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By Kajal Jain

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08 January 2023
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HOW DOES DIAZEPAM MAKE YOU FEEL
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Anxiety is a familiar stimulus to the body and a natural response to stress or fears over certain things. People with Anxiety disorder have excessive levels of worry and low levels of feeling; they find it challenging to overcome the situation. 

A high level of Anxiety won't go away on its own; it should get attention. The leading causes of stress are any bad experiences from childhood or adulthood or any triggered entire situation which makes you suffer from the anxiety-related syndrome. 

An average of about 19.1% of People are affected by Anxiety in the US. In a study, 23.4% of Females are more affected than men, with 14.3%.

The drug Diazepam is an effective one that belongs to the benzodiazepines class, which will help you to overcome Anxiety; let's see more about the drug in detail. 

What is Diazepam?

Diazepam is a drug used to treat conditions like Anxiety, seizure, alcohol withdrawal, and muscle spasms. It is known as Valium and belongs to a drug group called benzodiazepines, which are helpful with their sedative effects, relaxing your muscles, and providing relief from stress and Anxiety. It is also available in other brands, with name, size, and appearance.   

How Does Diazepam Work?

Diazepam belongs to the benzodiazepines class of drugs; It usually increases the activity of the neurotransmitter called Gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that transmit information between neurons or from neurons to muscles. Thus GABA receptors (receptors of Gamma-aminobutyric acid) work as a means to induce calmness. Therefore, by increasing GABA receptor function, the drug diazepam reduces Anxiety levels and relieves muscle spasms.

It is an effective drug for treating your condition. It is a Food and drug administration-approved drug for Anxiety disorders. It starts immediately after the intake of the drug, within 15 to 30 minutes. 

How Does Diazepam Make You Feel?

Diazepam is an effective drug to treat your illness. After taking the medication, you might feel your muscles are relaxed, and your whole body is Anxiety free. If you might be suffering from seizures, Diazepam works to terminate them. 

It works effectively to increase a natural chemical important for brain activity, thus making you well. At first, you may feel dizzy, sleepy, and forgetful and find it difficult to cope with the drug during the initial stage due to some side effects. After a few days of usage, these effects will disappear.

While taking Diazepam, you may feel drowsiness, tiredness, and confusion. It affects your mood by causing headaches, blurred vision, low blood pressure, and gastrointestinal issues.
In a study, a Diazepam dosage of up to 15 mg is more efficient for feeling better outcomes in energy and alertness.
Diazepam affects muscle sympathetic nerve activity. Diazepam can lower blood pressure.
The drug is rarely used in people with behavior changes. It helps to lessen Anxiety and reduce tension.

What Will You Feel After You Overdose?

If you take Valium for a longer duration, you automatically show some signs and symptoms. Due to overdose, you may experience side effects like 

  • fatigue
  • drowsiness,
  • impact coordination, 
  • sleep apnea, 
  • Insomnia,
  • Headache,
  • poor concentrations 
  • slurred speech
  • Mood swings
  • changes in appetite

These are some of the symptoms which indicate that you have overdosed on Diazepam. You should make an immediate recovery to overcome the effects of overdosing. 

People taking Diazepam for extended periods will develop mental health disorders due to changes in their brain chemistry, so they cannot adequately regulate their stress levels. Levels of drug usage affect the brain and will lead to long-lasting results. The people should immediately seek help. 

How Will You Feel After Taking Diazepam? 

Taking Diazepam, the drug belonging to the benzodiazepines class, will increase GABA receptors' activity, which helps decrease brain activity. You will have euphoric feelings of calm, relaxation, laziness, and tiredness.

When you consume it in a higher dose, it makes you feel fuzzy and somewhat numb. If side effects are seen daily, you should consult your doctor about the after-effects of these drugs. 

How Long Does it Take to Feel the Effects of Diazepam?

One Diazepam is taken orally on an empty stomach, and about 90% of the drug is absorbed immediately within 15 minutes. However, after taking it with food or immediately after consuming it, the effects will be seen after 45 minutes. 

It is said that the start of the effects of Diazepam depends on the quantity of food consumed beforehand and the nature of the food. For example: when you consume heavy meals, it takes nearly two hours for the drug to start to work, while it takes only one hour for peak effects on an empty stomach.

How Long Do The Effects of Diazepam Last?

Valium has a quick action. The drug reaches its peak concentration in about 1 hour, but the effects of the drug can be felt over the next four to six hours. Also, traces of the substance can be found in your blood for the next few days. The half-life of Valium is about 48 hours, independent of the dosage used. This translates to the fact that it takes 48 hours for half of the amount of Valium consumed to get removed from your body. 

Diazepam can take several days to be excreted by your body if you consume high drug doses for extended periods.

It takes more days for the medicine to thoroughly flush out from your body, with the maximum amount of time being 6 weeks to clear from your system. The effect will last up to 6 hours due to the long half-life. 

Possible Side Effects

Side effects are common to a drug; it is a common adverse effect to a substance. Side effects were seen in the initial days, and It eventually went off. Each drug is different, so the side effects vary from one to another.

Common side effects Serious side effects
Fatigue Suicidal thoughts
Muscle weakness Depression
Drowsiness Mood swings
Confusion  Memory loss
Headache Neutropenia
Slurred speech Jaundice
Tremor  Breathing difficulty

Precautions of Diazepam

Precautions are essential measures one should follow before going through the drug. This will help you to know how to use the drug, how to go through it, and take prior actions to any other following the present condition. Some rules are obtained for the drug diazepam, which is listed below. Avoid taking the drug if you had any,

  • Hypersensitivity to the drug ingredients.
  • Severe breathing difficulty
  • Severe liver issues
  • Any autoimmune disorder like Myasthenia gravis.
  • Sleep apnea 
  • Psychosis
  • Any other mental illness
  • Seizure
  • Narrow-angle glaucoma
  • addiction to the drug
  • Depression 
  • Mood disorders

It should not be given to a child under six months of age, Do not give the drug without the doctor's advice. At first, while taking the medication, you may have thoughts of suicide. If you notice any abnormal changes in your mood and behavior, immediately report them to your doctor. 

During pregnancy or trying to get pre, this drug can cause life-threatening conditions to the fetus, so avoid taking the medication and consult your doctor. While breastfeeding, the drug passes into your breast milk, so avoid taking the medication. 

Diazepam Interactions

Drug interactions happen when two different drugs have been consumed together and don't work well in the body. Remember, taking two medicines that interact may not always have adverse effects. There may be several interactions that occur, such as:

  • Avoid taking Antacids; taking them with Valium will decrease the amount of Valium absorbed in the body.
  • Phenytoin Taking valium with Phenytoin drug effects will be increased. 
  • Avoid taking opioids like morphine, tramadol, methadone, and Codeine because they will increase Valium and affects
  • central nervous system with depressive episodes 
  • Anti-anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines such as Lorazepam and oxazepam.
  • Anticonvulsants drugs like valproate drug
  • Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine
  • oral contraceptives 
  • Muscle relaxant
  • Duloxetine
  • Barbiturates
  • Avoid taking alcohol. It may cause severe interaction and lead you to suffer from sleepiness. 

Bottom Line From Practical Anxiety Solutions

We have now discussed the drug diazepam. Diazepam is a benzodiazepine group of drugs that is effective for treating illnesses like Alcohol withdrawal, seizure, Anxiety, and muscle spasms.

However this drug is effective in terms of treatment, but it has a high potential to develop dependence and addiction. 

When users consume it for a more extended period of time, it will lead to serious harm to their health. So use the drug with caution. It is available with a prescription, so do not consume it without a doctor's advice.

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