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The Side Effects of Valium

Catalogue of side effects for the medication Valium - generic Diazepam - a benzodiazepine antianxiety medication sometimes prescribed in the treatment of bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses.

Common Valium Side Effects

  • Clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • drowsiness; slurred speech

Less Common or Rare Valium Side Effects

  • Abdominal or stomach cramps or pain
  • blurred vision or other changes in vision
  • changes in sexual desire or ability
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • dryness of mouth or increased thirst
  • false sense of well-being
  • headache
  • increased bronchial secretions or watering of mouth
  • muscle spasm
  • nausea or vomiting
  • problems with urination
  • trembling or shaking
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

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  • Less Common: Anxiety; confusion (may be more common in the elderly); fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat; lack of memory of events taking place after benzodiazepine is taken (may be more common with triazolam); mental depression
  • Rare: Abnormal thinking, including disorientation, delusions (holding false beliefs that cannot be changed by facts), or loss of sense of reality; agitation; behavior changes, including aggressive behavior, bizarre behavior, decreased inhibition, or outbursts of anger; convulsions (seizures); hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there); hypotension (low blood pressure); muscle weakness; skin rash or itching; sore throat, fever, and chills; trouble in sleeping; ulcers or sores in mouth or throat (continuing); uncontrolled movements of body, including the eyes; unusual bleeding or bruising; unusual excitement, nervousness, or irritability; unusual tiredness or weakness (severe); yellow eyes or skin

Valium Withdrawal Side Effects

  • More common: Irritability; nervousness; trouble in sleeping
  • Less common: Abdominal or stomach cramps; confusion; fast or pounding heartbeat; increased sense of hearing; increased sensitivity to touch and pain; increased sweating; loss of sense of reality; mental depression; muscle cramps; nausea or vomiting; sensitivity of eyes to light; tingling, burning, or prickly sensations; trembling or shaking
  • Rare: Confusion as to time, place, or person; convulsions (seizures); feelings of suspicion or distrust; hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)

Valium Overdose Effects

  • Confusion (continuing)
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • drowsiness (severe) or coma
  • shakiness
  • slow heartbeat
  • slow reflexes
  • slurred speech (continuing)
  • staggering
  • troubled breathing
  • weakness (severe)

For patients having diazepam injected: Check with your doctor if there is redness, swelling, or pain at the place of injection.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients.

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