Valium is a brand of tablets containing the active ingredient diazepam. It is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
Valium belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines, which work on chemicals in your brain. It can be used to reduce anxiety or panic attacks in some people. Note that the anxiety or tension from life’s normal stress doesn’t usually need treatment.
Valium should not be used as the only treatment of severe mental illnesses, especially depression. It should generally be taken for 2-4 weeks, at most.
Valium can also be used to treat the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, such as trembling, confusion and anxiety. It may also be used to relax the muscles.
Valium tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
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Active ingredient in this medicine: diazepam
Over 65 years of age?
If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.