Diazepam Intensol

1 Diazepam (Oral Route): A Summary

Brand: Diazepam Intensol, Valium

Generic: Diazepam (Oral Route)

Brand name:

Diazepam Intensol, Valium.

Diazepam is a benzodiazepine used for the relief of symptoms of anxiety and alcohol withdrawal.

This drug may also be used to treat certain seizure disorders and help relax muscles or relieve muscle spasm.

This drug slows down the nervous system. This drug requires a prescription.

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2 What to Know Before Using

Before taking this drug, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider.

Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.

Studies in children below 2 years of age regarding the relationship of age to the effects of diazepam have not been performed while safety and efficacy have not been established.

This drug is contraindicated for use in infants less than 6 months of age. Studies in the elderly have not demonstrated any geriatric-specific problems that would limit the utility of diazepam.

Adjustments in the dose of the elderly may be required since they are more likely to experience severe drowsiness, clumsiness, or unsteadiness.

Risks to the fetus have been reported in studies of pregnant women and animals but these may be outweighed by the benefits of therapy in a life threatening situation or a serious disease.

Harmful infant effects have been reported in studies of breastfeeding women. An alternative to this drug should be prescribed or you should stop breastfeeding while using this drug.

Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as:

  • Alfentanil
  • Amobarbital
  • Anileridine
  • Bromazepam
  • Buprenorphine
  • Butabarbital
  • Butalbital
  • Carbinoxamine
  • Carisoprodol
  • Chloral Hydrate
  • Chlorzoxazone
  • Cobicistat
  • Codeine
  • Dantrolene
  • Eslicarbazepine Acetate
  • Ethchlorvynol
  • Etravirine
  • Fentanyl
  • Flibanserin
  • Fosphenytoin
  • Fospropofol
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Levorphanol
  • Meclizine
  • Meperidine
  • Mephenesin
  • Mephobarbital
  • Meprobamate
  • Metaxalone
  • Methadone
  • Methocarbamol
  • Methohexital
  • Mirtazapine
  • Morphine
  • Morphine Sulfate Liposome
  • Orlistat
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Pentobarbital
  • Phenobarbital
  • Phenytoin
  • Primidone
  • Propofol
  • Propoxyphene
  • Remifentanil
  • Secobarbital
  • Sodium Oxybate
  • Sufentanil
  • Suvorexant
  • Tapentadol
  • Thiopental
  • Zolpidem
  • Amitriptyline
  • Amprenavir
  • Clarithromycin
  • Dalfopristin
  • Disulfiram
  • Erythromycin
  • Fluvoxamine
  • Ginkgo
  • Isoniazid
  • Quinupristin
  • Rifapentine
  • Roxithromycin
  • St John's Wort
  • Theophylline
  • Troleandomycin

Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects.

Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as alcohol abuse, drug abuse or dependence, breathing problems or lung diseases, glaucoma, Kidney disease or Liver disease.

3 Proper Usage

To prevent any side effects, take this drug exactly as directed on the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional. The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients.

The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.

Adults with anxiety are given 2 to 10 milligrams two to four times per day. Older adults are initially given 2 to 2.5 milligrams once or twice per day.

Your healthcare professional may gradually increase the dose if necessary. Children 6 months of age and older with anxiety are given 1 to 2.5 milligrams three or four times per day.

Your child's healthcare professional may increase the dose if necessary. Use and dose in infants below 6 months of age must be determined by your healthcare professional.

Adults with alcohol withdrawal are given 10 milligrams three or four times for the first 24 hours, then 5 mg three to four times per day if necessary.

Older adults are given 2 to 2.5 milligrams once or twice per day. Your healthcare professional may gradually increase the dose if necessary.

Use and dose in children must be determined by your healthcare professional. Adults with muscle spasm are given 2 to 10 milligrams three or four times per day.

Older adults are given 2 to 2.5 milligrams once or twice per day. Your healthcare professional may gradually increase the dose if necessary.

Children 6 months of age and older with spasms are initially given 1 to 2.5 milligrams three or four times per day. Your child's healthcare professional may increase the dose if necessary.

Use and dose in infants below 6 months of age must be determined by your healthcare professional. Adults with seizures are given 2 to 10 milligrams two to four times per day.

Older adults with seizures are initially given 2 to 2.5 milligrams once or twice per day. Your healthcare professional may gradually increase the dose if necessary.

Children 6 months of age and older with seizures are initially given 1 to 2.5 milligrams three or four times per day. Your child's healthcare professional may increase the dose if necessary.

Use and dose in infants below 6 months of age must be determined by your healthcare professional. A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible.

However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.

Store the drug in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children.

Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.

4 Precautions to Take

Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug.

This drug has teratogenic potential and it is recommended to use an effective form of birth control to prevent any chance of pregnancy.

Inform your healthcare professional immediately if you think you have become pregnant while using this drug.

This drug will potentiate the effects of alcohol and other CNS depressants such as antihistamines or drug for hay fever, other allergies, or colds, sedatives, tranquilizers, or sleeping drug, prescription pain drug or narcotics, barbiturates, muscle relaxants, or anesthetics, including some dental anesthetics.

This effect may last for a few days after you stop taking this drug. Check with your healthcare professional before taking any of the above whiles you are using this drug.

This drug may cause some people, especially older persons, to become drowsy, dizzy, lightheaded, clumsy, unsteady, or less alert than they are normal.

Make sure you know how you react to diazepam before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert or able to think or see well.

5 Potential Side Effects

Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms.

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the drug, the side effects will slowly disappear.

Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional.

Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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