Valium Addiction, Treatment and Withdrawal

Valium Addiction, Treatment and Withdrawal drug rehabilitation and alcohol rehabilitation

Valium is a benzodiazepine class of drug, with sedative, hypnotic, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, amnestic and muscle relaxant properties. Valium was first introduced in 1963 and is currently available as diazepam. The drug was a modification of the first benzodiazepine, librium and today is used in the treatment of anxiety. Valium has totally replaced the barbiturates as the drug of choice for decreasing anxiety. Valium has a relatively lower abuse potential and relatively fewer adverse reactions.


Valium is considered a minor tranquilizer. For the past 40 years, valium has been most often used for the short-term relief of moderate-severe, disabling anxiety or insomnia. Long-term use can be associated with the development of tolerance, physiological and psychological dependency. Valium is believed to interact with the GABA receptor; GABAA; the activation of which decreases neuronal activity.


Dosing

Valium can be taken orally, administered intravenously or even rectally. Valium is usually taken before bedtime and has few residual effects. However, rebound insomnia may occur and may cause anxiety while awake. In the elderly and in those patients with liver and kidney problems, accumulation of valium can occur. It has a long half-life in the body lasting about 36-48 hours. The recommended starting dose is 5 mg per day and one can go up to 10-15 mg per day. Valium is a Schedule IV drug in the USA under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. It is only available with a prescription from a physician.


Therapeutic Uses

Valium is indicated in the management of short term anxiety disorders. Anxiety associated with the stresses of daily life is not an indication for valium consumption. In hospitals valium is frequently used to treat the agitation and delirium tremens that may occur after acute alcohol withdrawal. It is also useful in the relief of skeletal muscle spasms, spasticity (such as in cerebral palsy) and for use in status epilepticus. The drug should be periodically assessed by the physician to determine if it is clinically useful to the patient.


Side Effects

The side effects of valium are obvious:

  • Drowsiness
  • Lethargy
  • Gait problems
  • Mental confusion
  • Vertigo
  • Impaired judgment


Are just some of the common side effects. Since valium impairs mental judgment it is recommended that inpiduals do not drive vehicles or operate any machinery while taking the drug. The side effects of valium are augmented by consumption of alcohol or other central nervous depressants. In fact consuming valium with alcohol can result in a potentially fatal overdose.


When valium is used as an adjunct in the treatment of seizures an increase in dosage of the primary anti-seizure drug may be required. The concomitant administration of valium and anti-convulsants may precipitate an increase in certain seizure activity specifically tonic-clonic seizures.


In inpiduals who take valium for prolonged periods frequent liver function tests should be done and the dose of valium adjusted if there is liver impairment. The possibility of liver damage should always be considered especially in inpiduals using valium and other over the counter analgesics or alcohol.


Some inpiduals may have a paradoxical reaction to valium and have worsening of their anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Initial monitoring of all patients during the start of therapy is recommended.


Withdrawal of Valium

Valium should never be stopped abruptly after long term use. Withdrawal symptoms, similar in signs and symptoms to those observed with barbiturates and alcohol such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Diaphoresis
  • Tachycardia
  • Hypertension
  • Convulsions
  • Psychosis
  • Tremors
  • Cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Hyper-anxiety

Do occur when valium is abruptly discontinued. Onset of the withdrawal syndrome after prolonged heavy use of valium might be delayed although withdrawal from short duration use often presents early.


Some of the withdrawal symptoms are identical to the symptoms for which the medication was originally prescribed. The ability to determine the difference between relapse and rebound is very important during the withdrawal phase.


The more severe withdrawal symptoms have usually been linked to those patients who have been taking high doses of valium for a prolonged period of time. Generally milder withdrawal symptoms (eg dysphoria and insomnia) have been reported following abrupt withdrawal of valium taken continuously for several months. Consequently, after long term therapy, abrupt discontinuation should generally be avoided and a gradual dose tapering regimen followed.


Addiction prone inpiduals should be under careful surveillance when receiving valium because of their predisposition to habituation and dependence. Withdrawal can be avoided or minimized by use of a long half-life benzodiazepine and very gradually tapering off the drug over a period of many weeks or even months.


Dependence and Tolerance

Tolerance to valium can develop rapidly with daily or frequent use. Generally, tolerance to the hypnotic and sedative effects occurs within days. However; tolerance to the anxiolytic effects of valium rarely if ever occurs.


Long-term valium usage generally leads to some form of dependence. Studies show that up to fifty percent of patients prescribed valium for six months or more become physically dependent to the drug.


Abuse Potential

Although valium is extremely effective in the management of anxiety disorders it has the potential for abuse and may cause physical dependence or addiction. Intentional abusers of valium usually have other substance abuse problems. Valium is usually a secondary drug of abuse used mainly to potentiate the high received from another drug or to diminish the adverse effects of other drugs. Even legitimate therapeutic usage of valium carries with it an innate risk of addiction and physical or psychological dependence.


Intoxication

Over dosage of valium particularly when combined with alcohol may lead to coma but does not cause severe electrolyte or biochemical changes and therefore carries a relatively good prognosis if the amount ingested was not sufficient to cause death. Valium overdose presents with:

  • Lethargy
  • Somnolence
  • Confusion
  • Coma Decreased reflexes


Also blood pressure and respiration can decrease dramatically. In acute overdose general supportive measures should be undertaken. The stomach should be lavaged and IV fluids administered. Airway control should be obtained if there is evidence of respiratory difficulty.


The antidote for valium overdose is flumazenil a specific benzodiazepine antagonist which is occasionally used empirically in all patients presenting with unexplained coma in emergency rooms. All essential supportive measures should be available prior to administration of any benzodiazepine antagonist in order to protect the patient from both the withdrawal effects and possible complications arising from simultaneous utilization of chemically unrelated drugs.



References

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Topic Discussion

  1. Addict

    How and Why am i Blamed for a doctor many doctors prescribing benzos after my back injury.
    Then trying to kill me with anti depressants. Now as i cant stand the valium any more in 25 yrs..
    I have been in and out of Hospitals Being put on SeroQuel Neurotin being called a drug addict for following doctors instructions.
    He first was giving me 3 way xanax then the double bars i hated them seemed to make me angry . then They changed to valium i reduced from those high doses in the last 4 yrs i can not get past 25 milligrams a day.
    I am 49 in nov im very mad this injury and doctors prescribing me drugs that are evil for yrs has cost me everything i care about. Yet doctors write it i never did anything but follow instructions.
    PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO GET OFF THE REST OF THE VALIUM ONE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO LIVE LIKE THIS

    • Addict

      I have been on Valium for the past three years and a half years. It was prescribed to me because of my epilepsy. I went from 20mg a day down to 5mg, which I have been taking for a year. This copped with Topamax gives my brain a sufficient amount to work through the day. I am not sure, which of the two cause me to always take a "double look" on things, e.g. I see an object in the corner of my eye and I think it's a person, I know rationally it's not, but my vision deceives me. So I have minor "hallucinations", which bother me quite a bit. I'd love to get off Valium, but I was told by my GP that I'm way too dependent on it and he will think what to replace the Valium with to get me off it. A drug for another drug...hm

    • Addict

      My husband was put on Endone then Oxycontin which caused him to become addicted then he was put on Suboxone to replace the Oxy (still an S8 restricted drug). He wanted to get off these medications which cause the chemicals in the brain to change and bring on Anxiety and Depression so the doctors put him on Valium. Now he is dependent on Valium and we are currently going through withdrawals for that. The doctors have done really well to cause an addiction which they accept is their fault but walk away and not help. Since Sept. 2011 he has been in and out of hospital with withdrawals and increased depression and anxiety with suicide thoughts. He was a highly driven person, we had our own business, great turnover, own our own home, massive debt to the banks for business loans to now him laying in bed unable to decide what he wants to eat. It is a long hard road to get off the Valium but with a careful withdrawal YOU CAN get off it and get your life back. Get in touch with your local hospital that has an Addictive Medicine Specialist and be guided by them. It took a long time to get sick so it stands that it will take a long time to get better. Since you have been on it for a long time I think half a milligram every week and please remember you will feel horrible because it can cause rebound anxiety and depression. Make sure you have someone you can rely on to stick by you. Please be very careful and don't do anything to quickly or stop suddenly over time you CAN get off that horrible drug. You should include a psychologist to talk through all your issues and give you support as well. Best of luck. Lynn

  2. Addict

    I have been taking valium for about 9 years along with adipex. The reason I started taking these two drugs together is because I'm allergic to hormones. I'm going through menepause and it stops me from having hot & cold flashes. I'm going to a doctor now that will not give me valium. I am going on 3 weeks with out it. My equlibrium is off, im lathargic, i'm having problems with my memory and sometimes I write something down and when I llok back at it, it makes no sense at all. I can't remember how to spell. I have times that something will happen and I don't even have a memory of it at all. I'm thirsty all the time.
    My question is...how long does it take to detox from this? I'm sick to my stomach in the mornings before I take my other medication. When will this stop?

  3. Addict

    How much valium were you taking? I had the same problem. wenti into the hospital because of anxiety attack beacuse i was diagnosed with cancer, they gave me ativan and told me to take it every four hours didn't tell me it was addicting. i became dependent. i don't have cancer, but it's been a year now and I'm still on the drug but i switched from ativan to valium many months ago, and i am very very slowly tapering but i can't get below 16 mg a day, my body just freaks out and i get so nervous i want to die. i hate drugs, iu don't even drink, and now i'm addicted to valium and it has destroyed my life and i don't know what to do, how to get off of ir, i've seen 7 psychiatrists, they are completely clueless, all of them. what do I do? i'm not checking into rehab or detox places, that is not the answer, i need to slowly taper and i can do that at home just as well as in rehab. and i can't do a fast detox, it would probably kill me.

    • Addict

      HiJim Just read yr post I have just started valium withdrawals and know how you feel I was only taking 5mg every now and then for severe anxiety and major depression and chronic back pain now i cant get off these my dr is reducing me very slowlyeg 1/4 of a tablet over a few weeks to help the agitation but it is soooo hard i just want to end it all I can't function it really is terrible so i do understand my dr doesn't want me on anti depressants i took my self off then several mths ago when i got physically sick and had a migraine for 2mths they won't put me in rehab to help at 52yr i feel like a real loser but we are not just have a problem that will take time to fix. Hang in there

    • Addict

      I am on 2 mg's of Ativan 3 x a day was on 4. It isn't hardly working and I have had bad anxiety for 5 month's. The Doctor put me on 10 mg's 4x a day of Valium to get off the Ativan. Will it work? I need off The ativan then I will get off the Valium.

  4. Addict

    I hate hate Benzo's! i was on klonopin, now coming off valium.. I hate the stuff!
    I'm tapering it better than klonopin but still, it's no fun! And I'm in school.. I have to function!

    • Addict

      I sucked it up and only take 10 mg a day and I have almost zero intoxicating effects, it keeps me on an even keel, it also seems to help my ADD, it slows up the thoughts that are always running through my head, it used to be that you would be in the middle of something and I would have to stop you and ask what you were talking about because my thoughts would go to something else. I don't have that problem nearly as bad any more. It makes me a better worker because I can actually stay focused on what I'm doing and it now takes me half the time. they should do a study on ADD and Valium. People no longer aggravate me, and an insult is just their opinion now and don't cost them a few teeth lol. I say Thank God for Valium. Used properly its a great drug. I have an addictive personality but thank God I never took pills, I now am down to 10 mg every other day when things are going smooth, the best thing is that I no longer think about blowing my brains out, so they should also do a study on depression and Valium as well, because I no longer go through bouts of depression that makes me like a shut in, I wouldn't even go to the store without looking around to make sure no one was outside because I didn't want to talk to anyone. Now I am living a full and very happy life, I came to this site to find out about Valium and cirrhosis induced by Hep-C any info on that doc? I will be checking back, hopefully you can find case study s, I'm pretty good with my Google but I haven't been able to get any info on that question. Thank you very much, Joe

  5. Addict

    I have been taking a total of 20 mg of valium every week for the past year. Will I have withdrawal symptoms coming off?

    • Addict

      Yes SAM you will, don't come off them straight away see a doctor and get him to take you off them slowly.
      Here is why I have been taking 5mg Valium 3 to 5 days a week over 6 or 7 months, maybe 10mils each time and I'm now on day 3 of withdrawals, which freaking sucks.This crap stays in your nervous system for quite some time, I had got to the stage were i can't function with out them. But I have had enough of these little pills of horror. this is much worse than heroin withdrawals, trust me I've been there too.
      P.S.
      I HATE BENZOS TOO.

    • Addict

      I'm afraid so SAM sorry bro.
      I'm on day 3 of withdrawals and it's a freaking nightmare.I'm the same as you I've been taking 5 mg of Valium for 6 or 7 months but not every day maybe 3 to 5 days a week, I would take two 5mils, since I haven't been on them long and haven't taken them everyday and in a huge amount, I'm going cold turkey for 14 days, if I'm not feeling better by then, I will see a doctor, I suggest you "SAM" should go and see a doctor don't copy me, I've tried before and got to day 9 and had a massive panic attack and I had too take 1 and a half to calm down.
      That's whats scares me, but this time I'm going to try the breathing technique and try to calm myself down, drink lots of water, and try to detox my body of Valium.The breathing technique does work I have had little anxiety/panic attacks and the breathing thing has worked so far.
      Only 11 more days to go yea.
      P.S. i hate benzos with a passion too.If your ready this and other comments my advice is do not even take 1 they will take over your life.

  6. Addict

    I had neck surgery back in March 2010, and have been on Valium 5mg for about 6 months now supply ran out 11 days ago so I thought I would just not refill and get myself off them not realizing that it would cause such drama my head has been off the planet with migraines ever since and I just cant focus, didn't realize that this medication would cause this sort of problem until this morning reading different websites and the info associated I am going back on the medication to get back some normality and get rid of this dam migraine cant cope with that too much for me I will take the slow way out and do it little by little next time, I have so much empathy for you guys that have been on it long term in larger doses hang in there hope all goes better for you soon.

    • Addict

      I had lower back surgery in July then neck surgery in Sept. I have been on 5m 3times a day since and I want to return to work and they say u can't drive while on this drug. So i am eager to wean off of this drug. my primary said I could star by taking half pills but hasn't set up a real plan so i have read that the best way and most harmless way is to go slowly so I am going back to her on Friday and get a plan. I tried to cut back and I think I did to much of a cut back and started having leg cramps and weak legs. I don't want this so I must have cut too much. The surgery was to help my legs so when i am on the three pills my legs are great . So SLOW weaning is a must. Crap another issue to deal with. I have to go back to work. I will work it out by ride sharing or walking but this is a stinker of a drug. I didn't know this. I am so glad I have read some of the blogs. Some are scarey but I just have to get off of this to free myself to independence. I want to get back to normal. Wish me luck.

  7. Addict

    I have been on 5mg per day of Valium for several years now. Only take one a day and not everyday, sometimes go 3 days without. I went off then for 3 months once and could not function at all. I would stutter etc. it was awful trying to function and appear normal. I'd rather take the pill than go through that kind of suffering the rest of my life.

  8. Addict

    Valium addiction is both physical and psychological. It works with the GABA receptors in the brain to help calm and sedate the user. Because it is available in pill form, Valium addiction is very easy to develop. If the addict feels a little more stressed at one moment or another, it is very easy to simply take another pill out of their pocket and pop it for relief. Valium is available in doses between 5 and 15 mg per day, but Valium addicts rarely if ever take the medication in its prescribed amount. Valium addiction is interesting in that the addict becomes addicted to the pills themselves. Say the addict is 5 or 10 minutes late for a dose, they will begin to feel anxious because they missed that dose, and for no other reason at all.
    While Valium is the least addictive of all benzodiazepines, because it has quite a long half-life (the amount of time it takes for half of the medication to leave the addict’s system), it is categorized by the FDA as a schedule IV drug and therefore monitored under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. This means that Valium is only available with a doctor’s prescription.
    Valium addiction and usage comes with a variety of side effects. These side effects may include; impaired judgment, vertigo, scattered thinking, sleepiness, and difficulty walking or balancing. Valium addicts can suffer from labored breathing and difficulty talking. Most people who suffer from Valium addiction also drink alcohol while taking the drug. The two main things that may occur if these drugs are combined are complete memory loss or “blackout” and, because Valium hits the brain like roughly two shots of liquor; the addict may wind up severely impaired.

  9. Addict

    Those horrible little pills the very first time i took them was one and the doctor said only take them when you need them,,,the pharmacist said the same and don't take them more than four days in a row, but that first night i took on and lay in bed and the feeling i got of calm and relaxing was amazing.so i tried again thinking they cant do me harm.....I am on lexapro for anxiety as it is, but i heard some very bad news about myself and the doctor said i needed something else..He is a great doctor but he thinks i have been on a small dose and wants to ween me off them,but of course i have been getting them off other doctors that hand them out like lollies and i have been taking 4 a day now for 6 months...They now are not working i am more anxious, feel nauseous and just real tired...I am going to doctors tomorrow to sign a contract to say that i will stick to this horrible weening program and know i can do it. If i can give any one advice don't get on them even if life is that bad...use counselors or help lines but this medication has been around since the 60s and i know i am dependent,,,I thought it would never happen to me now i am depressed, feeling horrible and more anxious than ever,,,, a sense of doom and just disappointment that at 45 i could do this and my memory is horrible at moment.....I did not know till last week that you cant drink alcohol while on these, so doctors don't tell you everything,,,,Any way i wish every one well my journey is about to begin,,,

  10. Addict

    I have been taking Valium since 1965 when I was first diagnosed as hypoglycemic and suffered from severe panic attacks. At the time it was a new drug and was thought to not be addictive. My doctor prescribed three 10mg tabs per day and it was effective immediately at helping to relieve my anxiety. It improved my quality of life and gave me the ability to cope with stress that had been difficult for me all of my life prior to taking the Valium.

    After taking it for a year or so I began to worry about becoming dependent on it but my doctor assured me I should not worry. And so I didn't. I had no side effects at all from the drug.

    Unfortunately, my mother and father in law became concerned when they read something about Valium and wanted me to stop taking it. I tried but it was very difficult because the withdrawal was intolerable and my in-laws treated me like some kind of drug addict and made me feel horrible.

    Now, 44 years later, I am still taking it. I only take one 10mg tablet (generic) each day and it keeps me calm and free from anxiety. I honestly do not know what I would have done without this drug and I think it has a very bad rap and reputation for an excellent medication.

    It amazes me how people discriminate against you if you mention you take Valium. And yet if you were a diabetic they would never deny you your insulin.

    No one cares if someone takes Prozac or Zoloft of Wellbutrin or a variety of other anti-depressants and tranquilizers but for some reason Valium gets a very bad rap.

    My advice to anyone taking Valium is to not worry about what anyone else says. It's YOUR body and NO ONE else knows how you feel but you.

    Valium is an excellent drug and is probably the best medicine available for the treatment of anxiety. Just be careful not to mix alcohol or other drugs with the Valium and not to exceed your prescribed dosage and you will be fine.

    The reason for my post is to counter some of the negative posts I have read about this miracle drug. As someone who has perhaps taken this drug longer (or as long) as any other living person, I feel very well qualified to comment on the advantages and disadvantages of Valium and I know for a fact that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

    FYI....ALL medicines have side effects. Not just Valium. Actually I prefer not to call them side effects but just call them 'effects'.

    • Addict

      Dear Cynthia,

      I'm very interested in your experiences with Valium as I have been taking it for several years too.

      You say you have been on Valium since 1965, right? So, you have been on it for 46 years already (as opposed to the 44 years in the post)?

      I am very concerned myself about my Valium usage, since many people are discussing tolerance topics (dosage increasing) for Valium on the internet.

      Therefore I would like to know if you have ever needed to increase your dosage due to less effective of the medication. Also I wonder whether you have taken it daily all these years or just as needed. It would help me a lot in dealing with my fear for this phenomenon.

      Already thanks in advance for your answer,

      Jenny

  11. Addict

    i have restless genital syndrome, formerly known as persistent sexual arousal syndrome, and i mean persistent 24/7 relief only with sleep, a Dr. not my Dr. prescribed serepax which with my unrelenting problem quickly became my "precious" until i was taking 25, 30mg over the course of 1 day, this went on for 9 months until my teenage boys said stop or we're leaving, i stopped, but... i still had this unnatural intense sense of arousal they was making me feel incredibly suicidal, we tried Xanax, which made me feel angry and unlike the serepax didn't help at all, so i stopped them after 1 script, so we agreed on Valium, i get 21 a week, (my request) i'm supposed to take 3 5mg a day, but my tolerance is so high and the intensity of my problem so strong that is no good, so i take the 21 in one day, nobody notices, i go about my daily business, have normal conversations with people do normal every day things, there seems to be no effect at all except that i'm a little brighter and it takes the edge of my problem, what i'm worried about is what is happening inside my body, p.s i don't have withdrawal, and i don't think about them until the next week i don't drink or do street drugs, i do take avanza at night, also because of this bizarre affliction and some times when i pick them up i may not bother with them for a couple of days if my problem is not severe, i'm just worried about the things i can't see.

  12. Addict

    I have to agree with Cynthia April 25th, 2011
    I've taken Valium off and on since the late 80's. I've always adhered to the dosages recommended by my doctors, or less, usually less. I've spend most of my adult life working in a stressful, dangerous environments and Valium has worked for me. I had one overdose when I mistakenly mixed Valium with alcohol. That incident led to the stigma of alcoholic and drug addict added to my resume.
    My prescribed dosage was 7.5 mil per day. I usually took Valium as needed. My actual average dosage was less than 25 mil per week.
    I went into rehab at one point, mostly trauma based symptoms. They took me off Valium overnight. Stupid.
    After the rehab I adhered to a doctor's plan to wean me from Valium altogether. I have not used the Valium or any other prescription med (with the exception of Lisinopril for high blood pressure) for close to 4 months. I currently experience spotty seasons of anxiety and notice that my jaw is constantly tense, often gritting my teeth. I am uncomfortable but it's not intolerable.
    Valium was an excellent option for me and never caused any side affects or problems except the one time mentioned above and that was my fault.
    The pressure from others is why I quit. Now that I've had 4 months off I wonder why I caved in. I don't want to go the "lab rat" route and try everything else on the market. I wish everyone could have left well enough alone.
    I agree that we should use what works for us. It's our bodies, we should have the deciding vote.

  13. Addict

    Hi I've been taking Valium for two weeks only 5mg a day am i addicted I'm worried and need to no so can sort my situation out.

  14. Addict

    Well today is my 22nd day off Valium and no one should ever have to experience the hell I have been through. I was prescribed diazepam 8 years ago along with Celexa for panic attacks. I have been taking 10mg of both drugs daily for the 8 years. Although at times I would take an "extra" pill to help me cope. I had no clue that Valium was controlling my life. I had been increasingly growing an anger that I could not control. An anger that got me arrested and I have never even had a speeding ticket. A visit to a psychiatrist and he told me to drop the Valium and the celexa and prescribed another "epilepsy drug". After 4 days I was dying, I had no idea if it was side effects from the new drug or withdrawal from the old. So I stopped them all, cold turkey. I do not recommend this to anyone. Although my days are getting much better it has been the hardest thing I have ever done. If you read a withdrawal symptom, I have experienced it. The worst is the sensory overload. My skin crawls and the slightest touch is multiplied by 1000. The same for sounds. A small ticking noise sounds like a hammer. The "electrical" feelings in my head have been almost unbearable. I have had issues with talking and my tongue feeling swollen. My muscles ache, my head hurts constantly, but the major symptom is NO SLEEP... I was accustomed to 10 hours of sleep a night and a nap during the day, which I am sure the need for excessive sleep came from the Valium to begin with. But now, I lay in the bed for hours before sleep ever comes. When it does about 4 hours a night is all. I have seen the sun come up more in the last 22 days than the other 43 years of my life combined. Please do not ever take this drug it is poison!! Unless you have been there, nothing can prepare you for the terrible things that Valium can do to you. I question my doctors decision to pull me off of them cold turkey and luckily a seizure was one of the only withdrawal symptoms I didn't have. The days are getting clearer and I finally feel like I can see light at the end of the tunnel. I will never take another drug again especially in the category of an anti-depressant. I am stronger than I ever realized after all I have been through. I am starting an exercise program and have mastered a breathing technique that has helped me deal with the anxiety and panic attacks, which unfortunately got worse with the withdrawal. I also experienced the suicidal thoughts, that literally scared me to death. I would never hurt myself but I would think about it. I have to say that was the worse feeling ever. Again, please do not take this medication, the side effects and the withdrawal ARE worse than the reason your doctor is prescribing the medication!!

  15. Addict

    i was wondering what the laws were in the state of SC regarding refills on Valiums?

  16. Addict

    I was recently prescribed a prescription for Valium due to anxiety. My anxiety comes mostly when I board an airplane. I love the experience of flying but something in my subconscious apparently does not and I practically hyperventilate during take-off. Recently I've noticed some signs of anxiety due to stress at work (lack of sleep, sweating when trying to multitask and just plain worried about job related responsibilities knowing its a bad economy and I have a ton at stake should I make any mistakes at work). All this said, I took one 2mg pill when I awoke at 4AM today and went back to sleep. I awoke groggy but once i got going my focus was incredible at work. I could stay on task and think logically as opposed to sporadically. I felt like I did back in college and didn't have any signs of drowsiness. Having read through the various comments here I was concerned that I'm setting myself up for failure embarking on the use of Valium. But reading some of the more recent posts has assured me that if used properly, I can manage the use and live fine. Is it me or does it seem to ya'll that those who have experienced issues with this drug have in some way abused it or been prescribed wrong dosage amounts? Reason I ask this is again, I don't want to set myself up for failure but if this drug has true value it could help and revitalize my career.

  17. Addict

    I have been on Klonapin for several years, and then my doc switched me to valium. While I was appreciative of the change, I had no inside info on how bad Xanax was as for me. I have been in the rehab hospital twice over the past 6 months, and of all the good help I received, I fell back in to the Xanax. I have a Dr. Appt. tomorrow to get me off this stuff, but I'm afraid he won't take me seriously, due to my past infractions. I am suffering EXTREME anxiety attacks, where I cannot breathe and shake uncontrollably. I cannot live like this anymore; I am at the very end of what I'm capable to endure. The feeling of not being able to breathe bothers me the most. I don't trust a lot of doctors, so I'm, at the very least, to get an understanding of what I'm dealing with. Please pray for me...I'm a 53 year old woman whose life depends on my two precious sons. I refuse to leave this earth without having myself in order. Please pray for me, as I do to the posters who post on this website, amongst others. I do love life, but come so close to wanting to disappear...although I never will because of the blessings of my two sons. I pray for you, for all of us, to be able to find a shred of peace amongst all of us suffering addiction. Peace and love to all.

  18. Addict

    I have been slowly weaning off Valium for three months. I was on a 5 mg dose at bedtime for over a year. I too decided one day to just stop taking it. I had no idea of the horrible side effects that would start three days later. I nearly fainted at the Vets with my dog. That is when I researched withdrawal. I read a great plan by Professor C Heather Ashton, which I brought to my new Primary Care Physician. Liked my old doctor but, he prescribed pills for everything. The new doctor agreed with the slow weaning plan on Ashtons web site. Today is day three of no Valium. I weaned at 4mg two weeks; 3mg two weeks; 2.5mg two weeks; 2mg two weeks; 1mg two weeks; and, .5mg two weeks. Today was the end of the half-life phase in your system. I feel nauseated, have had muscle cramps, and I am very tired. I didn’t sleep at all a couple of nights ago. I will see how this goes, and report back if I can make it through. I own an RV Park, so stopping work is not possible. If you can at least wean to a lower dose over a lengthy period of time, it may be easier to go off completely later. If nothing else, the lowest possible dose to function normal may be better for your overall health. I was taking it for muscle spasms and rigidity from Fibromyalgia and a neck injury. I had no idea of withdrawal should I try to stop. I feel for you all!

  19. Addict

    I have a client with suicidal tendencies and depression and is an active alcoholic - he has been on Diazepam for a while and the suicidal tendencies are getting worse as is the depression, why do GP's prescribe this to alcoholics?? should he go back and ask for something different?

  20. Addict

    I have got off Valium cold turkey 9 months ago. I was taking 5mg a day for 9 years. Apart from the common withdrawal experiences, can anyone tell me if they experience a feeling of fullness in the eyes?

    Thank you.

    • Addict

      Ya I had that with the eyes too . I had taken 5 to 10 mg of Valium a day for about 10 yrs.. My eyes felt like pressure inside, and kind of a numb feeling..I went to an eye doctor and he said said it was from the head aches from withdrawal, neck tension.. It eventually goes away,dont worry, lay down and close your eyes for about 5 minutes if you can when they hurt.. its been about 6 months since I started weaning off and things are getting better every week.. talk to you doctor if it continues too long..good luck.

  21. Addict

    I've taken Valium approx. once a week for quite some time. It's black market Valium from India. Am I likely to suffer withdrawal off 10mg per week in 1 dose? I start to feel a bit crazy on the two week mark. How long is this feeling likely to last? I would really appreciate some advice as I have to work and the reason I go back to it is to get through a busy period but if I know how to taper off this dose I might see the light at the end on the tunnel.

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