Diazepam is a benzodiazepine, which works by affecting certain chemicals present in the brain that are not balanced in people suffering from anxiety. Diazepam is basically useful in treating symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, anxiety disorders and muscles spasms. Sometimes it is also used in combination with other drugs to treat seizures.
Avoid using Diazepam if you are allergic to the medicine or to similar drugs like Restoril, Ativan, Xanas,Klonopin or if you are suffering from myasthenia gravis, narrow angle glaucoma, serious liver disease, sleep apnea, seizures, history of drug abuse, mental illness, suicidal thoughts, depression or serious breathing problems. Speak to your doctor if you have any of these health ailments.
Diazepam can be habit forming too. Misuse of this medication can result in overdose, addiction or even death. Avoid giving this medication to children less than 6 months.
To ensure the medication is safe for you or not, tell your health care provider if you have these health problems
- emphysema, COPD, asthma, bronchitis or breathing problems
- seizure disorder or epilepsy
- history of alcohol or drug addiction
- liver or kidney disease
Seek emergency help in case you experience these symptoms
- no or little urinating
- aggression, agitation, hostility, hyperactivity
- worsening or new seizures
- unusual behaviour or thoughts, confusion or hallucinations
- decreased inhibitions, unusual behaviour which provokes in taking risks
- shallow or weak breathing
- suicidal thoughts, depression or feel like hurting yourself
- tremor, muscle twitching
Common side effects are
- tired feeling
- loss of coordination
- muscle weakness
Using Diazepam with other medications can have adverse effects, therefore let your doctor know if you are using other medications or stopped using any. Some drugs that can interact with Diazepam are
- blood pressure or heart such as nicardipine,diltiazem, verapamil, quinidine
Diazepam and pregnancy
When you are on medication for controlling seizures do not stop or start using Diazepam during pregnancy without consulting your doctor. Diazepam can cause harm to the unborn baby, but getting seizures is more harmful to both the baby and the mother. Inform your doctor if you get pregnant while you are on Diazepam for treating seizures.
When treating muscles spasms, alcohol withdrawal or anxiety, if you use Diazepam while you are pregnant, there are chances that your baby becomes drug dependent. This can also lead to withdrawal symptoms in your baby, which can be fatal post birth. In such cases babies may need treatment for a many weeks, so inform your doctor if you are planning to conceive or become pregnant.
Diazepam and breastfeeding
Diazepam can secrete into breast milk and can harm your baby. Do not breastfeed your baby while taking this medication.
Misusing this medicine can be dangerous so avoid using the medicine in excess. Do not use the medicine in excess amounts than recommended by the doctor. Misuse can lead to overdose, addiction or death.