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
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.
Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.
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:
- Cardiovascular depression
- Respiratory depression
Diazepam may react with these drugs:
- Central nervous depressant
- Protein bound drugs
- 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.