How do I use this medicine? Use Diazepam exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Do not use Diazepam for a longer period of time than instructed by your doctor.
In some medical conditions, such as anxiety, it is not advisable to use Diazepam long-term. See your doctor if Diazepam does not seem to help you.
In other medical conditions such as epilepsy, you may need to use Diazepam long-term. Do not stop using Diazepam suddenly as this may cause a loss of control over your epilepsy or withdrawal symptoms such as cramps, vomiting and sweating. Your doctor will reduce the dose of Diazepam gradually before stopping it completely.
Diazepam rectal solution will be administered by your doctor, nurse or caregiver.
How to administer Diazepam rectal solution:
1. Lie on one side (For children, turn them on their front).
2. Raise one leg up to your chest. If you laid on your right side, raise your left leg. If you laid on your left side, raise your right leg.
3. Remove the cap on the nozzle.
4. Gently insert the nozzle completely into the rectum, pointing it downwards. (In children, do not insert the nozzle completely. Insert it halfway).
5. Press the tube firmly and gently to release the medicine into the rectum.
6. Keep the tube completely pressed until you have taken the nozzle out of the rectum.
7. Press the buttocks together for a few minutes to prevent the medicine from leaking out.
Remain in the lying down position after Diazepam rectal solution has been administered. The medicine will take effect within 10 minutes.
A small amount of solution will be left in the tube. This is normal. What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine? Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances. Can I take this with other medicines? Alert your doctor quickly if you are taking any of these medicines:
- any medicines that can cause drowsiness, such as opioid (morphine-like) pain-killers, antihistamines and medicines for mood or personality problems
- antidepressants such as nefazodone, fluvoxamine
- antibiotics such as rifampicin, erythromycin, clarithromycin, telithromycin, doxycycline, isoniazid, nafcillin
- antifungal medicines
- seizure medicines such as phenytoin, carbamazepine, phenobarbitone
- heart or blood pressure medicines such as diltiazem, nicardipine, verapamil, quinidine
- AIDS (HIV) medicines
- birth control pills
- asthma medicines such as theophylline
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription. How should I store this medicine? Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
What side effects could I experience? Diazepam may cause drowsiness and dizziness. If you feel drowsy or dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Diazepam can also cause tiredness, unsteady movement, confusion, double vision or blurred vision. It may also affect your memory.
Some people may experience hyperactivity, hallucinations, extreme anger, unpleasant dreams, increased muscle stiffness or abnormal behaviour. Alert your doctor if you experience these symptoms.