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User Reviews for Diazepam to treat Muscle Spasm

Also known as: Valium, Valtoco, Diastat, Diastat AcuDial, Diazepam Intensol, Diastat Pediatric

Diazepam has an average rating of 8.5 out of 10 from a total of 142 ratings for the treatment of Muscle Spasm. 82% of users who reviewed this medication reported a positive effect, while 9% reported a negative effect.

Diazepam Rating Summary

8.5/10 average rating

142 ratings from 152 user reviews.

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Reviews for Diazepam

Lennyg · Taken for 10 years or more November 13, 2019

Valium (diazepam): “Been using Valium for over 25 years for sciatica and anxiety. Saved me from potential hospital visits for both my conditions. I use 10 mg about 3 to 4 times a week. I have stopped when conditions were better for up to a month without any withdrawal problems. Valium is a wonder drug when not in the hands of abusers who get all the attention necessary to cause its false accusations as a problem drug. It is a problem for some just as alcohol is a problem for many that cannot restrain from abuse. It should be unlawful for employers to define what medications my doctor prescribes to me or anyone. We have let the lawyers and the ignorant decide what allows us to survive in this chaos of repression we call a free society. Robot doctors are overriding the decisions prescribed by my doctor of over 40 years. Hippocratic oaths are now broken in the name of government infringement on our rights. ”

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Truth · Taken for 10 years or more May 19, 2019

“I suffer from 14 ruptured discs & numerous Pinched Nerves in my Cervical, Lumbar, & Thoracic Spine; Mylofascial Syndrome; Radiculopathy; Sacroiliitis; Sciatica; Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis; & Severe Migraines. I have been on & off Valium, Diazepam, NSAIDS (gave me 2 ulcers), Neurotin, Gabapentin, Zanaflex etc. Nothing except for Valium or its generic Diazepam has ever helped as much for my severe Muscle Spasms & nerve pain! I have taken myself on & off Valium/Diazepam several times just to ensure the medication was helping or needed. I have never been addicted to or asked to increase my prescribed dosage of Valium/Diazepam. This medication kept me working over 10 years longer than I could with out it. And provides a Quality of Life I couldn’t have w/o it. Medications such as benzodiazepines & opiates are safe when used as prescribed!”

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Headcloud · Taken for 10 years or more September 7, 2020

“Diazepam is MUCH more effective for fibromyalgia pain. I also have 6 herniated discs, pinched/damaged nerves, and arthritis in my spine and all joints. In addition to that, I have severe, non-stop chronic tinnitus in my right ear, as well as RLS and RBD. Diazepam is the one drug that treats ALL of these conditions. 20mg at bedtime helps me sleep, and lasts all day. I hate how benzodiazepines have become demonized. They are some of the safest, most studied, most effective drugs on the market. Diazepam provides people with an extremely improved quality of life where they would otherwise be suffering. SSRIs and SNRIs come with risk of withdrawal syndrome equal to or worse than benzodiazepine withdrawal. The difference is, benzodiazepines actually work, whereas SSRIs and SNRIs are placebo. No other drug on the market can treat so many conditions so effectively.”

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Sheeba · Taken for 10 years or more December 11, 2019

“I have taken this medication for 10 years I have multi level degenerative disk disease and an autoimmune disorder I take ten mg a night. It has stopped a lot of the muscle spasms and some of the pain along with oxycodone 30 mg a day never a side effect, which is more than I can say for the rest of the garbage they gave me. Now the Dr's are afraid to prescribe and I am back to trying all those horrible meds that have many side effects and no relief. I also got only 2 weeks notice before they quit prescribing it to me. After ten years this medication is great and after working so hard at being useful and never abusing this or any other med I do not know what to do. This medication is great for me I know it does not deserve the bad rep it is getting.”

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blue-sky · Taken for less than 1 month September 12, 2019

“Valium has been a life saver for pelvic pain/muscle spasms. I have been diagnosed w/ Chronic myofascial pain from my Obturator Internus (hip muscle) which causes vaginal pain and spasms. I could no longer sit or drive. I had to quit my job because of the pain. The Dr's had "human guinea" pigged me and tried me on Amitriptyline, Lyrica, Gabapentin, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Prozac, and Aleve. Not one of those garbage meds helped me. Finally Valium has helped. I am the one who researched it and found that it is used for muscle spasm. On top of all the garbage meds docs had me try, I had 8 different nerve blocks + botox which did nothing. It seems like no Doc wants to prescribe a medicine that actually works because its a Benzo. But I don't abuse meds and I don't have an addictive personality and the docs know that. I was desperate and started the process to go to Mayo clinic over the pain it caused. I am happy to share any info.”

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Grinding discs · Taken for 2 to 5 years September 10, 2019

Valium (diazepam): “I’ve been on many muscle relaxants for my many ailments and nothing worked. My surgeon after my first operation put me on diazepam for the horrendous spasms that wake me in the middle of the night is severe pain and I’ve been taking it now for years at night under close supervision. I do not have to take as much medication during the day. Works great and no side effects. I don’t take them every night just as needed.”

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Rache · Taken for 5 to 10 years March 28, 2021

“I have herniated discs in my neck which causes terrible pain between and around my shoulder blades and down my left arm. I also have herniated discs in my lower back and pain goes into my left hip and left leg. With fibromyalgia added onto this days can be pretty bad to say the least. For the past 6 years I can honestly say there is nothing I haven’t tried..root blocks, trigger point injections, Botox, physio, acupuncture, possibly every home remedy going and all the nasty meds eg. Gabapentin, Amitriptyline etc and nothing has worked except Diazepam! I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it, I only have the 2mg tablets and use them for emergency’s only as doc really reluctant to prescribe regularly and seems like I’m not the only one having this prob after reading other reviews here. So when my pain is at it’s max, when I can’t literally move as my back is in so much spasm that’s when I take it, rest of the time I just have to put up with the pain daily.”

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SJC123 · Taken for 1 to 6 months June 16, 2021

“I was on Diazepam for a couple of months then my doctor was switched and was taken off because it was a benzo! I have bipolar disorder osteoarthritis and possible autoimmune disorder. The pain that I started to suffer in my upper thighs at night was unbearable. Then I started to get terrible muscle spasms in my feet and calf muscles so bad that one night my husband had to call the ambulance and I was rushed to to hospital. Finally got a new specialist and he immediately put me back on Diazepam explaining that it helps with anxiety thus helps to relax muscles. I am now on 15mg working my way up to 20mg and for the first time in months have not had a muscle spasm and have been able to start to sleep. I am a 52 year old woman and have my own business thought I was going to have to stop working. This drug is given a bad reputation but used properly is a life saver!!”

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ExperienceSpeaking · Taken for less than 1 month October 26, 2013

“I rate diazepam a "10", it's still the best & safest in it's class -- but only when taken very sparingly. I liken it to a 'fire extinguisher', use only in case of emergency. If you take on a daily schedule (e.g., 3 times a day, every day) then you're making yourself a slave, and you'll be dull-witted & stupid much of the time. Just like reliance on any pill. We owe it to our families, friends, employers and ourselves to be productive, happy and helpful. I have the 5 mg. tablets in case of emergency. It acts fast, not too strong. There's no craving for 'another pill' hours or even days later, because it's very long acting. Be smart. Use only in case of real emergency and it's the best.”

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Malone · Taken for 10 years or more April 20, 2019

Valium (diazepam): “I've taken valium 10 mg. 2x daily for neck muscle spasms and headaches for 15 years now. This has been the most effective medication I have taken for my issue. The company I work for is now telling me that I can't take this anymore because it's on a new restricted list. Nothing else that I have taken works without having some sort of side effect.”

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Chrissy · Taken for 1 to 2 years September 27, 2019

“I have 3 spinal diseases & have several spinal surgeries & need to have more. I have chronic pain. I was on diazepam for about, 2 years or so. I have tried all natural thing’s & also many other meds similar to diazepam that haven’t worked for me. I sure would love to have my diazepam script back. I feel that diazepam is older than me & has been tested to be tried & true. Unlike some other meds. I feel it is & was a huge benefit to me & my health. An absolute life saver.”

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Lana050513 · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 14, 2014

Valium (diazepam): “I have fibromyalgia and a undiagnosed connective tissue disorder and this medicine has helped me with spasms and pain as well as trigger points reduction. Currently using it for a anxiety med as well this medicine has helped with All of the above at the same time taking the place of numerous medications. I feel this should be used as substitute for multiple meds to reduce the amount of potential interactions and unnecessary additional medications.”

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laverdad · Taken for 10 years or more November 25, 2014

Valium (diazepam): “My muscle spasms in my spine were caused by injury. They have gotten worse with age. BUT, I had Doctors who listened. I cannot take "pain" pills or even NSAIDS. And because of the injury to my head, aspirin in large doses. Valium was prescribed by three Neurologists-but in low doses. The reviews I have read that are negative to Valium have the patients taking doses WAAAY to high. They are creating zombies. I take 6 Mg. a DAY--and it works and I have live with this spine pain--on a cane--for many years. They cannot "cure" it, but Valium has made it possible for me to stay out of a wheelchair. The Doctors who overprescribe are CREATING a problem for the patient. It is a very effective medication, cheap and very mild side effects.”

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MrJW · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 2, 2019

“Valium when especially used in the evening gives me a very decent sleep as the tension in my muscle spasms, twitches, stiffness are significantly improved. Doctor had stopped it after bad press. Tried neuro stuff, lyrica (rubbish), antidepressants (really? rubbish), therapy (hmm), random pain meds but valium all the way. No side effects just relief.”

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CA Mom April 4, 2017

Valium (diazepam): “My new GP has been recommending Valium for over a year for chronic mid-back/facet joint paint and intermittent neck pain (bad disks from C3-C5) and sciatica/torn labrum at right hip, but I resisted her recommendation. The chronic back pain flares every night, and often wakes me up and forces me out of bed. It takes several hours for the pain to recede every morning, which is demoralizing. Three nights ago I started taking 5 mg of valium at bedtime, and each morning I've awakened with less and less pain so that I'm hardly taking any pain medication during the day. Fingers crossed that I can continue to take this dose at bedtime - the other testimonials on this website are giving me hope that this might be the case!! Hallelujah!”

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SJ · Taken for 5 to 10 years September 28, 2020

“I’ve taken Valium fairly regularly for about 8 years. First started out prescribed 10 mg daily as needed, always broke in 1/2 or even 1/4s. Then got a new script for 5 mg daily, still mostly break in half, take a whole a couple times a week if needed. It’s *the* med best hands down I’ve tried for chronic pain: migraines, degenerative spine arthritis, herniated disc (spine surgery), sciatica, muscle spasms in my neck and lower back. Also for bad chronic TMJ, I’ve made a paste in a small bit of water, rubbed it on my back gums. Almost immediate relief. I’ve tried to be judicious about taking it. Even though it’s a benzo, and not an opiate, it can be very difficult to get off it. Because it’s so good. I also experienced little to no side effects. Sometimes woozy as with a Sudafed or similar. Nothing alarming. Anyways, hope this is helpful. If your doctor will prescribe it, (sometimes they’re hesitant), get it. Try it out.”

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renee croft November 15, 2013

Valium (diazepam): “Very helpful with back injury & muscle spasms. No side effects that I'm aware of. My condition is severe, without it and other meds I still have restless poor sleep due to severe pain & spasms but I barely have no sleep or relief without it.”

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marie November 29, 2020

Valium (diazepam): “I had severe neck tightness 5 days ago and alleve did not help. I finally fell asleep but the next day I could not move my head more than an inch without severe shooting pain. Even texting hurt - the nurse where I live prescribed Baclofen which did not help at all-still shooting pain, no movement. So I called a surgeon and he said Valium is the best for muscle spasms. I asked the nurse practitioner to prescribe it but she would not, (no controlled substances") These strong drugs are for a reason!! I was in excruciating pain till I got the valium and acetaminophen filled (from another county) the pain and tightness noticeably lessened by the end of the day. The next day, yesterday, I did not need the pain reliever, just the valium. It is the BEST for muscle spasm and I only took half a dose today. I will be saving them for when i have another serious ailment and doctors won't prescribe!!!”

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Jersey 58 · Taken for less than 1 month September 28, 2019

“I suffer from chronic pain everyday and there are days that I can't get out of bed. I have interstitial cystitis, pelvic floor dysfunction and spinal stenosis and herniated discs and now the drs are saying I have neurologic problems. The pain everday keeps me from functioning in my life. The simplist things are so painful for me. I was given Valium for the pelvic floor dysfunction and it seemed to relax the nerves and help a great deal. I only take one if I'm very bad that day. Their aren't any other medications I want to take because of the big hype about getting addicted. My drs said theirs not much they can do for me being I have this autoimmune disease. I have to live my life so if this medication is prescribed and it helps some then this is my only alternative. If someone can come up with better advice I would gladly take it. I hate drugs but I have to do what my dr says or whats the sense of going to him.”

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Jem · Taken for 10 years or more September 25, 2019

“I have a form of muscular dystrophy and this is the only drug that will stop my spasms. I've been on if when needed for 15+ years and would not be a working, functioning, contributor to society without it. I take a very low dose when needed. I can now live life to the fullest without pain. I'm so thankful for this drug.”

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Veronica · Taken for less than 1 month March 24, 2020

“I recently pulled a muscle in my lower back. I had been taking ibuprofen but it didn't seem to help as much as I thought it would. Since I was in pain I wasn't sleeping well. I'm prescribed Diazepam 10mg for anxiety and take them as needed. I thought it couldn't hurt to take a small piece to help me relax and sleep. It's been amazing how it's stopped the pain in my back and I haven't needed any ibuprofen in a day now.”

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bobweezl · Taken for 1 to 2 years September 4, 2012

Valium (diazepam): “I have been put on Valium to relieve the muscle spasms and aches due to the reduction of Prednisone, which I have been taking for a long period of time (26 years). Anyway this reduction of Prednisone has caused me quite a bit of muscle spasms, muscle aches, and muscle pain. The 10 mg of Valium relieves the muscle spasms and achiness. I feel the Valium is a God send for my relief. I take one 10-mg tab of Valium every morning when I wake up, as that is when the muscle pain is most severe. The Valium is effective in relieving the effects of the tapering down of my Prednisone level. Valium works very well for me. I rate the Valium a 10 in my relief!”

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USAF Girl · Taken for 6 months to 1 year December 19, 2014

Valium (diazepam): “I suffer from lower back pain. I had a back fusion in November 2013 about 6 months ago I started having really bad back spasms around the area they did the fusion which was my L-5/S-1. They had me on Flexeril but did not help they tried the Valium and it works. I do not take it every day only when I have the spasms between that and the Percocet it is the only thing that works. But I only take them as needed.”

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Nile · Taken for 10 years or more September 10, 2019

“Have had episodes of back pain that lay me up for days, no pain killer works but just 2mgs diazepam twice a day has by far the biggest effect. Takes away the spasm and general anxiety that is a vicious circle for me as I am autistic and worry when I cannot move. Use wisely and I found a small dose when needed is the best solution. As long as sensible it is not addictive but again use in moderation only when needed.”

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Missey D · Taken for less than 1 month November 26, 2018

Valium (diazepam): “Last week I went to the emergency room with my neck completely frozen and a blinding headache. After 72 hours of trying heating pads & everything from Advil to Flexeril to Vicodin with NO effect, I was convinced it had to be meningitis. My BP (normally a chill 120/70) was 145/92, so when the doc said 'I'm not trying to minimize what you're going thru, but you've just got a stiff neck; I'm giving you valium', I was furious. Well, my apologies to the ER doc, because so far it has worked like a charm--only 4 days and I've got 80% of my mobility back, and the remaining pain is manageable with Advil. I always thought Valium was only an anti-anxiety drug, but I'm happy to have been mistaken. I'd highly recommend this as short-term treatment for muscle spasm; Flexeril had always been my go-to, but if for some reason it's ineffective on your spinal pain, Valium is great. However, I can't WAIT to get off it: I feel it's really impaired my mental acuity.”

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