When it comes to medication or anything else to do with healthcare, no one ever wants to associate their quality care with being cheap. But with the price of some medications skyrocketing and insurance companies covering less of the expense, cheaper is what we look for. In most cases, the best way to get drugs cheaper is to get generic equivalents of name brand drugs. While many drugs are not cheap even in generic form, knowing the generic equivalents of drugs can make a difference when it come to affording them.
Diazepam is the generic equivalent for valium and therefore, diazepam is cheaper than valium. Diazepam is in a class of drug called benzodiazepines. Diazepam is commonly prescribed as an anti-anxiety medication to relieve anxiety and tension and relieve muscle spasms. Sometimes diazepam is prescribed to control certain type of seizures and may be used for other purposes as determined by a doctor.
Diazepam works by blocking certain chemical receptors in the brain that might trigger anxiety, tension or muscle spasm. Diazepam, as with other benzodiazepines, is habit forming. Withdrawal symptoms may occur when stopping the medication and many doctors prefer a gradual decrease in the dose before stopping all together.
Diazepam is available as capsules, liquid, and rectal gel suppository. Common side effects of diazepam include dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, nausea, and trouble sleeping accompanied by vivid dreams. Side effects that should be reported to your doctor immediately include hives, rash or itching, hallucinations and change in vision along with any other side effects that might be troublesome. Diazepam is passed through breast milk and should not be taken by pregnant women.
If your doctor prescribes Valium for a condition, check with local or online pharmacies about substituting with diazepam, which will cost less. If you are prescribed diazepam for a period longer than 30 days and have a mail order prescription plan, it may be cheaper to purchase it and other long-term meds by mail.
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