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Although most people tolerate Valium® (diazepam) well, it is not free of dangerous risks. Because this medication is not suitable for everyone, make sure you talk to your healthcare provider about possible Valium dangers that may apply to you. For instance, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including non-prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements) before starting treatment with Valium. Dangers of this medication include potential side effects. Some of the most common Valium side effects include:
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Coordination problems.
Although side effects of Valium tend to be minor, there are some serious side effects of the medication that require immediate medical attention. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience problems such as suicidal thoughts, depression, or difficulty breathing.
Other Valium warnings apply to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as people who have certain allergies (including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives). Also, you may not be able to take Valium if you have certain medical conditions, such as glaucoma, liver disease, or depression.
(Click Valium Side Effects and Valium Warnings and Precautions for more information on potential Valium dangers to be aware of before starting treatment with this medication. This article also explains what to tell your healthcare provider before using Valium and who may not be able to safely use the medication.)
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