Diazepam:
What is it?

Diazepam:
How is it Used?


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Diazepam Overview

Overview

(dye AZ e pam)

Created: 2006-10-13 11:55:33.0

Modified: 2010-03-19 13:11:24.0

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Canadian Brand Names

Apo-Diazepam®; Diastat®; Diastat® Rectal Delivery System; Diazemuls®; Novo-Dipam; Valium®

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

How does it work?

• Diazepam works through the brain to relieve pain.

• It calms the brain.

How is it best taken?

Oral:

• Take this medicine with food.

• A liquid (concentrate, solution) is available if you cannot swallow pills.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

• The liquid (concentrate) should be mixed with water, juice, soda, applesauce, or pudding before taking.

Rectal:

• Follow directions given by healthcare provider or read the package insert.

• Do not use more than 5 times in a month or more than once every 5 days.

• Diastat® AcuDial™: Check to make sure proper dose is locked in. Will see green ready band.

Injection:

• This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

• The injection will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

• Throw away any unused medicine by flushing down toilet or sink.

Mexican Brand Names

Ifa Fonal; Ortopsique; Sunzepam; Valium

Pharmacologic Category

Benzodiazepine

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to diazepam or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have any of the following conditions: Glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, severe liver disease, severe lung disease, or sleep apnea.

• If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.

• If you are breast-feeding.

U.S. Brand Names

Diastat®; Diastat® AcuDial™; Diazepam Intensol™; Valium®

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

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