The medication is a benzodiazepine substance that affects the Central Nervous System (CNS). This medication decreases brain activity and is prescribed to people who are suffering from seizures, muscles spasms, and other neurological problems.
Diazepam is a very popular drug prescribed for the treatment of a variety of health problems or symptoms. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), approximately 15 million prescriptions were written in 2011 alone.
The drug comes in a variety of forms, which include tablets, oral liquid, rectal gel, and injection form. However, when it is not taken as prescribed by your doctor, the abuse of this medication can become harmful to you.
Abuse of the medication.
When patients are not following their doctors’ instructions, it is most likely that they can become depended on the medication. In addition, according to the Drug Enforcement Association, it was reported that more than 20 million people have abused benzodiazepines, also known as “benzos.” They fall into sedative drugs, and some of the most popular medications from that group are Ativan, Valium, Xanax, and Klonopin.
Before this medication is taken, it is important to have a thorough medical history in regards to prior addiction, dependence and substance abuse as well as a list of all medications that have been taken or are currently in use. However, even people who have been prescribed this medication can become addicted if instructions are not followed as directed; thus, abusing the use of Diazepam.
The misuse of this medication is often time linked to physical dependence, withdrawal, tolerance and addiction issues. Often times, people take for granted some medications simply because they feel good. However, each of the issues listed above change people’s lives. So let’s look at them separately.
Physical Dependence. This is when a person is consistently using Diazepam tablets and has become depended on it. The body then becomes used to the drug and requests more pills in order to function normally.
Tolerance. The development of this problem happens when substances such as alcohol, opioids, and benzodiazepines like Diazepam are continually used. And as time progresses, the body is no longer satisfied with the dose and can’t produce the same results, meaning that a patient’s body has become immune to the medication and the dose has to be increased, the amount of time it is taken, or in some cases both (increase in frequency and dose).
Withdrawal. When a person is dependent on the Diazepam tablets, life-threating symptoms may appear when the dose is decreased or stopped dramatically. Patients who wish to stop taking the medication are prone to continue using it. So, it is critical to be aware of the following symptoms:
Addiction. Some people confuse addiction with tolerance, but those two problems are different. With tolerance, as explained earlier, a patient’s body becomes immune to the medication and requires an increase in the dose or frequency of consumption because the drug is no longer producing the desired effect. The addiction, on the other hand, is an uncontrollable desire to keep taking more and more of the substance no matter what the outcome is.
People who are addicted do not rest until their body and mind are satisfied with enough Diazepam. That is why it is of significant importance that a doctor is aware of a patient’s complete medical history.
Once addiction is present and confirmed, it is possible to treat but with the help of a drug treatment program. There, it is imperative to be aware of the signs listed above and take the necessary action if and when needed.
Other Signs and Symptoms of Diazepam Abuse (include but are not limited to):
- Dizziness and drowsiness.
- Double vision.
- Lack of coordination.
- Slurred speech.
- Poor memory and concentration.
- Muscle weakness.
- Stupor, this is a state where a patient is almost unresponsive.
It is very important to understand that insomnia, depression, and anxiety can last longer (several months) following acute withdrawal from benzos. Furthermore, it may contribute to relapse in recovering addicts.
When Diazepam is combined with other medications and or alcohol, the combination of those leads to very serious mental or physical problems that can be deadly. Such risks can occur, especially when mixing barbiturates, opioids such as heroin or medications for pain, alcohol, drugs for sleep problems, for example, Ambien and more.
The final conclusion here is that a patient should never combine medications, no matter how safe they are or appear to be. Such actions could result in terrible consequences. Always consult with a doctor before combining any medications and tell your GP if you have other health problems or if you have been addicted before to other medications.