Diazepam belongs to a group of medicines called Benzodiazepines. Diazepam helps in the treatment of anxiety, muscle spasms and convulsions (fits).
Diazepam tablets are used to treat a number of conditions, including: In adults- short term relief (2-4 weeks only) of severe anxiety, which is an emotional state where you may sweat, tremble, feel anxious and have a fast heart beat and may occur alone or with insomnia (trouble sleeping) or mental health problems , helping muscles relax and for muscle spasm and cerebral palsy (a condition affecting the brain which causes movement problems and rigidity or stiffness), epilepsy (when taken with other medicines), patients with the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal or helping to relax nervous dental patients.
In children- helping to treat tension and irritability caused by cerebral spasticity (a condition associated with a disease or trauma causes weakness, un-coordinated movements, rigidity and stiffness), helping to treat muscle spasm caused by tetanus (when taken with other medicines).
Both adults and children can take Diazepam tablets before an operation to help with relaxation and to cause sleepiness.
Always take Diazepam tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. You should not take Diazepam tablets for longer than 4 weeks. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Swallow the tablets whole, with a glass of water. Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Diazepam tablets. Alcohol may increase the sedative effects of Diazepam tablets and make you very sleepy. Grapefruit juice may increase the amount of diazepam in your blood. If you are elderly, suffer from cirrhosis or any of the conditions listed in section 2, this could possibly increase the sedative effects of Diazepam tablets and you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist. Drinks containing caffeine may reduce the effects of diazepam.