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Brand name: Valium

Valium is a brand of tablets containing the active ingredient diazepam. It is available only with a doctor’s prescription.

Valium belongs to a group of medicines called benzodiazepines, which work on chemicals in your brain. It can be used to reduce anxiety or panic attacks in some people. Note that the anxiety or tension from life’s normal stress doesn’t usually need treatment.

Valium should not be used as the only treatment of severe mental illnesses, especially depression. It should generally be taken for 2-4 weeks, at most.

Valium can also be used to treat the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, such as trembling, confusion and anxiety. It may also be used to relax the muscles.

Valium tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional. Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. healthdirect medicines information is not intended for use in an emergency. If you are suffering an acute illness, overdose, or emergency condition, call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has a recall notice on this product.

Valium 5mg tablets

Recall Action Commencement Date: 26 May 2017

TGA Recall Reference: RC-2017-RN-00709-1

Batch Number: All Batches

Pack Size: 50 tablet blister pack

AUST R Number: 48566

Reason/Issue: A tampering issue has occurred where strips of other medications have been substituted for strips of Valium in one batch of Valium 5mg tablets.

Further information on this recall can be found at http://apps.tga.gov.au/PROD/SARA/arn-detail.aspx?k=RC-2017-RN-00709-1

Active ingredient in this medicine: diazepam

Over 65 years of age?

If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

Information for medicine and pack size:
Valium 5 mg uncoated tablet, 50

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Valium is indicated for the management of anxiety disorders or for the short term relief of the symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety or tension associated with the stress of everyday life usually does not require treatment with an anxiolytic. In acute alcohol withdrawal, VALIUM may be useful in the symptomatic relief of acute agitation, tremor, impending or acute delirium tremens and hallucinosis. VALIUM is a useful adjunct for the relief of reflex muscle spasm due to local trauma (injury, inflammation) to muscles, bones and joints. It can also be used to combat spasticity due to upper motor neuron lesions such as cerebral palsy and paraplegia, as well as in athetosis and stiff-man syndrome. Intravenous VALIUM is useful in controlling status epilepticus and the spasms of tetanus

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Cylindrical, biplanar, yellow tablet, upper face marked ROCHE 5, lower face scored.

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Dosage Form Tablet, uncoated
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
50 tablets: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 5 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 October 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

Check if you can use your medicine whilst playing sport. Search the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) database that provides information about the prohibited status of specific medications and/or the active ingredient based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

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