How Does Diazepam Work?
Diazepam (Valium®) is a prescription medication used to treat several conditions, such as muscle spasms, anxiety, seizures, and alcohol withdrawal. But how does diazepam work?
Diazepam works in the brain by enhancing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical that is naturally calming. GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why diazepam is known as a mild tranquilizer, sedative, or central nervous system depressant (CNS depressant).
As part of a group of medicines called benzodiazepines, diazepam has several effects on the body, including:
- Reducing anxiety
- Causing sleepiness
- Relaxing muscles
- Stopping seizures
- Impairing short-term memory.
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