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Can you overdose (OD) on Valium?

Can you overdose (OD) on Valium?

Yes. You can OD on Valium.

But a Valium overdose requires high amounts of Valium.  Overdose is also a risk of mixing Valium and alcohol or other drugs.  And given that many drug overdoses are unintentional, it is possible to avoid a Valium overdose. More here on how to avoid accidental Valium overdose or risk factors for Valium overdose. At the end, we invite your questions about Valium and overdose.

Can you overdose on Valium?

Yes, you can overdose on Valium. But it typically takes a very high amount of Valium to cause an OD, unless Valium is being taken with other medications or alcohol.  How much Valium to overdose? The amount of Valium to overdose will vary from person to person, based on your size, tolerance to Valium, and other factors but is about 1,000 times the therapeutic dose of diazepam. Plus, Valium abuse like when you inject or snort Valium increases your risk of addiction, and potentially, overdose. This medication should only be taken swallowed as a whole pill, and only in the doses recommended by your doctor. You’re much more likely to overdose on Valium if you take it with alcohol or other drugs.

What happens when you overdose on Valium?

You’re at a greater-than-normal risk of accidents when you take too much Valium. But taking large amounts of Valium can make you dizzy and impair your judgment, which can put you in danger. And when taken at high doses or mixed with other drugs, Valium can cause a slowed heartbeat or breathing problems.

Slow or shallow breathing is the most dangerous complication of Valium overdose. In some cases, Valium overdose might stop your breathing completely. Other medications combined with the Valium may also cause overdose, or make these effects more pronounced.

How many Valium is too much?

It’s hard to overdose on Valium, but it is possible, especially when combined with other drugs. The recommended daily dose is 4 to 40 mg of Valium throughout the day. Only up to 10 mg of Valium should be taken at one time – less in someone without a tolerance to Valium. People have been reported taking doses of up to 2000 mg Valium without serious effects. That’s about 50 times the maximum recommended daily dose. So Valium is incredibly safe and very difficult to overdose on if taken by itself.

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While on its own, high doses of Valium are unlikely to cause permanent harm, even low doses of Valium could be fatal if combined with alcohol, narcotics, or other CNS depressants. If you’ve taken Valium in high doses along with alcohol or other drugs and you suspect you may be experiencing an overdose, your prognosis may not be as good. Medical attention is necessary if you start experiencing troubling breathing or experience an irregular heartbeat.

Overdose on Valium questions

Do you still have questions about safe amounts of Valium in your system? Please leave them here. We can try to help you answer your questions about Valium or refer you to someone who can. Furthermore, we try to respond with a personal and prompt reply for all legitimate queries.

Reference Sources: Toxnet: Diazepam
Medline Plus: Diazepam
PubMed Health: Diazepam

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37 Responses to “Can you overdose (OD) on Valium?
Mic mac.
1:57 am April 27th, 2013

I have been taking diazepam(Valium) since 1974 which at i’ts peak was 50/90 mgs a day. I am on 2 mgs now,14 tablets to last me 30days…,been tapering off for 2 years now…,it does work..honest! the withdrawal symptoms at first were psychological and physiological..but after a while it was just psychological. That is now diminishing.p.s. like my red wine though.can’t believe I passed my driving test on 60mgs of Valium,(I am not proud of that!) on a more serious note the NHS made me an addict but in the seventies they were handed out like sweets.heroin addicts get methadone support..smokers get their nicotine patches benzo addicts get sweet F A.(ps. Stopped smoking 31 years ago.,40 a day.)that was a walk in the park compared to benzo addiction!!hope this might offer some help to those who are struggling at this moment with any benzo issues! Truly the devil’s drug!

hayley
1:31 am December 23rd, 2013

Hi iv a 6 month old child an 2 months ago i discovered the father of my child was taken valium 6 7 maybe more a day didn let him see our child til i new he was clean it stopped for 2 weeks an hes bck on them now he got them off a guy he knows how can u tell if ther d fake ones that’s goin round my friend took 3 fake ones an never woke up from his sleep an don’t want this to happen to him please help!!!!

3:49 am December 23rd, 2013

Hi Hayley. The only way to know what’s in any drug is to have it tested by a 3rd party laboratory. Otherwise, it’s a guessing game and a little like Russian Roulette.

Blamzoid
11:24 pm August 30th, 2014

Pleeeez…Valium blues are put on top of AK brownies to make you dance with the stars.

kevin r.
9:35 pm September 29th, 2014

am taking 40-60mg of valium per day,, along with pamelor 150mg at bedtime–any danger and how high can the pamelor go?, My md wants to increase both

12:31 pm October 2nd, 2014

Hello Kevin. Taking Pamelor in doses above 150 mg/day is not recommended. Also, there are many side-effects that follow possible drug interactions and can have a long-term mark on your health.

sam
1:48 pm October 12th, 2014

can a dose of 500 mg valium injection be killing?

9:50 am October 13th, 2014

Hi Sam. Yes, 500mg of Valium have the potential to cause death. No one knows for sure, because for some it’s fatal, and for others not. Those that survive can suffer brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain. This can lead to blindness, deafness, paralysis, retardation, etc.

Tina
6:03 am December 31st, 2014

Can I take diazepam valium w coming down from meth? & how many mg. Would be safe

2:15 pm December 31st, 2014

Hello Tina. Currently, there are no medications approved for use during meth withdrawal. Please see a doctor for help and referrals to services related to meth problems…if you ask for help, it is there.

jess
7:20 am March 1st, 2015

I been on suboxone an now I started taking valium I take 25 mg at once when I wake up an then later in the day 20 mg whats your thought on that

kelly
12:36 am March 20th, 2015

Hi I am after some answers please my 17 year old was given vallium by a woman that had been taking them. He returned home and became violent ending in him being taken away by the police it turns out he took 9 of them. For 6 hours he was in a massive rage at the police station and this is so out of character for him. He is still at the station now but despite being beaten up by my usually placid son I am worried he has caused long term damage. This is first time he has ever taken these and god knows what possessed him to take 9 I don’t know the mg he took in each tablet I just know the boy I saw last night was not my boy. The police have been checking on him but as I said it took them 6 hours to calm him down enough to have a medical quickly check him over. I can’t help but worry he should have been taken to hospital and now it’s been in his system 24 hours what damage has been caused. I am beside myself with worry. He’s very slim for his age only about 8 stone in weight please help

5:15 pm March 20th, 2015

Hello Kelly. Valium is a central nervous system depressant and does not usually provoke anger or rage. I’d suggest that you get him drug tested (either urine or hair) to verify what other substance(s) may have been in his system at the time.

kelly
6:48 pm March 20th, 2015

Hi he had smoked cannabis too. But was other than that the 9 vallium or diazapam. Having done some research I did find an article that said in very few cases it can cause opposite effect and make you have a violent rage especially if your body is intolerant to it. He’s fine now just mortified as to what he has done. I’ve been trying to convince him to go to hospital to be checked over but he is reluctant.

Bekim
10:16 pm March 25th, 2015

Is it dangerous to take 60 mg of diazepam within 6 hours?

11:19 am March 26th, 2015

Hello Bekim. The recommended daily dose is 40mg taken throughout the day. 60mg withing 6 hours sounds like a lot. You can Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 to get a free over-the-phone assessment of the overdose risk and instructions on what to do next.

Bekim
8:37 pm March 26th, 2015

Hi there
I am extremely concerned, about my mental state of mind! I feel quite confused, my concentration is very poor, i have blocked thoughts etc. I just thought to ask is this from the excessive amount of diazepam that i used the other day. I took 60mg within 6 hours and I am just wondering can it cause any brain damage or serotonin syndrome?!
Thank you

11:02 am March 27th, 2015

Hi again Bekim. Unfortunately, I cannot say what is causing your mental fogging over the computer. I’d suggest it’s best to go and see your doctor, especially if you feel the problem is persistent and doesn’t subside. I believe a doctor will be able to give you solid and real answers after adequate tests and examinations have been done.

haley
11:49 pm April 5th, 2015

My boyfriend took 20 10mg Valium and some over pills I think around six will he die?!

9:51 am April 6th, 2015

Hi Haley. Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 to get a free over-the-phone assessment of the overdose risk and instructions on what to do next. If your boyfriend is feeling worse get him to the hospital or if you cannot drive Call 911.

Mickymo
12:45 pm April 6th, 2015

Haley..o/ding on diazepam (valium) is quite difficult …but not impossible especially if alcohol is involved.the breathing reflex will be suppressed ….you could choke and asphyxiate.there is an antidote available FLUMAZENIL,but if he is an addicted to valium and on high regular doses it could be dangerous ,causing a sudden withdrawal…..as with all drugs of addiction,reducing the dose gradually is paramount.good luck!

Cody
11:25 pm April 9th, 2015

I have a brother who is on valium the doctor took him off of restoril and we are concerned he will mix the two with alcohol should he reach another depressive state in his treatment. should we hide/throw out the restoril? Is it dangerous if my brother mixes valium alcohol and the sleeping pill restoril? We want to make sure it poses no danger to him should he get a hold of it. Thank you

im scared
1:49 am April 11th, 2015

i took five valium fives and drank a forty oz beer after…im scared i didnt take the valiums all at once…and drank the beer after….should i make myself puke

5:07 pm April 11th, 2015

Hi Scared. You can call the Poison Control Center on 1-800-222-1222 FREE to talk to a poison expert. You will get a free over-the-phone assessment of the overdose risk and instructions on what to do next.

6:38 pm April 11th, 2015

Hi Cody. Sorry to fall behind on answering your question regarding your brother. If the doctor took him off Restoril, he no longer has the need for it. So, Yes, one way to prevent him from abusing the Restoril is to dispose of the medication. You can also get rid of all alcoholic beverages around the house. If you fear he might go out and buy alcohol in case of a depressive episode, I can only suggest that he should be helped not to get into a depressive state. Is he going to counseling or psychotherapy meetings? Also, you and everyone in your family may benefit from counseling and get prepared on how to recognize symptoms of depression and approach your brother before he puts himself in danger.

San
12:33 am April 14th, 2015

Hello, I have a great question. I lost my meds, well I threw them away by accident. I take 15 mgs of oxycodones. I have some 10/325’s left over from an earlier script. If I take it will it show up as the same in a urine test. I will be so careful not to get rid of me meds like that. Please help.

Cody
11:51 pm April 14th, 2015

Thank you for getting back to me, we are monitoring him closely and he is in a support group and therapy. Currently he is good at taking his medication, he has been prescribed Latuda. I have heard anti depressant, valium and alcohol can be fatal. Is that tue? If so we plan on personally administering his meds and not allowing him access. There is no alcohol in the house and we have a safe to lock the meds up.

11:52 am April 15th, 2015

Hi again Cody. That’s great! In times like these the love and support your family gives is precious and your brother is lucky to have you. Yes, there are some potentially serious side effects from mixing pills and alcohol, for the particular case of mixing Valium and alcohol you can read more in that article.

lostintheworld
5:09 pm May 8th, 2015

hi i have been a recreational drug user since ive left year 12… three years since ive finished ive partied hard most weekends… ive had alot of black oit experiences with valium, one occasion i woke up in a car crash not recognosing my friends. i had another blackout 2 days after consuming 15 5mg vals woke up with bruises and cuts over me and all my cash gone, no recollection at all… i want help but im too much in love with the feeling i get from these drugs and i dont want to go baxk to thw straighten arrow because i dont see the point… im scared one day ill havw to many valliums and od or something… what dose would be lethalfor a 6ft4 male 80kg extremely hifh tolerance…. help

Rafael
12:52 pm June 17th, 2015

Hi is there anyone who can help me please? I have some questions about an overdose I had 6 months ago exactly, I took about a gram and a half of cocaine along with about 15 tablets of diazepam 5mg each all within a period of about 5 hours, & now I have gotten a chronic case of vertigo about a month ago everyday I have been with vertigo & Im wondering if this is the consequences of what I did. Another factor is that I have been buying some weed about a year before this but noticed within the last couple of months that my dealers where trying to tell me something, they where warning me that it was laced with some bad stuff but I ignored it, & this was the main reason why I quit smoking weed & drinking alcohol, because I started to notice for the first time the effects of vertigo when smoking weed, & it was slowly increasing a bit at a time, when I finally realized that my dealers where trying to warn me that the weed was laced with bad chemicals, that’s when I realized that they where trying to tell me so I immediately quit, & since I quit, my vertigo has gotten worse & really bad, but, I have also noticed that recently it has been decreasing, but it comes & goes, & it seemed like I was doing better this past 2 weeks until 2 days ago I felt my vertigo come back real strong. The strange thing is that my doctors prescribed me diazepam I take it only when I get bad vertigo & it actually helps me & my vertigo goes away. Last week I went 3 days without taking diazepam until I felt the vertigo was too much for me. & this week I went 4 days without diazepam until again my vertigo came back stronger. My doctors have prescribed me at first serc 16 & 8 but I felt it didn’t work, so they prescribed me dogmatail & some other medication & it also didn’t work, it seemed like my vertigo got worse, until one doctor gave me diazepam & strangely enough, it got rid of ,my vertigo. So now Im trying to figure out what is happening to me exactly? Another factor is that I was just recently diagnosed with Cervical Artrosis which is the degenerating of my upper neck bones, its in the beginning stages, so I don’t think that’s the main cause of my vertigo although my doctor said it may be a possibility, but my doctor agreed with me more that this is most likely from the bad marijuana I had been smoking for about a year, the thing is that in the last 3 months is when my weed dealers where trying to warn me that the weed was laced with bad chemicals, so That’s what Im thinking. What are your opinions? Should I go to a doctor who specializes in vertigo or to one who knows about drug abuse? Thank you for your help.

2:07 pm June 17th, 2015

Hi Rafael. Just because two things happen one after the other doesn’t have to mean that the first caused the second. It is possible that there is a correlation between the OD and your case of chronic vertigo, but only more tomorrow tests and examinations can tell the specific origin of the problem. If you are determined to get to the bottom of this, I agree that only doctors who are specialists in their area can help you learn the details.

Sue
12:19 pm July 29th, 2015

I useally take 4 valium per day, but it is not enough how many are safe to take, as I know u can od on them

Pluto
9:40 am August 6th, 2015

Hi I’ve been taking valium for 10years and I have had some really tragic events in my life lately and I normally take 25 mg a day but I have needed more lately 35 now they don’t work so I’m having 50 mg now they take 2hrs to work just, I really don’t want to go on xanax what should I do?

Rachel
1:57 pm August 6th, 2015

Hi,my name is Rachel,I’m addicted to Valium
I buy off a guy,there in blister packs,lol I was wondering is if you’ve been o. A high dose 70-110mg a day for a few weeks can I cut down safely to 30mh a day 20 on a morning and then on a night,and from that I want to cut down quickly and I’m prepared to feel crap I just want to be safe and get off them,I’ve done it before but was on a lower dose then ,thanks

Help
9:47 am August 14th, 2015

Consuming 15 diazepam tablets(10mg) will make you die? What are the sympotms? What will happen when we consume 15 tabs?

brendan
1:26 am August 22nd, 2015

hi i have been taking valiam for about 1o years now along with mirtazipine for anxiety how can i safely wean myself of valium i currently take between 5 to 20 mg per day.

5:04 pm August 24th, 2015

Hi Help. You can call the Poison Control Center on the free number 1-800-222-1222 to speak to a poison expert that will assess your risk of overdose and give you guidance on what you should do next.

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