When taking Diazepam to combat generalized anxiety disorder, there are some drug interactions that you should be wary of. Certain medications, when combined with Diazepam can decrease, increase or modify the effects of Diazepam. Prior to taking Diazepam, it is good to speak to a medical professional first and give them a laundry list of prescription as well as over-the-counter medications you take on a daily or semi-daily basis. Make sure to even include any daily vitamins, minerals, and herbal products. Once you are on Diazepam, if you start a new medication, be sure to check with a doctor first if it can be combined with Diazepam.
Here is a comprehensive list of all medications that warrant a discussion with a doctor prior to taking Diazepam (Generic Valium):
Some diet pills that affect the treatment
Antidepressant medications (such as Citalopram, Amitriptyline, Doxepin, Fluoxetine, and Paroxetine)
Barbiturates (including Amobarbital, Butabarbital, Mephobarbital, Secobarbital, and Phenobarbital)
Psychiatric disorder medications (including Aripiprazole, Chlorpromazine, Haloperidol, Prochlorperazine, Mesoridazine, and Promethazine)
Narcotic medications, especially Methadone, Morphine, and Oxycodone
Other Benzodiazepines (such as Alprazolam, Clonazepam, Lorazepam, and Triazolam)
Medications to help with insomnia
When mixed with anesthetics, barbiturates, antipsychotics, narcotics, seizure medications, and antidepressants, you can increase the risk of confusion, drowsiness, difficulty breathing and confusion. Other more severe side effects can occur as well depending on the amount of each medication in your system.
Though not a technically a medication (although some people do this as a version of “self medication”), you should be warned about the adverse affects of mixing alcohol with Diazepam. Both are central nervous system depressants and can therefore slow down the activity of your brain. Consuming alcohol while at the same time Diazepam is not recommended by medical professionals. Side effects of the combination of Diazepam (Valium) and alcohol include drowsiness, memory problems, dizziness, unusual behavior, and coordination difficulties. It can also decrease heart and breathing rates which can lead to fainting and even death.