Diazepam is used to treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. Diazepam, first marketed as Valium, is a medicine of the benzodiazepine family that typically produces a calming effect.
The recommended dose of diazepam for adults ranges from 2 mg to 10 mg, taken 2 to 4 times daily. For children older than 6 months, the initial dose usually ranges from 1 mg to 2.5 mg, taken 3 or 4 times daily.
Diazepam is normally used for a short period of time or as required. It may be habit-forming when taken for long periods of time. If you have been using this medication regularly for a long period of time (i.e., more than 1 month), do not stop using the medication without speaking with your doctor. To avoid withdrawal effects, a gradual reduction in dose is usually recommended when stopping this medication.
Do not take diazepam if you:
Do not give this medication to infants under 6 months of age.
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