PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have: kidney problems, liver disease, glaucoma, muscle weakness, history of chemical dependence, psychiatric illness or depression, allergies (especially to drugs or eggs). This medication may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Use caution operating machinery or engaging in activities requiring alertness. Limit intake of alcohol while using this medication since it may aggravate drowsiness and dizziness. The elderly may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication. This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor for details. Diazepam passes into breast milk and has had undesirable effects on nursing infants. Using this medication while breast-feeding is not recommended.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take, especially of: anti-seizure drugs, antidepressants, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), sleeping pills, tranquilizers, cimetidine. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include confusion, slow reflexes, clumsiness, deep sleep, and loss of consciousness.

NOTES: This medication when used in high doses or for prolonged periods of time can lead to dependence. Therefore, it is important to follow your dosing instructions closely.

MISSED DOSE: Try to use each dose at the scheduled time. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Store this medication below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.

Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005

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