Diazepam (Valium)

Diazepam is a medication belonging to the benzodiazepine class. Commonly marketed under the brand name Valium. it’s often prescribed to manage conditions like anxiety disorders and crisis situations, muscle spasms and alcohol withdrawal symptoms. In the UK healthcare providers may prescribe diazepam off-label for other conditions depending on the individual patient’s needs and circumstances. Diazepam is cautiously due to its potential for dependence and addiction, especially when used long-term or at high doses. Diazepam is not available for purchase through Meds for Less, however, we do stock alternative anxiety treatments and insomnia treatments.

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What is Diazepam?

Diazepam is a medication belonging to the benzodiazepine family that is commonly used to treat Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Insomnia associated with Anxiety, Muscle Spasms, and as well as other conditions. It works by enhancing the effects of a neurotransmitter in the brain called GABA, which helps to calm the nervous system.

  • Diazepam is used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, and is sometimes prescribed off-label for other conditions. 
  • Diazepam is sometimes marketed under a seperate brand. A common brand is Valium, however Valium is not available in the UK. 
  • In some cases, Diazepam is prescribed as a relaxant before medical procedures.
  • There are several forms of Diazepam, including tablets, liquids, and rectal solutions.
  • In general, Diazepam shouldn’t be taken for longer than a maximum of four weeks at a time.
  • When taking Diazepam, avoid driving, operating heavy machinery, or using tools.
  • For a complete list of side effects and precautions, read the patient leaflet.
  • Diazepam is a regulated medicine, and you should exercise caution before you buy Diazepam online uk.

What are some alternatives to Diazapam?

Diazepam is a prescription medication commonly used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders, but it can be habit-forming and has the potential for misuse and abuse. You cannot buy Diazepam via Meds for Less, however, we do stock some over-the-counter alternatives such as Nytol One a Night and Kalms Day Tablets or prescription options are also available at Meds for Less including Propranolol, which can be used to treat situational anxiety or Melatonin Modified Release which can be used to treat Insomnia. 

Mechanism of Action—How Does Diazepam Work?

Diazepam blocks the “re-uptake” of the neurotransmitter, GABA receptor (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in the brain. This produces a calming effect on patients with anxiety disorders, panic attacks, convulsions, seizures, muscle spasms or pain syndromes. The mechanism of action for over-the-counter and herbal remedies is different to Diazepam, to learn more about how Diazepam differs to herbal and over-the-counter remedies, you can read are article Herbal Sleep Remedies – What’s The Crack

If you are taking Diazapam, you should not consume alcohol since it can cause you to sleep heavily. Alcohol and diazepam may affect your breathing and make it harder to wake up when combined. Drinking alcohol or taking heavy medicines or narcotic sedatives while taking diazepam can increase the chances of a bad reaction.

How Can I Ensure My Diazapam Is Genuine?

Unfortunately, there have been instances of unscrupulous companies selling counterfeit or unlicensed Diazepam, which can be dangerous and ineffective. It is important you are acquiring Diazepam via legitimate channels only. If you choose to buy Diazepam online, you should buy from only reputable sources. 

You can also read our guide on how to spot fake sleeping tablets. However, be aware, there is no ‘hard-and-fast’ rule.

How is Diazepam Taken?

Diazepam is most commonly administered orally, as a tablet. In certain circumstance individuals may be prescribed an oral solution or have Diazepam administered in other ways, however this is less common. 

What is the Dosage of Diazepam?

Diazepam 2mg / 5mg / 10mg

Anxiety is most commonly treated with Diazapam at a dose of 2mg. A doctor may increase the dosage to 5mg or 10mg if this does not have the desired effect. However, exact dosage should be discussed with a healthcare professional and will depend on an individual patients needs.

Taking benzodiazepine drug on a short-term basis can also help you fall asleep if you have anxiety. The dose might range from 5mg to 15mg taken before bed.

Abuse and Dependence

As with most drugs, such as alcohol, there is risk of abusing Diazapam. With the proper dosages and precautions and consultations with healthcare professionals, these risks can be mitigated. However, the risk of abuse and addictions remains significant with Benzodiazepines. It’s therefore paramount you following dosage instructions accurately and are in communication with healthcare professionals.

What are the Side Effects of Diazapam?

There can be some side effects associated with Diazepam, just as with any medication. There are several common side effects, including:

  • Severe drowsiness or sleepy
  • Feeling confused
  • Reduced co-ordination
  • Trouble breathing
  • Muscle weakness
  • Problems controlling the movement of your arms and legs
  • Tremors (shaking that most commonly occurs in the hands).

If side effects are especially prominent, consult with a health care professional immediately.

It is possible to experience more serious side effects when taking Diazepam. These include:

  • Changes to your breathing, including slow or shallow breaths
  • Yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes (this could be a sign of a problem with your liver)
  • Memory problems
  • Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there)
  • Delusions (thinking things that are not true)
  • Falling over

If you experience any of these side effects, you should immediately contact a healthcare professional immediately.

Rarely, some people experience mood changes such as agitation, restlessness, feeling irritable, aggressiveness, talking excessively or feeling overexcited. If side effects are especially severe, consult with a health care professional immediately.

An anaphylactic reaction (breathlessness, swelling of the lips or tongue) should be treated as soon as possible by calling 999.

Does Diazepam Come With Any Warnings?

Diazapam may not be suitable for everyone. Diazepam may exacerbate the following conditions:

  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Depression
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or suicidal thoughts
  • Personality disorder
  • Alcohol or drug dependence
  • Problems with blood flow including arteriosclerosis
  • Myasthenia gravis.

Whenever you are scheduled for an operation or procedure that will require a general anaesthetic, you should tell your doctor as soon as possible if you’re taking Diazepam.

Individuals over 65 are often prescribed reduced dosages. 

Does Medicines Does Diazepam Interact With Other Medicines?

Diazepam interacts with several other medications. If you are taking any of the following, you should notify your doctor (please note, this list is not exhaustive):

  • Medications for epilepsy
  • Medications for mental health problems, depression, anxiety
  • Sedative antihistamines
  • Strong pain killers
  • Antibiotics or antifungal medications
  • Medicines for heartburn or acid reflux
  • Asthma medications
  • Muscle relaxants

Can I Take Diazepam Whilst Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

The unborn baby of a pregnant mother can also be exposed to diazepam if the mother has been prescribed it. Diazepam also passes through breast milk in small quantities, so it is not recommended that you breastfeed while you are taking diazepam.