noun. a tranquilizer (trade name Valium) used to relieve anxiety and relax muscles; acts by enhancing the inhibitory actions of the neurotransmitter GABA; can also be used as an anticonvulsant drug in cases of nerve agent poisoning.
Example sentences of the word diazepam
1. Noun, singular or mass
While giving a small dose of diazepam does not differ from the way you give other pills to your cat, you must take precautions due to the sedative and sometimes paradoxical nature of the medication.
In research on rats published in a 1997 issue of “Life Sciences,” researchers found diazepam altered caffeine effects on the rats’ brains 2.
3. Noun, plural
Because both diazepam and fenproporex are likely not safe for your baby, avoid taking Esbelcaps if you are pregnant or nursing 12.
Do not abruptly stop giving diazepam to your cat without contacting your veterinarian, as the cat may suffer difficult withdrawal symptoms if not weaned off the drug gradually.
5. Verb, 3rd person singular present
Valium is the trade name of the drug diazepam 1.
6. Verb, base form
A small percentage of felines react badly to diazepam, with death resulting from kidney and liver damage.