Valium – an excellent drug
Valium (diazepam) belongs to the class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which have anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant, soothing and sedative properties. They are also used for the treatment of acute mental disorders.
It has been shown that diazepam relaxes the patients and suppresses feelings of panic and anxiety (as in the case of phobias). It is also used for the normalization of skeletal muscle spasms and as a medication for treating seizures during alcohol addiction therapy. This substance is also available in the form of pills and injections, but the oral form is more widespread. Here, in the US, Valium is considered as an addictive medicine. Therefore, it is included in the list of the controlled substances, especially its intravenous form. Such substances, by definition, cause mental dependence rather than physical one (in case of a long-term use).
Use of the drug
When taken orally, blood levels of the drug reach maximum in about one hour. Intravenous or intramuscular injection is more effective. Diazepam is metabolized into different metabolites in the liver, main of which are nordiazepam and oxazepam.
These metabolites affect the body for a long time. It takes several days (not hours) for the release of all active compounds from the body. Therefore, patients experience lethargy for 1-2 days after taking the medicine. They feel weak in the morning. Those who keep feeling this way for a long time usually switch to Xanax (another benzodiazepine). This substance has a much shorter half-life and is excreted from the body faster.
Valium attracts bodybuilders for two reasons
Many people use it as a sleeping pill if they are taking strong stimulants such as ephedrine, clenbuterol or thyroid hormones. In many cases, these substances periodically cause insomnia, which is very undesirable if you need to get up early in the morning. People taking Valium often mention its euphoric effect.
This drug is very popular as a relaxing substance. It is usually sold on the black (not sports) market as “V’s” or “Blues” (10 mg of Valium; the pills are usually blue). This medicine also reduces the cortisol level. As you know, this hormone has a catabolic (muscle-damaging) effect. Since Valium (and other benzodiazepines) reduces the secretion of cortisol, they can theoretically have an anti-catabolic effect.
Many, however, think that the ability of Valium to cause such state is undesirable and causes problems in case of regular use. Instead, the medicine is sometimes taken not during intense training, but on weekends, when the workouts are less intense.
Most common practice
You should take 5-10 mg of the drug before sleep, if it used as a sleeping pill, or 15-20 mg to achieve a stronger euphoric effect. The use of Valium as a muscle relaxant is unsafe, while the most serious side effect is addiction. Unfortunately, as the drug causes dependence very quickly, many people start to increase the dose to achieve the primary effect, which becomes weaker with every intake. Such symptoms are observed during the therapy with other benzodiazepines as well. Therefore, in case of the long-term treatment with Valium (even for therapeutic purposes), daily dosage must be decreased slowly.
The use of Valium frequently leads to such side effects as sleepiness and excessive relaxation. Depression, disorientation in time and space, amnesia, lightheadedness, vertigo, lethargy, constipation, sickness, diarrhea and libido changes are observed less commonly.
The majority of side effects are caused by overdose and prolonged use of the drug. Overdose can also cause respiratory depression, which (in rare cases) leads to acute heart failure. Fatal overdose is unlikely during the therapy with Valium, except the cases when a large number of pills has been taken.
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