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Effects of diazepam
Diazepam - AboutKidsHealth

Do not share your child’s medicine with others. Do not give anyone else’s medicine to your child.

There are some medicines that should not be taken together with diazepam or in some cases the dose of diazepam or the other medicine may need to be adjusted. It is important that you l your doctor and pharmacist if your child takes any other medications (prescription, over the counter, or herbal) including some medicines used to treat HIV, certain antibiotics and antifungals, St. John’s Wort, and Ginkgo Biloba.

Diazepam is a type of medicine called a benzodiazepine. Diazepam is often used to treat anxiety, nervousness, to calm your child before a medical procedure, or to treat certain kinds of seizures. It may also be used as a muscle relaxant to relieve muscle spasms.

Diazepam may make your child dizzy, drowsy, and less alert than normal. Watch carefully when your child is doing something that he or she needs to be alert for, such as climbing stairs. If these side effects happen, l your child’s teacher that your child is taking a medicine that causes these side effects.

Do not keep any medicines that are out of date. Check with your pharmacist about the best way to throw away outdated or leftover medicines.

l your doctor if your child has a severe allergy to diazepam or other benzodiazepines.

Keep diazepam out of your child’s sight and reach and locked up in a safe place. If your child takes too much diazepam, call the Ontario Poison Centre at one of these numbers. These calls are free.

l the doctor or dentist that your child is taking diazepam before your child has any kind of operation, even on the teeth, or an emergency treatment.

Your child needs to take the medicine called diazepam (say: dye-AH-zeh-pam). This information sheet explains what diazepam does, how to give it, and what side effects or problems your child may have when he or she takes this medicine.

Follow these instructions when you give your child diazepam:

You may hear diazepam called by its brand names, Valium or Diastat. Diazepam comes in tablet, injection, liquid, and rectal gel forms.

This medicine may make your child’s mouth and throat dry. Sucking a hard sugarless candy or chewing sugarless gum will help your child feel more comfortable.

Your child may have some of these side effects while he or she takes diazepam. Check with your child's doctor if your child continues to have any of these side effects, and they do not go away, or they bother your child:

Keep a list of all medications your child is on and show the list to the doctor or pharmacist.

Make sure you always have enough diazepam to last through weekends, holidays, and vacations. Call your pharmacy at least 2 days before your child runs out of medicine to order refills.

Disclaimer: The information in this Family Med-aid is accurate at the time of printing. It provides a summary of information about diazepam and does not contain all possible information about this medicine. Not all side effects are listed. If you have any questions or want more information about diazepam, speak to your healthcare provider. About Us Legal Info Contact Us Sponsors Donate.

If your child takes diazepam regularly, do not stop giving it without checking with your child’s doctor. The dose may need to be made smaller before stopping. If you stop giving the medicine suddenly, your child has a greater chance of having seizures.

Keep diazepam at room temperature in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Do NOT store it in the bathroom or kitchen.

Some medicines may cause drowsiness, and should not be taken with diazepam. Examples include certain antihistamines (hay fever or allergy medicines), cold medicines, and sleeping medicine.

Call your child’s doctor during office hours if your child has any of these side effects:

Effects of diazepam