9.25.2017 | Kaitlyn Leapman
Diazepam Oral Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Pictures, Warnings
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Along with its benefits, this medication may rarely cause abnormal drug-seeking behavior ( addiction ). This risk may be increased if you have abused alcohol or drugs in the past. Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lessen the risk of addiction.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist.
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Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Properly stop the medication when so directed. The dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response to treatment. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.
If this drug is used for a long period of time, lab and/or medical tests (such as liver function tests, complete blood count ) may be done while you are taking this medication. Keep all medical and lab appointments.
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If directed by your doctor, take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day.
l your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes (such as memory problems, agitation, hallucinations, confusion, restlessness, depression ), trouble speaking, trouble walking, muscle weakness, shaking (tremors), trouble urinating, yellowing eyes / skin, signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn't go away, fever, chills).
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. If you are using the liquid form of this medication, carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon.
Diazepam is used to treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. It is also used to relieve muscle spasms and to provide sedation before medical procedures. Diazepam belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. This medication works by calming the brain and nerves.
The risk of serious side effects (such as slow/shallow breathing, severe drowsiness/ dizziness ) may be increased if this medication is taken with other products that may also cause drowsiness or breathing problems. l your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products such as opioid pain or cough relievers (such as codeine, hydrocodone ), alcohol, other drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants (such as carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine ), or antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine ).
Before using this medication, l your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: a certain muscle disease ( myasthenia gravis ), lung / breathing problems (such as COPD, sleep apnea ), mental/ mood disorders (such as depression, thoughts of suicide, psychosis ), drug or alcohol abuse, glaucoma, liver disease, kidney disease.
Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe drowsiness, slow reflexes, slow/shallow breathing, fainting, loss of consciousness. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. US residents can call their local poison control center at.
If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, l your doctor right away. It may harm an unborn baby. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor for more details.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely. Some liquid products may contain alcohol.
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Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: slow/shallow breathing.
You may report side effects to Health Canada at. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: clozapine, fluvoxamine, orlistat, sodium oxybate.
When this medication is used for a long time, it may not work as well. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
If you suddenly stop using this medication, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as shaking, abdominal/ muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, anxiety, restlessness, seizures ). Withdrawal is more likely if you have used diazepam for a long time or in high doses. l your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have withdrawal. To help prevent withdrawal, your doctor may lower your dose slowly.
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Taking diazepam with opioid medications (such as codeine, hydrocodone ) may increase your risk of very serious side effects, including death. Get medical help right away if any of these very serious side effects occur: slow/shallow breathing, unusual lightheadedness, severe drowsiness/ dizziness, difficulty waking up. To lower your risk, your doctor should have you take the smallest dose of diazepam that works, and take it for the shortest possible time.
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COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Valium GENERIC NAME(S): Diazepam.
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking diazepam and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment. CONDITIONS OF USE: The information in this database is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of possible side effects.
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Drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, blurred vision, or unsteadiness may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, l your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Take your next dose at the regular time. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip themissed dose. Do not double the dose to catch up.
For some older adults, instead of having a calming effect, diazepam may have the opposite effect, causing mental/mood changes (such as agitation, hallucinations, restlessness). Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially drowsiness and loss of coordination. These side effects can increase the risk of falling.
Avoid alcoholic beverages. This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
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Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.Information last revised January 2017. 2017 First Databank, Inc.
Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough -and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.
For some children, instead of having a calming effect, diazepam may have the opposite effect, causing mental/mood changes (such as agitation, hallucinations, restlessness).
If you are using the concentrated solution, discard the opened bottle after 90 days. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Store at room temperature away from light and moisture.
This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before taking diazepam, l your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to oxazepam or temazepam ; or if you have any other allergies.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching /swelling (especially of the face/ tongue /throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Take all of the mixture right away. If you are using the concentrated solution, use the medicine dropper provided and mix the measured dose with a small amount of liquid or soft food (such as applesauce, pudding). Do not store the mixture for later use.
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Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Breast -feeding while using this medication is not recommended. This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant.
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Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
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This medication may interfere with certain lab tests, possibly causing false test results. Make sure lab personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
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