Is It Safe To Take Fluoxetine (prozac) With Diazepam (valium)?

Yes. Fluoxetine can cause insomnia, Diazepam is prescribed to counteract this, however its effects are reduced when taken on a regular basis. Once your body chemistry is settled there should be no need for ‘sleepers’ except in extreme circumstances. If insomnia persists and the Diazepam is not effective enough you should speak to your GP.
As with all prescribed meds steer well away from alcohol and other recreational drugs.

10 thoughts to “Is It Safe To Take Fluoxetine (prozac) With Diazepam (valium)?”

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  2. It is perfectly fine to take both together. And it is a very common combination. The only interaction between the two drugs is that the amount of diazepam might be a little higher than normal. This is because the Prozac will reduce a liver enzyme that metabolises Valium. But it is very insignificant and not a real problem.
    Good luck

  3. This combination should generally be avoided because Fluoxetine can increase the effects of benzo’s, but the two can be given together with caution.
    But that’s not the only problem. Why do you want to take Valium in the first place? The uses of valium in medicine are now very limited indeed. Valium is highly addictive so there is a high risk of dependency. Valium is also pointless as a sleep aid or to help anxiety because the body develops tolerance to the drug in a very short space of time.
    If you take Valium for three consecutive nights in a row and omit on the fourth night, you will experience some degree of withdrawral.
    Neither of these two drugs will ever sort out your underlying problem either.

  4. Fluoxetine (Prozac) is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won’t go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Fluoxetine (Sarafem) is used to relieve the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder, including mood swings, irritability, bloating, and breast tenderness. Fluoxetine is in a class of medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It works by increasing the amount of serotonin, a natural substance in the brain that helps maintain mental balance.
    Diazepam is used to relieve anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures and to control agitation caused by alcohol withdrawal. Diazepam is also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome and panic attacks.
    Before taking fluoxetine,tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications and vitamins you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: diazepam (Valium).
    Similarly before taking diazepam, tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially antihistamines; fluoxetine (Prozac).(MedlinePlus)
    Fluoxetine prolong the action of diazepam by inhibiting its elimination.(Wikipedia)
    Fluoxetine (Prozac) may prolong the effects of diazepam by inhibiting liver enzymes that break down diazepam. Dosages may need to be decreased when these drugs are used with diazepam. (MedicineNet)
    Consult your doctor.
    Please note that I am not a medical professional.

  5. They are not contraindicated and there has been no clinical evidence as to a drug reaction between the two. I would assume that yes they are ok to take together, but I would ask a mental health professional and an MD.

  6. Yes-it is a common combination. Also, my friend was given Valium to help with sleep after back surgery and she is on a daily dose of Prozac.

  7. if both medications were dispensed by same pharmacy then they would have told u of any interaction also if the same doctor prescribed both they should have warned u if not. check the leaflet in the box and ask yr pharmacist to be sure

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