By Irfana
B.Sc (Psychiatry Ward)
22 June 2022 -
Medically reviewed by
Sumayya
D. Pharm
Valium For Anxiety A Game Changer Medicine
Table of Contents

What Is Anxiety? Root causes of the anxiety! 

Anxiety disorder is a condition of mental health. It is observed that usually, Anxiety is the main reason that makes going through your day difficult. There are a lot of Symptoms of the problem of Anxiety that include constant feelings of nervousness, panic and fear, continuous sweating, and a rapid heartbeat.

Many treatments around the corner regarding Anxiety include medications and cognitive behavioral therapy. The best solution to mental health is your healthy lifestyle and its betterment. (Shri, R. (2012))

Following are the medical problems that can be directly linked with the anxiety-

  • HEART PROBLEMS- Anxiety can interfere with normal heart function and increase the risk of sudden cardiac arrest.
     
  • DIABETES - Stress can impact your glucose levels, though research tends to have mixed results. In some patients, it appears to raise blood glucose levels, while in others, it seems to lower them.
     
  • THYROID PROBLEMS- Thyroid problems can affect your mental health. Primarily causing the pain of Anxiety and depression. Thyroid controls the mood so more severe the thyroid means more mood changes
     
  • RESPIRATORY DISORDERS AND CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD) - It's easy to understand that Anxiety is (COPD) common in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients due to its symptoms like shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. Stress can bring up feelings of nervousness and fear, and even physical symptoms which can impact day-to-day life
     
  • ASTHMA - Studies show that stress and Anxiety can trigger asthma attacks. The wheezing and challenging breathing you experience in an asthma attack can reflect Anxiety. 69 percent of people with asthma says stress is the main plug for it.
     
  • SUBSTANCE MISUSE - The misuse of substances like drugs or alcohol can cause symptoms that resemble anxiety, such as nervousness, agitation, sleeplessness, irritability, and obsessive fears. 
     
  • WITHDRAWAL FROM SUBSTANCE – Anxiety is a usual scenario during withdrawal from substances and is the worst experience compared to everyday nervousness. It is often more like the experience of having an anxiety disorder but doesn't typically last as long. As with depression, some Anxiety during withdrawal is to be expected

Is Valium a real solution toAnxiety?

Diazepam oral tablet is available as the brand-name drug Valium. It’s also known as a generic drug. Generic drugs usually cost less. It is available in oral solution, an intravenous injection, a liquid nasal spray, and a rectal gel.

Valium is the medicine that is used to treat anxiety majorly and with that alcohol withdrawal and seizures. Valium is the drug used to treat and manage anxiety disorders and short-term treatments. It also stabilizes the mood in many observations.

How it works

Diazepam is a drug from the class called benzodiazepines. A type of drug refers to medications that work similarly and with similar or almost the same chemical structures and formulas. It is observed that they are used for the same purpose. 

Diazepam increases the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical that can send signals throughout your nervous system. If your body can not contain enough GABA, your body may be excited and cause you to have Anxiety. You’ll have more GABA in your body when you take this drug. This helps to decrease your anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures.

Side effects of valium.

Valium may cause considerable side effects. 

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • Changes in sex drive or ability

Some side effects can be severe. Please call your doctor immediately in case of the following symptoms.

  • Loss of control of bodily movements
  • Uncontrollable shaking of a body part 
  • Slurred speech
  • Slowed breathing and heartbeat

Drug interaction of valium with other Anxiety Medications 

These medications are not taken together. Consult your healthcare professional to be extra safe. (Karas Jr, S., 1981)

SOME SERIOUS INTERACTIONS

These medications may interact and cause very harmful effects. Consult your healthcare professional (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

  • Selected benzodiazepines/fluvoxamine
  • Benzodiazepines/opioids (cough and cold)
  • Benzodiazepines/ethyl alcohol
  • Benzodiazepines/clozapine

MODERATE INTERACTIONS

These medications may cause some risks when taken together. Consult your healthcare professional (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

  • Selected benzodiazepines/fluoxetine; nefazodone
  • Selected benzodiazepines/selected azole antifungals
  • Selected benzodiazepines/selected cyp3a4 inducers
  • Select benzodiazepines; buspirone/itraconazole; ketoconazole
  • Buspirone; diazepam/ribociclib
  • Selected benzodiazepines/barbiturates
  • Diazepam/cobicistat
  • Selected benzodiazepines

Alternatives for Anxiety

There are two types of treatment available as an alternative to the valium for anxiety. The following two can be alternative options as far as the treatment is considered.

  1. Non-medicinal way 
    1. Exercise
    2. Meditation
    3. Relaxation exercises
    4. Writing
    5. Time management strategies
    6. Aromatherapy
  1. Medicines available

Several types of medication can treat anxiety. As per the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the four major classes of drugs for anxiety disorders are as follows:

  1. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
  2. Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors
  3. Tricyclic antidepressants
  4. Benzodiazepines

The conclusion 

As valium is a Diazepam drug in its generic format. it is also available as an oral solution, in the form of injections and liquid nasal as well as gel format. it is a drug from the class called benzodiazepines. it is recommended to go to your doctor to get prescription medicine. that means you cannot buy valium without having proper doctor's prescriptions.  the doctor you consult can design the most suitable dosage plan for valium for you. And surely if all things got together very well, valium can be a gamechanger medicine for anxiety.

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