Diazepam is used for a variety of treatments. In this blog, you will find detail on: how to take the medicine, what happens if you overdose, what to do if you forget to take the pill, and how to stop the medication properly. The information provided here is general data. Thus, it is very important to take the dose/s as directed by your doctor!
How to Take Diazepam (for Adults, Children, Elderly and Frail)?
Doses for certain health issues in Adults.
• If you suffer from mental health problems or anxiety, then the dose is 5mg – 30mg every day, but in divided doses.
• For better sleep, you need to take the 5mg – 15mg doses before going to bed.
• When it comes to cerebral palsy, the 5mg – 15 doses should be taken on a daily basis in divided doses.
• If you have muscle spasms, they can be controlled by taking the 5mg – 15mg doses every day, again in divided doses.
• For epilepsy, the dose is 2mg – 60mg every day, again in divided doses.
• When it comes to alcohol withdrawal symptoms, the dose is 5mg – 20mg. Depending on the case, the same dose can be repeated after two to four hours when or if necessary.
• The Diazepam tablets can also help ease a dental treatment. Take 5mg the evening before the visit, then take another 5mg two hours before the actual dentist appointment.
• The medicine can also help patients who are about to have an operation. In such cases, the dose is 5mg – 20mg.
Doses for Children (under certain circumstances).
• Kids who experience tension or irritability in the cerebral spasticity are usually prescribed the 5mg – 40mg dose, which has to be taken every day, but in divided doses.
• Another reason why kids may be prescribed Diazepam from their pediatrician is before an operation. The usual dose is 2mg – 10mg.
Doses for Elderly and Frail Patients.
• Elderly and frail patients are usually more sensitive to the effects of the medicine; for example, confusion. So in such cases, doctors generally prescribe a lower dose.
• If patients have kidney or liver problems, lower doses are recommended again.
What Happens If You Overdose?
If you, a child, someone you know (or someone else) has swallowed a lot of pills at the same time, the first options are to go to the nearest hospital, the emergency room, or contact your doctor right away.
Reported Signs of an Overdose include but are not limited to:
• muscle weakness or excitement
• clumsiness and/or loss of coordination
• speech problems
• irregular or, in some cases, slow heartbeat
• feeling sleepy or have reached a state of deep sleep
• uncontrolled eye movement.
If the overdose was extreme, that could lead to more serious problems such as coma, having trouble breathing, or reflex problems.
What to Do If You Forget to Take the Diazepam Tablets?
If you forget to take your medication on time, then take it as soon as you remember. Then, proceed with the next doses at the right time – as your doctor has instructed. It is important to know and to remember that you should never double the portion if you forgot to take it.
How to Stop the Medicine Properly?
When getting off the medication, it is crucial to follow your doctor’s instructions. If you have been prescribed a high dose, then your GP will most likely recommend a lower dose before stopping the remedy completely. This is done so that the body can gradually get used to the changes. It is imperative to understand that patients should not stop the medication on their own without consulting with their doctors first!
If the pill is stopped suddenly, the following side effects may appear:
– changes in sleep patterns
– mood changes
Why should treatment be gradually stopped?
It is critical to follow the instructions of your doctor for gradually stopping the medication because the symptoms, that a patient is treated for, may return more intensely than before; for instance, rebound anxiety or insomnia. Any patients who are treated with this medicine have a higher chance of having the side effects listed above if they stop Diazepam suddenly.
IMPORTANT: Always consult with your doctor and follow his or her instructions carefully!