Valium for sleep

Tranquilizers

are a group of drugs that are used to control anxiety, fear, tension, agitation, and any other mental problems.

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It can be either:

Minor tranquilizers: Anxiolytics (medication reduces anxiety).

Major tranquilizers: Antipsychotics (medication used to manage psychosis which affects how the brain functions).

Valium for sleep is one of the minor tranquilizers that are used for treating anxiety, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, and muscle spasms or stiffness.

Valium is used to treat seizures in combination with other medicines.

It works by controlling the hyperactivity of brain function to relieve severe stress and anxiety.

Valium must be taken under a doctor’s supervision as its dose changes according to the patient’s condition, age, and response to medication and the dose must never be increased by yourself as it may cause some serious side effects and overdose effect as we will discuss later in this article.

You can use valium for sleep and it should be individualized for better effects and the least side effects.

Usual daily doses:

Anxiety: 2mg to 10 mg from 2 to 4 times daily according to the condition.

Alcohol withdrawal: 10 mg 3 to 4 times for the first day then reduced to 5 mg 3 to 4 times daily.

Muscle spasms or stiffness: 2 to 10 mg 3 to 4 times daily.

Elder patients: 2 mg to 2.5 mg, 1 or 2 times daily the can be increased gradually as needed.

Dosage modifications:

if you want to use valium for sleep, please take care if you are suffering from:

Renal impairment: No modification is needed unless for prolonged treatment decrease in dose is recommended.
Hepatic impairment: 50% of the dose should be given only.

You must tell your doctor if you suffer from any of the following medical conditions before you start taking Valium for sleep as they may interfere with the drug:

  • Myasthenia gravis (a disorder of muscle weakness).
  • Severe breathing problems.
  • Sleep apnoea (stop breathing during sleep for short time).
  • Narrow-angle glaucoma.
  • Uncontrolled open-angle glaucoma.
  • Severe liver diseases.
  • Allergy to it.
  • Drug or Alcohol addiction.
  • Any kind of depression including (mood changes or suicidal thoughts).
  • Seizures unless you are taking it for a seizure disorder.
Valium for sleep is a long-acting medication compared to other drugs with the same action; it takes from 30 to 56 hours to get out from the body.

Valium for sleep is very effective, potent, and has a fast onset of action but if it is misused it will easily lead to addiction.

Taking Valium for sleep for longer than 4-6 weeks and with a dose more than acceptable even with a doctor’s prescription will lead to addiction to the drug.

Symptoms of Valium addiction:

  • Feeling the need to have more pills to reach the desired effect.
  • Craving for the drug before the time for the next dose.
  • Become isolated from family and friends.
  • Continuation in using the drug although has caused me many problems.
  • Loss of interest in any activities or work.
  • Ignoring the must-do things.

Even though you must not stop the drug from your own, Valium can cause very serious withdrawal symptoms that may lead to coma and even death.

Valium should be reduced gradually under the supervision of a doctor.

“Taking up to 60 tablets per day was not enough anymore to reach euphoria they were barely enough to reach somehow normal”

Valium is more likely to be used for those who struggle with the daily stress which affects their sleeping quality, it gives them calmness and euphoria especially with high doses, and those who are most vulnerable to addiction.

“Valium was making me not caring for the world anymore even if the house got on fire, I would say so what?!”

Overdosing is highly dangerous as it may lead to:

  • Bluish lips.
  • Double vision.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • General weakness.
  • Difficulty in coordination.

“Benzodiazepines (tranquilizers like Valium and Xanax) and opioids (it is a class of drugs that include illegal heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers legally available by a prescription like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others) strengthen each other giving higher effects of both of them but they can also cause death.”

– Dr. Michael Kelley, NPR, 2014

Valium may also counteract with some food like grapefruit, consuming large amounts of grapefruit or grapefruit juice strengthen the effects of Valium and can cause serious side effects.

Side effects:

  • Severe allergic reaction.
  • Hives (Urticaria).
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Swelling of face, lips, tongue, and throat.
  • Severe drowsiness or dizziness.
  • Mood or behavior changes.
  • Anxiety, depression, or worsening of both of them.
  • Suicidal thoughts.
  • Sleeping problems.

In 2011, 14.7 million prescriptions of Valium were written to patients.

Abuse of Valium was first noticed in 2013 as 1.2 million persons were reported to have abused Valium.

Addiction rehab centers are always there for those who fall into addiction with the help of very good and specialized doctors and psychiatrists.

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