What is a yellow pill round with a v on one side and 2683 on the other

Not Medical Advice: Pill imprint 2683 V has been identified as Diazepam 5 mg.

Diazepam is an oral drug that is used to treat anxiety. Diazepam belongs to the benzodiazepine family of medications, the same family that includes alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), flurazepam (Dalmane), and others.

Diazepam and other benzodiazepines act by increasing the effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that inhibits activity in the brain. It is believed that extreme activity in the brain may lead to anxiety or other psychiatric disorders. In November 1963, the FDA approved diazepam.

Most frequent side effects of diazepam include:

  • drowsiness
  • fatigue
  • ataxia (loss of balance)

Benzodiazepines are being prescribed alone and in combination with opioids in increasing rates at primary care practices across the nation, according to new research. The trend is particularly alarming in light of the association between benzodiazepine-opioid combinations and prescription drug deaths. Learn more at Medscape.

Updated on Monday, March 17 2014 at 05:13AM EDT
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