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Valium Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification

Valium, also known as diazepam, is a drug that is commonly abused, in part because it is frequently prescribed for legitimate medical needs. When a Valium user stops taking the drug, Valium withdrawal can result. Some people abuse Valium because it gives feelings of peacefulness, calmness, and detachment. However, taken over long periods of time or in large doses, it can be dangerous.

In addition to physical risks, long-term abuse of Valium is associated with emotional, interpersonal, and employment problems. If you or a loved one is abusing Valium, there is help available. Call 1-888-935-1318 Who Answers? to get advice on Valium rehab and withdrawal. The phone call is free.

Symptoms of Valium Addiction

Valium addiction goes hand-in-hand with Valium dependency. Valium dependency occurs when your body becomes used to having the drug all the time. Although you originally might have taken an average dose of the drug to feel high, once you become dependent, you must take a large amount to feel high and an average amount just to function normally.

If you are addicted to Valium, you might do things you would not normally do to gain access to the drug. You might steal money or otherwise obtain money illicitly to buy Valium. If your doctor will no longer prescribe you Valium, you might start going to one or more different doctors to get the prescription. If you lie about symptoms in order to get a doctor to give you the drug, it is a sign that you are addicted. Because a normal dosage of Valium will no longer make you feel high once you are dependent, you might visit multiple doctors to get extra dosages of the drug. Once you have begun exhibiting any of these behaviors, it is time to get help.

Withdrawing from Valium: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Valium withdrawal symptoms include seizures, anxiety, insomnia, depression, and irritability. Some people also experience nightmares, dizziness, poor concentration, chest pain, stiffness, and pupil dilation. A small percentage experiences no symptoms at all. It is important that you not suddenly stop taking Valium-this can cause aggravated symptoms. Instead you should seek guidance from a Valium withdrawal treatment center.

Your doctor may wish to taper you off of the drug, which means giving you increasingly smaller doses. This technique will minimize most if not all withdrawal symptoms. How long it takes to go through recovery with this method is dependent on the amount of Valium that the user had been taking. If the user was taking a large daily dose of Valium, then it can take weeks or months to wean off of the drug. Some people stay on a small, therapeutic daily dose of Valium or a similar drug for years in order to prevent withdrawal symptoms. If you abuse Valium for a long period, you might develop mental impairments; however, these impairments are usually gone within a year of withdrawal. For this reason, the withdrawal process is well worth the effort.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

Valium is a common drug, so rehab and detox centers are accustomed to treating its effects. If you find that things that used to be important to you are taking a backseat to your Valium usage, it is time to get help. Call 1-888-935-1318 Who Answers? for confidential, free help. No matter how long you have been using Valium, you can still stop and recover. You can choose an inpatient or outpatient rehab facility that has the right location, price range, and atmosphere to help you quit. Valium withdrawal can be managed by a well-designed treatment protocol, including careful reduction of your daily Valium dosage.

Valium Information at a Glance
Medication Name, Costs Class of Medicine
  • Generic Name: Valium
  • Generic Name Variations: N/A
  • Chemical Name: Benzodiazepine
  • Brand Name: Valium
  • Brand Name Variations: N/A
  • Cost/Price: Roughly $200 for 60 pills
  • Used to Treat Addiction? N/A
  • Function or Use at Low Dose: Used to treat anxiety disorders
  • Function or Use at High Dose: Used to treat convulsive disorders
  • Chemical Makeup: C16H13CIN2O
  • System: Sedative
  • Duration of Action: Long
Form, Intake, and Dosage Interactions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Tablet
  • Administration Routes: Oral
  • Dosage: 2mg, 5mg, 10mg
  • Overdose: N/A
  • Alcohol Interaction: It is not recommended to take diazepam with alcohol.
  • Illicit Drugs: It is not recommended to take diazepam with illicit drugs.
  • Prescription Medications: Consult your doctor before taking other prescription medications.
  • Contraindications: Glaucoma, sleep apnea, severe respiratory insufficiency, myasthenia gravis
Effects and Adverse Reactions Substance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Drowsiness, fatigue, muscle weakness, confusion, constipation, blurred vision, dizziness, hypotension, stimulation, agitation, skin reactions
  • Long-Term: Ataxia, vertigo, incontinence, hypersalivation
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: Because your body can build up a tolerance to the benzodiazepine, it is very easily abused.
  • Signs of Abuse: Neglect, anxiety, overdose
Physiological Problem Signs and Symptoms Dependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: N/A
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Dizziness, sensitivity to light and sound, personality changes, numbness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tachycardia, hallucinations, seizures
  • Tolerance: After an extended amount of time, your body will build up a tolerance to the benzodiazepine, causing you to have to take more.
  • Cross Dependence: N/A
  • Physical Dependence:Your brain will tell your body that it needs the drug, so your body will become dependent upon it.
  • Psychological Dependence: Your brain thinks it needs the drug, even if it doesn’t .
Legal Schedules and Ratings
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Schedule IV


Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Valium Withdrawals Last?

Valium withdrawals have different timelines depending on the person. The typical duration, however, is roughly the length of a few weeks.

Do You Have a List of Popular Slang or Street Names for Valium?

Vs, blue Vs, yellow Vs, downers, foofoos

What are Common Misspellings?

Valeum withdrawl, Velium withdrawls, Veleum withdrawel, Valaum withdrawels

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

Withdrawal isn’t easy, but it is possible with medical assistance. Home remedies aren’t typically recommended as a natural alternative to help ease the pains of getting clean. There are so many rehab centers that can help to provide you with the relief that’s necessary when going through the detoxification process; they can help relieve the pains of withdrawal.

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Valium?

It can take several weeks to detox from Valium. There are many option and programs that you can look into to help you. Use our online system or call 1-888-935-1318 Who Answers? before it’s too late.

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