Diazepam is a prescription benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and alcohol withdrawal.
Also known by the brand name Valium, diazepam can come in the form of an oral tablet, nasal spray, injectable liquid, and rectal gel. Diazepam is a benzodiazepine (benzo), meaning it’s a central nervous system (CNS) depressant that reduces activity in the brain and spinal cord. When taken in high doses, it can produce a calming and euphoric high, which is the main reason why it’s a common drug of abuse. However, diazepam side effects can be much more severe than sedation.