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Diazepam is a drug belonging to the benzodiazepine group of medicationsand is used to treat a variety of disorders including anxiety, insomnia and panic attacks. It also has a strong sedative effect and is often taken by people suffering from insomnia. Under certain circumstances, diazepam is used for the relief of muscle spasms or as a treatment for the relief of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Certain precautions should be observed before taking diazepam. There are certain circumstances when diazepam may not be suitable for your use. You are recommended to seek medical advice if you:
As diazepam can be habit forming, continual use for periods longer than 4 months without a break is not recommended. Also, extended long term use can result in tolerance making the recommended dose less effective. When deciding to stop using diazepam, it is recommended to gradually reduce the dosage and frequency of use as stopping use abruptly can result in your condition worsening and lead to withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia and anxiety. If you need any further information regarding the use of diazepam you are advised to consult your doctor as this medication should only be used if your doctor confirms that it is suitable for your use.
The maximum recommended dosage of diazepam is one 10 mg tablet to be taken 2 to 4 times per day. Depending on the condition being treated and the health history of the individual using this medication, the recommended dosage is 5 mg to be taken as directed. For example, for elderly patients or for patients with an adverse medical history, the recommended dosage may be 5 mg, however, the appropriate dosage should always be determined by a medical professional.
There are a number of side effects associated with the use of diazepam that should be considered before taking this medication. If the recommended guidelines regarding usage are followed, any side effects encountered are usually mild and manageable but can include drowsiness, tiredness, feelings of weakness, changes in appetite, dry mouth and shakiness or unsteadiness. Less common side effects can include confusion, loss of memory, depression and behavioral problems. As this medication can cause feelings of drowsiness, care must be taken when deciding to carry out tasks such as driving or operating machinery that require a level of alertness. As previously mentioned, this medication usually only causes minor side effects, if any at all, with more serious side effects only occurring if guidelines regarding recommended usage are not followed.