Valium (Diazepam) is a prescription drug that is commonly used for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Alcohol withdrawal
- Muscle spasms
Valium and Alcohol Withdrawal
Stopping alcohol on your own without any additional medicine is not a bright idea. In fact it can be very harmful and chances of reclusion are very high. If an individual is consuming excessive amounts of alcohol and stops immediately this usually leads to alcohol dependency withdrawal. In case of a mild withdrawal one can experience such symptoms as shakiness, nervousness, alcohol cravings, depression, or clammy skin.
In more severe cases the following symptoms may occur:
- Confusion, agitation, and hallucinations
- Severe nausea and vomiting
- A very rapid heart rate
Alcohol withdrawal often requires hospitalization and close monitoring from a healthcare professional. When uncontrolled, withdrawal can even be life-threatening. Valium helps overcome some harmful withdrawal side-effects and relax the body.
Valium and Anxiety
Anxiety is something most of us are used to. When a big event comes our way such as exams, important meeting, first date we all experience anxiety. However, persons with clinical forms of anxiety experience fear and agitation for the most part of their lives and they cannot control it. Furthermore, the condition usually progresses making the symptoms even worse.
Some of the symptoms of anxiety disorders include:
- Shakes, jitters, or nervousness
- Tension, fear, or apprehension
- Racing heart beat and irregular breath
- Unexplained sweating or trembling
- Fear of losing control, going crazy, or dying.
Valium is used for treating anxiety disorders on the shirt-term scale. It should not be used for every day anxiety.
Valium and Muscle Spasms
Muscle spasms are characterized by involuntary contractions of a muscle, which are usually not very harmful but a certainly uncomfortable and painful.
Muscle spasms can be cause by a series of conditions and Valium is can be used in cases of:
- Joint or muscle inflammation
- Cerebral palsy
- Athetosis (a movement disorder of the hands and feet)
- Stiff-man syndrome (a rare neurological disorder).
Valium and Seizures
Valium is used for treating seizures. However, it is always used in a mix with other special anti-seizure drugs to make them more effective or help avoid certain side-effects. Valium is typically used in cases of sever seizures.