What is this medicine?
DIAZEPAM (dye AZ e pam) is a benzodiazepine. It is used to treat certain types of seizures.
How should I use this medicine?
Patients and caregivers should thoroughly read and understand how to use medicine. Follow the directions given to you by your doctor or health care professional. If an AcuDial syringe is being used and you have any questions about the medicine, you may call 1-877-361-2719. This medicine should be used to treat no more than five episodes per month and no more than one episode every five days.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
angry, confused, depressed, other mood changes
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
difficulty sleeping, nightmares
dizziness, drowsiness, clumsiness, or unsteadiness, a hangover effect
problems with balance, talking, walking
What may interact with this medicine?
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 HIV infection or AIDS
prescription pain medicines
rifampin, rifapentine, or rifabutin
some medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, or primidone
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply; this medicine is not for regular use.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
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 or breathing disease
seizures or a history of seizures
an unusual or allergic reaction to diazepam, other benzodiazepines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine 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 doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients can increase possible side effects.