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Valium withdrawal treatment: How to treat Valium withdrawal

How to treat Valium withdrawal

When you are ready to stop using Valium, be sure to seek medical advice. In fact, withdrawing from benzodiazepines can be dangerous (medicines like Valium can trigger seizures, panic attacks and suicidal thoughts), so it is best to slowly withdraw from Valium over the course of several weeks. This is done by slowly decreasing doses of Valium (diazepam) over time.

How else can you treat Valium withdrawal symptoms? And when should you seek treatments for Valium addiction?  More on how to treat Valium withdrawal here, with a section for your questions at the end.

Effects of withdrawal from Valium

Benzodiazepines like Valium interact with the body much like alcohol does. They depress the central nervous system and slow the body’s responses. This is whyValiums relaxes muscles and alter your mood so that you are in a state of relaxation. But over time, and the more you use valium, your body develops a dependency. Chemical dependency on Valium means that diazepam has integrated with the central nervous system so that Valium is essential for normal body function.

When you are physically dependent on Valium and stop taking or miss a dose of Valium, withdrawal symptoms result. The main effect of withdrawal from Valium is the loss of relaxation – instead, the body inundated with information. You go from a relaxed state to one of activity and agitation. These effects of withdrawal from Valium can be painful and uncomfortable. However, Valium withdrawal is rarely life threatening.

Withdrawal from Valium symptoms

During withdrawal from Valium, your body is trying to regain a level of homeostasis. For the first week or two after you stop taking Valium, you will probably experience several withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from Valium symptoms include:

  • abdominal pains
  • dysphoria (profound dissatisfaction)
  • extreme anxiety
  • headache
  • insomnia
  • muscle pain
  • restlessness
  • sweating
  • tension
  • tingling of extremities
  • tremors

But these withdrawal from Valium symptoms don’t just occur in the first weeks after cessation of diazepam. Any of these symptoms can recur, or “rebound”, several weeks after acute Valium withdrawal has worn off. Make sure that you can address these symptoms weeks or months later. Just knowing that withdrawal from Valium symptoms will happen later can help you prepare to take care of them.

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How to treat Valium withdrawal symptoms

1. Seek medical advice – The best way to treat Valium withdrawal symptoms is to do so under MEDICAL SUPERVISION. Make sure you have a doctor and someone you can talk to while you are going through withdrawal so they can support and treat anything that may arise. If you are expecting to go through severe withdrawal and are unable to slowly reduce your Valium doses then you may want to withdrawal under the supervision of medical professional, detox facility, or under the care of a rehab facility.

2. Taper doses – Additionally, you can treat Valium withdrawal symptoms through the process of tapering (See below).

3. Get enough vitamins and nutrients – It is important to replace the lost nutrients and vitamins your body has lost during Valium withdrawal. Taking Vitamin B, Potassium, and/or Zinc can really help to support body repair.

4. Prescription antidepressants – If your mood is negatively being affected as the result of Valum withdrawal, antidepressants can help. Still, it is important to be careful and monitor antidepressant therapy to avoid trading one dependency for another.

5. Avoid alcohol and benzodiazepines – It is also best to avoid other benzodiazepines and alcohol while you are withdrawing because these substances can exacerbate pain and can make it more dangerous to effectively withdraw from diazpem.

6. Rest – Otherwise, get the sleep and fluids that your body needs to repair itself. Take time off work, if possible, and rest at home after acute Valium withdrawal.

Best way to withdraw from Valium

The best way to withdraw from Valium is to gradually reduce Valium doses with the help of a doctor, rather than go cold turkey. Benzodiazepines are generally reduced by 10% every two to four weeks depending on the level of Valium in the system. It is always best to withdraw slowly, compensate for reductions in doses and adjust a tapering schedule than to try and withdraw rapidly from these types of drugs. Withdrawing from Valium cold turkey can trigger seizures, panic attacks, and suicidal thoughts.

While Valium is being reduced, you may experience symptoms of withdrawal and it may take longer for all symptoms of withdrawal to resolve. Because of the rebound effect, it can be tricky to gauge the length of withdrawal, what it will look and how to treat it. This is why the best way to to withdraw from Valium is always under medical supervision

Valium withdrawal treatment questions

Still have questions about Valium withdrawal treatment? Would you like to know more? Please ask any questions you may have and we will get back to you personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: NCBI: Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome
NCBI: Benzodiazepines a challenge to rational prescribing
NCBI: Benzodiazepines on trial

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14 Responses to “Valium withdrawal treatment: How to treat Valium withdrawal
2:37 pm July 4th, 2013

i have through help from medical care because of different treatments for wrongly treated symtoms I believe now to be, through realization on my own,withdrawal from barbituates , severely 2 times over last 2 years( hospitalization) weakness, short- term memory loss etc.
I am throughly objective about seeing and trusting advice from any physician at this point, but, then again- I don’t know where and how to safely do this with remainer on my own. I need help.
Valium- 5 mg. not daily, but at least over the last 20 yrs. twice a week maybe 3 if stressful times. Never more than 10 mg. po at any given time. short- term xanax- 1 mg. for at least 1 yr . now- bid- Help me.

11:28 am July 5th, 2013

Hello Kathy. You can first call or go in to your local pharmacy and schedule a talk with your pharmacist. Pharmacists may be able to spend more time with you to discuss the situation. Before you go, prepare a calendar of your past dosing regime, along with a list of symptoms that you experienced. Otherwise, seek help from a family doctor or psychiatrist who schedules patients for 30 minute sessions so that you have time to talk about your concerns.

9:55 pm August 3rd, 2013

I have been on valium and valium similar meds for approx. 3 months for depression and anxiety. I stopped them gradually reducing the dose to 2.5 mg twice per day. I still feel like I am on the the full dose.

7:49 am August 13th, 2013

Hello Mike. It sounds like your body is ready to continue to taper. What does your prescribing doctor say?

12:45 am October 3rd, 2013

I was on valium for 25 years and decided to take myself of them about 4months ago. I am feeling so ill with the withdrawal, i have constant acheing mussels,feelings of pins and needles all over my body,headache, sweats,and just feel so poorly,how much longer will i have to suffer like this.I would be so gratefull if you could get back to me.

11:24 am October 3rd, 2013

Hello Julie. 25 years is a long time to be on Valium. It can take 6 months or longer for protracted withdrawal symptoms to resolve after long term use. Have you consulted with a local pharmacist for a qualified opinion and experience?

11:27 pm October 3rd, 2013

Thankyou for your reply. No i haven’t consulted anyone,i have read up on the withdrawals so i knew what to expect. Its just i wanted to know how long it would take for withdrawals to go.As im feeling so very poorly such a lot of pain,i can hardly climb my stairs my body just feels like a heavy weight however im determed to get through this,after 25 years of abusing them. Im 53 now.

11:50 am November 7th, 2014

i was put on diasepam, for temporary time period. Iam concerned that mind and body are beginning to reliy on it, and will become depedent on it. So i have decided to begin the taper off system tomorrow. I studied this thoroughly and have figured out my course that will work for my dosage amount andtime period I ‘ve been on it. slow,sure and safe and take about 2 months to acheive my total off. no more diasepam period. So I begin jounry with confidence. Wish me luck and with guidance of God in my daily struggle, I walk the path to the right side of life.

3:07 pm November 7th, 2014

Hello tlztlz. Good luck on your journey. You are doing it right, slow taper is good for minimizing the stress and withdrawal discomfort. If you have anything to ask, feel free to write us again.

10:32 pm November 13th, 2014

Hi. I am on 4 x 2mg tablets now. Been on valium 13 years. I have VERY slowly tsppered down from 180mg a day to 8mg a day. Now i am starting to get very stange symptoms. Dizzyness, feelings of falling, seeing things move, heart feels like im going to have a heart attack aswell, is this the start of my withdrawls??? Jow long will this last and does it get better the lower the dose gets? My GP has suggested going down to 3 x 2mg daily as of nxt week and the thourt of this is making me very nervous. I realy want to come off them but i also work and these symptoms i am starting to get i am worried will start to interfear with my work. Is there anything i can take to help with the vertigo. Dizzyness. Mild helusinations and geniroul feeling of death??? Thanks.

P.s how do i read the article all i can see is a headline then related subjects and comments!!!

12:27 pm November 24th, 2014

Hi Power. My first suggestion would be to see a doctor. Either you lowered doses too fast and need a more gradual taper, or your doctor will prescribe medications to help you treat the withdrawal symptoms.

3:19 pm May 8th, 2016

I’ve been taking 8-10 10 mg tablets a day for 10 years. I want to stop but I’m sure I’m facing some severe withdrawal. I had a doctor that would prescribe as many as I could take, and I abused them. He is retiring in September and I’m already freaking out, even though I still have plenty. Where do I start? How long should I expect this process to last or do I find another doctor that will keep prescribing.

10:12 pm May 12th, 2017

Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in Dec. 2016. I take 10mg of valium per day. 5mg in the am and 5mg pm. Physician said bento’s have been known to exacerbate pain. Slowing tapering off 5 mg am dose taking 43/4 tablet for 1 week. My Fibro pain has been excessive since December. Can no longer do yoga or swim. Is tapering off the valium making my pain worse?
I’ve been on this dose for 15 years,

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
1:40 pm May 26th, 2017

Hi Dianne. One of the Valium withdrawal symptoms is body pain and muscle spasms. So, your pain may be actually a withdrawal symptom from Valium. I suggest that you take a look into the Ashton Manual, a manual that can help you deal with benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal:

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