Diazepam for Anxiety
Diazepam (Valium®) is a prescription drug approved for various uses. It can be used to treat seizures, alcohol withdrawal, and muscle spasms. Healthcare providers may also prescribe diazepam for anxiety treatment.
Most people experience feelings of anxiety before an important event, such as a big exam, business presentation, or first date. Anxiety disorders, however, are illnesses that load people's lives with overwhelming anxiety and fear that are chronic and unremitting, and that can grow progressively worse.
Depending on the type of anxiety, a person can experience several possible symptoms, including:
- Feeling shaky, jittery, or nervous
- Feeling tense, fearful, or apprehensive
- Avoiding certain places or activities because of fear
- A pounding or racing heart or trouble catching your breath
- Unexplained sweating or trembling
- Fear of losing control, going crazy, or dying.
Diazepam is approved for the treatment of anxiety. However, this medicine is not for "everyday anxiety" and is recommended only for short-term use. Other anxiety medications -- such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a certain type of antidepressant -- are more appropriate for long-term use.
(Click What Is Diazepam Used For? for more information on how diazepam works for anxiety, to find out if this drug can be used in children, and to learn more about other uses.)