Diazepam (Valium®) is a prescription drug licensed to treat various conditions, including alcohol withdrawal, muscle spasms, seizures, and anxiety. Although most people tolerate this medication well, it is possible to develop certain negative reactions to diazepam.
Some of the side effects that were reported with diazepam during clinical studies included nausea, fatigue, blurry vision, and drowsiness. When such problems do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. However, it is possible to develop more serious diazepam reactions.
Certain side effects with diazepam, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include, but are not limited to:
- Depression (or worsening of existing depression)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Difficulty breathing
- Anxiety, excitation, or agitation
- Hostility, aggression, or rage
- Signs of an allergic reaction, including unexplained rash, hives, itching, and unexplained swelling.
(Click Diazepam Side Effects to learn about other potentially serious diazepam reactions and for information about other common side effects of this drug.)