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Taking Valium - Knowing Its Side Effects

Updated on November 24, 2010

One of the most common mental illnesses in the country is anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health in the United States of America. It knows no ages- it could be experienced by adults and even children. It is reported that approximately 19 million people experience this mental illness every year in America alone.

Anxiety disorder could be untreated. However, in rare cases, a medication should be prescribed, particularly if this alters a person’s normal lifestyle. Valium is the most prescribed medication when it comes to treating anxiety disorders. Aside from that mental illness, it could also be administered to patients experiencing hallucinations and tension due to alcohol withdrawal, and also for those who experience some types of muscular pain.

However, just like other medications, Valium also has undesirable effects for those who are under treatment with this drug, and the severity varies depending on the patient.


Valium should be taken only when prescribed by doctors. Any mental or psychological disorder should not be subject for self treatment. Take only the dose that was instructed, and follow only the recommended time frame for medication. Otherwise, the patient will be overdosed and his health might be put into compromise.

It is dangerous to overdose Valium. It could cause weakening of muscles, drowsiness and shortage of breath (or even complete stop of the respiration). If any of these symptoms are seen (but not known to be allergic with the medication), the patient might be overdosed. Immediately seek medical advise.

Common Side Effects

Taking Valium has side effects, and it could be less serious or something to be worried about. Some of the common and less serious side effects associated with the medication are: fatigue, drowsiness, blurry vision, muscle weakness, morning sickness, and the like. Decrease of sexual drive is reported to be experienced by some patients as well. Another few to name are: slight difficulty in speech, vertigo, insomnia, problems in memory retention, skin rash and headaches. 

Serious Side Effects

There are also some serious consequences associated with the medication, and should not be taken for granted. If there are any side effects which you think you could greatly affect your everyday life (e.g. depression and suicidal thoughts), call the doctor. 


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      fucsia 7 years ago

      Like all drugs also Valium should be taken only when absolutely necessary and only for as long as necessary.

      Thanks for sharing