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Valium® (diazepam) is a prescription medicine licensed for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal, muscle spasms, and anxiety. It can also be used in combination with other seizure medications to treat seizures.
 
There are a several beneficial effects of Valium. The medication is a type of benzodiazepine that has a number of effects on the body, including:
 
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Causing sleepiness
  • Relaxing muscles
  • Stopping seizures
  • Impairing short-term memory.
     
All medicines in this category can have these effects to some degree, depending on the specific benzodiazepine that is being taken. They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a brain chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why Valium and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants).
 
(Click Valium to learn more about the effects of Valium, for information on when and how to take this medication, and to find out what side effects may occur with treatment.)
 
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