Valium Side Effects 

Valium Side Effects

Valium side effects are similar to other benzodiazepines, and persons using sedatives must exercise caution when combining other CNS depressants concurrently.

Especially unsafe is combining opioids and benzos, as each drug magnifies the sedation effect and can result in respiratory or heart failure, or other lifethreatening complications. Valium is useful for safer alcohol withdrawals, where the drug is only used for a brief period to prevent seizures, stroke, or other possible complications that can frequently accompany alcohol cessation.

Doctors prescribe drugs such as Valium most widely for anxiety and insomnia. However, when continued over long periods of time, they create serious health risks, including rebound anxiety and rebound insomnia. Also well documented is that longterm prescription drug use leads to dependence and also creates a difficulty when trying to stop taking them. The most recent NIMH safety recommendations are to limit using benzo drugs for several weeks at maximum.

Medical literature describes some of the most commonly reported side effects of Valium as follows:

  • Tremors
  • Ataxia (loss of voluntary muscle control)
  • Shakiness, unsteady walking
  • Aggressiveness
  • Emotional blunting
  • Insomnia, nightmares
  • Rage
  • Hallucinations
  • Inappropriate or unusual behaviors
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Delirium
  • Increase in irritability
  • Panic attacks
  • Restlessness
  • Paranoia
  • Weakness
  • Sweating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, diarrhea
  • Rectal spasms when used in gel form
  • Muscle spasms
  • Hypotension (abnormally low blood pressure)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Thrombosis when injected (blood clots)
  • Fatigue
  • Psychosis
  • General malaise
  • Increased bronchial secretions, coughing, throat pain, chest pain

Valium and the Elderly Population

Sadly, and against general recommendations from NIMH and FDA literature, doctors continue to prescribe benzodiazepine drugs for long periods of time to the elderly. We understand that sedatives impair mobility, cognitive ability, driving skills, and increase the likelihood of falls and accidents. Even more tragic, is a study that was done that linked (longterm) benzo use in the elderly with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and Dementia. Due to the side effects that these drugs inflict on users, especially in the elderly, we hope that caregivers begin to utilize safer treatments for such conditions as insomnia, or anxiety.

Where to Find Help With Adverse Effects of Valium

At the Alternative to Meds Center, we provide a haven for comfortable, compassionate, residential treatment. Our clients typically have experienced adverse effects of prescribed or other types of substances, and are looking for holistic ways to resolve these difficulties. We have the top tapering program in the world for benzo drugs, which is accomplished slowly and meticulously, and always medically monitored. With a host of therapeutic protocols that support the process, we can help our clients to taper medications and recover their health.

Through neurochemical stabilization, neurotoxin cleansing, nutritional testing and repair, and many other forms of treatment, we offer the safest and most comfortable pathway back to full spectrum health. Call us today and find out more about our Valium withdrawal programs that may be able to assist you or a loved one to safely resolve Valium side effects.

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