How To Use This Medicine
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication
in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow
the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results
from this medication.
Do not crush, chew, break, or open an extended-release capsule. Swallow the pill
whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking or
opening the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
Measure the liquid form of diazepam with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not
a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist
Diazepam should be used for only a short time. Do not take this medication for longer
than 4 months without your doctor's advice.
Diazepam may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed
for. Diazepam should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has
a history of drug
Contact your doctor if this medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your
Do not stop using diazepam suddenly without first talking to your doctor. You may
need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Your symptoms may return when you stop using diazepam after using it over a long
period of time.
You may also have seizures or withdrawal symptoms when you stop
using diazepam. Withdrawal symptoms may include:
- trouble sleeping
- muscle cramps
- stomach pain
- unusual thoughts or behavior
- seizure (convulsions)
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood and liver
function may need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits
to your doctor.
Store diazepam at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Keep track of how many pills have been used from each new bottle of this
medicine. Benzodiazepines are drugs of abuse and you should be aware if any
person in the household is using this medicine improperly or without a prescription.