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   Posted 4/15/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey ya'll,
Anyone out there tried Diazepam for night time spasticity/RLS/and attempts at prima ballerina moves we do in our sleep!!!! If so, has it helped? I know Baclofen is usually the drug of choice, but interested in info on this drug. Thanks to all.

Elizabeth smilewinkgrin
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   Posted 4/15/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Elizabeth,

I love the image of the prima ballerina moves while sleeping!  Ok so Diazapam is generic for Valium.  It is a very effective medication for many conditions.  It is an anti-anxiety med, it also works as a muscle relaxer.  It has been used as an anti-convulsant and a treatment for insomnia.  It is in the benzo family.  It is similar to lorazapam (klonopin).  It can be addictive.  It is commonly used in MS to treat night time spasticity. 

My experience with it has been restricted to vertigo with nausea.  If you take Diazapam with meclizine, you can decrease the nausea associated with vertigo.  It works for my only at very high doses and I am wrecked after..........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

I do however use Klonopin on occasion in the same manner.  Klonopin decreases my leg movement and spasticity and even helps with nerve pain.  It does make me sleepy so it is not a good day time med for me. 

I hope this  helps.  I am sure someone else will be along with their experiences as well.

Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 4/15/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there, its been awahile again since I have been here!  Just came back from San Francisco, and it was great..

I am not on Valium, but I am on Ativan, which is in the same family. For me it works wonderful. Since all of this MS stuff going on with me, anxiety has played a major part, so this does in fact settle me down, and helps my head feel better when I do so. I find that it takes away the foggy head feeling that I get, as well, it helps relieve the spasticity that I get in my neck and shoulders.

I have also found, under a doctors recommendation, that it helps when I get heart palps, I make sure that I alway have some on hand.  When I leave the house, I check to see if I have my keys, wallet, oh and yes, my Ativan.

Yes it can be addictive, but this depends on the amount that you take and for how long. But at this stage of my life, I can deal with this, if in fact I am addicted.  I know it sounds silly, but I do not know if I am or not...

Have a nice day


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