Diazepam (Valium)


Background

There are many uses for this medication since it is effective as an anti-anxiety medication, a muscle relaxant, an appetite stimulant, and a seizure control drug. The injectable form of diazepam is often used in anaesthetic protocols.

Side Effects

  • It is difficult to sort out the side effects from the desired effects since there are many uses for this drug. Direct supervision of the pet by your veterinarian is essential for success with this medication.
  • Some animals paradoxically get hyper-excited on diazepam.

Interactions with Other Drugs

Diazepam may have stronger than expected effects if used in conjunction with cimetidine (an antacid), an antibiotic called erythromycin, an antifungal called Ketoconazole, or a heart medication called propranolol.
Diazepam should not be used in conjunction with Amitraz dips for mange, or in conjunction with ivermectin treatments for parasites.

Concerns and Cautions

  • This medication should be stored at room temperature and protected from light.

Veterinarian’s Comment

  • Discontinuing diazepam therapy abruptly may lead to unpleasant withdrawal symptoms similar to those that occur in humans.