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Diazepam, better known as Valium, is a benzodiazepine used for anxiety, muscle stiffness, muscle spasms and alcohol withdrawal.[1]

Theory[edit | edit source]

Evidence[edit | edit source]

The Canadian Consensus Criteria for ME/CFS states that diazepam may be useful for anxiety in people with ME/CFS.[2]

Risks and safety[edit | edit source]

Misuse of diazepam carries a serious risk of addiction, overdose, and death.[1]

Side effects include:

Costs and availability[edit | edit source]

Perscription only. Widely available but may be restricted due to the high risk of addiction and substance abuse.[1]

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ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

adverse reaction - Any unintended or unwanted response to the treatment under investigation in a clinical trial.

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A fatigue-based illness. The term CFS was invented invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an replacement for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Some view CFS as a neurological disease, others use the term for any unexplained long-term fatigue (idiopathic chronic fatigue) without additional symptoms. Sometimes used as a the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, despite the different diagnostic criteria.

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