What side effects does diazepam have?

We pointed out at the beginning: the duration of treatment should be short, supervised by our doctor, not exceed 8-12 weeks and never exceed the prescribed doses . Beyond this period of time and if we exceed the amount of recommended drugs (or if we combine them with others on our own) the consequences can be serious.

Let’s see now what side effects Diazepam has, which, as we can deduce, are common to most benzodiazepines.


Most common side effects of diazepam

  • Drowsiness.
  • Impaired motor function.
  • Coordination problems.
  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Small memory failures

Effect of diazepam due to a principle of mild dependence

  • Tremors and more obvious problems of coordination.
  • Nervousness, irritability.
  • Insomnia.
  • Headaches
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Problems to drive safely.
  • Difficulties to speak fluently.
  • Problems of concentration .
  • Antegrade amnesia.

Severe symptoms of Diazepam dependence

  • Tachycardia
  • Paradoxical states of conscience
  • Irregular breathing, fast or slow.
  • Lack of coordination.
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Muscular weakness.
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Muscle pain.
  • Bluish nails due to a lack of oxygen in the blood.

In conclusion. We think that a good part of the population that receives treatment for anxiety usually takes diazepam for quite long periods, which often leads to dependence and tolerance to the drug . This means that little by little we will need higher doses to achieve the same effect and our health will be the one that will be lost.

Psychotropic drugs, although valid in many cases, are not always a response or a complete response to our black holes. Chemistry numbs, relaxes and mitigates worries, but it hardly solves problems. It’s like putting on crutches when you have been shot in the leg: the crutches allow you to walk, but once you leave them, if there is no other type of intervention, you will be unable to continue.

In this sense, we use the crutches, but we do not renounce the operation (psychological treatment). Let’s make room for the psychological approach and give the opportunity to our body and our health not to acquire a dependence to live.

Diazepam as Sleeping Aid.


It depends on your sleep disorder and how serious it is, your doctor will decide whether you should take this medication or not. For example, you can not take it if you suffer from sleep apnea or breathing problems, but it can be prescribed in cases of recurrent insomnia.

And of course, nothing to take this drug during pregnancy.

Normally, Diazepam is prescribed to sleep in cases of insomnia, but with certain restrictions:

  • It is a short-term treatment, no more than a month, because it can generate addiction.
  • It is preferable to do it intermittently with small doses.
  • They help you fall asleep faster , keep your sleep longer and wake up less at night, but it is still a temporary palliative solution. We must attack the root of our sleep problem to eradicate it completely.
  • Even if they help us sleep longer, this dream is not quality and is usually lighter than it should be.
  • It has many side effects that, in the long run, can even make our sleep problems worse.



Some of the drugs under brand that we find in pharmacies are the following:

  • D-Val®
  • Dizac®
  • Valicot®
  • Valium®
  • Valrelease®
  • Zetran®


As we have seen, Diazepam does not solve our sleep problems in the long term (in fact, it worsens and alters our circadian rhythm), and also generates much addiction , with all that that entails. Also, you will only get it if your doctor considers it appropriate.

If you really want to eradicate your problems to sleep, I recommend you look for the source of your disorder and start with small changes that will allow qualitative and quantitative leaps of your dream. For example:

  • Start with the basics : establish a regular sleep schedule and make the environment of your room comfortable and pleasant.
  • A healthy diet and regular exercise are essential for the quality and quantity of our sleep.
  • If you suffer from stress or work anxiety, try meditation or relaxation techniques, such as the famous mindfulness.
  • Try natural remedies, such as teas or infusions . Our grandmothers are not wrong!
  • If nothing of the above serves you, try it with pills without a prescription . Normally they are not harmful and are composed of natural ingredients.
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