What is this medicine?
DIAZEPAM (dye AZ e pam) is a benzodiazepine. It is used to treat anxiety and nervousness. It also can help treat alcohol withdrawal, relax muscles, and treat certain types of seizures. This medicine can also be used before surgery and certain procedures.
How should I use this medicine?
The medicine is for injection into a muscle or into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this medicine may be prescribed for children as young as 1 month 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
problems with balance, talking, walking
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
What may interact with this medicine?
herbal or dietary supplements like kava kava, melatonin, St. John's Wort, or valerian
medicines for anxiety or sleeping problems, like 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.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
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?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.