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Diazepam: an anxiolytic, hypnotic and muscle relaxant

Diazepam: an anxiolytic, hypnotic and muscle relaxant

Today we are going to address the issue of one of the best known medications by everyone to address the issue of muscle contractures and the associated pain. DiazepamLike other similar medicines, you need a prescription for consumption.

Acontracture muscular It is, as the name implies, a continuous and involuntary contraction of the muscle or some of its fibers that appear when making an effort. It can be seen as a bulge in the area, which involves a lot of pain.

Content

  • 1 What is Diazepam?
  • 2 What should you keep in mind about Diazepam?
  • 3 How to take Diazepam?
  • 4 Does Diazepam have side effects?

What is diazepam?

Diazepam belongs to a group of medicines known as benzodiazepines. This group has three main actions: anxiolytic, hypnotic and muscle relaxant. Benzodiazepine is used more in health centers for the treatment of spasms and muscle pain contractures.

But also, at Diazepam He is credited with an anticonvulsant and antispasmodic action in attacks that can cause widespread muscle stiffness. Its uses the same to lower tension in emergencies, such as anxiety situations.

It is then used for the treatment of anxiety problems and for alcohol withdrawal symptoms or for muscle spasms. And, sometimes, along with other medicines to treat seizures.

What should you keep in mind about Diazepam?

Above all, you should not consume Diazepam if you are allergic to this or other similar medicines or benzodiazepines. It is also contraindicated in patients with liver disease, respiratory problems, sleep apnea or closed angle glaucoma.

Likewise, you must be careful since prolonged use of Diazepam can produce tolerance and dependence, which can lead to addiction or overdose. It is very important that you always follow the guidelines indicated by your doctor.

Also, this medicine causes drowsiness, so it is important to keep in mind that you should avoid activities that could endanger your physical condition or that of those around you, such as driving.

Some contraindications of taking Diazepam along with other things would be: tobacco, alcohol, antacids and pregnancy. The tobacco It can cause a decrease in the effect of this medicine, so try to avoid it during treatment with Diazepam.

The alcohol potentiates the toxic and sedative effects that this medicine has, so its intake is totally discouraged during treatment. Also be careful with Diazepam during the pregnancy and breastfeeding.

As for the antacid, you must keep in mind that you have to take Diazepam first and wait an hour to take the antacid. Also, tell the doctor if you are taking cough medicine, as they are opioids that can have alcohol-like effects.

Diazepam and benzodiazepines are excreted in breast milk and could also affect the unborn baby. You should notify your doctor immediately if you become pregnant during treatment with Diazepam.

This medicine is not approved for use in under 6 months of age, But in any case, do not give this medication to a minor child without the advice of a medical specialist.

How to take Diazepam?

You should follow the instructions of your prescription by your doctor or according to the drug leaflet. We must never extend the treatment or increase or decrease the proposed dose, since we risk generating tolerance and dependence.

You must be very careful with this, because the incorrect use This medicine may cause habit (addiction), overdose or death. Never give away or come Diazepam to another person, it is also illegal.

Diazepam should not be used for a period longer than 4 months Without doctor’s approval. Similarly, treatment should not be stopped suddenly or you could get opposite effects such as increased symptoms or seizures.

In prolonged treatments the most advisable is reduce the dose progressively When interrupting treatment, never do it suddenly. In any case, consult your doctor about the best way to do it.

Does Diazepam have side effects?

The most common adverse reactions For people who are being treated with Diazepam they can be: sedation, drowsiness, dizziness, general tiredness, dry mouth, and some gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea, constipation or stomach upset.

We must also take into account that other very common drugs can interact and enhance the effect of Diazepam. These medications may be: Fluconazole and Omeprazole and some antibiotics such as clarithromycin or erythromycin.

We also have to inform the doctor If you are being treated with other drugs that cause sleep or slow breathing, it may accentuate the side effects of Diazepam. The most sensible thing is always notify the doctor of all the medicines consumed.

As you see, Diazepam It is a very potent medication with conditions that you have to comply with if you don't want anything to get out of the normal treatment. Being informed and informing your doctor is always the best option in these cases.