Diazepam

*** PLEASE NOTE***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.


Diazepam is a benzodiazepine drug (originally marketed as Valium). It treats anxiety and panic attacks and relaxes the muscles.

Do not use when

  • Your child has a known allergy to one of the ingredients
  • Your child suffers from other psychiatric diseases
  • You are pregnant (in your first or last trimester) or nursing

Consult your doctor when

  • Your child has any known food or drug allergies
  • Your child suffers or suffered in the past from respiratory problems, glaucoma, kidney, liver, urinary tract problems, muscles weakness, epilepsy, or drug/alcohol addiction

Storing the Medication
Medication should be kept in a cool, dry place, out of reach of children. Do not use past the expiration date.

Administering the Medication
Administer the medication at the times instructed by your physician. Do not chew. This medication is not usually prescribed to children. The medication should be taken with water.

What should I do if I forgot to administer the medication on time?
Give the medication as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon, skip the forgotten dose. Do not give two doses at once.

When can I stop treatment?
Finish the round as instructed by your doctor. Even if your child's condition improves, do not stop treatment without consulting your doctor. Stopping treatment suddenly ('cold turkey') is accompanied by uncontrollable shakes, tension, confusion, difficulty sleeping, stomach pains, nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating and irritability.

Side Effects
Side effects include drowsiness or dizziness. Drowsiness generally goes away as the person gets used to taking the medication.

Call your doctor when

  • Your child experiences severe side effects such as disturbing thoughts, changes in behavior, mood swings, confusion, inability to move body parts, indigestion, shaking, weakness, vision problems, headaches
  • Your child's condition worsens
  • Your child has an allergic reaction to the treatment
  • Your child experiences withdrawal symptoms after completing treatment

It is important that your child has close and frequent monitoring while taking diazepam. The medication is not meant for long-term use – please see your doctor after 2-4 weeks of taking the medication. Prolonged use can lower the effectiveness of the drug in addition to causing dependency among users. No alcohol consumption while taking this drug. Tell your doctor if your child is smokes.