Side Effects of Valium

Finding the More about the Side Effects of Valium

Valium is a benzodiazepine (commonly referred to as “benzos”) that should be taken only under the direction of your doctor.  They are often prescribed when a person is experiencing anxiety, seizures, muscle spasms, and in some cases to help combat the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. As with any prescription medication, Valium should only be taken in the amount ordered by a physician and only by the person for whom they were prescribed.  Sadly, this is not always the case, and many people do end up with a valium addiction as a result. The misuse of valium, even by someone who has had the medication prescribed to them can be dangerous as the list of side effects of valium is long and can affect many parts of the body.  Help for valium addiction is available at WhiteSands Treatment.  Addiction counselors can be reached at (877) 855-3470 for more information about the side effects of valium and treatment options is you or someone you know has a valium addiction.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Over the last two decades, the number of cases of prescription drug abuse has risen substantially in the United States.  Benzos and opioids are two of the major categories of prescription medications that are being abused and are leading to addiction.  There are several ways in which a prescription medication can be abused.  First, a person who has been legitimately prescribed a medication by their doctor decides they need a larger dose to address their symptoms and does this without consulting their doctor.

This can be dangerous because the need for more of a drug you have been prescribed can be a sign of tolerance. If you are taking valium and develop a tolerance, you may be becoming dependent and when you stop or reduce the amount you’re taking can experience valium withdrawals symptoms.  Tolerance and withdrawal are two of the key indicators of addiction.

Another way an individual can abuse prescription drugs like valium is to take medication not prescribed to them, either for what they feel is the legitimate use of that drug (like valium for anxiety) or for solely recreational purposes.  This form of prescription drug abuse can be dangerous because the drugs prescribed were based on the medical history and condition of someone else.  A person who has not had the medication prescribed to them would not have been alerted to the possible side effects of valium by their doctor.

Side Effects of Valium

There are many side effects of valium, and if you are taking the benzodiazepine as directed by your doctor, you should report any you may experience.  If you or a loved one has been abusing valium or has developed a valium addiction, you may also experience valium withdrawals symptoms when you stop using the drug.  Here is a list of the known valium side effects:

  • drowsiness
  • tired feeling
  • dizziness
  • spinning sensation
  • fatigue
  • constipation
  • ataxia (loss of balance)
  • memory problems
  • restlessness
  • irritability
  • muscle weakness
  • nausea
  • drooling
  • dry mouth
  • slurred speech
  • blurred or double vision
  • skin rash
  • itching
  • loss of interest in sex

Doctors and medical researchers are constantly updating the information they have, even for drugs that have been around for some time like valium, so if you experience any side effects from valium, even if they are not on this list, you should let your physician know.  If you are seeking treatment for valium addiction or are experiencing valium withdrawals symptoms, contact an addiction counselor at WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470 for more information about detox and rehabilitation treatment programs available to you.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.