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Diazepam (Rectal)

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Diazepam (Rectal) - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Diazepam (Rectal) cause?

The common side effects of rectal diazepam include:

  • Drowsiness
    • Avoid driving or engaging in activities (such as cycling or swimming) that requires concentration
  • Skin irritation or rash

If seizures persist despite use of rectal diazepam, seek medical attention immediately. 

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Diazepam (Rectal) , what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if you have the following medical conditions before starting on diazepam (rectal):

  • Drug allergies
  • Acute narrow-angle glaucoma (an eye condition resulting from high pressure in the eye)
  • Myasthenia gravis (an immune condition affecting the nerves and muscles)
  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Respiratory problems

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Diazepam (Rectal) ?

​Use of diazepam (rectal) with opioids (a group of strong painkillers like morphine and fentanyl) may result in excessive drowsiness, breathing difficulties and in severe cases, coma or death.

Diazepam (Rectal) - Additional Information

  • Updated on 8/31/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup
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