(generic for Valium)
This medication was originally introduced to treat anxiety.
It works well as a muscle relaxant. It is similar to Soma but is more
addictive. One should not drink, or drive, or operate dangerous equipment
within six hours of using this medicine. It can be used with
non-steroidals (like Lodine) and narcotic pain-killers (like Vicodin).
The following is the package insert. It is
complete and lengthy but not easily understood
A benzodiazepine medicine generally used to treat anxiety.
Precautions: DO NOT USE if you are allergic to this
medicine or its relatives or if you are breastfeeding.
BEFORE USING THIS MEDICATION, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are pregnant, or if you are taking, will be taking or stop
taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine or if you have any other
Side Effects: Every medicine can cause side effects, but
many people have no, or minor, side effects. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if
any of the following occurs: stomach upset; constipation; diarrhea; appetite
change; vomiting; confusion; depression; nervousness; memory loss; drowsiness;
fatigue; dizziness; crying; vivid dreams; headache; seizures; changes in heart
rate; itching; rash; hair growth; yellowing of skin or eyes; visual or hearing
disturbances; slurred speech; change in bladder function; change in sex drive;
menstrual problems; dry mouth; fever; tremors/uncontrollable muscle movement;
difficult breathing; swelling; excessive perspiration; joint pain; weight gain
or loss; fainting.
Guidelines for Use: USE EXACTLY AS PRESCRIBED.
May be taken with food or water if stomach
If a dose is missed, take it as soon as
possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next
dose, do not double the dose to "catch up", unless advised by your doctor. If
more than one dose is missed, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication can be addictive if used in
large doses or for a long time. Discuss overuse with your doctor or pharmacist.
May cause drowsiness. Use caution while driving
or performing other tasks requiring mental alertness, coordination and
Avoid alcohol and other medication that cause
drowsiness while taking this medication (e.g., sleeping pills, antihistamines).
If excitement, stimulation or acute rage, tell
Patients on long-term or high dosage therapy
may have withdrawal symptoms if therapy is suddenly stopped. Do not stop therapy
abruptly or change dosage without asking your pharmacist or doctor.
Carry identification if this medicine is used
This information is advisory only; it does not contain all
information about this medicine. If you have any questions about your medicine,
ask your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare provider.
Copyright 1993 by Facts & Comparisons, used by permission
of Southwood Pharmaceuticals
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