Generic Name: Diazepam (dye-AZ-e-pam)Drug Class: Antianxiety Agent
- Drug Uses
- General Information
- How it Works
- How to Take It
- Possible Side Effects
- Warnings and Precautions
- Drug Interactions
- Missing a Dose
- Pregnancy or Nursing
This medicine is used for general anxiety disorders, panic disorders and
can be used before surgery to relax you. This medicine may also be used to
prevent seizures, as a muscle relaxant, and for patients coming off of alcohol.
This information is for educational purposes only. Not every known side effect,
adverse effect, or drug interaction is in this database. If you have questions
about your medicines, talk to your health care provider.
How it Works
How to Take It
Follow the directions your doctor has given you. This medicine can be taken
on an empty stomach or with food or milk. Do not stop this medicine abruptly
with talking to your doctor. Avoid uninterrupted and prolonged use of this
Possible Side Effects
- drowsiness, dizziness or clumsiness
- short term memory loss
- anxiety, depression
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Avoid alcohol with this medicine because of the additive drowsiness effects.
- Talk to your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease.
- Do NOT drive a car or perform other tasks that may be dangerous, until you know how this medicine affects you.
- Before taking diazepam, talk to your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease.
- Seek medical attention immediately. For non emergencies, contact your local or regional poison control center.
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you drink alcohol or take other sedative medications including barbiturates or opioid pain medications. Cimetidine (Tagamet), valproic acid (for seizures) and some antidepressants; Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft can increase the effects, and side effects of diazepam.
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out
of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat
and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated
or no longer needed.
If you are or plan to become pregnant, talk to you doctor about the benefits
and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. For nursing mothers, this
medication is excreted in breast milk and should not be used while breast-feeding.
More InformationFor more information, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care provider.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 19 May 2015
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