Diazepam: Uses & Side effects

Diazepam is a benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety.

Diazepam is used to treat anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, or muscle spasms.

Diazepam is sometimes used with other medications to treat seizures.

Important Information

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to diazepam or similar medicines (Klonopin, Xanax, and others), or if you have myasthenia gravis, severe liver disease, narrow-angle glaucoma, a severe breathing problem, or sleep apnea.

MISUSE OF THIS
MEDICINE CAN CAUSE ADDICTION, OVERDOSE, OR DEATH, especially in a child or
other person using the medicine without a prescription.

Fatal side effects
can occur if you use this medicine with opioid medicine, alcohol, or other
drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.

Do not give this medication to a child younger
than 6 months old.

Side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to diazepam: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Diazepam can slow or
stop your breathing, and death may occur.
A person caring for you should seek emergency medical attention if you have
slow breathing with long pauses, blue colored lips, or if you are hard to wake
up.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • weak or shallow breathing;
  • severe drowsiness or feeling like you might pass out;
  • depressed mood, thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself;
  • confusion, hallucinations;
  • anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping;
  • hyperactivity, agitation, aggression, hostility;
  • unusual risk-taking behavior; or
  • new or worsening seizures.

The sedative effects of diazepam may last longer in older adults. Accidental falls are common in elderly patients who take benzodiazepines. Use caution to avoid falling or accidental injury while you are taking this medicine.

Common diazepam side effects may include:

  • drowsiness;
  • tired feeling;
  • muscle weakness; or
  • loss of coordination.

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