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When and How to Take Diazepam

Some general considerations for when and how to take this drug include:
 
  • Diazepam comes 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).
     
  • The drug can be taken with or without food. If it bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
     
  • 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).
     

Dosing Information for Diazepam

The dose that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Your age
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
     
As always, do not adjust your diazepam dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Diazepam Dosing for more information.)
 

Drug Interactions With Diazepam

Diazepam can potentially interact with a few other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Diazepam).
  

What If I Take an Overdose?

People who take too much of this medication may have overdose symptoms that could include:
 
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Coma
  • Slow reflexes.
     
If you happen to overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
 
(Click Valium Overdose for more information.)
 
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