdrawal syndrome, muscle spasms, restless leg syndrome and seizures.
For treating panic attacks and severe anxiety conditions, diazepam 10mg pills should be administered once in 3 to 4 hours without fail. Panic symptoms start subsiding within 24 hours upon the initial course of therapy.
It can be administered into the body through many means. The most widespread mode of taking Diazepam is by mouth. However, to experience the positive effects instantly, the pill needs to be administered through rectum and vein.
It is strictly advised not to co-administer Diazepam with other pills of the same anti-anxiety category.
Avoid taking this drug if you are allergic to diazepam. Health conditions for which this anti-anxiety medication is not recommended are myasthenia gravis, glaucoma, any breathing problems, sleep apnea, and liver disease.
Inform your healthcare provider if you have any of these ailments or kidney disease, seizures, mental illness, depression, thoughts of suicide, and a history of drug or alcohol addiction. Diazepam should never be administered to an infant less than six months old.
Pregnant women should not take this anxiety med as it can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the newborn. Inform the doctor if you become pregnant without stopping the medication. Breast-feeding is not recommended as it can harm the nursing baby.
The drug can become habit-forming if not taken as advised. There is also the risk of severe withdrawal symptoms if it is discontinued abruptly. The drug should be taken only under medical supervision for best results.
There may be adverse effects while using Diazepam medication. If the symptoms are allergic in nature, severe, or persistent, seek emergency medical assistance without any delay. Look for any physical or mental symptoms that may be cause for worry or keep worsening. Common side effects include:
- Lack of coordination
- Muscle weakness
Severe adverse effects that need to be treated immediately may be:
- Trouble urinating
- Loss of bladder control
- Unusual thoughts or risk-taking behavior
- Lack of any inhibitions
- Muscle twitching
- Shallow breathing
- Feeling light-headed or like you may pass out
- Suicidal thoughts