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Diazepam is a drug that may be prescribed for the treatment of anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, muscle spasms, and seizures. The drug works by enhancing the effects of a naturally calming brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). While most people tolerate diazepam well, side effects may occur, including drowsiness, fatigue, and coordination problems. The medication is available in brand-name and generic forms.

What Is Diazepam?

Diazepam (Valium®) is a prescription medication that is used to treat the following conditions:
(Click What Is Diazepam Used For? for more information on what the drug is used for, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects of Diazepam

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with diazepam. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of diazepam include, but are not limited to:
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Coordination problems.
(Click Diazepam Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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