Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, and certain types of seizure. This medicine is a benzodiazepine.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to diazepam or to similar medicines (such as Restoril®, Xanax®). You should not receive this medicine if you are pregnant, or if you have untreated glaucoma.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle or into a vein.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using cimetidine (Tagamet®), theophylline, an MAO inhibitor (Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, Parnate®), medicine for depression (such as Luvox®, Paxil®, Prozac®, Serzone®, Zoloft®), phenothiazines (such as Compazine®, Phenergan®, Serentil®, Thorazine®), medicine for seizures (such as Depakote®, Dilantin®, Keppra?, Luminal®, Tegretol®), or any medicine to treat mental illness.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using any medicines that make you sleepy (such as sleeping pills, cold and allergy medicine, narcotic pain relievers, or sedatives).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are breastfeeding, or if you have glaucoma, seizures, breathing problems, liver disease, or kidney disease.
- This medicine may be habit-forming. If you feel that the medicine is not working as well, do not take more than your prescribed dose. Call your doctor for instructions.
- Taking too much of this medicine can cause death. Symptoms of an overdose include: Extreme dizziness or weakness, shortness of breath, slow heartbeat, seizures, and cold, clammy skin.
- This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Severe confusion, drowsiness, or muscle weakness
- Severe nausea or vomiting, stomach pain, increased sweating
- Tremors or muscle cramps
- Yellow skin or eyes
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Blurred vision
- Hangover feeling
- Mild nausea
- Pain, swelling, itching, or irritation where the shot is given
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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