Diazepam (Valium)

Harm Reduction

  • Alcohol can interact negatively with diazepam, so it’s not a good idea to drink while you’re taking it
  • Benzodiazepines can also interact with one another, so it’s not a good idea to take diazepam if you are already taking another benzo. If in doubt, check with a doctor
  • If you’ve been prescribed diazepam and you notice a tolerance starting to develop (you need to keep taking more to get the same effect) speak to your doctor- don’t just start increasing your dose yourself
  • Don’t suddenly stop taking them, or you may start to experience symptoms of withdrawal- these can range from a return of your original symptoms (possibly even worse than before) to totally new symptoms
  • If you have become addicted to diazepam, the symptoms of abruptly stopping are likely to be even worse- it’s important to get proper medical advice on how to reduce your intake slowly
  • It’s also possible to become psychologically dependent on the drug (feeling like you need it all the time)- if you think this is happening, see your doctor as soon as possible, but don’t suddenly stop taking it.