Side Effects

Valium, a Benzodiazapine, Can Be Effective Against Social Anxiety Disorder

Prescription Drugs for Social Anxiety Disorder: Valium

Valium, also known as diazepam, is a drug useful in treating anxiety disorders. Valium is also part of the benzodiazapine class of drugs, which are compounds that work by acting on the central nervous system. Valium is also useful in treating alcohol withdrawal symptoms, insomnia, seizures, and spasms. It can even be given during an active seizure to abort the seizure.

Benzodiazapines are sedatives, and their affect on the central nervous system can be dose-related and may include depression of the central nervous system. Valium itself is used to help in short-term symptom relief of social anxiety disorder. The drug can be taken with or without food and is available in various strengths. Since the drug is metabolized by the liver and primarily excreted by the kidney, patients with abnormal kidney functions should consult with their doctors to determine if taking valium is the best option for them.

Patients taking valium should know it is a very important to avoid using alcohol while taking benzodiazapines. The class of drugs does hold the potential for dependence, even at small dosages, so patients should be closely monitored by their doctors for any signs of addiction. It is also vital that patients never increase their dosage without their doctor’s permission, and patients should never stop taking the drug abruptly. Both of these avenues can cause a severe reaction in patients taking Valium or any other type of drug in the benzodiazapine class.

Valium can cause fetal problems, so women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant should talk to their doctors about other treatment options for their social anxiety disorders.

Other more common side effects of valium can include

  • fatigue,
  • drowsiness,
  • and ataxia,
  • or loss of balance

More severe and less common side effects include

  • lack of sleep,
  • rage,
  • and blurred or double vision.

Patients concerned about the risk for dependence should know that patients with a history of drug and alcohol abuse have an increased risk of developing dependence while taking valium. It is a wise idea to talk over these potential side effects and risks with your doctor to see if valium and its class of drugs is the best option for you.