As with any medications, there are always side effects that you should be consciously aware of while on the medication.
Diazepam (also known as Generic Valium) is no different. Diazepam, used to treat both men and women who suffer from anxiety disorders, such as
- general anxiety disorder,
- separation anxiety,
- post traumatic stress disorder,
- obsessive compulsive disorder,
- phobic anxiety,
- and social phobia anxiety,
also comes with side effects that all individuals taking the medication should be aware about.
First off, there are the common side effects of Diazepam, such as
- loss of sexual libido,
- skin rash,
- dry mouth,
- loss of memory,
- slurred speech,
- constant feeling of being fatigue,
- and blurred vision.
If any of these side effects occur you can wait until they dissipate. If they continue on for a few days however, you should get in contact with a medical professional to make sure your body is reacting properly to Diazepam.
However, there are some more rare, more severe side effects that you should be aware of. If you have any of these side effects, you need to seek emergency medical attention immediately.
More serious side effects include
- jaundice (when your skin or eyes start to turn yellow),
- decrease in urinating frequency or not urinating at all,
- uncontrollable muscle twitches,
- the intense feeling you are about to pass out,
- shallow or weak breathing, confusion, double vision, unusual behavior or thoughts,
- inability to sleep,
- persistent abdominal pain,
- depressed mood,
- decreased inhibitions,
- and unusual risk-taking behavior.
There can also be paradoxical side effects when taking Diazepam. A paradoxical effect is when the medication all of a sudden does the opposite of what is expected of the medication.
For Diazepam (and other Benzodiazepines), paradoxical side effects include
- severe depression,
- increase in phobias,
- increase in violent behavior and aggressiveness,
- weight loss and symptoms associated with psychosis.
Diazepam can also increase
- feelings of anxiety,
- impulse control loss,
- and anger.
Usually paradoxical effects are related to individuals who take high doses of Diazepam.