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What Is Valium (Diazepam)?
Valium is most commonly prescribed to relieve anxiety, muscle spasms, and convulsions. It is also used to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Valium works by slowing down overactive brain function to relieve high levels of stress and anxiety. It is taken orally in tablet form and is usually taken 1 to 4 times a day as directed by a doctor. Valium is a long-acting benzodiazepine. This means it stays in the body much longer than short-acting benzos like Halcion. Because of Valium’s long-acting effects, people can take fewer doses per day than a short-acting benzodiazepine.
Valium needs to be taken regularly to be effective. But when someone starts taking more Valium than prescribed or over the counter, the risk of becoming dependent increases.