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Valium Oral Precautions and Side Effects


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Generic Name: DIAZEPAM - ORAL
Pronounced: (dye-AZ-eh-pam)

Valium Oral Precautions

Before taking diazepam, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other benzodiazepines (e.g., alprazolam, lorazepam); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have:

  • glaucoma (narrow-angle)
  • a certain muscle disease (myasthenia gravis)
  • breathing trouble during sleep (sleep apnea)

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:

  • liver disease
  • kidney disease
  • lung/breathing problems (e.g., COPD)
  • drug or alcohol abuse
  • glaucoma (open-angle)

This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.

Some liquid products may contain alcohol. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely.

Caution is advised when using this drug in children because it may affect children differently, causing restlessness or mental/mood changes (e.g., agitation, hallucinations) instead of calm.

Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug, especially the drowsiness effect. This medication may also affect the elderly differently, causing restlessness or mental/mood changes (e.g., agitation, hallucinations) instead of calm.

This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy due to the potential for harm to an unborn baby. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Consult your doctor for more details.

This drug passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Therefore, breast-feeding while using this medication is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Valium Oral Side Effects

Drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, constipation, blurred vision, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:

  • mental/mood changes (e.g., memory problems, agitation, hallucinations)
  • slurred speech
  • clumsiness
  • trouble walking
  • decreased/increased interest in sex
  • tremor
  • trouble urinating
  • sleep disturbances

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur:



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