What are Diazepam tablets?
Diazepam is a benzodiazepine. Diazepam is the generic version of Valium. Benzodiazepines belong to a group of medicines that slow down the central nervous system. Diazepam relieves anxiety and nervousness. It also can help patients cope with alcohol withdrawal, relax muscles, and treat certain types of seizures (convulsions). Federal law prohibits the transfer of Diazepam to any person other than the patient for whom it was prescribed. Do not share this medicine with anyone else. Generic diazepam tablets are available.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take Diazepam medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
•an alcohol or drug abuse problem
•bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis or other mental health condition
•lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sleep apnea or other breathing difficulties
•seizures or a history of seizures
•shortness of breath
•an unusual or allergic reaction to diazepam, other benzodiazepines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
•pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take Diazepam medicine?
Take Diazepam tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. If Diazepam upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Elderly patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction to this medicine and need smaller doses.
What if I miss a dose of Diazepam?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next Diazepam (generic Valium) dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What drug(s) may interact with Diazepam?
•female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills
•herbal or dietary supplements such as kava kava, melatonin, St. John's Wort or valerian
•medicines for anxiety or sleeping problems, such as alprazolam, lorazepam or triazolam
•medicines for depression, mental problems or psychiatric disturbances
•medicines for fungal infections (fluconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole)
•medicines for HIV infection or AIDS
•prescription pain medicines
•rifampin, rifapentine, or rifabutin
•some antibiotics (clarithromycin, ciprofloxacin, erythromycin, troleandomycin)
•some medicines for colds, hay fever or other allergies
•some medicines for blood pressure or heart problems (amiodarone, digoxin, diltiazem, nicardipine, verapamil)
•some medicines for seizures (carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone)
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your Diazepam medication works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking Diazepam?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
•lightheadedness or fainting spells
•mood changes, excitability or aggressive behavior
•movement difficulty, staggering or jerky movements
•problems passing urine
•weakness or tiredness
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
•difficulty sleeping, nightmares
•dizziness, drowsiness, clumsiness, or unsteadiness; a "hangover" effect
What should I watch for while taking Diazepam?
Visit your prescriber or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your body can become dependent on Diazepam, ask your prescriber or health care professional if you still need to take it. However, if you have been taking Diazepam (generic Valium) regularly for some time, do not suddenly stop taking it. You must gradually reduce the dose or you may get severe side effects. Ask your prescriber or health care professional for advice. Even after you stop taking Diazepam it can still affect your body for several days.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how Diazepam affects you. To reduce the risk of dizzy and fainting spells, do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Alcohol may increase dizziness and drowsiness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds or allergies without asking your prescriber or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients can increase possible side effects.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking Diazepam.
Where can I keep my Diazepam medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: The above information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug. This information is not intended to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions, or adverse effects for this drug. If you have questions about the drug(s) you are taking, check with your health care professional.
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