Posted by: | 2020/04/04



I was prescribed betapam the yellow tablet. What is the dosage? And how many mg is it? I lost the box. Tks

Expert's Reply


Depression expert
- 2020/04/15

Betapam is a trade name for the long-known sedative tranquilizer Diazepam, originally marketed as Valium.   They usually come in 2, 5 or 10 mg tablets. 
You don't mention for how long you have been taking them, but generally expert advise its not wise to use them for longer than a couple of months, or there is a real risk of developing dependence on them, and hence difficulty when one tries to stop taking them.  If one has been taking them, or any other member of this benzodiazepine family of sedative tranquilizers, for more than a week or so, one should NOT stop taking them abruptly, but should rather reduce the dose gradually over  a week or two, as otherwise withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant.
The situation you prescribe is a bit confusing.  Had you just filled the prescription, so you haven't remembered how you were supposed to take these tablets ? It's always best to keep any medication in the original container, as there's no good reason for not doing so, and its the easiest way to remember the name of the med, the amount in each tablet of capsule, and the amount your prescription suggests you should take, and when.
So be sure to do this in future.  Meanwhile, do contact the pharmacy where you had your prescription filled, and they should be able to check what your prescription was and said, and/or contact the prescribing doctor, who can also check and give you this information.

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