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Valium Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Valium
Generic Name: diazepam (Pronunciation: dye AZ e pam)
- 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 is diazepam (Valium)?
Diazepam is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peens). Diazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety.
Diazepam is used to treat anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, or muscle spasms. Diazepam is sometimes used with other medications to treat seizures.
Diazepam may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Diazepam 10 mg-BAR
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Diazepam 10 mg-IVA
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Diazepam 10 mg-MYL
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Diazepam 10 mg-WAT
round, blue, imprinted with 10, DAN 5620
Diazepam 2 mg-BAR
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Diazepam 2 mg-ESI
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Diazepam 2 mg-IVA
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Diazepam 2 mg-MYL
round, white, imprinted with MYLAN 271
Diazepam 2 mg-WAT
round, white, imprinted with 2, DAN 5621
Diazepam 5 mg-BAR
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Diazepam 5 mg-IVA
round, yellow, imprinted with Z 3926, 5
Diazepam 5 mg-MYL
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Diazepam 5 mg-SCH
round, yellow, imprinted with DAN 5619, 5
Diazepam 5 mg-WAT
round, yellow, imprinted with 5, DAN 5619
Valium 10 mg
round, blue, imprinted with ROCHE ROCHE, VALIUM 10
Valium 2 mg
round, white, imprinted with 2 VALIUM, ROCHEROCHE
Valium 5 mg
round, yellow, imprinted with ROCHE ROCHE, VALIUM 5
What are the possible side effects of diazepam (Valium)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior;
- unusual risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, no fear of danger;
- depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
- hyperactivity, agitation, aggression, hostility;
- new or worsening seizures;
- weak or shallow breathing;
- a feeling like you might pass out;
- muscle twitching, tremor;
- loss of bladder control; or
- little or no urinating.
Common side effects may include:
- memory problems;
- drowsiness, tired feeling;
- dizziness, spinning sensation;
- feeling restless or irritable;
- muscle weakness;
- nausea, constipation;
- drooling or dry mouth, slurred speech;
- blurred vision, double vision;
- mild skin rash, itching; or
- loss of interest in sex.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Valium (diazepam tablets) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
What is the most important information I should know about diazepam (Valium)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to diazepam or similar medicines (Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, Xanax, and others), or if you have myasthenia gravis, severe liver disease, narrow-angle glaucoma, a severe breathing problem, or sleep apnea.
Do not use diazepam if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.
Do not start or stop taking diazepam during pregnancy without your doctor's advice. Diazepam may cause harm to an unborn baby, but having a seizure during pregnancy could harm both the mother and the baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking diazepam for seizures.
Before you take diazepam, tell your doctor if you have glaucoma, asthma or other breathing problems, kidney or liver disease, seizures, or a history of drug or alcohol addiction, mental illness, depression, or suicidal thoughts.
Do not drink alcohol while taking diazepam. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol.
Never take more of this medication than your doctor has prescribed. An overdose of diazepam can be fatal.
Diazepam may be habit forming. Never share diazepam with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction.
Additional Valium Information
- Valium Drug Interactions Center: diazepam oral
- Valium Side Effects Center
- Valium Overview including Precautions
- Valium FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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