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Diazepam Information

Diazepam is a prescription medicine. It is typically used for the treatment of Anxiety, Epilepsy. The alternative uses of Diazepam have also been explained below.

Medical history of the patient along with age and gender determines the dosage of Diazepam. Individual symptoms and route of administration also determines the right dosage. Refer to the dosage section for a detailed discussion.

Apart from the aforementioned side effects, Diazepam can also lead to other problems, which have been listed below. These side effects of Diazepam are usually temporary and subside with the completion of treatment. If, however, they worsen or do not go away, please speak with your physician.

In addition, Diazepam's effect is Moderate during pregnancy and Severe for lactating mothers. In addition, Diazepam's effects on the liver, heart and kidney are discussed below in the Diazepam related warnings section.

Diazepam is contraindicated in people with pre-existing medical conditions like Myasthenia Gravis (MG), Liver Disease, Glaucoma as it can result in adverse effects. The section on Diazepam contraindications lists all such conditions.

Drug reaction of Diazepam with other medicines has been reported. A complete list of these interactions is given below.

In addition to the above precautions for Diazepam, it is important to know that it is not safe while driving, and is not habit-forming.



Diazepam Benefits & Uses

Diazepam is used to treat the following -

Main Benefits

Other Benefits

Diazepam Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

Find the right dosage based on disease and age

Age Group Dosage
Adult
  • Disease: Anxiety
  • Before or After Meal: After Meal
  • Single Maximum Dose: 10 mg
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 3 daily
  • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
  • Special Instructions: Dose range: 2 - 10 mg, 2 - 4 times daily, depends on severity of disease
Geriatric
  • Disease: Anxiety
  • Before or After Meal: After Meal
  • Single Maximum Dose: 2.5 mg
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 2 daily
  • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
  • Special Instructions: Dose range: 2 - 2.5 mg, 1 - 2 times daily
13 - 18 years (Adolescent)
  • Disease: Anxiety
  • Before or After Meal: After Meal
  • Single Maximum Dose: 2.5 mg
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 3 daily
  • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
  • Special Instructions: Dose range: 1 - 2.5 mg, 3 - 4 times daily
2 - 12 years (Child)
  • Disease: Anxiety
  • Before or After Meal: After Meal
  • Single Maximum Dose: 2.5 mg
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 3 daily
  • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
  • Special Instructions: Dose range: 1 - 2.5 mg, 3 - 4 times daily


Diazepam Side Effects

Based on research, the following side effects have been observed when Diazepam is used -

Severe

Moderate

Mild

Diazepam Related Warnings

  • Is the use of Diazepam safe for pregnant women?


    Pregnant women may experience moderate side effects from Diazepam. It is best to stop taking Diazepam immediately and inform your doctor if you notice any discomfort.

    Moderate
  • Is the use of Diazepam safe during breastfeeding?


    Women who are breastfeeding, may experience serious side effects after taking Diazepam. So it is adviced to consult the doctor before using it.

    Severe
  • What is the effect of Diazepam on the Kidneys?


    Diazepam rarely affects the kidneys.

    Mild
  • What is the effect of Diazepam on the Liver?


    Side effects of Diazepam on the liver are unknown because research on this has not been conducted yet.

    Unknown
  • What is the effect of Diazepam on the Heart?


    Diazepam has very mild side effects on the heart.

    Mild


Severe Interaction of Diazepam with Other Drugs

Diazepam should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -

Severe

Moderate



Diazepam Contraindications

If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Diazepam unless your doctor advises you to do so -



Frequently asked Questions about Diazepam

  • Is this Diazepam habit forming or addictive?


    Yes, Diazepam can get addictive. Consume it only after doctor's advise.

    Yes
  • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?


    No, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery after taking Diazepam as you may feel sleepy.

    Dangerous
  • Is it safe?


    Yes, but consume Diazepam only on doctor's advice.

    Safe, but take only on Doctor's advise
  • Is it able to treat mental disorders?


    Yes, in many cases, taking Diazepam can help with mental disorders.

    Yes

Diazepam Interactions with Food and Alcohol

  • Interaction between Food and Diazepam


    It is safe to take Diazepam with food.

    Safe
  • Interaction between Alcohol and Diazepam


    Consult your doctor before consuming alcohol while taking Diazepam as it can have severe side effects.

    Severe


Frequently asked Questions about Diazepam

Question about 5 years ago

Can I take Diazepam without consulting a doctor?

Dr. Sameer Awadhiya MBBS , Pediatrics

No, Diazepam is a prescription drug so do not take it without consulting a doctor. This is for your own good as it is a habit-forming drug and can lead to very unpleasant side effects.

Question over 5 years ago

How does Diazepam work?

ravi udawat MBBS , General Physician

Diazepam works by suppressing abnormal activity of nerve cells in the brain through the increase in activity of a chemical messenger known as GABA. This calms the brain and provides relief to the patient.

Question almost 5 years ago

Does Diazepam cause weight gain?

Dr. MBBS , Dermatology, General Physician, Dietician, Infectious Disease, Sexual Medicine & Marital Therapy, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, AIDS/HIV Sexually Transmitted Infections

Yes, Diazepam causes weight gain. However, the exact cause behind it is not known. If you gain weight after taking Diazepam, discuss it with your doctor.

Question almost 5 years ago

Does Diazepam make you sleepy?

Dr. Ram Saini MD, MBBS , General Physician

Yes, Diazepam causes drowsiness, dizziness or sedation. It is one of the most common side effects of this medicine. Do not drive vehicle or operate machinery after taking this medicine.

Question almost 5 years ago

Does Diazepam cause dry mouth?

Dr. Madhur Anand MBBS, MS , General Surgery

Yes, Diazepam causes dry mouth. It is a common side effect of it. If you experience excess dry mouth after taking this drug, then please consult your doctor and follow his/her instructions.



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This medicine data has been created by -

Vikas Chauhan

B.Pharma, Pharmacy
5 Years of Experience


References

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US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [Internet]. Maryland. USA; Package leaflet information for the user; Valium® (diazepam)

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [Internet]. Maryland. USA; Package leaflet information for the user; Diastat® (diazepam)

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