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Diazepam overdose

Alternative names

Poisoning from an overdose of diazepam.

Poisonous Ingredient

  • diazepam

Where Found

  • Valium
  • Valrelease
Note: This list may not be all inclusive.


  • body as a whole
    • weakness
    • tremor
    • incoordination
    • hiccups
  • respiratory
    • labored breathing
  • eyes, ears, nose, and throat
    • double vision
    • blurred vision
    • ringing in the ears
    • rapid side-to-side movement of the eyes
  • skin
    • rash
    • bluish colored lips and fingernails
  • gastrointestinal
    • stomach upset
  • nervous system
    • drowsiness
    • depression
    • tiredness
    • weariness
    • stupor
    • coma
    • dizziness
    • hallucinations
    • excitability

Before Calling Emergency

Determine the following information:
  • the patient's age, weight, and condition
  • the name of the product (ingredients and strengths if known)
  • the time it was swallowed
  • the amount swallowed
  • if the medication was prescribed for the patient

Poison Control, or a local emergency number

They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the patient to the hospital. See Poison Control centers for telephone numbers and addresses. Take the container with you to the emergency room.

What to expect at the emergency room

Some or all of the following procedures may be performed:
  • Induce emesis .
  • Administer activated charcoal.
  • Use gastric lavage .
  • Treat the symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis)

With proper care, recovery normally occurs (except possibly in patients with aplastic anemia ).

Update Date: 2/12/2004

Cherlin Johnson, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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