What is Valium and how is it used?
Valium is a prescription medicine used to treat symptoms of anxiety, muscle spasm, alcohol withdrawal and as a sedative before surgery or to treat seizures. Valium may be used alone or with other medications.
Valium belongs to a class of drugs called Antianxiety Agents; Anxiolytics, Benzodiazepines; Skeletal Muscle Relaxants; Anticonvulsants, Benzodiazepine.
It is not known if Valium is safe and effective in children younger than 6 months of age.
What are the possible side effects of Valium?
Valium may cause serious side effects including:
- weak or shallow breathing,
- severe drowsiness,
- depressed mood,
- thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself,
- panic attacks,
- trouble sleeping,
- unusual risk-taking behavior, and
- new or worsening seizures
Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.
The most common side effects of Valium include:
- muscle weakness, and
- loss of coordination
Tell the doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Valium. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.