What Valium Does To Your Body

What Valium Does To Your Body

Valium can have many harmful effects on one's body when not used properly.

Now more than ever, prescription drugs are being used as a treatment for a multitude of symptoms and conditions. Just recently consumerreports.org reported that more than half of the American population has been prescribed, or does take medication.

Many of the prescription medications work well and with little side effects, however, some can and will cause symptoms that can be worse than the actual ailment itself. Among common prescription medications is Valium, also known as diazepam.

Valium is a benzodiazepine, meaning that it is a series of agents that affect the central nervous system of the brain. This particular class of medication acts on gamma-aminobutyric acid-A, a neurotransmitter that inhibits or reduces the activity of nerve cells in the brain. This is necessary as Valium is primarily prescribed to treat anxiety symptoms, as well as alcohol withdrawal.

Our neurotransmitters are capable of adapting and developing a tolerance to substances, and as a result, the drug may no longer affect the user after prolonged use. Doctors often counteract this side effect by slowly reducing the dosage over a series of months.

In addition, Valium is known for inducing severe muscle weakness as a result of reducing the stress coming from your neurotransmitters. Other effects Valium can have on the body are slurred speech, and a general incoordination. Some rare side effects of Valium include cramps, memory loss, decreased white blood cell count, and even abnormal liver function. It’s important to keep in mind that your doctor will only be prescribing you an adequate amount based on your symptoms if needed.

If you are prescribed Valium, your doctor will most likely speak to you about any symptoms you may experience, as well as a dietary change, such as avoiding grapefruit. Consumption of grapefruit increases your body’s ability to process benzodiazepine at a much faster rate than usual.

This is due to the fruit containing high amounts of antioxidants that prohibit specific enzymes that are created by the body’s liver to break down medications. As a result, your body ingests the agent much quicker than usual and increase your chances of experiencing severe side effects.

Despite having the ability to negatively affect particular medications, grapefruit is considered to otherwise be healthy by the American Heart Association. Other necessary dietary changes have yet to have been discovered in regard to Valium usage, however, it has been proven to be linked to rapid weight gain or loss depending on your genes and body chemistry. As we make more discoveries in medicine, newer, safer prescription drugs are being developed.

Valium can be incredibly beneficial if needed, however, it may not be right for every patient. Since its introduction to the American population in 1978, more than two billion tablets have been sold spanning across 500 different variations. It’s important to consult your physician and consider the pros and cons of taking Valium.

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I Weigh Over 200 Lbs And You Can Catch Me In A Bikini This Summer

There is no magic number that determines who can wear a bikini and who cannot.

It is about February every year when I realize that bikini season is approaching. I know a lot of people who feel this way, too. In pursuit of the perfect "summer body," more meals are prepped and more time is spent in the gym. Obviously, making healthier choices is a good thing! But here is a reminder that you do not have to have a flat stomach and abs to rock a bikini.

Since my first semester of college, I've weighed over 200 pounds. Sometimes way more, sometimes only a few pounds more, but I have not seen a weight starting with the number "1" since the beginning of my freshman year of college.

My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

There is no magic number that equates to health. In the second photo (and the cover photo), I still weigh over 200 lbs. But I hit the gym daily, ate all around healthier and noticed differences not only on the scale but in my mood, my heart health, my skin and so many other areas. You are not unhealthy because you weigh over 200 lbs and you are not healthy because you weigh 125. And, you are not confined to certain clothing items because of it, either.

This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

If YOU feel confident, and if YOU feel beautiful, don't mind what anybody else says. Rock that bikini and feel amazing doing it.

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The Opioid Crisis Is Real, And You Cannot Run From It

It will come into your community and it will hit with force.

From 1999 to 2016 630,000 people died from a drug overdose, and 350,000 people died from an opioid overdose. 115 people die every day from an opioid overdose. In 2016 there were 63,600 drug overdose deaths and about 66% of those deaths involved an opioid. That is five times higher than the death rate in 1999.

The CDC outlines the opioid epidemic in waves. It all started in the 1990s with prescription opioids, in 1999 the rise in deaths from these prescription opioids make up the first wave. The second wave in 2010 involves the rise in heroin overdose deaths. Then in 2013, the third wave hit with a rise in synthetic opioid overdose rates.

What are prescription opioids?

They are the pain drugs doctors give you for pain. So cancer patients and those in post-surgery recovery are prescribed these the most. The most common drugs are Methadone, Oxycodone aka “Hillbilly Heroin”, and Hydrocodone. Heroin is an illegal street drug that is highly addictive. It is normally injected but can be smoked or snorted.

Fentanyl is the new wave of the opioid crisis. It is a synthetic opioid and is typically used for advanced stage cancer patients. What is so dangerous about fentanyl is its potency, it is 50-100 times more potent than morphine. Some drugs, mostly heroin and cocaine, are cut with fentanyl making the effects of these drugs stronger. This is sometimes done without the knowledge of the people taking them.

A result of the opioid crisis nobody talks about is the effects it has on children. As of 2017, Kentucky leads the nation in babies born addicted to opioids. Part of First Lady Melania Trump’s Be Best initiative is addressing the needs of children affected by this crisis. Especially children born addicted to drugs. These infants are given doses of morphine and slowly taken down off of it. They scream, have seizures or convulsions, and will throw up due to the withdrawal. These children are sometimes placed in the NICU for seven weeks or more.

President Trump was right in declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency. States like Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia might have the highest overdose rates; but unless we address this problem soon your state might be on this list too.

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