How to stop taking Valium
Interested in quitting Valium (diazepam)?
Seek medical help!
For one, it’s not always easy to quit taking this medication. Developing tolerance to Valium as well as physical dependence is expected when you take diazepam daily for more than a week. Plus, it’s hard to quit without experiencing side effects even when you aren’t addicted to Valium. Some diazepam withdrawal symptoms include delirium, seizures, and death. Finally, some medications may help you during Valium (diazepam) Withdrawal.
Learn more about Valium dependence, addiction, and how to stop taking Valium below. Then, ask you questions about stopping Valium at the end.
Can I just stop taking Valium?
Not easily. There are many reasons why you shouldn’t abruptly stop Valium. Valium causes strong withdrawal symptoms, which make it hard to quit. It’s easy to go back to taking Valium when it makes you feel better! And because Valium duration of action is so short (4-6 hours), regular dosing is very tempting. Plus, some Valium withdrawal symptoms are dangerous and can cause serious injury. Additionally, if you are addicted to Valium, just stopping Valium probably won’t be successful – you need to address the underlying issues first. For these reasons, many people will find it difficult to quit taking Valium..
What happens when you stop taking Valium?
How does Valium work in the body? Your body becomes used to the effect of the main ingredient in Valium – diazepam – on your brain over time. When you stop taking Valium, your body has to re-adjust. This period of adjustment is what causes physical withdrawal symptoms, and is the time period which required monitoring by medical professionals.
Side effects stop taking Valium
It only takes a few weeks to develop a Valium addiction. Withdrawal effects can include a number of side effects, such as:
- distortions in perception (smell, taste, sight, etc.)
- memory loss
- numbness or tingling
- personality changes
Withdrawal effects may be worse if you’ve taken Valium for the long-term management of anxiety.
Stop taking Valium suddenly
It’s not a good idea to quit Valium suddenly. Doctors always recommend that you gradually reduce your Valium dose over a period of weeks to help avoid dangerous or bothersome withdrawal effects. Plus, stopping Valium suddenly can easily result in a relapse due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms, especially after long-term use.
Stop taking Valium cold turkey
You may be able to quit Valium cold turkey if you’ve only used it for a very short time. However, if you’ve taken Valium for more than a few weeks and developed a dependence, quitting cold-turkey is actually dangerous due to the severity of potential withdrawal effects. Always ask your doctor for guidance if you’re planning to quit taking any medication.
How do I stop taking Valium?
The best way to stop taking Valium is by gradually reducing your dose over weeks or months. In general, you should not taper any kind of benzodiazepine more rapidly than by 10% every three to five days, or 25% per week. Additionally, you should be evaluated daily the first week or as your condition condition indicates. Nonetheless, you must get an appropriate dosing schedule for stopping Valium by talking to your doctor.
How to stop taking Valium safely
The safest way to stop taking Valium is by consulting a doctor and following his or her instructions. You may also need to speak to a counselor or mental health professional to cope with an addiction, if your psychological dependence is keeping you from quitting.
How to stop taking Valium questions
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Reference Sources: Pub Med: Detoxification from benzodiazepines: schedules and strategies
PubMed: 4 Physical Detoxification Services for Withdrawal From Specific Substances
Medline Plus: Diazepam
PubMed: Addiction to diazepam (Valium)
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