Diazepam Indications

Some people may wonder about the indications (or uses) of diazepam (Valium®). Diazepam is a prescription medication approved to treat various conditions in adults and children as young as six months old. Specifically, indications for this drug include treating:
  • Alcohol withdrawal (including agitation, shakiness, and delirium tremens)
  • Anxiety (only for short-term use)
  • Muscle spasms (caused by things such as joint or muscle inflammation, injury, or cerebral palsy)
  • Seizures (when used with other seizure medications).
There are also several "off-label" diazepam indications. Some of these off-label uses include treating the following conditions:
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Benzodiazepine withdrawal (due to stopping a benzodiazepine medication too quickly).
Sometimes, this medication is used as a sedative before certain medical or surgical procedures.
(Click What Is Diazepam Used For? for a more in-depth look at indications for diazepam, including specific uses and whether it is safe for children.)
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