Side effects, also referred to as adverse events are unexpected or unwanted reactions patients have when using a medication. They are common occurrences that vary in intensity and type; thus, FDA-approved treatments like diazepam / Valium have a comprehensive list of side effects disclosed in an enclosed leaflet when the tablet is purchased.
Diazepam side effects can occur for several reasons and some of the leading causes are listed below:
Before diazepam tablets came onto the market, the FDA scrutinised many aspects of the tablet to safeguard patients. One of the aspects that were investigated is the tablets side effect rate. Although the tablet has a low side effect occurrence rate, the law still requires them to be disclosed.
Common diazepam side effects include:
These side effects have a less severe impact, making them more manageable and tolerable. Patients who experience these side effects often use home remedies to treat them.
|Side Effects||Home Remedy|
|Dizziness||Patients who experience dizziness can employ the epley manoeuvre to get rid of the effect. They must keep hydrated and refrain from eating sugary snacks or fatty foods. An apple cider vinegar and honey mix can be consumed as well, or almonds can be chewed every 20-30 minutes until the feeling passes.|
|Drowsiness||Drowsiness can be eliminated by doing simple movements like walking. A short nap or an energy-boosting snack is recommended if the drowsiness is excessive.|
|Indigestion||The consumption of any one of these drinks can eliminate indigestion.
|Nausea||Nausea can be minimised by positioning the body differently or increasing oxygen intake through deep breathing. A cold compress can be used at the temples or base of the neck. Alternatively, patients can suck on/eat ice chips or sip on water. If nausea persists, the next dose must be taken with a light meal.|
|Loss Of Muscle Coordination||Patients can quickly get rid of this feeling by resting, using an ice pack to relieve tension, using a compression bandage, if there is muscle swelling and elevating the feet to minimise the possibility of inflammation.|
Uncommon diazepam side effects are usually the result of treatment / medical condition interactions, ignorance to dosage / usage instructions or an allergic reaction. Like other treatments, diazepam cannot be used in conjunction with certain medicines, medical conditions or situations. Some of these which apply are as follows:
If the tablet is used in these circumstances, it can lead to the occurrence of uncommon adverse effects such as:
Patients who experience the above should discontinue using the tablet and contact a medical professional immediately.
Diazepam has a low potential for dependence and addiction. Nevertheless, users with an affinity to alcohol or drug abuse can misuse the treatment. When diazepam 10 mg tablets are taken in the following ways, it can cause rare diazepam side effects:
Rare diazepam side effects can also occur if the tablet is taken for longer than four months without medical consultation or supervision. These side effects usually cannot be handled using DIY remedies and require professional medical care.
Professional medical help must be sought following the occurrence of any one of the below:
* It is worth stressing that best practice guidelines and adherence to usage and dosing instructions minimise the risks of side effects, especially more serious and rare ones. This is why patients should be well informed before taking a treatment, to ensure optimal benefits and no major or persistent and alarming side effects.
Diazepam is 100% safe and effective anxiety medication when used as recommended. However, it can cause cognitive impairments, aggression or a lack of inhibition if combined with the likes of alcohol. Taking both these substances together can exacerbate potential side effects. The combination can also cause an exaggeration of both the substances depressant effects, which can lead to the occurrence of severe diazepam side effects such as:
Despite these risks, approximately 1 in 5 people still combine alcohol with diazepam use. This is because the combination causes an elevated high that can unfortunately be addictive. However, users should be warned that prolonged use of this combination can result in severe brain damage or even death.
Effective use of this anti-anxiety medication under an appropriate treatment course, on the other hand, can prove highly effective in treating anxiety and related issues.
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Updated: 15th January 2021
Review Due: January 2022
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