Generic brands do not work for me, and I have been told they stopped making Valium 5mg. Is this true, and if so what is the closest alternative to this medication. I am on this medication as Insulin gives me bad nerve pains after injection, and the original valium stops it.
I assume you are referring to this news? "Valium, one of the world's best-known tranquillisers, has been taken off the market by its maker. Roche has decided to stop producing the branded version of a drug prescribed to millions... " All that means is soon you won't be able to buy the Roche branded Valium anymore. You will still be able to buy 'Valium' in its regular strengths; it just won't be made by Roche.
Have you always bought Roche pharmaceuticals Valium (original manufacturers; patent expired)? If not you have effectively been using a identical copy or generic already. Any product that bears the name Valium or Diazepam still has to be FDA approved. If it is not the same it should be reported to the FDA (which is easy).
Here is some easy to absorb information about your medication:
Good luck with it as the Roche product will probably be sold out pretty much everywhere quite soon.
To those who suggest generic brands of the same drug are exactly the same is TOTALLY FALSE and misleading.
I have been a quadriplegic for 27 years and I have used the Roche brand valium for this long (27 years) I take half a tablet 3 times per day, so a total of 7.5mg.
Only recently (6 weeks here in Australia) I have been using a generic brand of Valium, my mother didn't even tell me about the change as she takes care of all my drugs.
After the fourth day my muscle spasms increased dramatically and I also started to sweat profusely, I put up with this for 3 weeks, thinking I had a UTI which I didn't. I then told mum and she informed me about Roche no longer making them, thankfully mum kept a packet of the Roche Valium that I have been on for 27 years and we tried going back on them and within 36 hours the muscle spasm and sweating stopped.
I understand generic drugs might have the same effect on some individuals, especially those who haven't used it for long periods, but for those who have been on a specific brand for a long period of time the differences are phenomenal.
If they were the same I would have never noticed any difference.
So please don't say that all generic drugs are the same because that is NOT true at ALL.
Stephen T. is correct. First off here is a little history, Roche initially made all the drugs classified as 'hypnotics' (drugs such as Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Librium, Dalmane are under the classification of hypnotic drugs, as are many others, and they all were initially developed by Roche). Roche developed these drugs back in the 1960's as an alternative to barbituates, which had become problematic at the time due to overdose deaths (here is a trivia note: Marylin Monroe overdosed on barbituates). Once the government allowed generics to come onto the market (I believe it was back in the mid1980's) and compete against brand name meds like Roche, then basically over time Roche started getting priced out of the market by these generic drug companies.
In early 2014 Roche made the business decision to just quit making their hypnotic drugs and leave that market to the generic drug companies. Then Roche immediately quit manufacturing most of their hypnotics. However Roche is still making a couple of hypnotics, Valium being one of them. But Roche gradually will quit making all hypnotics in the oral pill form including Valium which they phase out over time. Then the generic brand of hypnotics will be the only brand of hypnotic drugs available on the market under their generic name such as alprazolam (Roche brand name is Xanax), diazepam (Roche brand name is Valium), lorazepam (Roche brand name is Ativan) and so on. If you are still getting these Roche brand meds (eg. Valium), then it won't last to much longer that you will be able to get Valium under the Roche brand name as Roche will eventually phase Valium out too. Since the Roche brand names that everyone is all familiar with, cost so much more compared to buying the generic brand of hypnotics, Roche as a business just can't afford to compete against all these generic brand of hypnotic class drugs, which are so muich cheaper than the Roche brand name hypnotics.So Roche is just going to stop manufacturing any and all of their hypnotic brand drugs altogether.
Now there are some good diazepam generic brand meds out there you can get, but on the other hand there are some bad ones out there too. You need to do some research and find which generic brand diazepam (i.e. Valium) works best for you because there are several different brands of diazepam made by different generic drug companies out there on the market. Ask a pharmacist or do an Internet search and you may have to try taking different generic brands of diazepam before you find one that works best for you.
Also diazepam is not a pain reliever med, it is for anxiety and it is also a muscle relaxer. I suspect your doctor is giving you the Valium because you have a lot of anxiety built up before you have to give yourself an insulin shot which affects how you feel after you take your insulin shot. The Valium helps you relax before you give yourself an insulin shot, which makes things easier for you to relax afterwards.
- Valium Information for Consumers
- Valium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Valium (detailed)
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