Diazepam Nasal Spray: Indications, Side Effects, Warnings
This medicine is a benzodiazepine. The use of a benzodiazepine drug along with opioid drugs has led to very bad side effects. Side effects that have happened include slowed or trouble breathing and death. Opioid drugs include drugs like codeine, oxycodone, and morphine. Opioid drugs are used to treat pain and some are used to treat cough. Talk with the doctor.
If you are taking diazepam nasal spray with an opioid drug, get medical help right away if you feel very sleepy or dizzy; if you have slow, shallow, or trouble breathing; or if you pass out. Caregivers or others need to get medical help right away if the patient does not respond, does not answer or react like normal, or will not wake up.
Uses of Diazepam Nasal Spray:
It is used to help control certain kinds of seizures.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Diazepam Nasal Spray?
If you are allergic to diazepam nasal spray; any part of diazepam nasal spray; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
If you have any of these health problems: Breathing problems, glaucoma, liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or sleep apnea.
If you have psychosis.
If you have recently drunk a lot of alcohol or taken a big amount of drugs that may slow your actions like phenobarbital or some pain drugs like oxycodone.
If the patient is a child. This medicine may not be for use in all ages of children.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with diazepam nasal spray.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take diazepam nasal spray with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Diazepam Nasal Spray?
Tell all of your health care providers that you take diazepam nasal spray. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how diazepam nasal spray affects you.
Avoid drinking alcohol while taking diazepam nasal spray.
Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
This medicine is not meant for regular, daily use. Talk with the doctor.
Some products have benzyl alcohol. Do not give a product that has benzyl alcohol in it to a newborn or infant. Talk with the doctor to see if this product has benzyl alcohol in it.
If you are 65 or older, use diazepam nasal spray with care. You could have more side effects.
Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking diazepam nasal spray, call your doctor right away.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. This medicine passes into breast milk and may harm your baby.
How is this medicine (Diazepam Nasal Spray) best taken?
Use diazepam nasal spray as buyed by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
If you will be using diazepam nasal spray at home, your doctor or nurse will teach you how to use it.
Do not take diazepam nasal spray by mouth. Use in your nose only. Keep out of your mouth and eyes (may burn).
Be sure you know how to use before an emergency happens. Read the package insert and instructions for use that come with diazepam nasal spray. If you have any questions about how to use diazepam nasal spray, talk with the doctor or pharmacist.
Keep diazepam nasal spray with you at all times. You may want to keep extra ones at work, school, and home.
Someone else may have to give diazepam nasal spray. Be sure others know where diazepam nasal spray is stored and how to give it if needed.