Also, what are the pros and cons? Do physicians still prescribe it? Are there other drugs that help to reduce the effects of stress only when needed and not long term?
Pros are it will work for a few weeks or a month or two and then will stop working due to tolerance
Depends on where you live. In the USA for some strange reason the doctors prefer more potent benzodiazepines which are stronger than valium and more addicting eg clonazepam (klonopin), alprazolam (xanax).
Cons, once tolerance has started developing this means addiction has started to kick in and you body will not be able to function without it.
The withdrawal symptoms can include psychosis, anxiety paranoia, seizures which can be life threatening and many other withdrawal effects.
The withdrawal effects and damage to the central nervous system can take many months or a year or 2 to fully recover from. You do not want to get addicted to these drugs.
Valium works the same way as other prescription tranquillisers, muscle relaxants and sleeping pills with same side effects and risks.
I would do some research on benzodiazepine addiction, long term use, withdrawal symptoms, protracted withdrawal and see what you find. Valium is a benzodiazepine.
You should look for what is causing your stress and tackle that. If it is job stress then change jobs. If it is bereavement try to accept the loss although hard.
Also excessive alcohol use can cause addiction similar to valium and sometimes stress is withdrawal symptoms from excessive alcohol so if that is the case cut out alcohol for a few months and see how you feel.
Change your life not your brain chemistry!
by: mark f
on: 21st May 07