diazepam - rectal, Diastat (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other benzodiazepines (e.g., oxazepam, temazepam); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a certain eye problem (narrow-angle glaucoma), a certain muscle disease (myasthenia gravis), breathing trouble during sleep (sleep apnea).Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: breathing problems (e.g., asthma, pneumonia), brain problems that could affect breathing (e.g., decreased consciousness, head injury), a certain eye problem (wide-angle glaucoma), kidney disease, liver disease, history of drug/alcohol abuse.This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, ride a bicycle, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages.To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially drowsiness and loss of coordination. These side effects can increase the risk of falling.This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. However, since untreated seizures are a serious condition that can harm both a pregnant woman and her unborn baby, do not stop taking this medication unless directed by your doctor. If you are planning pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, immediately talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of using this medication during pregnancy.This drug may pass into breast milk. Because of the possible harm to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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