What is Valium Used For?

Valium or diazepam, a derivative of benzodiazepine, is a colorless to light yellow compound, insoluble in water. It is used for both medical and non-medical reasons. To appreciate why valium is used as described in the following section it is vital to understand the overall effect that this compound has on the human body.

Valium enhances the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid, or simply GAMA, a  neurotransmitter in the human brain. The more GAMA there is in the synopses of nerves, the less active the human brain becomes. On another note, diazepam is also considered an anti-epileptic, hypnotic and an anxiolytic drug that affects the central nervous system. Having understood this background it is now
possible to appreciate what this drug is used for and why.

Medical use

Due to the properties of valium highlighted above, this drug is commonly used to tranquilize or sedative people or to induce amnesia before some specific medical procedures are carried out. Due to its anti-epileptic, hypnotic and anxiolytic nature, this medication is also used treat many conditions including the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Panic attacks
  • Neurological diseases
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Tremors and seizures

Non- medical use

can be a psychoactive drug; it can create some “high” feeling in some people. For this reason, some people use it recreationally to calm down. Other non-medical uses of this drug include:

  • Lethargy
  • Relaxation
  • Inducing feelings of drowsiness
  • Loss of inhibition


Generic valium is available from a limited number of manufacturers. This generic version has the same basic characteristics and effects as original valium. However, there is no generic formulation of diazepam injectable; injection available. Users are advised that though generic valium is available online, some fraudulent online pharmacies may try to sell illegal versions of generic diazepam. Such medications are most likely counterfeits and potentially harmful.