Valium for post op comfort (1414)

Key points below

Alert: Call 911 if your child is too sleepy, does not wake easily, has trouble breathing or has swelling of the face or lips.

What is Valium?

It is a medicine that can be used to help with comfort. It is most often used after orthopedic procedures. It can be used for other surgeries. Valium helps to relax tight or twitching muscles. These are called muscle spasms. It can also be used to treat seizures.

This teaching sheet is only about the use of valium after surgery.

What are the side effects?

When to give this medicine

- Your child can take Tylenol or Ibuprofen at the same time as the Valium.

- Do not give Valium and an opioid like oxycodone at the same time. They both cause sleepiness. Together they can make your child too sleepy and it may be unsafe. Always wait at least 1 hour between giving a strong pain medicine and giving Valium.

How to give this medicine

- If you need to give less than a full tablet, talk to your pharmacist about how to cut the tablet. If you have any concerns about this, talk to your doctor about changing the prescription to liquid.

- If your child is taking the liquid, measure it in a syringe. You can get one from your nurse or pharmacy.

How to safely use, store and get rid of this medicine

Other teaching sheets that may be helpful

ALERT: Call your child’s doctor if you or your child have any concerns or if your child:

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This sheet was created to help you care for your child or family member. It does not take the place of medical care. Talk with your healthcare provider for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.