|DESCRIPTION FOR VALIUM
Valium treats anxiety, muscle spasms, insomnia, and epilepsy.
Brand Name(s): Valium®, Valrelease®, Vazepam®
Generic Name: Diazepam
WHEN YOU SHOULD NOT USE VALIUM
You should not use Valium if you have had an allergic reaction to
Valium or any other benzodiazepine (such as Halcion®, Librium®, or Xanax®). You should not use
Valium if you have glaucoma.
HOW TO USE AND STORE VALIUM
Your doctor will tell you how much Valium to take and how often. Keep all
Valium out of the reach of children.
Valium may be taken with or without food.
Valium tablets and solution at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.
Swallow capsules whole; do not chew or crush.
Store at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.
If you miss a
Take the missed Valium dose as soon as possible if within 1 hour of your scheduled dose. If you remember more than 1 hour after you should have taken
Valium, skip the missed Valium dose and take your next
Valium dose at the regular time. You should not use two
Valium doses at the same time.
DRUGS AND FOODS TO AVOID
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Do not drink alcohol while taking Valium.
Tell your doctor if you are also taking cimetidine (Tagamet®).
Check with your doctor before taking other medicines, especially drugs that can make you sleepy, such as sleeping pills, tranquilizers, sedatives, antihistamines, antidepressants, or narcotic pain-killers.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant while taking
Valium, tell your doctor.
Talk with your doctor before taking Valium if you have glaucoma, a seizure disorder, or lung, kidney, or liver disease.
Tell your doctor if you have a history of depression or mental illness.
Valium can be habit-forming. You should not use more than the prescribed amount
of Valium for longer periods than your doctor has ordered.
If you have taken Valium for 4 weeks or more or in large doses, do not stop taking
Valium suddenly. You may need to take smaller and smaller doses
of Valium before stopping.
The side effects of Valium may be greater in older adults and children.
may make you drowsy or dizzy. Be careful if driving a car or using machinery.
VALIUM SIDE EFFECTS
Call your doctor right away if you have any of these side effects:
Irritability, agitation, or anger
If you have problems with these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor.
Difficulty going to the bathroom (urinating)
Drowsiness or dizziness
"Hangover" effects after bedtime use
Mild nausea and vomiting