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Diazepam
Essential medicine status
General description
Diazepam is a benzodiazepine with sedative, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant and other properties. It is used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions.
INN
Diazepam
Medicine type
Chemical agent
EML status history
First added in 1977 (TRS 615) for Status epilepticus
Added in 1977 (TRS 615) for Anxiety
Added in 1991 (TRS 825) for Palliative care
Therapeutic equivalent for
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Recommendations
Section
Medicines for other common symptoms in palliative care
  • Oral > Liquid: 2 mg per 5 mL
  • Oral > Solid: 5 mg; 10 mg
  • Local > Rectal > Solution: 2.5 mg; 5 mg; 10 mg
  • Parenteral > General injections > unspecified: 5 mg per mL
Indications
Section
Anticonvulsants/antiepileptics
  • Local > Rectal > Gel: 5 mg per mL in 0.5 mL tubes; 5 mg per mL in 2 mL tubes; 5 mg per mL in 4 mL tubes
  • Local > Rectal > Solution: 5 mg per mL in 0.5 mL tubes; 5 mg per mL in 2 mL tubes; 5 mg per mL in 4 mL tubes
Section
Medicines for anxiety disorders
  • Oral > Solid: 5 mg (scored); 2 mg (scored)
Indications