Valium in the 1960’s
Early in 2004, Valium celebrated its 30th anniversary. Much of the dispute around the use of Valium is because new prescriptions written in good conscience can turn out to be a problem later. After three decades of both appropriate use and inappropriate abuse, the drug has stayed well mired in ongoing controversy. Known generically as diazepam, the drug was widely prescribed in the 1960s and 70s, before its potential for serious addiction was realized.

Valium is prescribed for anxiety disorders and the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety. Valium is also used to relieve the symptoms of acute alcohol withdrawal; to control involuntary movement of the hands (athetosis), treat convulsive disorders such as epilepsy to relax tight, aching muscles; and, with other medications, to relieve skeletal muscle spasm.

Side Effects:
Side effects cannot be anticipated, but the typical Valium side effects include:
-blurred vision
-dry mouth
-heart palpitations
-slurred speech
-difficulty breathing
-loss of muscle coordination
-abdominal cramps
-difficulty urinating

Valium is addicting in both physical and psychological ways. The pill works with the GABA receptors in the brain to help calm and sedate the user. Because it is available in pill form, it is much easier for an addiction to develop. If the addict feels a little more stressed at one moment or another, it is very easy to simply take another pill out of their pocket and pop it for relief.

Twice as many presriptions for Diazepam are made for women than for men.

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