Diazepam is widely known medicine that is used for a variety of treatments and symptoms. Some of the main reasons why doctors prescribe it is for anxiety, muscle spasms, sleep disorders, seizures and other health problems that a patient may experience. However, the Diazepam tablets are not for everyone. Thus, any patients using this medication should be aware of the following medications and health problems.
Do not take Diazepam if you have any of the following health problems, or if you are allergic to the medication.
- Allergy. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to the medication or to any of the other benzodiazepine group of pills, such as Lorazepam and Alprazolam, or Oxazepam, including any other allergies you may have.
- Glaucoma (open-angle). Glaucoma is a type of a disease caused to the eyes. This type of health issue does damage to the optic nerve and the loss of vision. The open-angle is the most common type, which develops over time, with no indication of any pain. Usually, side vision decreases gradually, which is followed by damage in the central vision, and if not treated, that will lead to blindness.
- Sleep Apnea. People with this kind of medical condition should also avoid taking the medication because sleep apnea causes a person to have shallow breathing while asleep. Pauses in breading usually last from a few seconds to a few minutes. These pauses appear many times at night while the person suffering from this condition is deeply asleep.
- Myasthenia Gravis (MG). This is a type of neuromuscular disease, which leads to skeletal muscle weakness that mostly affects the muscles of the face, eyes, and swallowing.
If you have a medical history of:
- Kidney Disease. This type of illness is divided into two categories: inflammatory and non-inflammatory. Such condition often leads to kidney failure if treatment is not provided on time.
- Liver Disease. There are more than 100 types of liver diseases, and some of them are caused by infection, inflammation, the consumption of a lot of alcohol, and more.
- Lung and breathing problems. If a patient has lung problems that include trouble breathing, then the Diazepam tablets must be avoided as the use of the medication can complicate or worsen the condition of the person using it.
- Alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse is connected to the liver disease because when a person abuses alcohol, the chances of having problems with the liver are higher.
If the patient is female, tell your doctor if you are:
Do not take Diazepam if you are taking any of the following medications.
When patients are taking other medications, the interaction with Diazepam can lead to serious side effects or change the effectiveness of how the medication works. Thus, it is important to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications, whether they are prescribed or are nonprescription. The list of drugs you are taking should also include any herbal products.
- Particular Anti-Depressants, such as Fluvoxamine, Nefazodone, or Fluoxetine.
- Drugs that block the production of acid in the stomach include Cimetidine and Omeprazole.
- Anti-Psychotic Medications, which include Clozapine.
- Drugs prescribed for hearth contractions, such as Digoxin.
- Medications that treat alcoholism – Disulfiram.
- Treatments for anxiety and stress – Kava.
- Anti-Fungal Medications such as Ketoconazole.
- Drugs for seizures – Phenytoin.
- Medications for Parkinson’s Disease – Levodopa
You must also tell your doctor if you are treated for any of the following symptoms:
NOTE: The information provided here does not include all of the medical problems and medications that you need to be aware of in order to avoid taking Diazepam.
Consult with your doctor!
Before starting this medication, you must consult with your doctor and share all medications you are taking or have taken recently, as well as if you smoke or have recently quit as the dose for your treatment may be adjusted or not prescribed at all depending on your condition and case. Do not self-medicate as you may put yourself at risk or have serious and unpleasant side-effects. The Diazepam tablets are usually safe when patients follow the instructions!