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Valium Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is diazepam (Valium)?
- What are the possible side effects of diazepam (Valium)?
- What is the most important information I should know about diazepam (Valium)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking diazepam (Valium)?
- How should I take diazepam (Valium)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Valium)?
- What happens if I overdose (Valium)?
- What should I avoid while taking diazepam (Valium)?
- What other drugs will affect diazepam (Valium)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Valium)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Valium)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of diazepam can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, loss of balance or coordination, limp or weak muscles, or fainting.
What should I avoid while taking diazepam (Valium)?
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Do not drink alcohol while taking diazepam. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with diazepam and lead to unwanted side effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.
What other drugs will affect diazepam (Valium)?
Taking diazepam with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can cause dangerous or life-threatening side effects. Ask your doctor before taking diazepam with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with diazepam, especially:
- an antibiotic--clarithromycin, erythromycin, telithromycin;
- an antidepressant such as fluoxetine, fluoxetine, and others;
- antifungal medicine--itraconazole, ketoconazole, voriconazole;
- heart or blood pressure medication such as diltiazem, nicardipine, quinidine, verapamil, and others; or
- HIV/AIDS medicine--atazanavir, delavirdine, fosamprenavir, indinavir, nelfinavir, saquinavir, or ritonavir.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with diazepam, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about diazepam.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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