What is Valium?
You should not use Valium 5mg if you are allergic to diazepam or similar medicines (Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, and others), or if you have myasthenia gravis, severe liver disease, narrow-angle glaucoma, a severe breathing problem, or sleep apnea.
If you have recently used opioids or alcohol, diazepam can slow or stop your breathing.
The medication should be stored in a place where others cannot get to it so that it cannot be abused or misused. Misuse of this medication can lead to addiction, overdose, or death.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not take two doses at one time.
What happens if I overdose?
Contact the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 for emergency medical assistance. If you take diazepam with alcohol, opioid medicine, or other drugs that slow your breathing or cause drowsiness, an overdose can be fatal.
What should I avoid while taking Valium?
Avoid drinking alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death could occur.
Grapefruit may interact with diazepam and lead to unwanted side effects. Avoid the use of grapefruit products.
Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how this medicine will affect you. Dizziness or drowsiness can cause falls, accidents, or severe injuries.
Side effects of Valium
You should seek emergency medical attention if you experience hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat after taking Valium.
What are the effects of other drugs on Valium?
It is possible to suffer dangerous side effects or die from taking Valium with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing. Do not take opioid medications, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, or medicine for anxiety or seizures without consulting your doctor first.