The name of your medicine is APO- Diazepam . It contains the active ingredient diazepam.
This medicine is used to:
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
This medicine belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines.
It is thought to work by acting on chemicals in the brain.
Benzodiazepines should not be used alone to treat depression or severe mental illness.
In general, benzodiazepines such as diazepam should be taken for short periods only (around 2 to 4 weeks). Continuous long-term use is not recommended unless advised by your doctor.
There is evidence that using these types of medicines can lead to dependence.
Children younger than 6 months old should not be given this medicine.
Do not take this medicine if:
You are hypersensitive to, or have had an allergic reaction to, diazepam, any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet or other benzodiazepines.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: cough, shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or other parts of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin; fainting; or hay fever-like symptoms
If you think you are having an allergic reaction, do not take any more of the medicine and contact your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at the nearest hospital.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor if:
1. You have allergies to:
2. You have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
3. You drink alcohol. Alcohol may increase the effects of diazepam and for example may result in excessive drowsiness.
4. You are currently pregnant or you plan to become pregnant. Do not take this medicine whilst pregnant until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
5. You are currently breastfeeding or you plan to breast-feed. Do not take this medicine whilst breastfeeding until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
6. You are planning to have surgery or an anaesthetic.
7. You are currently receiving or are planning to receive dental treatment.
8. You are taking or are planning to take any other medicines. This includes vitamins and supplements that are available from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Follow carefully all directions given to you by your doctor.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
Take diazepam only as directed by your doctor.
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine you should take. This will depend on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines.
The usual adult dose is usually between 5 and 40 mg daily. Children, elderly and very ill patients may need to take less.
Do not stop taking your medicine suddenly, or change the dosage, without checking with your doctor.
When it is time to stop taking diazepam your doctor will tell you how to do this gradually.
Swallow the tablets with a full glass of water.
Take your medicine at about the same time each day.
Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
It does not matter if you take it before, with or after food.
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
Usually, diazepam should be taken for short periods only (for example, for 2 to 4 weeks). Continuous long-term use is not recommended unless advised by your doctor. Dependence may develop from using benzodiazepines such as diazepam.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
This may increase the chance of you experiencing side effects.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much diazepam.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
Also report any other medicine or alcohol which has been taken.
If you take too much diazepam, you may feel drowsy, confused, dizzy, have difficulty breathing, feel weak or become unconscious. It is important that you recognise these signs of overdose early.
Tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine if:
Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken your medicine exactly as prescribed.
Otherwise your doctor may think that it was not effective and change your treatment unnecessarily.
Tell your doctor if you feel the tablets are not helping your condition.
Be sure to keep all of your appointments with your doctor so that your progress can be checked.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you take this medicine.
Do not let yourself run out of medicine on weekends or holidays.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking APO-Diazepam.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious but most of the time they are not.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following:
Tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:
These are very serious side effects and you may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction to APO-Diazepam, do not take any more of this medicine and tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include some or all of the following:
Keep your medicine in its original packaging until it is time to take it.
If you take your medicine out of its original packaging it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature will stay below 25°C.
Do not store your medicine, or any other medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or the expiry date has passed, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
What APO-Diazepam 2mg tablets looks like?
White to off-white round, curved tablets with a '2' on one side and plain on the other side.
What APO-Diazepam 5mg tablets looks like?
White to off-white round, flat tablets with a '5' and a scoreline on one side and plain on the other side.
Available in blister packs of 50 tablets.
* Not all strengths, pack types and/or pack sizes may be available.
Each tablet contains 2 mg or 5 mg of diazepam, as the active ingredient.
They also contain the following inactive ingredients:
These tablets do not contain gluten, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
APO-Diazepam 2 mg tablets
AUST R 134472
APO-Diazepam 5 mg tablets
AUST R 134590