When Does Diazepam Start Working?

Diazepam (Valium®) comes in several forms and typically starts working right away. This drug is available in tablet, oral liquid, and injectable forms. When used orally, it is usually taken three or four times a day, or sometimes more or less often.
 
Usually, you will not be on diazepam long-term; instead, it is taken just long enough to help your body deal with various symptoms of anxiety, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, or seizures.
 
You can take diazepam with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food. For diazepam to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. Abruptly stopping the drug can result in withdrawal symptoms.
 
If you are unsure about anything related to your diazepam dosage, please talk with your pharmacist or healthcare provider. Do not stop taking the drug or adjust your dose without your healthcare provider's approval and supervision.
 
(Click Diazepam Dosing for more information on when diazepam starts working. This article discusses dosing guidelines for treating various conditions, as well as factors that may affect the amount you are prescribed.)
 
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