The side effects of diazepam, and the potential for dependency, mean that it is usually only used when other spasticity treatments are not proving effective.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should not take diazepam.
How do I take diazepam?
Diazepam is taken by mouth (orally) as tablets. Treatment usually starts with a small dose that can be increased in steps until it is most effective or side effects become a problem.
Diazepam can be used on its own or in combination with other drugs. It can be taken prior to sleep if spasms are particularly troublesome at night.
Stopping treatment suddenly may cause withdrawal symptoms. You should talk to your doctor before stopping treatment, and plan a gradual reduction of the dose.
What side effects could I get with diazepam?
Side effects include drowsiness, fatigue, unsteadiness and feeling less alert. Diazepam should not be taken with alcohol. It can also interact with antihistamines, sedatives, tranquillisers, and prescription drugs for pain and sleeping problems.
How does diazepam work?
Diazepam is one of a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. These slow down the transmission of messages between nerve cells.
Last reviewed: March 2016
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