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Diazepam injection
DIAZEPAM - INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

DIAZEPAM - INJECTION

(dye-AZZ-eh-pam)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Valium

Uses

This medication is used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal, tremor, muscle spasms and to control seizures. It may also be used before surgery or procedures to reduce apprehension and anxiety.

How To Use

This medication is given by injection into a vein or muscle by a health care professional. Use this medication exactly as directed. Do not increase the dose or use it more often or continue using this for longer than prescribed.

Side Effects

Drowsiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, headache or irritation at the injection site may occur as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop: a rapid heart rate, chest pain, yellowing of eyes or skin, mood changes, incoordination, strange thoughts, mental confusion, depression. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: kidney problems, heart disease, liver problems, seizure disorder, any allergies. To avoid dizziness and lightheadedness when rising from a seated or lying position, get up slowly. Alcoholic beverages will aggravate these effects. Use caution performing tasks requiring alertness if this medication causes you to feel drowsy. A preservative (benzyl alcohol) which may be found in this product or in the liquid used to mix this product (diluent) can infrequently cause serious problems (sometimes death) if given by injection to an infant during the first months of life (neonatal period). The risk is greater with lower birth weight infants and is greater with increased amounts of benzyl alcohol. Symptoms include sudden gasping, low blood pressure, or a very slow heartbeat. Report these symptoms to the doctor immediately should they occur. If possible, a preservative-free product should be used when treating neonates. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor for details. Diazepam passes into breast milk and has had undesirable effects on nursing infants. Using this medication while breast-feeding is not recommended.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take, including: sedatives, antidepressants, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include confusion, slow reflexes, clumsiness, deep sleep, and loss of consciousness.

Notes

This medication is also available in an oral form which you may be switched to when possible.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom.