Diazepam (Valium®) is a benzodiazepine medication often used for the treatment of seizures, anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, and muscle spasms. It is available by prescription only and comes in several different forms, including tablets, oral liquid, and injectable forms. Diazepam tablets are available in the following strengths:
Diazepam 2 mg
Diazepam 5 mg
Diazepam 10 mg.
The liquid and tablet forms of diazepam are taken by mouth, typically three or four times a day (or sometimes more or less often, depending on the particular condition being treated). For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
For example, diazepam may cause serious problems if you take it at higher-than-recommended doses or for a longer time than your healthcare provider recommends (see Valium Addiction).
(Click Diazepam for more information on when and how to take diazepam tablets, to find out how this medication works, and to learn about the potential side effects.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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