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Valium (diazepam) Uses, Dosage, Side Effects


11.27.2017 | John Carrington
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Valium (diazepam) Uses, Dosage, Side Effects

Do not start or stop taking Valium during pregnancy without your doctor's advice. Diazepam may cause harm to an unborn baby, but having a seizure during pregnancy could harm both the mother and the baby. l your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking diazepam for seizures.

an antidepressant such as fluoxetine and others;

sleep apnea (breathing stops during sleep); or.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with diazepam, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. After you have stopped using this medicine, flush any unused pills down the toilet.

You should not use Valium if you are allergic to diazepam or similar drugs (Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, Xanax, and others), or if you have:

a history of mental illness, depression, or suicidal thoughts or behavior;

Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peens). Diazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety.

unusual risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger;

See also: Side effects (in more detail).

Diazepam can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

When treating seizures, do not start or stop taking Valium during pregnancy without your doctor's advice. Valium may cause harm to an unborn baby, but having a seizure during pregnancy could harm both the mother and the baby. l your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking Valium for seizures.

Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, loss of balance or coordination, limp or weak muscles, or fainting.

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if you use a narcotic (opioid) medication.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 6 months old.

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Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Valium should be used for only a short time. Do not take this medicine for longer than 4 months without your doctor's advice.

Valium may be habit-forming. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death.

Valium is used to treat anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, or muscle spasms.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Valium : hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

an antibiotic--clarithromycin, erythromycin, ithromycin;

Alcohol Withdrawal atenolol, diazepam, Tenormin, chlordiazepoxide, Librium, clorazepate, More.

Do not stop using Valium suddenly, or you could have increased seizures or unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using diazepam.

new or worsening seizures;

kidney or liver disease;

Valium is sometimes used with other medications to treat seizures.

To make sure Valium is safe for you, l your doctor if you have any of these conditions: glaucoma;

The sedative effects of Valium may last longer in older adults. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take benzodiazepines. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking Valium.

myasthenia gravis (a muscle weakness disorder); severe liver disease;

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at. An overdose of diazepam can be fatal.

depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;

a history of drug or alcohol addiction; or.

antifungal medicine--itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole;

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Other brands: Diazepam Intensol, Diastat, Diastat AcuDial, Diastat Pediatric.

Light Sedation promethazine, diazepam, Phenergan, Demerol, chlorpromazine, midazolam, More.

loss of bladder control; or.

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Before you take Valium, l your doctor if you have glaucoma, asthma or other breathing problems, kidney or liver disease, seizures, or a history of drug or alcohol addiction, mental illness, depression, or suicidal thoughts.

Availability Rx Prescription only.

Muscle Spasm cyclobenzaprine, Soma, baclofen, tizanidine, diazepam, Flexeril, More.

CSA Schedule 4 Some potential for abuse.

Valium is not approved for use by anyone younger than 6 months old. Do not give this medicine to a child without a doctor's advice.

Take Valium exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing problems;

Approval History 10+ years FDA approved 1963.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with diazepam and lead to unwanted side effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.

alcoholism, or addiction to drugs similar to diazepam.

confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior;

This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Avoid drinking alcohol. Dangerous side effects could occur.

Generic Name: diazepam (dye AZ e pam) Brand Names: Valium.

Call your doctor at once if you feel that this medicine is not working as well as usual, or if you think you need to use more than usual.

Anxiety Xanax, Lexapro, Cymbalta, alprazolam, atenolol, lorazepam, More.

You should not use Valium if you are allergic to diazepam or similar medicines (Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, Xanax, and others), or if you have myasthenia gravis, severe liver disease, narrow-angle glaucoma, a severe breathing problem, or sleep apnea.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail).

Valium may be habit-forming. Misuse of habit-forming medicine can cause addiction, overdose, or death. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.

When treating anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, or muscle spasms: If you take Valium while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. l your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

weak or shallow breathing, a feeling like you might pass out; muscle twitching, tremor;

little or no urinating.

HIV/AIDS medicine--atazanavir, delavirdine, fosamprenavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, saquinavir, or ritonavir.

Taking Valium with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous side effects or death. Ask your doctor before taking a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, prescription cough medicine, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures. cimetidine; disulfiram (Antabuse); omeprazole; phenytoin;

Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Valium is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.

Common Valium side effects may include: drowsiness; tired feeling; muscle weakness; or loss of coordination.

Pregnancy Category D Positive evidence of risk.

epilepsy or other seizure disorder;

hyperactivity, agitation, aggression, hostility;

heart or blood pressure medication such as diltiazem, nicardipine, quinidine, verapamil, and others; or.

Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

While using Valium, you may need frequent blood tests at your doctor's office.

a severe breathing problem;

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