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Diazepam is a benzodiazepine that is prescribed by physicians for treatment of muscle spasms, seizures, anxiety disorders (OCD, GAD, Panic Disorder), and agitation that may present with alcohol withdrawal (delirium tremens).

How to Use Diazepam

Diazepam is available in various forms such as extended-release capsules, tablets, and oral concentrates. Consult with your prescribing physician regarding dosage and form of delivery right for you and your condition. Your compounding pharmacist can assist you with any questions you may have during your course.

Possible Side Effects

Patients taking this drug may experience some side effects. Watch for side effects and contact your doctor if any side effects are concerning. Commonly seen side effects (partial list) are as follows:

  • Drowsiness
  • Changes in Appetite
  • Change in Sex Drive
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Dry Mouth
  • Constipation
  • Blurry Vision
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty Urinating
  • Frequent or Irregular Urination
  • Tiredness
  • Excitement
  • Restlessness

If you encounter any of the above side effects, and they persist or get worse, contact your doctor right away.

If you experience any of the side effects listed below, seek medical treatment immediately:

  • Seizures
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Yellow Eyes or Skin
  • Tremor
  • Shuffle Walk
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Trouble Swallowing
  • Unable to Sit Still
  • Severe Skin Rash


NOTE: This drug may be habit-forming and as such should not be used for long periods of time. Diazepam should only be used for conditions in which a short period of treatment will benefit the patient.

This drug may be contraindicated for many conditions, diseases, etc. Do not take this drug unless given specific approval by your doctor, who has a complete understanding of your medical history, if you have any of the following or if any of the following applies to you:

  • Alcohol Intoxication
  • Pregnancy
  • Lactating Women
  • Lung Disease
  • Decreased Lung Function
  • Chronic Obstructed Lung Disease
  • Low Levels of Albumin Proteins in Blood
  • Depression
  • Glaucoma
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Severe Renal Impairment
  • Liver Problems or Disease
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