There are many uncomfortable and even serious effects of Valium abuse.
If you have been abusing the drug, you are risking the possibility of experiencing these symptoms and effects. Below are a list of valium abuse effects you'll wish you never felt.
Valium Abuse Health Effects
According to the NLM, Valium (brand name for diazepam) can cause many troublesome symptoms which may indicate severe health problems. If you are abusing the drug, you may not know all of the health effects that abusing Valium can cause. Here are some of the Valium effects which may become serious or may not subside:
- Blurring of the Vision
- "Difficulty Urinating"
- Urinating Frequently
- "Changes in Sex Drive or Ability"
A shuffling walk or a "persistent, fine tremor" could also be signs of danger and need for immediate medical attention. The Valium dose you are taking may need to be lowered or counteracted. Some other dangerous symptoms are:
- "Severe Skin Rash
- Jaundice (yellowing) of Eyes, Skin
- Irregularity of Heartbeat
- Difficulty Breathing
- Difficulty Swallowing
- "Inability to Sit Still"
If you are abusing Valium and begin experiencing any of these effects, you should get to a hospital right away. You could be in danger and how much time it takes you to receive treatment could be very important.
Valium Withdrawal Symptoms
Someone who is abusing Valium might experience physical dependence which leads to withdrawal. If you suddenly stop taking Valium, you will experience issues like:
Even more concerning is the possibility for more serious withdrawal symptoms.
According to the NIDA, "discontinuing prolonged use absent a physician's guidance can lead to... seizures."
Because valium withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous, it can be terrifying and painful to stop using Valium after becoming physically dependent.
Valium Tolerance, Overdose and Addiction
If you begin abusing Valium, you may experience a growing tolerance for the drug's effects. Many people find that the original dosage does not give them the same experience any longer, and they decide to take more of the drug each time. This can lead to overdose which may cause "respiratory depression, coma (rarely), and death (very rarely)" (DailyMed). Nevertheless, overdose from Valium can be very painful and dangerous.
Many people also overdose on Valium "in combination with other CNS depressants (including alcohol), which can be fatal."
Addiction is another effect of chronic Valium abuse. The drug itself "can be habit-forming" and shouldn't usually be taken for more than four months (NLM). Because of the dangers of addiction, you might experience many unwanted effects of your Valium abuse such as:
- Work or School Problems
- Relationship Problems
- Generally Lower Life Satisfaction
- Being unable to feel like yourself or feel normal without taking Valium.
- Being aware that your use of Valium is unhealthy to you as well as causing issues in your life but being unable to quit.
No matter what effects you experience as a result of your Valium abuse, they will likely be overwhelmingly negative. Because the drug is addictive, causes health problems, and has uncomfortable to severe withdrawal symptoms, abusing Valium will absolutely cause effects in your life that you will wish you had never felt.