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How to Take Diazepam

 
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Take Diazepam

Diazepam belongs to the family of drugs known as benzodiazepines and it is used to treat anxiety and various states of temporary psychological tension. It is a very useful drug for helping people to overcome situations of extreme stress and helps relieve symptoms of acute agitation, tremors and hallucinations in people with alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Whatever the reason for which it has been prescribed for you, at OneHowTo.com we'll show you how to take Diazepam.

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Steps to follow:
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Things to consider before you start taking Diazepam: if you are allergic to Diazepam, benzodiazepines or any of its ingredients, if you suffer from chronic muscular weakness, some forms of severe respiratory failure, sleep apnoea, liver failure, glaucoma, severe chronic hypercapnia or drug dependence and if you have a hereditary intolerance to galactose or problems absorbing glucose or galactose.

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When it comes to how to take Diazepam, you should always follow the instructions of your doctor. If you have been prescribed Diazepam, do not stop taking it without medical advice. These tablets must always be taken with liquid and on a full stomach.

Depending on the problem to be treated the dosage is different:

  • To treat anxiety, 2 to 10 mg are taken between 2 and 4 times a day, depending on the severity of the symptoms.
  • To treat alcohol withdrawal syndrome, 10 mg are taken 3 to 4 times daily on the first day of treatment and then the dose is usually reduced to 5 mg.
  • To treat skeletal muscle spasms, 2 to 10 mg are taken 3 to 4 times per day.
  • As an anticonvulsant therapy , 2 to 10 mg are taken 2 to 4 times per day.

It is best to start treatment with the lowest dose of Diazepam and gradually the doses are adjusted in order to achieve a better result.

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If the Diazepam treatment is for children (over 6 months), the most common dose is 2 to 2.5 mg, 1 or 2 times a day. And treatment always begins with the lowest possible dose.

If the treatment is for old people with kidney or liver problems and debilitating illnesses, the usual dose is 2 to 2.5 mg, 1 or 2 times a day.

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Precautions to consider if you take Diazepam:

It may cause dependency, especially if you take this medication for a long period of time. You must only take it as directed by your doctor; you must never stop or increase the dose or frequency of doses yourself.

Beware of taking other medicines while you take Diazepam. You should inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications as it may harm your treatment. You must be especially careful with tranquilizers, sleeping pills and the like, since they may increase the sedative effect or even, in the case of narcotics, enhance the feeling of euphoria.

Never drink alcohol while you are being treated with Diazepam since alcohol can increase its sedative effect.

If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, you should talk to your doctor because you'll have to stop treatment since there is a risk that the newborn will suffer from postnatal withdrawal syndrome.

It is not recommended that you handle machinery or drive because it could be dangerous owing to the drug's sedative effect, amnesia, lack of concentration and muscle deterioration.

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Diazepam treatment should only be followed for a short time and your doctor should evaluate your situation periodically. There are times when you might need to continue the medication for longer than usual, but it should always be your doctor who decides.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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Tips
  • Before initiating treatment with Diazepam, talk to your doctor to find out the pros and cons of this medication, and let your doctor control the entire treatment.

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