Valium is a sedative that acts on the Central Nervous System. It is an addictive drug because users tend to build up a tolerance to it over time, which makes them feel like they need more in order to experience the effects that they have become used to. This drug is considered to be both psychologically and physically addictive.

When taken orally, Valium usually produces very fast results. Because it is so addictive and appealing to users, it is generally recommended that people not take Valium for more than four weeks at the most.

There are some basic symptoms that you can look for that will indicate an overdose of Valium:

  • Confusion
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Excessive or unusual sleepiness
  • Coma

If you have been taking Valium for an extended period of time, you should know that it is dangerous to simply stop taking it. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe, and may include the following:

  • Tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid heartbeat

Severe withdrawal symptoms are generally associated with long-term users of Valium, and not those individuals who have only been taking the drug for a few weeks or months.


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