Diazepam which is commonly known as Valium was introduced in 1963 and it quickly gained popularity with doctors and patients to treat anxiety. Somewhere between 1969 and 1982 Valium was included in the list of those drugs which was prescribed commonly across the US and its sales reached its peak at 1978 with more than 2.3 billion pills sold every year. At that time there was a lot of enthusiasm in the field of medicine in replacing barbiturates with Valium. Valium 10mg has similar sedative and hypnotic effects as Barbiturates but Valium was more effective than Barbiturates. Valium is less likely to cause a lethal overdose. It has been said by experts that it has a low potential for abuse and dependence towards it. During the 1980s and 1990s, Valium became a bit controversial medicine. But many psychiatrists stood by Valium 10m gand found its use valuable tool to treat anxiety.
Reason for prescription of Valium 10mg
Valium 10mg like alcohol increases the neurotransmitter y- aminobutyric acid in the brain. It binds with GABA in the brain. It binds with GABA receptors in the central nervous system. Valium either decreases or inhibits the neural activity in the brain. In some individual increase level of inhibition may lead to the decrease feelings of anxiety and panic. It also relieves the patient from painful muscle spasms and it also prevents seizures and convulsions.
Correct ways to take Valium10mg and withdrawal of Valium 10mg
It is advised to read the Medication Guide before taking Valium 10mg. Take this medication by mouth, do not crush or chew it. If your medication is in liquid form then do not use a household spoon to take your prescribed dose because you may not get the correct dose. If you are using it in solution form then use the medicine dropper provided to you and mix it with a small amount of liquid. If you miss your dosage then it is advised to take it as soon as possible. But if it is near the time of your next medication then it is better to skip it. The dosage you take is based upon your medical condition, age, medical health history and your response towards Valium.
But if you suddenly stop using Valium it may lead to withdrawal symptoms like seizures, dizziness, vomiting, sweating, anxiety, restlessness and drowsiness. If you feel that you no longer need Valium then it is advised to consult your doctor and slowly decrease its dosage.
Things not to do when you are on Valium 10mg medication
It is important to make the list of those products that you intake and show it to your doctor. Some products may interact with Valium like clozapine, fluvoxamine, orlistat, sodium oxybate. It Valium interacts with these products then it may lead to serious side effects like shallow breathing, drowsiness, and dizziness. It may lead to breathing problem if its medication is increased along with these drugs. If you are using opioid or cough reliever, other drugs for sleep or anxiety; tell your doctor about these drugs before taking Valium. Check the label of Valium medicine to see if you are allergic to any ingredients used in it.