Diazepam Dosing

Diazepam Dosing in the Elderly

Since elderly people may be more sensitive to the effects of diazepam, a lower starting dose is required. For all uses, the recommended starting dose is diazepam 2 mg to 2.5 mg once or twice a day. Your healthcare provider may slowly increase your dose if necessary. He or she may also slowly increase your dosage based on how well you tolerate the medicine.
 

Diazepam Dosing in Children

For children six months of age and older, the recommended diazepam dose for any use is diazepam 1 mg to 2.5 mg three or four times daily. Your child's healthcare provider may slowly increase the dose if necessary. He or she may also slowly increase the dosage based on how well your child tolerates diazepam.
 

General Diazepam Dosage Information

Some considerations for people taking diazepam include:
  1. Diazepam comes in tablet, oral liquid, and injectable forms. When used orally, diazepam is usually taken three or four times a day (or sometimes more or less often).
     
  2. Diazepam can be taken with or without food. If diazepam bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
     
  3. For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Diazepam may cause serious problems if you take it at higher dosages or for a longer period of time than your healthcare provider recommends (see Valium Addiction).
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Diazepam Medication Information

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