Well known and oft prescribed for more than 40 years, Valium is a medication that is only available by prescription. Valium is classified as a benzodiazepine drug and is most commonly used to treat anxiety, seizures, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and withdrawal from alcohol, muscle spasms, as well as invasive medical procedures to reduce anxiety as well as tension.
Valium is often thought of as a crisis management drug because it begins working quickly, does not need time to build up in the system and most patients respond well to it. is important for patients who are being treated for seizure disorders. The fast acting nature of the medication makes it a go to option for doctors in a wide variety of fields.
The FDA approved Valium for use in 1960 and was first prescribed in 1963. This medication was created to replace Librium. Valium was seen as a great option because it was less toxic, more effective, and 2.5 times as effective. Diazepam continues to be very popular in the psychiatric filed and is also used in the field of neurology as well.
As is the case with any medication, over the counter or prescription, Valium may be associated with some unintended side effects. Side effects usually include but are not limited to impaired motor function, decreased REM sleep, lack of coordination, impaired balance, nausea, depression, and dizziness. While some patients will experience some or all of these symptoms, others will not experience anything but a relief of symptoms.
This drug possesses anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, hypnotic, sedative, skeletal muscle relaxant, and also amnesic properties. Additional information about Valium