Important Info on Valium Abuse

What Are the Signs of Valium Addiction?

When a person is addicted to a medicine, the body is not able to function properly if the medicine is stopped. Withdrawal symptoms can also occur. Valium withdrawal symptoms can include:
  • Personality changes
  • Sensitivity to sound or light
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • A rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • Panic attacks
  • Seizures
  • A fever
  • Anxiety
  • Tension
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness.
When these problems occur, people often feel like they need to stay on their medicines just to prevent these symptoms from occurring again.
If you are taking increasing doses of Valium or feel like you cannot stop the medicine, you need to talk with a healthcare provider. Valium addiction is a serious problem that requires treatment.

Suggestions for Dealing With Valium Addiction

Despite their many beneficial effects, benzodiazepines have the potential for abuse and should be used only as prescribed. During the first few days of taking a benzodiazepine like Valium, a person usually feels sleepy and uncoordinated; but as the body becomes accustomed to the effects of the drug, these feelings begin to disappear. If one uses these drugs long-term, the body will develop tolerance for the drugs, and larger doses will be needed to achieve the same initial effects. Continued use can lead to physical dependence and -- when use is reduced or stopped -- withdrawal (see Valium Withdrawal).
Because Valium works by slowing the brain's activity, when an individual stops taking this medicine, the brain's activity can rebound and race out of control, potentially leading to seizures and other harmful consequences. Although withdrawal from Valium can be problematic, it is rarely life-threatening. Therefore, someone who is thinking about stopping Valium therapy or who is experiencing withdrawal from Valium should speak with a healthcare provider or seek medical treatment.
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