Before beginning treatment, drug information on diazepam (Valium®) should be fully reviewed with your healthcare provider. This prescription medication is approved for treating several conditions, including alcohol withdrawal, anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures.
Although most people do not have any problems while taking this drug, diazepam is not suitable for everyone. For instance, you may not be able to safely use this medication if you have glaucoma, depression, or a history of drug or alcohol abuse. You also may not be able to take it if you are taking certain medicines, including some vitamins, herbal supplements, and nonprescription medications.
Diazepam comes in tablet, oral liquid, and injectable forms. When used orally (by mouth), it is usually taken three or four times a day, or sometimes more or less often. The dose you are prescribed will depend on factors such as the condition being treated and other medications you are taking.
(Click Diazepam for more information on diazepam, a drug used for treating several conditions. This article also covers how this medication works, lists potential side effects, and offers some general safety precautions to be aware of.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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