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Valium 10 MG Tablet

Manufacturer: Abbott Healthcare Pvt. Ltd
Medicine composition: Diazepam
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: December 14, 2018

Valium 10 MG Tablet is an anticonvulsant and belongs to a group of drugs called benzodiazepine. It is used to treat anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms and muscle spasms. It is sometimes used in combination with other medications to treat seizures. It also provides sedation before medical procedures. It works by increasing the effect of the neurotransmitter gamma-Aminobutyric acid which calms the brain and nerves. It can be taken by mouth, inserted into the rectum, injected into muscle, or injected into a vein.

Common side effects include trouble with coordination and sleepiness. Serious side effects rarely occur. They include suicidal thoughts, an increased risk of seizures and a decreased breathing rate. Occasional agitation or excitement may occur. Long term use of this medicine can result in dependence, tolerance and withdrawal symptoms on dose reduction. Abruptly discontinuing the medicine after long-term use can be potentially dangerous. After stopping, cognitive problems may persist for six months or longer. It is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to diazepam or similar drugs, or if you have a muscle weakness disorder, severe liver disease, a severe breathing problem, sleep apnea, alcoholism, or addiction to drugs similar to diazepam. Before taking the medicine, inform your doctor if you have glaucoma, epilepsy or other seizure disorder, a history of mental illness, depression, or suicidal thoughts.

Valium 10 MG Tablet should only be used for only a short period of time. It may increase the risk of habit forming tendency if taken for a long duration or at larger doses. Do not abruptly stop taking this medicine as it may cause withdrawal symptoms like convulsions, tremor, behavioural disorder and anxiety. When given into a vein, effects begin in one to five minutes and last up to an hour. While using this medicine, you may need to take frequent blood tests at your doctor’s clinic.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Psychiatrist before using this medicine.
  • Anxiety

    Valium 10 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Uneasiness, difficulty in sleeping, sweating of hands and feet are some of the symptoms of anxiety disorder.
  • Alcohol Withdrawal

    Valium 10 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of symptoms of alcohol withdrawal like hallucinations, anxiety, and seizures.
  • Relieve Muscle Spasm

    Valium 10 MG Tablet is used to relieve skeletal muscle spasm which occurs due to an inflammation of the muscle or joints.
  • Adjunct Prior To Endoscopic Procedures

    Valium 10 MG Tablet is used in to relieve the symptoms of anxiety or stress in the patients undergoing endoscopic procedures.
  • Preoperative Sedation

    Valium 10 MG Tablet is used to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and tension in the patients undergoing surgical procedures.
  • Seizure Disorders

    Valium 10 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of seizure disorders.
  • Allergy

    Not recommended in the patients with allergy to Valium 10 MG Tablet.
  • Myasthenia Gravis

    Not recommended in the patients with known case of myasthenia gravis.
  • Narrow Angle Glaucoma

    Not recommended in the patients with known case of narrow-angle glaucoma.
  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 3 to 4 days.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The peak effect of this medicine can be observed in 30 to 90 minutes for an oral dose.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.
  • Is it habit forming?

    Habit forming tendency has been reported
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding women.

Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Valium 10 MG Tablet , and hence can be used as its substitute.

  • Missed Dose instructions

    If you miss a dose of Valium 10 MG Tablet, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
  • Overdose instructions

    Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
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Valium 10 MG Tablet is a kind of benzodiazepine which acts as a inhibitory neurotransmitter. It increases the conduction of the chloride ions in the neuronal cell membrane. This reduces the arousal of the limbic and cortical systems in the central nervous system.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Disease

    Glaucoma

    Valium 10 MG Tablet is known to increase the fluid pressure inside the eye. It is contraindicated in acute narrow-angle glaucoma which is an eye disorder.

    Seizures

    The sudden stop of Valium 10 MG Tablet may cause withdrawal effects and can precipitate seizures. The dose should be reduced gradually. Do not stop taking this medicine without consulting the doctor.
  • Interaction with Alcohol

    Alcohol

    Consumption of alcohol with this medicine is not recommended as it increases the risk of side effects like dizziness, difficulty in concentration. Do not perform activities that require mental alertness like driving or operating machinery.
  • Interaction with Lab Test

    Lab

    Information not available.
  • Interaction with Food

    Grape fruit juice

    Grapefruit juice should be consumed with Valium 10 MG Tablet. Alternatively, you can consume orange juice which does not affect the medicine.
  • Interaction with Medicine

    Cetirizine

    Use of Valium 10 MG Tablet with cetirizine or levocetirizine should be avoided if possible. Do not operate heavy machinery if you are using these medicines. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be made under the doctor's supervision.

    Metoclopramide

    Use of Valium 10 MG Tablet with metoclopramide should be avoided if possible. Do not operate heavy machinery if you are using these medicines. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be made under the doctor's supervision.

    Opoids

    Opioids like morphine, codeine, tramadol, hydrocodone or any cough preparations containing these medicines should be avoided when you are on Valium 10 MG Tablet or other benzodiazepines. Appropriate dose adjustments are to be made if coadministration is needed and monitoring of sedation, breathlessness, and hypotension is necessary.

    Azole antifungal agents

    Azole antifungal agents like ketoconazole and itraconazole should be avoided when you are Valium 10 MG Tablet due to the risk of increased concentrations of the medicine in the body which may cause increased sedation and changes in ECG. Inform the doctor if you are receiving these medicines when you are prescribed with Valium 10 MG Tablet. If coadministration is needed then alternative medicines like lorazepam and oxazepam could be considered.

    Antihypertensives

    You may experience hypotensive effects like dizziness, lightheadedness if these medicines are used together. Regular monitoring of blood pressure is necessary. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be made under the doctor's supervision.
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