Compounded Diazepam (Valium, Diastat) for Dogs and Cats
Diazepam is a sedative medication used to treat a variety of different aliments in many species. In humans, dogs and cats, it may be used to treat and prevent anxiety disorders. Diazepam is often used to treat and prevent fear and nervousness in a variety of phobia induced situations such as fireworks or storms. Diazepam is also used to treat breakthrough seizures and can also be used as a muscle relaxant. This medication should help with in 1 to 2 hours of receiving the dosage. How fast the medication works is dependent on the dosage form. For example, this medication is often given rectally for active breakthrough seizures due to the quicker onset of affect. Diazepam is a controlled substance and does require a prescription from your veterinarian or doctor in order to be dispense. You and your veterinarian/physician should discuss if this is the best treatment option.
Diazepam is taken orally or given rectally and can be compounded into the desired strength and flavor that best suits your pet. We compound this medication into suspension, capsule, transdermal creams, topical gel, and rectal suppositories. This medication can be given on an empty stomach or with food. It is important that the suspension is measured out precisely to the exact prescribed dosing and is only given as directed by the veterinarian. It is important not to miss any doses of this medication or it may not be effective. If you miss a dose do not double up on the medication. Wait until the next dose is due and follow the normal dosing schedule as directed.
Common side effects include sleepiness, lack of energy, weakness, excessive drooling, and an increase in appetite. If your animal experiences yellowing of the whites of the eyes or gums, please call your veterinarian immediately as these symptoms may indicate a serious reaction. Overdoses of this medication can be serious. If you suspect an overdose, contact your veterinarian or poison control.