Monday September 22nd 2014

How much Valium is too much?

Valium (diazepam) is an anti-anxiety medication used to treat panic and mood disorders. In this article, we’ll look at safe dosing of Valium as well death from Valium overdose. Your questions about safely taking Valium to prevent addiction or overdose are welcomed at the end.

Valium strengths

Valium is avilable as a tablet and may be prescribed in doses ranging from 2 mg to 10 mg, 2-4 times daily. It’s available in strengths of 2mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg. Is Valium addictive? Yes. You can develop a tolerance to the benzodiazepine medication. If you take Valium long term, you can also develop eventual dependence or Valium addiction, especially if you’re taking Valium in high doses.

How much Valium is safe?

The recommended daily dose of Valium is 4 to 40 mg throughout the day. People have been reported taking doses of up to 2000 mg and experiencing only minor toxicity. 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.

How much Valium can you take at once?

Only up to 10 mg of Valium should be taken at one time, and that’s only in someone with a tolerance for the medication. Taking Valium in large quantities for the euphoric “high” can cause adverse side effects. Because Valium can impair your balance, judgment, and alertness, taking it puts you at risk for accidents. And snorting Valium high can also increase your risk of overdose.

How much Valium to overdose?

It’s hard to overdose on Valium. However, Valium overdose is possible, usually in combination with other drugs. Again, at over 1000 times the normal dose, Valium usually causes only minor symptoms. It’s very difficult to overdose just by taking Valium pills. However, when combined with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants, it becomes much easier to overdose on Valium, and can even be fatal. In fact, mixing Valium and alcohol is incredibly dangerous, even in small amounts.

How much Valium is fatal?

How much Valium is fatal depends on the situation. Low doses of Valium can be fatal if combined with alcohol, narcotics, or other CNS depressants. Even at very high doses, it’s unlikely to cause permanent harm in a healthy individual on its own. But the side effects of Valium abuse can include terrible withdrawal symptoms and addiction, so it’s still a bad idea to take high doses of Valium recreationally.

How much Valium should I take?

You should take the amount of Valium prescribed to you by your doctor. Never take more than recommended by a medical professional, and only take this oral medication as directed.

Questions about too much Valium

Do you still have questions about safe levels of Valium? Please leave your questions here. We do our best to respond to your queries with a personal and prompt reply.

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

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40 Responses to “How much Valium is too much?
Bertha
11:18 pm September 22nd, 2012

hi, I took 20, 5MG’S VALIUM and have been taking them for a few years now and thought I’d try more – is this safe?actually an after thought! Pleaadvise. Thank you.

9:00 am September 23rd, 2012

Hello Bertha. Taking more than your prescribed dose of Valium is never a good idea. I’d suggest that you consult with your prescribing doctor or call an emergency medical service provider immediately to seek advice.

Arjun
6:13 am January 27th, 2013

if I take Valium (40mg) in the morning & drink alcohol in the evening is dangerous?

10:25 am January 28th, 2013

Hello Arjun. Mixing Valium and alcohol isn’t a good idea and even normal doses of Valium are dangerous to take with alcohol . Valium has a relatively long half-life of 20-80 hours. I’d suggest that you consult with a pharmacist or your prescribing doctor to understand more about the timeframe for metabolizing Valium. But it’s probably best to wait AT LEAST 24 hours before drinking while taking Valium.

Sam
11:56 am February 5th, 2013

I have been prescribed 2mg Diazepam by my GP for quite severe panic attacks, however, I don’t find this particularly effective, in fact I have taken one and the panic has continued so I have taken a second. When speaking to a CB Therapist she was surprised by the low dose. Should I return to my GP for a higher dose to make this more effective? I only take as and when required, which is infrequently at the moment. I do not drink. I do take Bisoprolol fumerate for SVT. thanks

2:27 pm February 11th, 2013

Hello Sam. I’d suggest that you speak about effectiveness first with a pharmacist. Based on the results of that conversation, you can then approach your prescribing doctor with some idea of what might work for you. But talking with your local pharmacist can do wonders for learning more about the benefits and risks of increasing doses of diazepam.

c legg
5:35 pm March 15th, 2013

I have never taken diazapan before,but got in an extreme panic state and took 58mg.I have been seen at hospital who thought I would be ok.didnt vomit but feel a bit shaky now.took them last nite and then went to hospital this morning.will i suffer any long term effects

7:49 am April 4th, 2013

Hi c legg. No, there should be no long term effects of diazepam after the drug has metabolized through your system. If you didn’t react well to the medicine, you can ask for a shorter acting benzodiazepine the next time you experience a side effect.

rosemary
7:42 pm May 15th, 2013

hello i don,t know what to do or to turn to. my daughter is taking valium,and i think to much.shes also on other prescription drugs. i saw her today,and she cant hardly talk,and shes walkin as if shes half drunk,even looks it. i pleaded with her to stop taking them but its caused an aful row. i am worried sick for my daughter as she wont listen to me. rosemary kerr

7:45 am May 16th, 2013

Hello Rosemary. It sounds like your daughter is in need of an immediate intervention. I’d suggest that you schedule an appointment with an addictions counselor or licensed psychologist and learn more about how you can address her drug use and get her into addiction treatment.

Kelly Willsey
2:34 am May 17th, 2013

Hi
I entered a rehab about 11 months ago and for detox they gave me 10 mg Valium Q4h on day 1 along with Suboxone 6mg Q 12. On day 2 they gave me Valium 10 mg q6 along with Suboxone by 1pm the next day called an ambulance because I was lethargic, confused and had slurred speech. I then became nonresponsive a few hours later and stayed that way for over 36 hours.

I was wondering if it was because of the dosing or the combination of the two drugs?? I also only weigh 103 lbs. I was never seen by a Dr before the meds were started or while I was taking them.

Thanks

maureen Blair
1:20 am June 10th, 2013

I am in a bit of a state at the moment as we lost our 54 year old son on
the 2st of june a week ago to a ( glioa blastoma multiforma primary 4)
i do take arapax 1 daily i have for 20 years
but dr gave me valium to settle my nervers while this is going on
i am taking 1x 5 ml tablet daily while i feel i need it is this ok i do not no way want to depend on it
Thankyou for taking time to listen Maureen
! am 75 year old and very healthy but this has knocked me about

5:10 am June 11th, 2013

Hello Maureen. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Grieving is a very deep and emotional process. In lieu of Valium, you might prefer alternatives. While we are not medical professionals, I do know that our doctor recommended rosemary, linden, lavender, or chamomile teas when we were mourning for my husband’s aunt earlier this year. It’s important to grieve and allow the emotion to pass through you. But these gentle teas also calm the central nervous system in a way that is less shocking. I wish you the best.

DIEGO
4:51 am August 7th, 2013

Hi, my friend is taking 40 mg of diazepam, fell asleep very deeply and not recalled anything the previous day would that be considered wrong?

7:23 am August 13th, 2013

Hi Diego. This is certainly seems like cause for concern. I’d suggest that you urge your friend to report the symptoms to his prescribing doctor and to ask some questions about dosing.

Carlin
10:16 am October 19th, 2013

Ive been on 40mg of vallium & 15mg of Nitrazipam everyday for over 10 years prescribed by a specialist who has since retired the dr who took his place has dropped me 30mg in just over 2 months 2mg per day drop is this a safe ammount because at the moment I feel far from safe I was taking them for anxiety,I didnt leave the house for 7 years Im clutching at straws here but is there anything I can do,because he wont agree to any kind of slowdown in the ammount he keeps dropping me Ive gone from 40mg per day to under 8mg

thomas
7:03 am November 7th, 2013

I have been taking 5mg of valium for a few months now for anxiety but feel i n
eed to up my dose as it is not relieving my anxiety can i do this?

1:45 pm November 15th, 2013

Hello Thomas. This is a question for your prescribing doctor. Don’t increase doses until you get the medical OK.

Nicola Collins
2:36 pm December 12th, 2013

My ex partner has been taking Diazepam 2mg for 6 years now, he was given them when he hit a rough patch, now he,s dependent on them. The rough patch prolongs! I understand everyone is different , some people may never suffer side effects, unlike my now ex partner, and can i add, the people who Love him. These tablets are given out like sweets, he was given these tablets along with metazapine, (spelt wrong i know)of which, thank god he never took. I believe these tablets have affected his life, we were together for 13 years, i know him inside out and the last 18 month have been the worst. He was never warned about the side effects, not everyones aware of the impact perscription drugs can have, the doctor isnt going to hand you a magic pill, he just does what he thinks best at that time, it does not mean to say its going to cure anything. No one seems to take these drugs serious, when in fact, if taken the wrong way, can be as bad as an illegal drug user. Everyone seems to be walking around in a daze because the doctors handed them a quick fix,! My ex partner very rarely corresponds with his doctor, he repeats his medication, and has a review now and then, out of sight out of mind. He convinced himself he had cancer, he went for scans, of course he didnt, then he was convinced he had a brain tumour, went for a scan, again, it was clear. We could have a conversation in detail, and the next day, it can be like we,d never discussed it.. He,s woken in the morning, and has no clue what day it is, He,s lost days of his life without even realising. He drinks socially at weekends, even though alchahol can be lethal mixed with these drugs, Just recently, the doctor decided he had epilepsy, his own diagnosis, and gave him gabapentin ..i think that is what they were called, which in fact, he didnt have epilepsy. I cant understand why his doctor cannot connect his behaviour with the effects of Diazepam. He,s had an MRI scan and he,s fine. Now he,s decided to stop taking them, from today…of which, i dont think he quite knows the effect its going to have, but iv been like a stuck record for 18 month, and the worst of it is, he probably isnt even aware of it. lol I just wanted to tell you about my experience with this drug, looking from the outside, so to speak. People should think carefully before they decide its the last resort. Try absolutely everything else first, in the long run, it may become a blessing you decided against them, Just remember, your doctor isnt a miracle worker, you should educate yourself before you put anything in your system, i know people struggle with there issues, and everyone,s different. I just think that maybe, there,s other avenues to go down.

Don
11:39 pm December 15th, 2013

Should lyrics Valium be taken together.

Shelley
3:55 am January 9th, 2014

Hi I’m just wondering if I could get advice, I take 2 10mg of Valium at night for bed I am also prescribed ciprelex for anxiety I have VERY BAD anxiety in many situations, just fought cancer and so much stress. Also Dr. Gives me 30 1mg lorazepam if needed during the month.
I’m thinking that all mixed could be dangerous but it’s prescribed to me, does anyone thing it’s unsafe? My ciprelex I take 7pm daily and 2 10mg Valium at night Nd if I’m still edgy I’ll take one lorazepam to sleep… Is this bad, please someone help, Thank you so much.

Carol
9:16 pm May 10th, 2014

I have a medical condition which is making life intollerable. I take trazadone and pregabalin but also have valium for when things get too bad. Earlier today i took all of the vallium thinking that would end things for me. I fell into a deep sleep but eventually i woke up. I took 14 tablets at 2mg each thinking as that was a lot of tablets it would work but it didnt. Will it have caused lasting damage? There is nowhere i can turn to for help apart from the samaritans. Please help if you can.

Diana T
11:40 pm May 21st, 2014

I took 56 10mg valium in 5 days about 10 days ago (it was prescribed 10mg every 8 hours.). The side effects I have are poor balance, extreme fatigue and forgetfulness. How long might these last?I was in recovery and relapsed.

10:15 am May 23rd, 2014

Hi Diana. I’d suggest that you call 1-800-222-1222 to contact the Poison Control Center for an over the phone assessment.

Elle
2:08 pm May 29th, 2014

Hey there,
I’m going to the dentist tomorrow and 1 hour prior of the appointment I am suppose to take, 4x5gm tabs of diazapam. Considering I’ve never taken the drug before. Is this too much?
Thank you.

8:12 am May 30th, 2014

Hello Elle. You’ll need to consult with a physician or a pharmacist on dosing amounts and frequency and what’s right for your individual case.

help
11:56 pm June 16th, 2014

Hi. My father is prescribed 10mg of valium 3 times a night due to pain. 90pills a month. hes had issues in the past with overdosing with other medications in the past so my mom kept um locked up but she left him n now every month he takes all 90 pills in a couple of days. he sleeps almost non stop during this period most of the time he is standing. he has gotten in two wrecks and injured him self many times. hes admited that he was trying to kill himself n says he wont do it again n then he does. my question is who should i call to get him help? should i call an ambulance? Or go talk to his dr. i dont wanna gey him in trouble but I’m so afraid imma wake up 1 day n me or my kids will find him dead.

Someone
12:52 am June 17th, 2014

Hello. I’m with Diazepam/Valium for 4 years, recently I’ve increased from 5-10 mg per day to 15-30. I want to know after 4 years how many I can without be dangeours for me, because sometimes, I swear to god I need to calm down and still focus in my day (I have between 6 and 7 panic attacks per day), and sometimes, I have to do a lot of effort mentally for still walking. Please, I understand you, don’t tell me ask your psychiatrist. I want this drug out of my life, but right now I have to be “right” for my family, atleast minimally, after that, psychiatrist or what you want, but now I don’t go to waste a lot of money for only ask to my psychiatrist how many is risk in my case. Thanks in advance and sorry for my bad English.

1:54 pm June 17th, 2014

Hello help – Get in touch with your state Attorney General’s Office to see if there is a law in your state when you can report potential self-harm. If there is cause for concern, your father may be detained by a state mental health institution.

Jon
2:48 am July 21st, 2014

I took 15 5mg of Valium combined with alcohol and cannabis on Friday and I can’t remember a thing it’s now Monday and I still don’t feel so good

Alyson
8:02 pm August 6th, 2014

Hi,
I came out of alcohol detox 3 wks ago and haven’t had a drink since. However I cant get off the Diazepam. I had loads in hospital detox, kept taking them when I came out (5mg) I am now up to 40mg per day and could still take more, I have an addictive personality and cant stop taking them. Doctor doesn’t know about it,
Regards
Alyson

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
9:44 am August 7th, 2014

Hi Alyson. I’d suggest you talk to your doctor and ask him to help you with creating a tapering schedule and following through. There is no pint in gettng rid of one addiction and starting another. Usually, people with addictive personalities have to fight their thoughts for life. But you can learn how to avoid triggers and addictive behaviors through addiction therapy.

Belinda
7:51 am August 9th, 2014

Hello my son who is 22 just returned home from a 90 day rehab. He was there for heroine addiction . Unfortunately he has mental problems and had a dual diagnosis. His doctor there had prescribed several meds one of them being Valium. He took one earlier today and one this evening. He became very sleepy and had a drunken manner and was craving sugar. Is this normal or is he having a reaction. Unfortunately it’s the weekend so we cannot contact his doctor about another med Any suggestions?

patty
6:25 pm August 21st, 2014

i’m taking 10 mg now but will be dropping 1 mg a month after my hold from crossing over from ativan. i was told 3ml for a month would reduce 1 mg. is tht true

Clare
11:17 pm August 21st, 2014

My husband takes valium for muscle pain in his arm and back. Recently i have caugjt him lying about being prescribed & i counted how many pills he had taken which was 7 within 4 hours.
He justifys everything about it. I took them away from him and he has been angry & stressed.
Everyday he puts pressure to give him nack his valium, and he said he is sick of me telling him what he can amd cant do and that it will only make him do it more. Im so upset and dont know how to handle this.
We are due to have out first child and have only been married a year. Im stressed and worried for him. Please link me to more info or a helpline anything something please!!!!

john
10:33 pm September 4th, 2014

I take 50mg’s every night to chill out with 2 beers, I go to bed and have a good sleep. My problem now is 50mg is not chilling me out enough and I don’t want to take more…..do I need to wean myself off it? then restart? as I enjoy it, no it is not prescribed (just being honest)

Kase
2:05 am September 6th, 2014

Hi,
I was taking Valium for 2 months 40mg. My prescribing doctor cut me off with on 30 10mg pills. i wasnt able to taper myself off. I am getting sever DT’s. have been drinking to get rid of the DT’s only at night because i am a mechanic and no way in hell could i drink at work. Now at work i hear and see things that arent there I am physically ill. I have been off them for a week. Today is the first day in a long time that I can remember eating well.. how much longer of this withdrawal do I have? I know I shouldnt be drinking but its the only thing that seems to help. I am aware of cross tolerance. What can I do?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
2:53 pm September 10th, 2014

Hi Kase. Have a look at this article. Everything around the duration and severity of Valium withdrawal is explained in detail: http://prescription-drug.addictionblog.org/how-long-does-valium-withdrawal-last/

santana
11:42 pm September 18th, 2014

I was given 5 times the strength of valium by a pharmacy that read the prescription wrong. I since then after not being aware of surroundings for 16 hours have been nauseated for the past 24 hoirs. Do I need to see a physician or will it wear off?

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
8:43 am September 19th, 2014

Hi Santana. I’d suggest that you call 1-800-222-1222 to contact the Poison Control Center for an over the phone assessment.

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