Valium Side Effects
Drowsiness, fatigue, and coordination problems are a few common side effects of Valium. For the most part, side effects are minor and require little or no treatment. However, potentially serious side effects, such as suicidal thoughts, difficulty breathing, or hallucinations, may occur. If you experience these or other serious side effects, let your healthcare provider know right away.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Valium® (diazepam); however, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Valium. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Valium side effects with you.)
Valium has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, some of the most common side effects included:
- Coordination problems.
Other possible Valium side effects included:
- Double vision
- Bladder or bowel control problems
- Changes in sex drive
- Salivation changes
- Slurred speech
- Shakiness (tremors)
- Difficulty passing urine
- A spinning sensation (vertigo)
- Blurred vision.