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Diazepam

  • Drug Name: Diazepam
  • Common Name: Valium®
  • Drug Type: Benzodiazepine tranquilizer
  • Used For: Seizures, anxiety
  • Species: Dogs, Cats
  • Administered: Tablets, Oral liquid, Injectable
  • FDA Approved: No

General Description

 

Diazepam is a sedative with anti-anxiety, muscle relaxing, and hypnotic properties. It can be used to treat seizures, appetite loss in cats, anxiety, and other disorders. It may also be used to sedate your pet before surgery or other procedures.

 

How It Works

 

Diazepam is thought to work by promoting gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA inhibits the effects of excitatory neutrotransmitters in the brain, resulting in a calming effect on your pet.

 

Storage Information

 

Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.

 

Missed Dose?

 

If you miss a dose, give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.

 

Side Effects and Drug Reactions

 

Diazepam may result in these side effects:

 

  • Agression
  • Lethargy
  • Incoordination
  • Depression
  • Cardiovascular depression
  • Respiratory depression

 

Diazepam may react with these drugs:

 

  • Antacid
  • Central nervous depressant
  • Protein bound drugs
  • Cimetidine
  • Digoxin
  • Eryhtromycin
  • Fluoxetine
  • Ketoconazole
  • Metoprolol
  • Propranolol
  • Rifampin
  • Valproic acid

 

USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO OLDER PETS, AGGRESSIVE PETS, OR TO PETS WITH KIDNEY OR LIVER DISEASE

 

USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO PREGNANT PETS - Diazepam may cause birth defects in humans, and the effect on unborn pets is unknown.

 


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