Benzodiazepines are a class of medicine which includes diazepam, lorazepam, bromazepam, alprazolam, nitrazepam, chlordiazepoxide and clonazepam.
Benzodiazepines are usually used to control seizures and anxiety as well other conditions related to the nervous system.
In particular they are used for the short term treatment of conditions such as:
These medicines may be given to you or your child for other reasons. Do check with your doctor what you are taking this for.
Generally, the common side effects tend to occur at the beginning of treatment. Such side effects may include:
Inform your doctor if any of the above side effects lasts for more than a few days or if they become serious or bothersome.
Rare but serious side effects may sometimes occur. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following:
Inform your doctor if you notice any other unusual symptoms . Always discuss with your doctor or pharmacists if there are any problems or difficulties during or after taking benzodiazepines.
Take note that the side effects listed here are not exhaustive. Do seek medical attention if you have other symptoms that you think may be related to these medicines.
What do I need to tell my doctor before I take these medicines?
Avoid grapefruit or grapefruit products if you/your child has been prescribed with this group of medication.
These medicines may interact with a number of other medicines. Inform your doctor if you are taking or intend to start taking other medicines or supplements.
If you take/administer more than the dose prescribed by your doctor, consult your doctor or health care professional immediately.
Throw away any unused or expired medicines. Consult your medical professional if you are unsure with respect to how to safely dispose of any excess medicines/expired medicines.
What are the things I need to know or look out for while on this medicines?
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