A skeletal muscle relaxant, sedative, and antianxiety agent; also used as an anticonvulsant, particularly in the treatment of status epilepticus by the parenteral route.

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di·az·e·pam dī-'az-ə-.pam n a synthetic tranquilizer C16H13ClN2O used esp. to relieve anxiety and tension and as a muscle relaxant see VALIUM

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a long-acting benzodiazepines used to treat acute anxiety, delirium tremens, epilepsy, and muscle spasms; it is also used as a premedication. Diazepam is administered by mouth or injection and can cause addiction; side-effects include drowsiness and lethargy, vertigo, low blood pressure, and skin rashes. Trade names: Diazemuls, Valium.

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di·az·e·pam (di-azґə-pam) [USP] a benzodiazepine used as an antianxiety agent in the treatment of anxiety disorders and for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms, as a preoperative or preprocedural medication to relieve anxiety and tension, also as a skeletal muscle relaxant, anticonvulsant, antitremor agent, antipanic agent, and for treatment of symptoms of acute alcohol withdrawal; administered orally, rectally, intravenously, or intramuscularly.

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