What Do Valium Pills Look Like?

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS


Valium often comes in pressed pills that are either yellow, blue, orange, or white. There are a number of manufacturers that make Valium, so it’s important to review the imprints and color codes they use if you want to identify the real thing.

Valium is the brand name for the benzodiazepine and central nervous system sedative diazepam. It’s used to relieve the symptoms of mental health conditions like anxiety disorders. It’s also used to control agitation that can come with alcohol withdrawal and to control muscle spasms. 

But what does the prescription drug look like? Whether you’re taking the medication with a prescription or buying it on the street to abuse it, it’s important to know what the legitimate drug looks like so you don’t end up with a counterfeit version.

What Do Valium Pills Look Like?

Valium pills come in a variety of colors and dosages, and can be identified by different imprints printed or etched on each pill.

Yellow Valium Pills

Some Valium pills are 5 mg tablets and are often yellow in color and round in shape. Where they differ is the imprint on each pill. The imprint often changes depending on the pharmaceutical manufacturer.

Some of the imprints on yellow Valium include:

  • 3926
  • 5
  • DAN 5619
  • MYX 942
  • TEVA
  • Z 3926
  • TEVA 3926
  • 2683 V
  • Barr 555 363
  • 3592 RUGBY
  • 052 R

Orange Valium Pills

Valium can also be found as orange pills. They are also 5 mg in strength and round in shape. The imprint on the orange Valium pill is usually “MYLAN 345.”

Blue Valium Pills

There is also a 10 mg blue Valium pill. It’s round in shape and the imprints you can find on each pill include:

  • TEVA 3927
  • 10 DAN 5620
  • 2684 V
  • Barr 555 164
  • 3593 RUGBY
  • Z 3927 10
  • 053 R

White Valium Pills

There is also a white Valium pill. It’s round and usually comes in a 2 mg strength. Some of the imprints etched on these pills include:

  • TEVA 3925
  • MYLAN 271
  • 2 DAN 5621
  • L.L. D 51
  • Barr 163
  • 3591 RUGBY
  • 2 Z 3925
  • 051 R
  • 2682 V

Side Effects Of Valium

Beyond knowing what Valium looks like, it’s also important to know the side effects it can produce. Whether you use Valium as directed or abuse the drug, side effects are likely to occur.

Some of the most common side effects of Valium use can include:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • muscle weakness
  • headache
  • blurred vision
  • nausea
  • constipation
  • confusion
  • difficulty urinating
  • frequent urination

Drug Interactions With Valium

It’s also vital to know what drugs you shouldn’t take with Valium. Combining certain drugs with Valium can create an adverse reaction that can possibly be life-threatening.

Some of the drugs that shouldn’t be mixed with Valium include:

  • nutritional supplements
  • antihistamines
  • barbiturates
  • digoxin
  • disulfiram
  • ketoconazole
  • medications for anxiety and depression
  • monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • muscle relaxants
  • sedatives


It’s also important to know what medical conditions Valium can make worse.

If you have any of the following health problems, you should not use or abuse Valium:

  • myasthenia gravis
  • sleep apnea
  • lung disease
  • liver disease
  • heart disease
  • narrow-angle glaucoma
  • open-angle glaucoma
  • history of depression or other mental illnesses

Valium Overdose

Abusing Valium, either short-term or long-term, can lead to an increased risk of overdose. A Valium overdose, if left untreated, can be life-threatening. 

If you or a loved one notice that you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately:

  • sleepiness
  • confusion
  • tiredness
  • breathing problems
  • slowed heartbeat
  • loss of consciousness

Valium is classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means that it has a lower potential for abuse than many other drugs. But that doesn’t mean you can’t build up a physical dependence or an addiction to the drug.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Long-term Valium abuse can lead to a physical dependence and when you build up a dependence and then try to quit the medication, serious withdrawal symptoms can occur. 

These symptoms can make the first days and weeks of recovery quite difficult. It’s often why going through detox while under the supervision of a healthcare provider is highly recommended.

Some of the withdrawal symptoms of Valium can include:

  • headache
  • tremors
  • sweating
  • muscle pain
  • vomiting
  • confusion
  • insomnia
  • panic attacks
  • memory issues
  • reduced appetite
  • muscle twitching

Treating Valium Addiction

If you or a loved one are struggling with benzodiazepine abuse, Ohio Recovery Center can help you on your road to recovery. Our clinicians and addiction specialists can build a treatment plan that suits your specific needs. 

Part of your treatment plan may include treatment options like detox, inpatient drug rehab, medication-assisted treatment, and aftercare support.

To learn more, please call our helpline today.

  1. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682047.html
  2. WellRx https://www.wellrx.com/valium/drug-images/

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Ohio Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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