Valtoco Diazepam 30 Non-Aerosol sprays, 5 mg/spray (0.1 ml)
This medication is used by people with epilepsy to treat a certain type of serious seizure that doesn’t stop (seizure clusters). Diazepam belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines. It may work by increasing the effect of a certain substance in your body (GABA), which helps calm the brain and nerves.
How to use:
Read the Medication Guide and Instructions for Use provided by your pharmacist when you get this medication and each time you get a refill. Be sure to keep this medication handy in case it is needed. Learn ahead of time how to properly use this medication. Each nasal spray device can be used only one time. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Caregivers should learn when this medication should be used and what to watch for after using this medication. Make sure a family member or caregiver knows where you keep this medication and how to use it in case you need their help. This product is for use in the nose only. The dosage is based on your age, weight, and response to treatment. Remove the diazepam spray from the package only when you are ready to use it. Do not test or prime the spray before use. Doing so will make you lose the dose. Gently insert the tip of the spray nozzle into one nostril, then firmly press the plunger to give the dose. Each nasal spray device only has one spray. If your dose is for 2 sprays, use a second nasal spray device in the opposite nostril. Throw away the nasal spray device after using it. In some cases, a second dose may be prescribed and given at least 4 hours after the first dose. Do not use more than 2 doses to treat a seizure cluster episode. Do not use this product to treat episodes more often than once every 5 days, or more than 5 times in a month. Doing so may make this medication stop working well. Your seizures may get worse or happen more often. Talk with your doctor if this medication stops working well.
This medication should not be used regularly. If you use it regularly and then suddenly stop using it, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as vomiting, sweating, abdominal/muscle cramps, shaking, seizures, mental/mood changes such as anxiety/agitation). Withdrawal is more likely if you have used diazepam for a long time or in high doses. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have withdrawal. Though it helps many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. This risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Use this medication exactly as prescribed to lower the risk of addiction. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Get emergency help right away if seizures last or get worse after using the medication as directed, or if there is a change in the person’s breathing, coloring, behavior, or condition that alarms you.
See also Warning section. Drowsiness, dizziness, diarrhea, nosebleed, or nasal discomfort may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: uncontrolled movements (such as shaking/tremor). Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: slow/shallow breathing, unusual drowsiness/difficulty waking up. A small number of people who take anticonvulsants for any condition (such as seizure, bipolar disorder, pain) may experience depression, suicidal thoughts/attempts, or other mental/mood problems. Tell your doctor right away if you or your family/caregiver notice any unusual/sudden changes in your mood, thoughts, or behavior such as signs of depression, suicidal thoughts/attempts, thoughts about harming yourself. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.