In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00405337 ||APO-DIAZEPAM 10MG TABLET|
|00405329 ||APO-DIAZEPAM 2MG TABLET|
|00362158 ||APO-DIAZEPAM 5MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Diazepam belongs to the class of medications called benzodiazepines. It is used for the short-term relief of symptoms of excessive anxiety or alcohol withdrawal (such as agitation). It is also used for the reduction of muscle spasms. It works by slowing down the nerves in the brain (i.e., central nervous system).
The injectable form of this medication is used to control prolonged seizures.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended dose of diazepam for adults ranges from 2 mg to 10 mg, taken 2 to 4 times daily. For children older than 6 months, the initial dose usually ranges from 1 mg to 2.5 mg, taken 3 or 4 times daily.
It is important that the dose be individualized to your specific needs to avoid excessive sedation or motor impairment.
Diazepam is normally used for a short period of time or as required. It may be habit-forming when taken for long periods of time. If you have been using this medication regularly for a long period of time (i.e., more than 1 month), do not stop using the medication without speaking with your doctor. To avoid withdrawal effects, a gradual reduction in dose is usually recommended when stopping this medication.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, administer it as soon as you remember and continue with your regular schedule. If your next dose is in less than 6 hours, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not administer a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store at room temperature in a dry place. Keep out of reach of children.
This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each round, white, flat-faced, bevelled-edged, compressed tablet, scored and engraved "APO" over "2" on one side, contains diazepam
2 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, lactose, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose.
Each round, yellow, flat-faced, bevelled-edged, compressed tablet, scored and engraved "APO" over "5" on one side, contains diazepam 5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, D&C Yellow No. 10 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, lactose, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose.
Each round, blue, flat-faced, bevelled-edged, compressed tablet, scored and engraved "APO" over "10" on one side, contains diazepam 10 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, FD&C Blue No. 1 (brilliant blue FCF) Aluminum Lake, FD&C Blue No. 2 (indigotine) Aluminum Lake, lactose, magnesium stearate, and microcrystalline cellulose.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Diazepam should not be used by anyone who:
- is allergic to diazepam, any other benzodiazepines, or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- has acute narrow-angle glaucoma
- has liver disease
- has myasthenia gravis
- has severe breathing problems
- has sleep apnea