Valium belongs to the benzodiazepine class of sedative drugs. It increases the activity of a brain chemical known as GABA which provides a calming effect. That’s why the drug helps to relieve anxiety, stop seizure activity, and suppress some symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Valium is released primarily in tablets with a volume of 2, 5, and 10 mg. It is typically taken 1 to 4 times a day. The dosage is based on a particular patient’s age, weight, medical condition, and response to treatment.
Some people may think that taking more pills can make them heal faster. AddictionResource authors call this delusion one of the main reasons why medications are misused. Increasing the dose will not make you feel better quicker. In fact, an overdose of Valium can make you sick. It can lead to shallow or irregular breathing, slow heartbeat, convulsions, weakness, abdominal pain, and blurred vision. When you are compliant to the prescribed dose regimen, the risks of adverse effects are low.
What to do if you are having trouble identifying your Valium pills? Find the pill of the same color and with the same imprint in our infographic and you’ll know its brand name and strength.
Infographic by: addictionresource