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Valium, which is a benzodiazepine, has become almost an ingrained part of our culture. It’s not uncommon to hear people on TV, movies and pop culture talking about the use of valium casually. That can lead people to perceive that it’s not harmful or be unaware of Valium’s potential side effects.
The following highlights why this isn’t the case and why you or your loved one should get help if you believe there’s a problem with Valium.
Valium, as a part of a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, is a sedative. Valium side effects, whether you take this drug as prescribed or otherwise, indicate the type of drug it is. Valium is prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders, and it can also serve as a muscle relaxant.
Some of the possible side effects of Valium can include:
Perhaps even more frightening than some of the general common side effects of Valium is the fact that use of the drug can lead to physical dependence and addiction. Valium is classified as a Schedule IV narcotic by the DEA in the U.S., which means there is a known potential for abuse and addiction.
With many drugs and alcohol, there can be side effects of use that extend into the following day, referred to as a hangover. People wonder if there are valium side effects the next day, and for the most part, these side effects may not be as severe as with other substances, but they can occur.
Some of the possible Valium side effects the next day can include feeling fatigued or groggy, having a headache or feeling depressed.
If you are physically dependent on the drug and try to stop taking it suddenly, the Valium side effects the next day can be very severe and include withdrawal symptoms. Valium withdrawal symptoms can include headache, nausea, vomiting, cramps, tremors, increased blood pressure, confusion and the risk of developing seizures. Other withdrawal symptoms of Valium can be cravings, depression, panic attacks and rebound anxiety.
Physical dependence and addiction are the most important considerations when looking at Valium side effects.
When you use Valium over the long-term, or even for a short time in some cases, it can lead to physical dependence. This means that your body sees the presence of Valium as its normal situation, and when you stop taking it, you go through withdrawal. When you are physically dependent on Valium, you may or may not be addicted.
Another side effect of long-term Valium use is addiction. Addiction is a disease of the brain. When you take a drug like Valium, it profoundly changes your brain, and your brain then compels you to continue wanting to take the drug to achieve the effects of the high.
There are other Valium side effects with long-term use as well.
Some of the possible long-term side effects of Valium can include:
Valium overdose can occur for several different reasons. It may occur because someone has taken the drug more often or taken larger doses than they’re supposed to, or because they’ve mixed Valium with another substance like opioids or alcohol. A Valium overdose can also happen when someone takes the drug in a way it’s not intended to be used, such as crushing it up and snorting it.
Valium overdose symptoms can include:
A drug overdose can be fatal. If you believe an overdose is in progress, take immediate action by dialing 911 or the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.
It is possible to become addicted to Valium, so there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you should know the signs of valium use.
The signs of valium use can include seeming tired or confused. Signs of valium use are often similar to being intoxicated from alcohol, and these symptoms can occur even when someone is taking the drug as prescribed by their doctor.
Symptoms of Valium can indicate abuse as well. Signs of Valium abuse include taking the drug without a prescription, not following a doctor’s instructions for using it, or doctor shopping to get multiple prescriptions.
Symptoms of Valium abuse can then move to Valium addiction signs.
Valium addiction signs may include:
If you think you have any of the symptoms of valium addiction, or you have a loved one who shows these Valium addiction signs, there are resources for help in Colorado. One option, whether you’re in Colorado Springs, Boulder, Denver or anywhere else in Colorado is The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake. We also operate national facilities if you would like to leave Colorado to receive treatment for Valium addiction symptoms.
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