Diazepam is used to treat anxiety or muscle spasms, or to help you sleep. It is also sometimes used for other conditions.
Take diazepam as directed with a glass of water.
Take the missed dose if you remember on the same day. If not, skip the dose and carry on as normal. Do not take two doses at the same time.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with diazepam including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort, valerian) or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Slow or shallow breathing, hard to wake up
Trouble with speech or swallowing
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Mood changes, agitation, unusual behaviour or thinking, loss of coordination, confusion, memory loss, trouble concentrating
|Tell your doctor|
Drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, headache, changes in vision
Dry mouth, stomach upset
Less interest in sex, trouble peeing
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. April 2021
For more general information about this sheet annd its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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