Valium 5 Tablet

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Overview

Introduction

Valium 5 Tablet is a prescription medicine used in the treatment of short-term anxiety. It can also be used to treat acute alcohol withdrawal, to relieve muscle spasm and as adjunctive therapy for seizures. This medicine relaxes the nerve cells and calms the brain.

Valium 5 Tablet may be taken with or without food. However, take it at the same time each day as this helps to maintain a consistent level of medicine in the body. Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor as it has a high potential of habit-forming. If you have missed any doses, take it as soon as you remember it and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly without talking to your doctor as it can cause withdrawal effects like depression and difficulty sleeping.

Side effects of this medicine include fatigue, confusion, tremor, double vision, insomnia, dry mouth, and headache. It may cause dizziness and sleepiness, so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you.

This medicine may cause weight gain. But, a good balanced diet and regular exercise can help to reduce extra weight. If you have been taking this medicine for a long time then regular monitoring of blood and liver functions may be required.

Side effects of Valium Tablet

Common
  • Fatigue
  • Impaired coordination
  • Drowsiness
  • Muscle weakness

How to use Valium Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Valium 5 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Valium Tablet works

Valium 5 Tablet is a benzodiazepine. It works by increasing the action of a chemical messenger (GABA) which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Valium 5 Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Valium 5 Tablet is unsafe to use during pregnancy as there is definite evidence of risk to the developing baby. However, the doctor may rarely prescribe it in some life-threatening situations if the benefits are more than the potential risks. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Valium 5 Tablet is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug may pass into the breastmilk and harm the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Valium 5 Tablet may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Valium 5 Tablet can make you sleepy, forgetful, and have poor co-ordination. This may affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CAUTION
Valium 5 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Valium 5 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Dose adjustment may be required if it is to be given for a long period
Liver
CAUTION
Valium 5 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Valium 5 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Valium Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Valium 5 Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • Valium 5 Tablet helps treat short term anxiety.
  • Safety of this medicine is not established for long-term use. Do not use it for more than 4 weeks. 
  • The addiction / habit-forming potential of this medicine is very high. Take it only as per the dose and duration advised by your doctor
  • It may cause dizziness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol as it may increase dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
  • Do not stop taking medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as that may lead to nausea, anxiety, agitation, flu-like symptoms, sweating, tremor, and confusion.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Valium with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Abamune, A-Bec, Virol
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Adesera, Adheb, Adfovir
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Stozen, Sulpigold, Amisulide
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Brand(s): Triptam
SERIOUS

Patient Concerns

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2 yrs child give valium 2mg
Dr. Gopal Samdani
Paediatrics
In present situation advice given without doing clinical examination and diagnosis can be imperfect or some time harmful to patient. Please visit me or any other Paediatrician.
I didn't have proper sleep for 3 days. Later on from then I started to feel heavy body pains fever and feeling chilled. Slept properly for the past 2 days having a tab dolozox . but evening it starts over again. Can't consult now as I am staying away from city. Any medication please?
Dr. Pushkar Mani
Physician
take valium 2mg tablet before sleep for 7 night only. dont repeat the dose after 7 days, only 1 tablet to be taken before sleep , and dont drink alcohol with this tablet, dont to any skilfull activity after taking this tablet in night
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FAQs

Q. Is Valium an antidepressant? What is it used for?

Valium is not an antidepressant and belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepine. It is used to treat severe anxiety (an emotional state where you may sweat, tremble, feel anxious and have a fast heartbeat) or agitation. It is also used to treat trembling, muscle spasm due to tetanus or poisoning, seizures or fits, confusional states or anxiety associated with alcohol withdrawal. It also helps in relaxing patients before minor operations or procedures.

Q. How long does it take for Valium to start working?

It depends on what you are taking Valium for. If you are taking it to treat anxiety, you should start feeling better within a few hours, but it may take a week or two before the full benefits become evident. Similarly, if you are taking it to relieve muscle spasm you may notice a difference after 15 minutes. Your muscles will start relaxing when you keep taking Valium regularly for a few days.

Q. Does Valium cause sleepiness? If yes, then should I stop driving while taking Valium?

Yes, Valium causes drowsiness very commonly. It also causes forgetfulness and affects muscular function which may adversely affect your ability to drive. Sometimes, drowsiness persists even on the following day. So, in case Valium makes you sleepy and affects your alertness, you should avoid driving.

Q. Is it safe to take Valium and alcohol together?

No, it is not at all recommended to take alcohol with Valium since it can cause breathing problems, sleepiness and heart problems. Taking Valium with alcohol may make you sleepy and your breathing may become so shallow that you may not wake up. This may even lead to death.

Q. Is Valium addictive?

People taking Valium in high doses or for a long term may become addicted to it. Also, people with a history of alcoholism and drug abuse are more likely to become addicted to Valium. Therefore, Valium should be taken for the shortest possible time and in the lowest effective dose.

Q. Can I stop taking Valium if I start feeling better?

No, do not stop taking Valium suddenly as you may experience withdrawal effects like depression, nervousness, difficulty in sleeping, irritability, sweating, upset stomach or diarrhea. Stopping it suddenly may even bring back the symptoms and make them harder to treat. You may also experience mood changes, anxiety, restlessness and changes in sleep patterns. These effects may occur even after taking low doses for a short period of time.

Q. For how long should I take Valium?

The duration of treatment with Valium is mainly as short as possible. Your doctor will evaluate you after 4 weeks of treatment in order to assess the need of continuation of treatment, especially if you do not have any symptoms. In general, the treatment does not last any longer than 8-12 weeks which includes the gradual reduction of dose process.

Q. Does Valium have any effect on contraception?

Valium does not affect the functioning of any type of contraception including the birth control pills and emergency contraception. Birth control pills can keep Valium in your body for a long time and increase its effect. You can also experience bleeding in between your periods if you take Valium and birth control pills together. But your contraceptive method will still work.

Q. Is it safe to take clozapine and Valium together?

No, it is not recommended to take clozapine and Valium together because the effects of both medicines may get added together. This can result in severe drop in blood pressure, breathing problems (respiratory depression) and can even stop your heart which can lead to death.

Q. Is Valium safe to be used in elderly patients?

The dose in elderly is generally half of the dose recommended to young people. This is because Valium causes muscle relaxation which can make the patient fall down, which may further lead to fractures.

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