what is diazepam used for

Diazepam rectal tubes (or rectal diazepam) can be used if you or your child is having a fit.

what is diazepam used for
what is diazepam used for

what is diazepam used for

If you have been prescribed rectal tubes, it’s important that a family member, friend or carer knows how to give you this medicine.

If you’re having a fit, they also need to know how long to wait before giving you rectal diazepam.

Your doctor will decide the right dose for you or your child according to your weight, age and general health.

Tablets and liquid

Take diazepam tablets or liquid with a drink of water. You can take them with or without food.

You’ll usually take your medicine 1 to 3 times a day.

Your doctor will decide the right dose for you. It’s important to take diazepam exactly as your doctor tells you to.

The usual dose for:

  • anxiety – is 2mg taken 3 times a day. This can be increased to 5mg to 10mg 3 times a day.
  • sleep problems (related to anxiety) – is 5mg to 15mg taken once a day at bedtime.
  • muscle spasms in adults – is 2mg to 15 mg a day. This can be given as 1mg twice a day and go up to 5mg 3 times a day. The dose can be increased up to 20mg 3 times a day if needed.
  • muscle spasm in children (aged 1 month to 17 years) – varies depending on age. It’s usually given twice a day, with 10 to 12 hours between each dose.

Your dose might be lower if you’re over 65 or have kidney, liver or severe breathing problems.

What if I forget to take it?

If you’re taking diazepam regularly and forget to take a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember, unless it’s nearly time for your next dose.

In this case, just leave out the missed dose and take your next dose as normal.

Never take 2 doses at the same time. Never take an extra dose to make up for a forgotten one.

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