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Valium

What is Valium

Valiumis in a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. Valiumaffects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety, seizures, and muscle spasms.

Valiumis used to relieve anxiety, nervousness, and tension associated with anxiety disorders. It is also used to treat certain types of seizure disorders and muscle spasms.

Valiummay also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Valium

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Valiumwill cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.

Avoid alcohol while taking Valium. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by Valium. Alcohol may also increase the risk of having a seizure if Valiumis being taken for a seizure condition.

Valiumis habit forming. You can become physically and psychologically dependent on the medication. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of medication or take it for longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if Valiumis stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.

What you should find out before taking Valium

Do not take Valiumif you have narrow-angle glaucoma. Valiummay worsen this condition.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you
- have kidney disease;
- have liver disease;
- have asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or another respiratory disease; or
- are depressed or have suicidal thoughts.

You may not be able to take Valium, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Valiumis in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that Valiumis known to harm an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

Valiumpasses into breast milk. Do not take Valiumwithout first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

If you are over 65 years of age, you may be more likely to experience side effects from Valium. You may require a lower dose of this medication.

How should take Valium

Take Valiumexactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each oral dose with a full glass of water.

To ensure the correct dose, measure the liquid forms of Valiumwith a dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.

Your doctor or nurse will give you detailed instructions for administration of the Diastat rectal gel. In general, application of the rectal gel is as follows:
- Remove the protective cover from the medication syringe and lubricate the rectal tip with lubricating jelly.
- Turn the person on their side facing you. Bend the upper leg forward and separate the buttocks to expose the rectum.
- Gently insert the syringe tip into the rectum. The rim should be snug against the rectal opening. Slowly count out loud to three while gently pushing the plunger in until it stops. Slowly count to three before removing the syringe. Slowly count to three and hold the buttocks together to prevent leakage.
- Keep the person on their side facing you, note the time the medication was given, and observe the person for signs of seizure, skin color, breathing, or any unusual reaction.

Do not take Valiummore often or in larger doses than is prescribed.

Valiumis habit forming. You can become physically and psychologically dependent on the medication. Do not take more than the prescribed amount of medication or take it for longer than is directed by your doctor. Withdrawal effects may occur if Valiumis stopped suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Your doctor may recommend a gradual reduction in dose.

Store Valiumat room temperature away from moisture and heat.

If you miss a dose:

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication. A double dose could be dangerous.

What happens if you overdose:

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a Valiumoverdose include sleepiness, dizziness, confusion, a slow heart beat, difficulty breathing, difficulty walking and talking, an appearance of being drunk, and unconsciousness.

Avoid while taking Valium

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Valiumwill cause drowsiness and may cause dizziness. If you experience drowsiness or dizziness, avoid these activities.

Avoid alcohol while taking Valium. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness caused by Valium. Alcohol may also increase the risk of having a seizure if Valiumis being taken for a seizure condition.

Valiummay increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor.

Possible side effects of Valium

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Valiumand seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; or hives);
- sores in the mouth or throat;
- yellowing of the skin or eyes;
- a rash;
- hallucinations or severe confusion; or
- changes in your vision.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Valiumand talk to your doctor if you experience
- drowsiness, dizziness, or clumsiness;
- depression;
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation;
- difficulty urinating;
- vivid dreams;
- headache;
- dry mouth;
- decreased sex drive; or
- changes in behavior.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Valium

Valiummay increase the effects of other drugs that cause drowsiness, including antidepressants, alcohol, antihistamines, sedatives (used to treat insomnia), pain relievers, anxiety medicines, seizure medicines, and muscle relaxants. Tell your doctor about all medicines that you are taking, and do not take any medicine without first talking to your doctor.

Antacids may decrease the effects of Valium. Separate doses of an antacid and Valiumby several hours whenever possible.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Valium. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

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