Valium also known as diazepam is most commonly used in the treatment of anxiety, muscle spasms, seizers, insomnia, restless legs syndrome and alcohol withdrawal along with a variation of other conditions. It comes in tablets with doses of 2mg (white), 5mg (yellow) and 10mg (blue). Valium is in the benzodiazepine family which also includes; alprazolam (Xanax), lorazepam (Ativan), flurazepam (Dalmane), clonazepam (Klonopin) and Restoril. Diazepam acts by enhancing the effects of gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) an inhibitory neurotransmitter located in the central nervous system. GABA inhibits activity in the brain. It is thought that too much activity in the brain may lead to anxiety or other psychiatric conditions.

Valium has a large risk of becoming addictive and an overdose could be fatal. Symptoms of an overdose include excessive drowsiness, confusion, loss of coordination and balance, fainting and/or weak and limp muscles. Over time Valium becomes less effective because the body builds up a drug tolerance. Users tend to increase the amount of medication they are taking due to the lessening effect the drug has in comparison to the effectiveness it had when first starting the medication. Because this drug affects the neurotransmitter GABA, the receptors in the brain become desensitized over time; this throws the body into confusion thinking there is an imbalance. The body constantly seeks balance causing the individual to use more medication to feel “normal”.

Valium should not ever be taken while pregnant because it can cause lowered blood pressure (possible heart problems early on) and/or problems with breathing normally (possible asthma or allergies) for the baby. Also women who are breastfeeding should not be taking valium because it can cause harm to their child including addiction and withdrawal symptoms because it’s in breast milk.

Valium is a short-term prescribed medication that usually isn’t prescribed more than 3 months (12 weeks) unless advised specifically by a doctor. The drug shouldn’t be something you stop taking suddenly (cold turkey) because it can cause seizures, irritability/anger, restlessness/sleeplessness, confusion, lowered self-esteem, muscle pain/spasms, and problems with simple reasoning and/or morals. In order to effectively discontinue using valium you must taper yourself off by slowly decreasing your milligram dosage every week or two until you feel comfortable enough to live your life valium free.

Many people abuse valium because it gives them a false sense of self-confidence. All their nervous ticks (anxieties), emotional pain (past or present) and any problems communicating/making friends seem to dissipate. Valium is known among users as a social lubricant that allows the user to feel comfortable in their own shoes (while on the drug). The question is… “Does this create a false self that is healthy and going to last or will your tolerance become too high and dependent on a drug that stops working????” Help is just around the corner and today can be the day you begin your step to recovery.

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