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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.

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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:

  • anxiety
  • distortions in perception (smell, taste, sight, etc.)
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • memory loss
  • numbness or tingling
  • personality changes
  • seizures

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

Do you still have questions about how to stop Valium? Please leave them here. We’ll be happy to try to answer you ASAP or refer you to someone who can help.

Reference Sources: Pub Med: Detoxification from benzodiazepines: schedules and strategies
PubMed: 4 Physical Detoxification Services for Withdrawal From Specific Substances

ToxNet: Diazepam
Medline Plus: Diazepam
PubMed: Addiction to diazepam (Valium)

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130 Responses to “How to stop taking Valium
Ginger
3:31 pm November 17th, 2012

I take 10 mg of valium daily. 1/2 around 4pm and the other 1/2 at bedtime. On difficult days, I take another 1/2.

I HAVE to be without my valium on Jauary 8, 2013 for 72 hours.
Today is 11/17 so I actually have 51 days until that date.

How can I taper down by usage so that by January 8, 2013 I will be safe to be without them for 72 hours?

I’m very scared of withdrawal syptoms and want to know the safest and best way to taper and also how low my dosage needs to be to safely be without them for 72 hours in 51 days.

Please advise. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

12:31 pm November 19th, 2012

Hi Ginger. Thanks for getting in touch with us. This is a question for your prescribing doctor or a pharmacist. You must get an appropriate dosing schedule for stopping Valium by talking to your doctor and set up a plan. Good for you for planning early! Please let us know how it goes.

reena dosaj
11:13 pm December 13th, 2012

I have tried to get off Valium most of my life on only 2mg got addicted since I was 23 for anxiety in 1979 since then doctors have tried to get me off Valium but each time was in bed for 1 year with horrendous withdrawal symptons these include the sky looked so low, feeling dizzy, losing my balance, vomiting, diahorrea, the ground moving the body went into spasms, got terrible insomnia could not sleep at all
everytime I tried to withdraw but doctors had to put me on double doses for my body to get back to normal now I am 58 still on the ame dose 2mg every night. Do not come of this dangerous medication suddenly or do not stop at once the withdrawals are horrendous.
Reena

B Lynn
7:03 am December 15th, 2012

I developed a stress-related severe muscle spasm in my neck, with intense pain. the Dr. gave me a muscle relaxant and prescribed valium alongside tylenol and ibuprofen, and heat and ice. He told me it would take about a week for the muscle to relax and stop causing severe pain. I took the meds for 5 days straight and on the 6th day the muscle relaxed significantly and I stopped taking all the meds. My neck is still a little sore but much better, but I feel depressed and anxious. Can this be due to valium withdrawal after such a short time?

pierre bussiere
7:08 pm February 3rd, 2013

ive been off diazapam for 14 days now ..not one pill.. was on clonazapam for 7 years before..tapered off to fast went into dt,s…not good…doctor at icu hospital had me on 30 nil diazapam…tapered off slowly .5 off every 3 weeks.. at 4 mil a day i was having the same withdraws symtoms …so i stopped completly taking diazapam…withdrawals are pretty severe.. but have not touched any pills for 14 days now.. how long will withdrawal stay.. i realy dont care..im not taking any anymore. was just wondering how lond it would stay with me. ty ps..please reply..Pierre Bussiere

pierre bussiere
7:26 pm February 3rd, 2013

GINGER or anybody else>> tapper off only .5 mil every 3 to 4 weeks..cause to fast will give you evil withdrawals..there not funny at all been off thease diazapam now for 14 days and still withdrawing from them.. i went off completly at 4 mil a day.. not suggested tho….but miself i have a high tolarance for pain… but it,s realy hard… cannot explain it … but i dont feel so great… but faith will get me through , im sure..ps..please tapper off only .5 mil every 3 to 4 weeks..i know its a long time.. but worth it. pierre.

Karen Hadder
3:06 pm April 11th, 2013

I was taking 20mg morn. and nite a year ago and now am @ 6 mg each time.I have fibromyalgia and still have stress inmy life(family). Should I taper down more now or wait til these issues get resolved?

Brenda Cortright
12:12 am April 14th, 2013

My dr had me on 10mg. of valium 4x per day. I wanted off and have been on it for a long time. In the last month I tapered down to 3, then 2. then 1 and finally 1/2 of a tablet (5mg.) so the valium level should be very low. Will I be ok? It hit the controlled substance list and every doctor is afraid of DHEC. I’m sick of being treated like a junkie. I do have an extra heart beat but cannot take a beta block which is how I got stuck on this medicine in the first place. I am also on Zoloft.

8:33 am April 15th, 2013

Hi Karen and Brenda. Please check with your prescribing doctor or a local pharmacist for a tapering calendar. You should always taper from Valium under medical supervision.

Robinar
12:05 pm June 4th, 2013

Hello there a couple months ago i was placed on Valium for anxiety after the first 2 weeks or so i stopped taking it because i didn’t want to get addicted.After a while my symptoms came back and were worse so i started taking them again and stopped. Is this a bad practice and what are the risks involved in doing this? because my symptoms seems to be worse now.

1:01 pm June 5th, 2013

Hi Robinar. Hmmm. Valium should only be prescribed for short term management of anxiety. It’s not an ideal long term solution. Talk with your prescribing doctor and seek alternative treatments…or take as prescribed. Stopping and starting is certainly not helping. Seek a consultation with a pharmacist, as well, to learn more about the pharmacological effects of stopping and starting.

Loch Burns
1:49 pm June 29th, 2013

I have been taking diazepam for 3 yrs now. 10mg @8am & 10mg @5pm
I tried 3 yrs ago and Grand Mall Seizures (4). How do I get off of them. I’m taking anti seizure med now. Pls help.

2:01 pm July 1st, 2013

Hello Loch. You would probably benefit from seeking consultation with your prescribing doctor. Ask for a tapering schedule that will be monitored and supervised weekly.

Marty Summerour
4:53 am August 20th, 2013

I didn’t know. I stopped diazapam cold turkey without tapering. Can I go back on and then take off again slowly? Is there anything I can do? I
have tinnitis.. Is there a solution for me? I am very miserable. Is there anyway to cut down on these symptoms?

I was only taking 5 mg at bedtime?

Marty

5:04 am August 20th, 2013

Hi Marty. You’ll have to consult with your prescribing doctor about whether to initiate diazepam dosing, or not.

Ewa
10:24 am November 8th, 2013

5 months ago I was diagnosed with panic disorder treated only with CBT (still continuing) as I could not tolerate antidepressants. I also developed during the panic attack atrial fibrillation – one episode only and I am on anticoagulant. I was put on temazepam 5-10 mg nightly and these stopped working 4 weeks ago. My GP changed the medication to diazepam 5 mg at night 5 weeks ago.
I have started reducing the dose to 3.75 mg 3 weeks ago and. have insomnia plus night sweats. My anxiety is not too bad at the moment. How should I proceed with the withdrawal.

2:43 pm November 13th, 2013

Hello Ewa. A tapering schedule, especially for benzodiazepines like diazepam, require medical supervision. I’d suggest you return to your prescribing physician or consult with a pharmacist on how to proceed. Best of luck! Sounds like you’re coping well.

Mark
8:42 pm December 27th, 2013

I have given up any idea of ever giving up valium. I’ve been on 2mg for about two years, but before that I was taking up to 10mg for about twenty years. I began using it as a muscle relaxant in my early running days, but it did what valium does. In the past I’ve tried stopping abruptly and been okay for a few days, but recently I ran out and the very same night I was in a bad way. I took some left-over co-dydramol and some tramadol to get through the night. Determined to stop after this experience, I broke my tablets into quarters, and cut down to 1.5mg. Within a few days I could no longer function, and I’m back on my 2mg. If I could live in some sort of paradise, with zero reponsibilities, perhaps I could slowly cut down, but living in the real world I have no hope. I will need some sort of substitute, but in all my reading I have come across none. Any help out there?

Pam Korman
9:53 am December 29th, 2013

I have been taking 2.5 mg 3 times daily for 1.5 months. I want to stop
For the first time reducing dose, what do you recommend I reduce to?
I see my doctor on Jan 9 and want to have an idea of a plan before I see her

Thank you

Lynn
1:05 am March 2nd, 2014

I have a friend who has told me that he has been taking about 30 tabs on weekend with drink for about 13 years, is having effect on him, depressed, he is wanting to stop, but is not wanting to see a doctor but say he is just going to stop, go cold turkey! Is this possible for him to do?

11:21 am March 3rd, 2014

Hi Lynn. It’s always recommended that you taper off Valium over the course of several weeks with the help of a doctor. Cold turkey withdrawal from Valium can cause rebound symptoms of extreme anxiety, insomnia, or depression. More here: http://lib.adai.washington.edu/openlibrary/reprints/rp09664.pdf

Ron Sutton
6:54 pm March 3rd, 2014

I have taken valium periodically for 8 years. It began with malaria contracted in Mali , Africa and a subsequent reaction to the malaria medication Lariam. The reaction to Lariam left me with severe insomnia which resulted in up to 7 days with some nights totally sleepless and others with about 1 or 2 hours of restless sleep. I sometimes experience micro sleep where my brain evidently shuts down for seconds to do repairs or restoration. It is like being momentarily knocked out. Periods when I stop valium are living hell and I spend night after night reading or listening to music, the Bible or watching movies. Keep taking it so I can function or is that too dangerous? better to bite the bullet and withdraw now? I am 64 years old. Prior to malaria and Lariam I led a highly productive life- missionary work, starting churches, schools, orphanages, conducting crusades, running drug rehab programs, etc. Now it is a battle to accomplish much at all.

spiro
2:10 am April 18th, 2014

Do I need to taper down 5mg of valium after eight days of use

al
8:16 pm May 25th, 2014

Ive been on valium for 2 weeks. 20mg a day and I dont see my doc for 10 more days and I want off from this stuff. Is it early enough to start decreasing it myself maybe 50% down to 10mg a day

7:51 am May 27th, 2014

Hi Al. We’re not medical experts and cannot advise on a Valium taper. Instead, speak with your physician or check out the Ashton Manual for withdrawal from benzodiazepines here: http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/

Ruth
7:07 am September 9th, 2014

I took valium 5 mg for two days because I had severe migrane because of anxiety. Today is the third day and I want to stop today because I hav a major exam in two days. Will I have any problems? I don’t want to be forgetful in the exams.

Mary
10:36 pm November 15th, 2014

My parnter has been on Valium for long period off time, the doctors got him taking from 10 a day then reducing down so now he’s on 3 day and they would like him to stop at 3 with out completing down to 2 and then 1 , won’t do you think .

Elizabeth
12:50 pm November 19th, 2014

Please check your data on Valium “duration of action”. Valium has the longest half-life and the least likelihood of making one want to “pop a pill” after a quick letdown. That is why it is recommended for tapering off benzodiazepines. The information on Dr. Ashton’s website is invaluable! My doctor is the most respected psychiatrist in this area and he never heard of Dr. Ashton. He prescribes benzodiazepines to anyone who expresses even slight anxiety and seems totally unconcerned about addiction. I believe that in this situation one has to be very well informed and be their own health advocate, since doctors seem to be in complete denial or ignorance about the dangers. It does not help that people who get off benzodiazepines may no longer need regular appointments. So of course you need a doctor but do your homework too!

Jane
10:40 pm January 9th, 2015

Hi there. After a family trauma I very stupidly took (apparently) an average of 245mg of Valium per day for 4 days. I’m desperate to taper this down to nothing over a few weeks, and still can’t quite believe how much I took!

I have pills enough to taper say avPAyadnER 60mg down to 5mg over 6 weeks, but is this realistic?

I should also point out that I am still suffering from moderate to severe anxiety despite the diazepam.

Please, please help!

Jean
8:13 pm January 12th, 2015

I wonder if anyone can advise. My daughter has been suffering from extreme anxiety so much to the point that she looked like she was taking a fit. Doctor prescribed short term 2 mg dizapam. However she has been getting some from a friend and when really anxious has been taking 5mg. when needed. Maybe one every few days. She is also on Sertraline 50 mg daily. She has had good days when she has not been anxious but now it has returned and she has been really anxious for about the past week. I am past myself and do not know what to do. i have advised her to speak to her doctor who does not know about her extra use of diazapam. Can anyone advise the best course of action. She is doing all the right things, talking therapy, exercise, distraction but still feels really anxious.

1:28 pm January 16th, 2015

Hello Jean. I’d say it’s best to talk to her doctor. If the medication she’s taking isn’t helping her manage the condition, she may need a different medication or a dose adjustment.

Barry
9:28 pm January 19th, 2015

I have been on Valium for 12 years. It was prescribed because I have pulmonary fibrosis and when I got away from home and experienced shortness of breath I would start getting scared which would feed on itself until I was in a full blown panic attack. Family Doctor prescribed 10mg 4x a day. I never abused it and the most I ever took was 30mg in a day. Over the years I lowered my dose on my own to 15mg a day and stayed until 4 months ago. I am down to 2mg now for 3 nights and feeling pretty rough. I have a few 2mg pills left. I can probably get more somewhere but no advice. The only advice I got was from a NP who said “We get people off Valium in a week at the Hospital.” Well, I’m not in the hospital. How do I get off the 2mg? Is that to much to c/t? Thanks

Narinder
5:33 pm January 22nd, 2015

it is very difficult to stop Benzodizepines at least for me. I started with .25 mg Alprazolam in2001 and gradually increased to 1mg daily . After ten years I started taking 10 mg Dizepam daily instead of Alprazolam. Reduced the dose every fortnight and after ten month stopped taking it . Was absolutely ok for three months but later on developed withdrawl symptoms like restless leg and sever palpitation and had to continue with Dizepam initially with 2mg daily and then with 1 mg daily. I tried again to stop it but failed. Now I can not live without it. Can somebody help me I am otherwise quite healthy.

Candy
5:50 am February 18th, 2015

I’ve been taking 10 mgs of diazepam for several years. My new doctor doesn’t want to write a prescription for me and wants me to quit the drug. He put me on Trazadone. I take 5 mgs of diazepam each night plus 1 tablet of Trazadone. How long should I take the 5mgs with the Trazadone each night before I go to 2 mgs of diazepam and 1 Trazadone? Then when can I completely stop the diazepam?

Tom
2:06 pm March 31st, 2015

I’m having some bad feelings and anixty I didn’t take in 5 months ,could these be whithdawl, I wasn’t hooked on a day to day base but took a lot in 1 go eve,ry fe,w months ?

David k
1:29 am April 1st, 2015

I have been taking valium 5mg. before bed for about 6 mouths. I have missed a number of times taking it. No side affects from that. I want to just stop taking it. Should I expect any withdraws from this?

4:23 pm April 21st, 2015

Hi David. If you’ve been taking it on regular basis, it is not probable that you will go without experiencing any withdrawal symptoms. I’d still suggest a slow and gradual taper, but you can also ask your doctor or general physician for their advise and help.

wade
4:35 am April 26th, 2015

My name is Wade and as hard as I try I can’t seem to break this addiction. I love my family and if I could give them gift before I die, it would be SOBER.

wade
4:44 am April 26th, 2015

Alcohol has made me some one I hate. I still believe there is hope for me. God knows my heart, so it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks I believe he has more for me to do…..

Anil
3:50 pm June 14th, 2015

In last 6 days I have taken diazepam, 0.25 +0.25 +0.5,at bed time, but I m not comfortable with it, as facing negative thinking and irritable nature.

Want to quit in safer manner, Please suggest

Lisa
3:11 am July 14th, 2015

I’ve been weaning off valium for 7 months. The withdrawal has been extremely difficult. I’ve gone slowly from 20 to 2mgs but have suffered with pain, anxiety and depression. I finally found something that has helped immensely and immediately. It’s called CBD.

Paul
11:52 pm September 11th, 2015

i will have been taking 10 mg Valium at bed time for three weeks. How do I stop taking this Valium ?

Pop
1:27 am September 17th, 2015

I took 1 mg of ativan 3 times a day for 3 months. Went to 10 mg of valium to sleep for 3 weeks. Can I wuit

mary
10:21 pm September 18th, 2015

doctor suddenly stopped my valium now suffering what should I do I feel awful

victor
5:43 pm September 27th, 2015

gradualy reduce your dose

connie
5:44 am October 3rd, 2015

I only take 1/2 of 2mg for period of five months and only as needed.will it be hard to quit.

Bethany
10:57 pm October 26th, 2015

I have been taking 10 mg of valium a day since 2012. 5 mg in the morning and 5mg in the afternoon for severe anxiety and panic attacks. My Dr wanted me off of them so he gave me 5 mg so I halved them and took them the same. They have always helped but I didn’t want to rely on them forever. I no longer take them now as of a few days ago. I have felt pretty much like I’m dying. Stomach pains, severe anxiety, really bad headaches, flu like symptoms, shaky feeling, weak feeling. Went to the ER thinking the worst but they seemed to think everything is fine except for anxiety. I now take Buspar 5mg in the morning and 5 at night… Do these sound like normal withdrawal symptoms?

susan
7:56 am November 8th, 2015

I am on 2 mg of valium at night I don’t like to take it and need to get off because I am going to a clinic for my ear that require me to be off it. I have been on it since March . For 2 nights I have cut down to 1 mg. Is this a safe way to proceed.

Dr hash
4:49 am November 27th, 2015

To be honest guys, there an easy way to get rid of addiction of valium. I will give you medication and see how will get better in one week.

1. Magné B6 (2nocté / 2mané)
2. Sargenor ampoule ( 2 daily)
3. Melatonin 3mg (2 nocté)
4. Multivitamins (any 2 mané)
5. Sargemag (1S after lunch)

I hope you guys do not get into benzo anymore. Cheers

connie
8:41 pm December 17th, 2015

only took 2mg as needed for period of eight months dr wont prescribe anymore dont want anymoreso i spaced out last month half every other or no daylast 2 took over 72 hrs now feeling little nervous.how long will that last. and what can i do

Lisa
10:13 pm December 21st, 2015

I quit taking Valium 2 months ago. I was on it for 10 years, 10 mgs a day for most of the time. Then I was diagnosed with lung cancer and I increased the dose to 20 mgs. There is no easy way to stop Valium. You can try everything all the people here are suggesting but it took a full 11 months of horrible withdrawal symptoms for me to finally be able to get off of it. The only thing that helped me was exercising. I did wean off, probably too quickly, but I did manage to do it. I can’t tell you difficult it will be or how long it will take. Everyone is different so I can only speak to my experience. I really thought that the physical withdrawal wasn’t as bad as the emotional withdrawal symptoms were. There were times when killing myself was actually an option. I knew that alot of my feelings were not “real” so I managed to keep the withdrawal going. DO NOT give up. My life is much better now and I feel more “together” than I have in 10 years. If the withdrawal gets too hard, try to remember that it will get better eventually. And, if you have to, you can always stop weaning until you feel better. Then when you feel more normal, you can continue. My doctor was pretty useless for information, so I kept coming to this site to keep myself going. It is definitely worth it once you’re done with the drug. Good luck to you all. Have a good Christmas and New Year

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:41 am December 22nd, 2015

Thanks for sharing, Lisa. Hope other readers find your post helpful.
All the best!

Frances
10:39 pm January 8th, 2016

Hi! My name is Frances! I have been on 10 mg.Valium for over 40 years all of a sudden my Dr.wants me to stop..she reduced my dose 5 mg. For one month now the second month she knocks it down 10 mg.I think. This is way to fast what do you think??

Devon
2:04 am January 13th, 2016

Hi I’m Devon I’m 20 and weigh 124 and was on Valium 3 times a day every 8 hours which I found out I was over dosed by my doctor and the hospital told me I should only take just 1 when ever I feel a panic attack coming on and I was on 3 a day for 8 hours for about 3 months and now I’m weaning off I weaned down to 2 every 8 hours for about 5 days then every 12 hours then now I’m on 2 every 18 hours and I’m going insane I feel brain dead like I’m in a dream and I’m loopy and have blurry vision and I’m weak as heck and I’m having brain zaps and tingels also fast heart rate with chest pains body pains and I been checked out over 30 times in the hospital in this past month and I have absolutely nothing wrong also my sex drive is low I can maintain a.!. U know and I also wet my damn bed am I going through regular weaning symptoms???? Or is this serious plz message me I need help

Anne
8:57 am January 19th, 2016

Am coming off Valium quite quickly with few symptoms except insomnia. Is there anything that can help me get some sleep? I need help please.

sue
4:26 am January 21st, 2016

i’ve taken 3 valium a day for about 2 years and have decided to cut back and have been taking 2 1/2 tablets a day for 2 weeks now, is this to much to start cutting back?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:44 pm January 23rd, 2016

Hi, Sue. I suggest you consult your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering scheduled only for you.

Jack
4:19 am January 24th, 2016

I am an expert on benzos. Few doctors know anything about prescribing or withdrawal from them. Your best bet is to read the studies by Prof. Heather Ashton.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
8:07 pm January 24th, 2016

Hi, Jack. Thanks for sharing. Hope this source will help the others. All the best!

sue
5:50 pm February 8th, 2016

I take one 10 mg diazepam a night I would like to stop how should I cut down

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
8:12 pm February 8th, 2016

Hi, Sue. I suggest you speak with your doctor or a pharmacist to help you create an individualized tapering schedule in order to cut the drug down gradually.

Bonnie
5:29 am February 25th, 2016

I bristle at your suggestion that the best way to get off of a drug that my DOCTOR prescribed and never told me was extremely addictive is to get my DOCTOR’S advice and supervision. Isn’t he the one who got me in this mess in the first place? I’ve began taking Valium 10 years ago when my husband had cancer. Now I’m seeing an “integrative medical” doctor who doesn’t like me taking Valium so he’s charging $200.00 for a phone consult (I’m currently out of state) for the privilege of a refill. As far as I’m concerned, the conventional doctors are all drug pushers in bed with Big Pharma; they just are legalized. I’m going to find a good naturopath or herbalist who can help me undo the damage the conventional doctors have done to me over the years. I’m not looking forward to the withdrawal side effects but it’s preferable to being held hostage by my “DOCTOR.” First, do no harm?

Rhonda
5:02 pm March 23rd, 2016

I’ve been on valium for 5 years I missed a appointment with my psychiatrist and now he wants me to see a counselor two times before I see him I can’t wait that long to get my valium I’m having panic attacks daily and its the worst feeling ever I don’t know what to do!

margaret
4:57 am April 3rd, 2016

Im on and off disapam for the last 6 months ut dor the last 2 months im constantly takeing 30mg a day i reailly want to get off them because i have 3 kids to look after but um afraid to stop them juzt incast i take any seizures are panic attacks because I suffer with anxiety and insomnia i wood do anything in this world to stop them because im not on them for year r anything because im on them for a sort time but still to long at the same time please tell me i dont have to go t tru alot to get off them and will i take any seizures are panic attacks if i get of them because i allready have a Chronicle seizure all because I tried to stay off them for 5 days and i got afraid and went back on them please tell me I won’t die out of it if I wien myself of them I’m only on five milligrams a day and thats 3 times aday I will take any help I’m giving and any advice I’m given to please can you help me to get through this I can’t cope with it because I have three beautiful kids to rear I’m a great husband that will stand by me if I get the help

shrinath
3:32 pm April 4th, 2016

I am taking alprozam from last 4 years ,daily 1 mg in two times,
please suggest good advise

rosemary
10:39 pm April 4th, 2016

My daughter was sick at the hospital and for some reason , the doctor stop giving her diazepam for a few days. She was on diazepam for more than 3 years I think. She had a couple of seizure like activity within less than two week but the doctor said it was not seizure. She use to take 5 mg per night and they started given her 2.5 mg now. Is the seizure like activity ( side effect ) will stay on how long ? Is it too dangerous for her to discharge from the hospital ? What do I do if this activity happen again ? I am really worry ! Please reply to me asap. Thank you

Rhonda
2:01 am April 13th, 2016

My psychiatrist stopped my valium because I missed 2 appointments he had me on 3 10 mgs a day and now nothing. I’m going crazy, what should I do?

Wayne
12:14 am April 19th, 2016

After 6 months I’ve tapered down from 20mg/day to 1mg/day. My list of withdrawal effects is staggering: psychological – anxiety, insomnia, paranoia, depression, hypochondria, despondence, disassociation, to name a few. physical – chills, hot flashes, nausea, muscle pain, myoclonus, tremors, dizziness, burning watery eyes, and nasal congestion, However, I must add that this has all been somewhat tolerable and at no time did I consider stopping my taper (although the insomnia has really put a damper on my motivation to exercise and socialize.) To make the process a little more entertaining (ha, ha) I charted it on excel. The correlation between distress and percentage drop seems to suggest a more gradual taper as the dosage drops. I can only hope that the symptoms will diminish and eventually disappear after I make the jump to freedom.

Heather
2:19 pm May 12th, 2016

Took 5mg chlordiazepoxid
daily for 1 year for IBS. Tapered off chlordiazepoxide with diazapham from Feb 2016 took last. diazapham 2mg on 17 March 2017 and had all the classic withhdrawal symptoms anxiety etc which I didn’t have before. Still having symptoms cheat pain, nervous stomach tight throat. Really bad todaGp told me to take 1mg diazepam to help me today. Is it ok to do this and can I.still be having withdrawal symptoms.

WeBe
10:37 am May 29th, 2016

I have been doing a cross over from 15 mg oxazepam til 8 mg diazepam in order to taoer with less withdrawl symptoms. The case is that My substitute diazepam dose shifted a bit between 6 and 8 mg before landing on 8. I feel bad, more depressed in the morning,,low energy. Can this be result if the jumping in doses? Will I ever be stable on 8 and be able to continue My taper? I am scared of doing it too fast. Because My oxzapam taper was hell, My dose was halfened at hospital and sent me into 6 months of withdrawl waiting for stability to go on tapering. Please tell me if I will stabilize on My new benzo. And how to taper safely off 8 mg diazepam/valium ?

David
9:45 pm June 17th, 2016

I tapered off from a daily dose of 30mg of Diazepam over a 12 month period. In the last month of Diazepam use I was taking about 2mg per day. I’ve been having several of the most common withdrawal symptoms for the last two months. I’m trying to lower some withdrawal symptoms with over the counter homeopathic medicines that do not conflict with other medications but help with nervousness. Is this an appropriate way of dealing with the very troublesome irritability, memory issues and muscle cramps?

Lily
4:19 pm July 10th, 2016

I take 6mg diazapam daily (3 2mg a day)how should I withdraw

Zaman
4:23 pm July 12th, 2016

I would like to quit 2meg diazepam nightly I used it about 3years

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:47 pm July 13th, 2016

Hi Lily. I suggest you speak with your doctor to help you create an individualized tapering schedule. Keep in mind that withdrawal may happen even if you use diazepam for a short period of time.

David
8:21 pm July 13th, 2016

Is there a safer medication to replace Valium ?

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:10 pm July 14th, 2016

Hi Zaman. I suggest you consult with your doctor to help you made an individualized tapering schedule.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
5:23 pm July 20th, 2016

Hi David. First, I suggest you try with some plant-based medication. You may consult with a pharmacist or a doctor about this.

Kevin
2:41 am August 14th, 2016

I have been on Valium for 18 years. Currently I take12.5- !5 my a day divided into 2 doses. Can I safely drop 2.5 my a week and quit. I am facing a shortage of cash and possible homelessness. I own a failing biz. My plan is to get into truck driving. Bit that requires another 5.months to pads the hair follicle study drug screen. Kevin

Matia
10:53 am August 20th, 2016

How many weeks to get off 10mg Valium switched from Ativan 4 mg for a year have gotten down to 10 in 6 weeks dr wants to cut 2.5 mg this week isn’t that too much?

Pete
7:09 pm October 10th, 2016

I have been taking diazepam for about 7 months. I started on 10mg per day and found myself on 30 mg per day within 2 months. I have cut down to 10mg then 5mg then 2mg and suffered withdrawal symptoms throughout the entire reduction period. 4 days ago I stopped completely. I am suffering severe anxiety, alongside numerous physical symptoms. It’s an evil drug but I’m determined to beat it. I have read that the main withdrawal symptoms tend to start after a week so I’m not looking forward to that. I must free myself from this evil drug cause it has made me stop thinking rationally and make some terrible life decisions. Right now the anxiety is so debilitating that I feel I can’t even look for a new job (I quit mine thinking I could move abroad…when high on diazepam and dyhydrocodeine). I want all the readers to know that you can free yourself from the drug. I have a mate who has achieved cold turkey and his mind is starting to come back to him now and he’s feeling more normal again. It has taken him about 3 weeks to start feeling normal. I am taking 5htp which is a natural herb that you can get from a health food store and it is supposed to increase your levels of serotonin (the happy chemical in your body). It takes a while to build up in your blood so I’m waiting for that to kick in. I have read that exercise is good to help deal with withdrawal as it releases natural endorphins that make you feel better. I appreciate that anyone going through withdrawal will feel exhausted and lethargic and the idea of exercise is a foreign one but I’ve heard it helps so if you can give it a go. Don’t give up giving up whatever you do. I have tried to cold turkey twice before this time and failed but I need to be free and get myself back so this time, I’m fighting to the end. Most of the info I have read says that the worst of the withdrawal symptoms last 2 to 3 weeks so fight through them and get your life back. I’m fighting this time and refuse to give in to some drug that is trying to control me.

Linda
1:06 am October 26th, 2016

I have been on diazepam for 11 months I increased my dose as was not feeling the affects anymore so I take 20mg diazepam a day more if needed. I don’t want to come off of it but my Mental health support worker says I am dependent on diazepam I don’t think I am

Linda
2:06 am November 3rd, 2016

I take 2 mg a day and can’t figure out what 10% taper is. I take 2 1mg daily. How do I take off 10%. Thank you

Lucy
8:06 pm November 9th, 2016

I take 2 Valium a day I would like to quit as I drink alcohol a few times a week. The doctor told me cut down to one a day for a week then half a day for the 2nd week. I hate that I have become addicted to them I become a different person especially when I drink. I’m just scared when I do stop taking them I will get anxiety again what should I take for that

geert
10:16 am November 10th, 2016

i take 4 diazepams every evening to relax and fall asleep together with 2 seroquels 400 , how can I stop these “medecines” ?

6:13 pm November 10th, 2016

Hi Geert. I suggest that you speak with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule.

Peter
11:00 pm November 10th, 2016

I have spent the last 5 weeks going cold turkey to get myself off diazepam (aka valium). I’m not going to lie and say it was easy in any way. I’m only just starting to feel normal again now. The first 2 weeks was physical and mental hell with every symptom you can find on the Web. The worst thing by far is the anxiety and the feeling that you have lost yourself and your mind and that it will never end. I can happily say that it will end. You can go cold turkey if you want and your determined enough but try to get to 10mg diazepam per day first, then you have very little chance of doing yourself any serious mental or physical damage. Week 3 and 4 will still be hell and the serious doubt of is it going to end kicks in. Just ride it out and by week 6, you should start to feel much more normal and the anxiety will start to fade. Two things that really helped me were exercise and facing my fears. You need to do hard exercise for at least 30 mins. It releases endorphins and makes you feel like you have achieved something. Facing your fears needs to start happening after 3 or 4 weeks when your brain can start to cope. Challenge yourself each day…do something scary and feel the rewards when you achieve. Whatever you do, don’t give up and then you can permanently free yourself from this evil evil drug.

Chris
5:06 pm November 21st, 2016

I am struggling to come off 2mg of diazapam. I hav reduced from 10mg after a year of gradual tapering but now my anxiety and restlessness has become unbearable. I completely stopped 3 days ago and want to stick it out but I am not sure how long before things settle down.can anyone advise me please.Thanks

vicki
5:46 pm November 25th, 2016

My husband is on the drug venlafaxine for depression and prythizan for sleep but also continues to self-medicate with diazepam which he buys through the “dark web”, He has been continually told of the dangers including no driving but disregards what our GP says. Is there any way of helping him to quit his addiction to diazapem. He is also on medication for heart and high blood pressure. He makes me promises that he will not continue but he cannot seem to stop.

Pamela
8:11 am November 29th, 2016

I have been taking diazepam for 2 months. Began tapering 1.25 4 days ago. Will I get severe withdrawals. Thanks

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:12 pm November 29th, 2016

Hi Vicki. You may look into the CRAFT model for families and interventions. One NGO called Allies in Recovery has some online reading that can help:
http://alliesinrecovery.net/about-craft/

Peter
9:58 pm November 29th, 2016

Vicki, I think your husband is addicted to the diazepam but he probably doesn’t even realise. I was taking quite a bit but I thought I was fine…until I stopped and then all hell broke loose. If he stops he will really suffer for a while but in the long run it would be so much better for him. There are lots of diazepam pills being sold on the dark Web and the problem is that most of them are made in underground labs and can be any dosage whatever they say on the packet. A lot have been stolen then sold. There is a story going round at the moment about a batch which are 50 to 100 times stronger than they say. This means you have no idea what he’s taking. It’s very unlikely to kill him whatever amount he takes but it will mess with his head both short and long term. I’ve been off them for 2 mths and I’m still struggling badly with anxiety! It’s a very nasty, very powerful drug so I hope you can show him the stuff I’ve put on this thread and he can get off them. Good luck

Daniel
1:57 am December 28th, 2016

I’m on 80 mg Valium a day how and what can I do as I’ve ran out and can’t get anymore help please

Val
4:15 am January 15th, 2017

How long to tapper off valium from 5mg down to only
2 5mg mornings only now.

can I just stop or do I have to lower dose even more and how long for.
II was also taking 2. 5mg at night too. Dr. Gave me script for Circadin at night to stop early morning waking. how many day’s/weeks will this take to stop valium completely
so as I only take 2 5mg daily I still feel anxiety a bit but what else can I take in stead of valium to help these rotten feelings. Thank you Val

R Joe
6:32 am January 24th, 2017

I was put on Valium for irregular heart beat with inderal, the inderal was changed to other heart rhythm drugs over the years, but Valium I have been on for 54 years 10 mg daily, I’m having memory problems, and want to see if getting off would help, I’m positive I need to reduce the 10 mg over a 4-5 month period because I have been on so long, Do you think with care getting off my memory could get better. I Am 75.

steph
7:30 pm January 25th, 2017

My dr will not help me tapper off of valuim for my anxiety I’m at 30 mg a day it’s not working and I’m afraid that he will up it iv been on other bezos for the last 4 year’s and no have work that long he wants to add more phyc meds on top of what I’m takeing not factoring in the other health and Medical problem I have

D hil
8:19 pm February 12th, 2017

Been on diazepam 10mg tid x,s 15y. For m.s. And nerpathy , sciatica with beneficial results. Dr. Decided abruptly to d c based on government. Wrote 2 qd. X 1 wk then 1 q.d. X 1 wk then nonNe. And added a muscle relaxer. Major side effects . Stopped m.r. N called. Refused to do slower taper down. Called n another m.r. Same result . Went to cardiologist in e.r. As major chest pains n trouble breathing. Have a current lung infection on tx for x s 2 Yrs antibiotics . Already sick from that . Ekg normal . Dr still refuses a gradual taper down . Continual chest pain , diarrhea , ( which have from antibiotics anyways, now more severe) difficult breathing , tinnitus , …. Don’t know what to do.

Chris
2:06 pm March 7th, 2017

Can you just stop taking 2mg a day after 12months use ?????

4:54 pm March 7th, 2017

Hi Chris. I suggest that you speak with your doctor to help you create a tapering schedule just for you.

Anita
5:40 pm March 7th, 2017

Hello … I have been taking valium for 30 years. I started with 5mg 3 times a day for anxiety after about twenty years i had tapered it down to 2 1/2 mg every night. I have been taking it at 2 1/2 mg every night because i have insomnia. I am on such a low dose but after all this time i wonder if it can still be working or if it is psychological? A week ago I just stopped taking it. My problem is only that I have had hardly any sleep since I stopped taking it. After taking such an extreme low dose for so many years could I still get withdrawal symptoms? So far none except less sleep..

Eileen
8:23 pm March 11th, 2017

I have been taking Valium for several years.when my doctor stopped prescribing them I started buying on the internet which was fine but recently I’ve had to use a different sight and was sold fake ones.I have artery and vascular disease and they were also helping with leg cramps and at the same time help with my anxiety which is why I was taking them in the first place.now I don’t have any due to being sold fake ones so can I expect my eyesight to be affected again and how long does it last.

Madeleine
7:58 pm March 14th, 2017

I am a recovering alcoholic. Sober a few months. My husband didn’t want his 3scripts for pax so I got them for afternoon stress and anxiety about two months ago. Now I’m taking 30mg some days and only.5mg other days and want to stop completely. Can i go cold turkey. I also take 20mg cilift every morning for 6yrs

Glen
8:01 am March 25th, 2017

I am going through I’m very tough time in my life right now financially emotionally it’s just overwhelming I have your insurance that is no fault of mine. I am on Social Security disability I have requested a change man insurance and they mistaking me my dad and cancel my medicare. Their actions and doing that left me without health insurance. My doctor which her name is dr. Lynne Ross last month at the same time gave me a very hard time about refilling my diazepam I take 10 milligrams three times a day. I first started taking this for anxiety and panic attacks I’ve been on this for well over I believe 13-14 years. On July 8th 2013 I was Craigslist and then ran over by a car which left me with severe hematomas on the sides of my brain. I spent two months in hospital 3 surgery on my brain first one emergency surgery which caused me to leave twice they had to bring me back they were successful obviously and said in my life twice Adventure Time they had to stop the surgery I was too weak to continue if they continue they would have kill me. Now because of that accident it has left me with severe permanent brain injuries one being a lot of scar tissue. I’ve made it very clear to my Dr that being on the Valium has perfected me from collapsing X2. Since that injury I have flaps 4 times which left me hospitalized. She’s well aware that when I feel like I’m going to collapse I don’t have much time it works in 5 Steps 5 step 3 I have to do something call nine-one-one. The doctor is also aware that my I feel it coming I have learned and I didn’t educate my doctor that by haveing diazepam one me it has stopped me toys from going down it’s like he’s more concerned about the dea rules and her staff losing their jobs her losing her license. And she is forgetting the main issue Winchester timeline to my survival she did not even give me 30 days to find a new doctor I thought everything was fine when we sell them last month

Patricia
2:33 am March 26th, 2017

I am down to 1/2 mg per day. I did not take it today. Can I just stop it?

Kristin
4:13 pm April 2nd, 2017

I was put on Diazepam 3x a day at 6 mg for my inner ear. I was only at that does for 3 weeks before I went down to 4mg for 6 days. Can I become addicted or have withdrawals symptoms that fast?? The second day I went to 4mg I was very nausea and have been nausea every day. Is it in my head or the meds or my inner ear?
Help I’m so confused!!

Sarah
11:27 pm April 2nd, 2017

I took diazepam 5mg by 5-6 tablets per day for 2 months
How can I stop it without feeling withdrawal symptoms ???
Please I need your advice
Thanks

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
11:51 am April 3rd, 2017

Hi Sarah. I suggest that you speak with your doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule.

Eileen
2:07 am April 4th, 2017

Hi I take 10 mg 4 times a day.I tried to stop on my own but was violently sick then couldn’t see properly and was admitted to hospital twice due to my underlying illness flared up.can anyone tell me how long my sight will take to get back to normal if I try again.its quite scary when this happens and really worries me.I have been using Valium for to help with anxiety but are not prescribed by a doctor.I buy them online.I also take mirtazapine for depression.propranolol for anxiety but doesn’t help.I take warfarin as I have an ecseamic bowel,artery and vascular disease.

Evangelia
5:01 am April 4th, 2017

Hi there and thank you for your time. I would like to ask you here as well cause I will see my doctor in 3 days and need any second opinion too. I have been diagnosed with Anxiety ( came from some vitamins that triggered my stress and it was very bad experience) ( despersonalaization numbness feeling loosing myself etc) so after 3 weeks I was fighting bymyself I went to doctor and I asked him to give me something to put an end to this nightmare and I asked him for short term relief just cause I knew that if I sleep ( I couldn’t) I will start feeling better and stronger to fight the rest.. he did gave me Valium 5mg once at night for a week and although it made me feel sleepy during the day .. it brought me back to life in a way .-! Now I went again after a week and told him that I will take 2.5 mg means half pill he said ok I am doing ok but on Thursday the week will be finished what you believe it’s good for me to do as yes I feel better but not 100/% back to me:( do you think I have to give it of time plus I talk with my psychologist ect or to reduce 2 mg for a week and then the 4 week 1mg and to quit? Please give me your opinion. Much appreciated thank you!!!

Linda
9:03 pm April 7th, 2017

I have been taking 5mg valium twice a day along with 1500 mg robaxin 3 times a day for severe muscle spasms in my legs and back for 6-7 months. Will it be difficult to stop the valium?

Maryann
1:40 pm April 10th, 2017

Got anxious depression. Take 5mg valium t night, need 2 or 3mg in day now as feeling anxious about everything. Can dr prescribe anything to change this?

Stuart
1:12 am April 17th, 2017

I have been taking as prescribed 5 mg 3 times a day for several months. This was to help me get through period until we could find a non benzo addition to help with depression, We found one an it is working. My Dr suggested we get me off the Valiuim and I began to taper off, at first I cut down from 15mg a day to 5 mg a day experienced severe heart pounding and anxiety. It was my fault not researching how to dial it down. My partner is a Dr and he freaked out when I told him how drastically I reduced. So I went from one week at 12mg next week 10 mg I am on 7mg this week and next week I will be at 5 mg until I am off of it. I still get a tight chest in the evening.But it is tolerable. I don’t blame the Drs it worked for what I needed. It is up to me/us to be honest and get the info we need to get us through and a support group. Drs have relived a life of anxiety and I respect and appreciate them. I am in charge of taking my Drs advice and being transparent its all we can do. The withdrawl sucks, I have been sober over 8 years and NOTHING physical happened to me when I stopped drinking. This was a big surprise. Wishing you all well. And DONT COLD TURKEY you could cause great damage to yourself. Slow and steady Slow and steady.

Tina
3:54 pm April 17th, 2017

I use 1/4 of a 5 mg. dosage occasionally for neck pain,is it possible to have withdraw symptoms with such little use?
Occasional use is strictly once or twice in a week with several weeks in between uses!
I ask because I have used valium this past week twice and now I have worsening anxiety and insomnia! I do have a low drug tolerance, that is why I do use medications sparingly!
Thank you for your time!

Stuart
1:01 am April 27th, 2017

Tina, I am not a Dr but that is a very small amount. You couldn’t be taking any less to taper down, it would be like dust. You seem ini ok shape to me.

Watermelon
5:30 pm May 16th, 2017

2 weeks ago I went to a regular clinic for a Medical Certifcate for not being able to attend class due to an emotional breakdown. It was then I knew I had fever with a temperature of 37.6 degrees Celsius. I informed the doctor that I am under medications Valium(Diazeperm) included and I broke down in tears when opening up to her. She recommended that I reduce my medication as it seems that I do not need them as the prescribed dosage by another physiologist (who’s not a therapist). I reduced my diazeperm for a few days and completely stopped it afterwards. It should probably been a week now that I’ve completely stopped taken it. However I noticed now that i have been having problem sleeping now, like my heart would wake me up once I fall asleep, and it happens at least once to 3 times until I finally fall asleep. This does not happen everyday but I noticed it has happened to me 3 nights consecutively now, and perhaps once or twice within the last week. Could you suggest me what I should do now? Should I get back on it or leave it be? I was not on heavy dosage (less than 5mg per day), and I’ve been on it for only about 10weeks.

KP
11:01 am June 8th, 2017

Hi, if i only take 2.5mg (1/2 5mg tab) twice a day for two days will i be okay to stop taking it?? Never used this medication before, I am just on a trial from my GP??

dan
6:01 pm June 13th, 2017

hi, ull probably be fine, maby have a hangover or something, but my sugestion nr 1 is dont take it ever. the second whouldt,be if ur planing to take it , consult whit ur pshihyatrist first, and do not take it more than that. sorry for my english, im from another country

Heather
9:18 pm June 14th, 2017

I have taken 5mg diazepam for 5 days in the evening..What is the length of withdrawal

dan
11:45 am June 16th, 2017

hi heather :) ur lucky and u probably wont have any widrawal symptoms, maby slight ones . i gues u should just stop. other thing is i see alot of recomendations on going from less lasting benzo to more lasting, and it makes no sense. if valium stais in ur system fo 100-200 h then if u take it dayli u build up a lot larger amount in ur system, than taking shorter lasting ones . but thats my opinion . my doc actuali put me on oxazepam , its only 8 hours in the system, and it sounded a lot more logik than valium ,. i know people that are on heroin that stays in system for a lot less , has leeseer WD and time of WD than metadone , so this is similar IMO

Waneta
2:44 am June 19th, 2017

I have been talking Diazepam 5mg along with norco 5-325, baclofen 10mg 3x a day and several other medications for bi-poler disorder for over a year and now my doctor has decreased the Diazepam to 2.5mg 3x a day. I am feeling very dizzy, weepy, nauseous, week, also my ansiety, and migraines are back. How long will these feelings last? My provider wants me off it completely but doesn’t have me scheduled to see her for 3 months. Should I see her sooner? Can I cut the rest out safely, sooner? She is a registered nurse practitioner and knows very little about this med. I would greatly appreciate your input.

dan
1:04 am June 27th, 2017

hello Waneta, the decrease of half a dose is too fast IMO, i think if u been on it a year u shold go whit a slow taper like 5-10 precent every 2 weeks or slower . and u should find a better doctor IMO, one that understands benzos . try going to a narkotik psyhiatrist , that deals whit junkeys, i have got to a doctor of this kind , and he suggested a gret thing for my benzo problem and it seems to work wery good .

Lin
4:12 am August 16th, 2017

I have been taking a benzo for 23 years. First I was prescribed Ativan for panic attacks and then about 7 years ago my family dr. switched me to valium – 1/2 2mg. in the afternoon and one 2 mg. at bedtime. This was for dizziness and vertigo that I have been suffering from for years. Now one of my GP’s said I should only take the valium as needed. And I don’t think she will renew my prescription. I am now out of it. Is it ok to take it on an as needed basis? Can I go cold turkey because I was on a low dose? I am so confused.

Alaн
7:16 pm August 17th, 2017

I was taking Diazepam for many years for anxiety, I decided to reduce my amount by 50% each day for several months, then by another 25% for several months, then by a final 25% for several months, I am now totally off the diazepam and have no side effects whatsoever. I feel fine and am so glad that I have gotten off this drug, I am still a little anxious on awaking in the morning but I can handle this. But do contact a professional person before doing what I have succesfully achieved, good luck and good mental health.

Warren
8:32 pm August 21st, 2017

Need to come of Diazepam ive been taking 10mg for about a year now and i am not being prescribed the drug im buying them from someone who is. I have just stopped taking Citilapram about 6 weeks ago which i was prescribed and i am now experiencing high levels of anxiety.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
10:05 am August 22nd, 2017

Hi Warren. The best way to quit diazepam is by slowly reducing the daily dose. You may want to speak with a doctor to help you plan an individualized tapering schedule. Also, you may look into the Ashton Manual: http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/
It is a manual that can help you with dealing benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal.

Del
12:53 am August 27th, 2017

I’ve been taking ten mg Valium since 1989 once a day till 2005 then twice a day. My Dr didn’t call in my prescription so I’m going on 36 hours cold turkey. Can I make it till Monday on my own. What else night I have in my medicine cabinet that will help these withdrawals that I’m starting to feel? Head meds or pain meds? Actually don’t won’t to go to the hospital if possible.

Lin
5:44 am August 31st, 2017

I am totally confused now. I started taking Ativan low dose (can’t remember dose) 15 years ago. That was prescribed by a psychiatrist for panic attacks. Then my family doctor switched me over to Diazepam 2 mg. – 1/2 (1 mg.) in the afternoon and one whole one (2 mg) at bedtime so I would taking a total of 3 mg. per day. This was 7 years ago. She wanted me to take diazepam rather than Ativan because I suffer from chronic vertigo and disequilibrium which she said that the diazepam would help more than the Ativan. That was 7 years ago and I am still taking it that way. 2 months ago I went to the family dr. and saw her partner which I have actually been seeing for a couple of years. Somehow I got on the conversation of the diazepam and she said to take it as needed. I asked many times “As needed. You really mean I can just stop it and take it whenever I need it?” To me that sounded like cold turkey. But this dr. was adamant that it was fine to just take as needed. She use to prescribe 45 tablets per month. Now she cut it back to 40. I called the pharmacist today and she said that it was okay to take it as needed even though I have been on it for so long. She said that I may get some side effects but I should be fine. What are your thoughts on this? I don’t like the idea of going on it cold turkey. I am 69 years old with hypertension and diabetes as well. I need your thoughts on this. What should I do? Thank you!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:46 pm September 1st, 2017

Hi Lin. Talk with your doctor. If you abruptly cut your dose or even not take it, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. The safest way to quit diazepam is by slowly tapering the daily dose.

Thomas
8:38 pm September 14th, 2017

I take 6mg some days other days nothing is it OK to take diazapan as and when needed

Karen
7:08 pm September 16th, 2017

80 mg for 37 years ! I’m dieing , or so I feel . Asked my dr for time off work because I’m now only taking 12 mg a day :) but I’m dieing! And he refused to give me time off work to get well ? I hate this dr ! I need rest I work full time with 20 children at school with needs ! I’m done I wiegh 100 pounds lost 28 ? Don’t understand can’t think

Lee
11:35 am September 27th, 2017

I’ve been prescribed 30mg daily of diazepam my doctor is rapidly reducing me at 5mg weekly I’m struggling feeling anxious and panicked he started me on diazepam then suddenly said he wanted me off them this isn’t easy I’ve had 2 recent deaths in my family partner has cancer can I stop this I’m not in a good place physiologically please help

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