Valium 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 may also be used before a surgery or medical procedure to help relieve stress, nervousness, or anxiety and to reduce memory of the procedure. This drug slows down the nervous system. This drug requires a prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before using Valium, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it.
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 injection 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 injection.
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:
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.
Proper usage of Valium requires strict adherence to your doctor’s orders. A trained healthcare professional will be the only one to give you this drug. This drug is given through a needle placed in one of your veins or injected into one of your muscles.
Your healthcare professional may give you or your child a few doses of this drug until your condition improves, and then you or your child may be switched to an oral drug that works the same way. Consult with your healthcare professional for any concerns.
4 Precautions to Take
Before using Valium, there are some precautions you must 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
Make sure you meet with your doctor in using Valium to avoid unwanted potential side effects. 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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