Diazepam is available in Canada only by prescription.

Known as

Valium Roche, Apo-Diazepam, Diazemuls Vivol


Diazepam is effective in calming people who experience mild to moderate levels of anxiety, which could trigger epileptic seizures. It is sometimes used intravenously for the control of status epilepticus.

How to Use

Take diazepam as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking it without your doctor. Do not stop taking it without your doctor’s approval.

Side Effects

Common reactions to diazepam include drowsiness, ataxia (extreme difficulty in coordinating muscles), fatigue, nausea, blurred vision, headache, slurred speech, confusion, impaired memory, retention of urine, constipation and skin rash.


Your blood and liver must be monitored frequently while taking diazepam. Do NOT combine diazepam with alcohol. Withdrawal from diazepam should be gradual, not abrupt. Activities demanding mental skill may be impaired while taking diazepam. If you suspect or know that you are pregnant, inform your doctor prior to taking diazepam. Use while breastfeeding should be avoided.


Do not combine diazepam with alcohol.

Missed Dose

Take diazepam when you remember. Do not double your usual dosage. Just resume your regular medication schedule.


Store at room temperature between 15°C and 30°C. Keep away from children, heat, light and moisture.


Tablets: 2, 5 and 10 mg

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