Diazepam is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peens). it is used to treat anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, or muscle spasms. Diazepam is sometimes used with other medications to treat seizures. It may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
short term relief (2-4 weeks only) of severe anxiety, which is an emotional state where you may sweat, tremble, feel anxious and have a fast heart beat and may occur alone or with insomnia (trouble sleeping) or mental health problems
helping muscles relax and for muscle spasm and cerebral palsy (a condition affecting the brain which causes movement problems and rigidity or stiffness)
epilepsy (when taken with other medicines)
patients with the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal
helping to relax nervous dental patients.
helping to treat tension and irritability caused by cerebral spasticity (a condition associated with a disease or trauma affecting the brain or spinal cord which causes weakness, un-coordinated movements, rigidity and stiffness)
helping to treat muscle spasm caused by tetanus (when taken with other medicines).
Both adults and children can take Diazepam tablets before an operation to help with relaxation and to cause sleepiness.
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Diazepam tablets. Alcohol may increase the sedative effects of the tablets and make you very sleepy.
Grapefruit juice may increase the amount of diazepam in your blood. If you are elderly, suffer from cirrhosis or any of the conditions listed in section 2, this could possibly increase the sedative effects of Diazepam tablets and you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Drinks containing caffeine may reduce the effects of diazepam.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
You should not take Diazepam tablets if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding. If you take Diazepam tablets late in your pregnancy or during labour your baby might have a low body temperature, floppiness, and breathing difficulties. If taken regularly during late pregnancy, your baby may develop withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
The tablets can make you sleepy, forgetful, have poor co-ordination along with other side effects that can affect everyday activities (see Possible side effects). You should not drive, operate machinery or take part in such activities where, if affected, you could put yourself or others at risk.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether it is safe for you to drive while taking this medicine.
They contain lactose (a type of sugar). If you have been told that you have intolerance to some sugars contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
You should not take it if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding. If you take the tablets late in your pregnancy or during labour your baby might have a low body temperature, floppiness, and breathing difficulties. If taken regularly during late pregnancy, your baby may develop withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.