As the title suggests, this article is playing a role of an introduction to Diazepam, one of the most commonly prescribed medications since it came out in the late 1960s. We do not claim that once you have read this article you will know everything there is to know about this medication, but we think that you will get at least a broader image about what this medication actually is and what you can expect from it. The rest of this blogsite is dedicated to covering different aspects of this medication in detail, such as its safety profile, its possible uses and the way it is used. You will also hear from some people who have tried Diazepam and for whom it has been beneficial.
Diazepam (Valium) is a benzodiazepine drug and as such it is mainly used for different mood disorders. For instance, it is commonly used in treatment of different anxiety disorders and it is particularly effective for panic attacks as it works very quickly and its effects are felt very soon after ingesting the drug. It is also used for different depressive disorders and it can also be used for treating different types of seizures, including muscle spasms caused by different conditions and status epilepticus (although mostly in combination with other medications. It can also be used in treating restless legs syndrome and Meniere’s disease. It is also sometimes use as an aid in benzodiazepine and alcohol withdrawal while it is also used in order to reduce anxiety and tension before medical procedures. There are also some other uses that Diazepam was found to be perfect for, but we will cover all of them in another article.
The reason why Diazepam (Valium) is such a versatile medication and why it can be used in all these different cases is that it has a number of properties that can be beneficial for different conditions. For instance, it has anticonvulsant (anti seizure), anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), hypnotic (promoting sleep), amnestic, sedative and skeletal muscle relaxant properties. It works by binding to GABA receptors and thus increasing the levels of this neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. This neurotransmitter decreases neuronal activity and thus has depressive effects on the central nervous system. This does not mean that it will cause depression, but that it will reduce the activity in the central nervous system, which has multiple beneficial effects.
Like all other benzodiazepines, there are certain safety issues that need to be taken into consideration when talking about this drug. Namely, all the drugs from this class can lead to tolerance, meaning that the medication starts to work less in time and it can also lead to dependence, which means that it is difficult to stop using the medication. The most serious safety issue is the benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome which involves a number of severe adverse effects occurring once the medication is discontinued after the dependence was formed. This is easily avoided by slowly discontinuing the treatment by reducing the dosage over time.
It is important to stick to a prescribed regimen with Diazepam (Valium) as any deviations from this regimen may lead to adverse effects and may increase the chances of developing tolerance and dependence. It also needs to be noted that there are certain medical conditions that can be negatively affected by the use of this medication and in these cases the use of Diazepam is not advised. There will be more talk about this later. It also has to be noted that a number of drugs are known to interact with Diazepam and that some of these interactions can be quite severe. Also, some side effects are possible and you should familiarize yourself with some of them, the most common ones at least.