What are Valium withdrawal symptoms?
Are you preparing for or considering detox from Valium (diazepam)?
Does Valium work for everyone? No. So when you are ready to get off Valium, you can expect certain symptoms to manifest in your body. Symptoms that occur during Valium withdrawal can vary from depression to increased insomnia and can last up to 6 weeks after you stop taking Valium. And if you’re asking yourself, “Can I just stop taking Valium?”, the answer is…not easily. Learn more about common Valium withdrawal symptoms, how long they last and how you can treat Valium withdrawal here. Plus, a section at the end for your questions about Valium.
Why do Valium withdrawal symptoms occur?
Withdrawal symptoms from Valium are likely to occur in anyone who experiences Valium tolerance symptoms, including those who gradually comes off Valium as well as those who suddenly decide to stop taking it. But why does this happen? Withdrawal symptoms occur when you stop taking habit forming drugs because the body becomes used to and adapts to chemicals. But when drugs are no longer present, the body still acts like they are…until it normalizes again. So how does this apply to Valium?
The diazepam contained in Valium interacts with the central nervous system as a depressant, much like alcohol. Because of this, Valium slows the brains responses down and can create a calm sedation of the body. However, when you stop taking Valium, the body (which has been compensating for the lack of diazepam by speeding up its responses) doesn’t know the difference. So withdrawal symptoms occur during the period when the body starts to normalize and becomes used to being clear of diazpeam again.
What are symptoms of Valium withdrawal?
The most commonly reported symptoms of Valium withdrawal are sleep disturbances, depression, and higher sensitivity to the senses. As the central nervous system withdraws from diazepam, the body experiences the sensations of the world more acutely and can cause increased feelings of anxiety and emotional disturbance. These feelings can make it harder to wean off Valium and can prolong symptoms of withdrawal.
Other symptoms of Valium withdrawal may include the following:
- gastrointestinal symptoms
- increased sensitivity to: light, noise, taste and smell
- muscle cramps
- paranoid thoughts
- trouble sleeping
- visual disturbances
Valium withdrawal symptoms: How long?
How long the symptoms of Valium withdrawal can last will vary by person. In general, the longer you take Valium, the harsher and longer the withdrawal symptoms will last. Those who stop/reduce use of Valium can expect to feel the effects of the withdrawal peak between 3 to 6 days, people report Valium withdrawal symptoms for up to a year after ceasing to take valium (though this cannot be considered withdrawal in a pharmaceutical sense). It is important to note that you may experience withdrawal in a delayed manner. Some have reported withdrawal symptoms showing up weeks after stopping Valium.
Those who have developed a dependency on Valium have a harder time during withdrawal, as withdrawal symptoms can linger due to psychological effects of withdrawing from the medication. This may be one reason why you may experience symptoms long after you stop taking Valium.
Valium withdrawal symptoms treatment
Withdrawal symptoms are more likely to occur in people who choose to go off of Valium suddenly or who stop taking Valium cold turkey. However, doctors recommend that you withdraw from Valium under medical supervision in all cases. It is recommend as you are reducing your Valium intake to have weekly face-to-face meeting so a physician is monitoring the process.
One of the key ways to treat withdrawal symptoms of Valium is to first slowly reduce medication intake and taper off Valium. Slow tapering helps with depression and insomnia. Then you can support symptomatic reactions to the withdrawal. It is important to be careful with over the counter and prescription medications used to help with the symptoms and that they do not interact negatively with the diazepam contained in Valium. During Valium withdrawal, you should also avoid the use of alcohol and other drugs to prevent further chemical dependency. Seek a doctor’s opinion on other ways to alleviate potential withdrawal symptoms from Valium.
Valium withdrawal symptoms questions
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