The Most Common Side Effects of Valium

Valium (diazepam) is a medication used for the management of anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, seizures, or for the short-term relief of anxiety. You should not take Valium if you are pregnant, if you have an eye disorder known as acute narrow-angle glaucoma, or if you are allergic to diazepam or any other ingredient in Valium, reports PDR Health. There are some common side effects of valium that you should be aware of.

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Drowsiness and Fatigue

Drowsiness and fatigue are common side effects while taking Valium. According to PDR Health, due to the sleepiness and tiredness Valium can cause, you should not drive or operate dangerous machinery until you know how this drug affects you. You should never take alcohol while on Valium, as it increases the effects of the medication and makes your more prone to drowsiness and fatigue. If you are taking Valium and experience severe drowsiness that inhibits your daily lifestyle, contact your health care practitioner.


You may experience constipation while taking Valium. Eating a high fiber diet with ample fruits and vegetables, and drinking at least eight glasses of water each day may be helpful to alleviate constipation. This side effect may diminish after your body has a chance to get used to this medication.

Shakiness and Unsteady Gait

Shakiness and an unsteady walk are common side effects while taking Valium. These may lessen over time as your body adjusts to this medication. You should use caution while driving or operating machinery if you are experiencing these side effects. If these effects do not lessen over time and negatively impact your lifestyle, contact your practitioner.

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