Diazepam, also known as Valium, is a benzodiazepine medication used to treat a variety of conditions, such as anxiety, panic attacks, and muscle spasms. It is also used for alcohol withdrawal and to prevent seizures. Diazepam works by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that helps regulate nerve activity in the brain. The medication is available as a generic drug, as well as a brand-name product.
Diazepam is usually taken in tablet form, and is available in several strengths. It is typically taken two to four times a day. When used to treat anxiety, it should be taken regularly to help reduce the symptoms of anxiety. For alcohol withdrawal, the medication may be taken on an as-needed basis. Common side effects of diazepam include drowsiness, confusion, and dizziness.
Diazepam can be habit-forming, so it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions when taking it. It should also not be taken with other drugs, such as alcohol or opioids, as this can increase the risk of serious side effects. If you are taking diazepam for an extended period of time, your doctor may recommend regular blood