Tuesday March 31st 2015

What are Valium withdrawal symptoms?

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:

  • anxiety
  • gastrointestinal symptoms
  • increased sensitivity to: light, noise, taste and smell
  • insomnia
  • muscle cramps
  • paranoid thoughts
  • restlessness
  • seizures
  • tremors
  • 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

Do you still have questions about withdrawing from Valium? Please leave us your Valium questions below. We are happy to respond to you personally, and will try to answer your questions ASAP. And if we don’t know the answer, we will refer you to someone who does.

Reference Sources: The Journal of the Royal College of General Practioners: The benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome and its management
The National Pain Association: Abrupt Withdrawal from Pain Medications — Information and Caution
NHSTA: Highway Safety Drug and Human Performance Sheet for Diazepam

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140 Responses to “What are Valium withdrawal symptoms?
9:09 pm January 10th, 2013

I have just read this nd the symptons you describe are spot on although I could add to he list. But I am still so shocked at the effect it has had in so short amount of time…..I smoked for 35 years a ever had any withdrawal symptons but this is absolute hell. X

1:23 pm January 13th, 2013

Hi Gwenda

I was taking valium prescribed to me by my doctor and he tapered my dose from 10mg to nothing in 4weeks.

I am on day 7 of not taking anything and I find that the symptoms are terrible in the morning. Lack of sleep and waking up feeling completely wired like my heart is going to explode. Its also difficult to eat in the morning but when I can eat I eat banana and take valerian root to take the edge off a little. My doctor also prescribed a beta blocker for heart pulpitations.

How long have you been going?

4:08 pm January 14th, 2013

Yes. Early waking in complete anxiety every over heightened panicky, going to loo more times also . Pains in toes stomach fingers ….keep thinking I have kidney stones or gall stones but all test clear…..the heart palpitations are awful aren’t they I suffer with dis rhythmic heart beat occasionally so this is like you now exaggerated. It is the most awful thing I have ever been through….I was taking 15 -20 mg per day for 6 weeks..then stopped suddenly on nov 15th….my god did I know it was so ill I could not get out of bed and got flu on top of about 50 withdrw symptons. Then the doctor said I urgently need to go back on the diazepam and be weaned off them slowly reluctantly I agreed that was the week before Xmas. It was his prescription of 5 mg twice a day for 3 days then 5 mg just once a day for three days then 2.5 for three days. I did that but all the symptons came back not quite as bad but still in lots of stomach pain toes hurt neck and arm and fingers even tooth ache. And still very confused can’t think straight vision still blurred heart goes off every other day and stomach acid…etc. I feel as if the dam tablets have absolutely destroyed me so I know how you feel x

6:57 pm January 19th, 2013

I was prescribed Valium to take twice a day been on it for around 2 months missed a appointment and I’m out and they won’t refill being since is a narcotic or whatever its classified as so I had to stop taking it when it ran out which was about 5 days ago now I have problems sleeping chest feels tense some tingling in my left arm on and off and way more alert ans sensitive to everything is there anything I can do to ease these I’ve became really aggressive and I’m not liking it at all any info would be appreciated

9:47 am February 1st, 2013

Hi Jeremy. It sounds like you’re describing Valium withdrawal! If symptoms are persistent or become more profound, you can request medical intervention using benzodiazepine substitution medications. This way, you help ease symptoms by switching from a long-acting benzodiazepines to short half-life benzodiazepine(s). Otherwise, the following medications are prescribed for more serious withdrawal symptoms: FOR PSYCHOSIS chlorpromazine hydrochloride, pentobarbital, phenobarbital, or haloperidol; FOR SEIZURES phenytoin or barbiturates. Otherwise, propranolol can help you adress all of the symptoms of diazepam withdrawal.

However, these meds are usually prescribed to people who have been on Valium for over six months or at high doses. It’s possible that your case is mild, and you must need to wait out the discomfort for a while.

Seek help and advice from your prescribing doctor.

4:41 am February 20th, 2013

Hi I am 42 and have been taking diazepan 10mp one at night for 16 years now . I have decided to get off and free myself from the person it has created . I have never taken more than precribed but relize now that I have been showing some of the symptoms of withdraw while taking one at night. My bodey has been craving more. I have been having trouble with the stress of running my bussenss and not able to think clearly. Blurred vision aswell all the symptoms I also know that it has changed me to a person who has a fogged personality . My fellings seem dull also I can be mean at times to my family . I never reshearched it before but now know I must get off the stuff to get my life back in order . I want to show emotions and smile more and think decicevly about magor problems without overthinking them over and over> The drug only 10 mg a night turnred me into a slow thinking robot >No more coming down slow ASAP

2:42 pm February 21st, 2013

Hello Kevin. Good for you. I’d suggest that you consult with your prescribing doctor to get a tapering schedule (or find a new one). You need to come off diazepam slowly, especially after long term use. The usual course for a taper starts around a minimum of 6 weeks, but you can extended it, as needed. Alternately, you might try consulting with a pharmacist for advice on tapering. Good luck and please keep us posted about your efforts!

gob smacked
6:08 pm February 21st, 2013

I have just come across this, are you being serious telling someone that they can taper with in 6 weeks. it took me 62 days to taper off 1 mg yes 1 mg, what you are suggesting is not even what Ashton tapering states,Ashton states to taper 1 mg every 1-2 weeks I have yet to know one that has done this and I am a member of a forum, so I would tread carefully. even at my tiny reduction I am having w/d sxs.

2:55 pm February 25th, 2013

Hello gob. Thanks for your response! Yes, to clarify…. the taper for Valium can be from 6 weeks to 6 months and varies on a case-by-case basis. Those who can handle a more “aggressive” taper may consider a 6 week taper. Most will benefit from a longer withdrawal process. Thanks for sharing more about your personal experience coming off diazepam and making sure that the facts are straight!

3:45 pm March 17th, 2013

I am just reading some of the blogs. I realise I am not alone, somehow makes me feel better.They are really good and informative.
It’s the awful nights that I find the hardest, such negative and hopeless feelings, I hope they pass?

1:18 pm March 19th, 2013

Try some baclofen. While it doesn’t hit the Gaba A receptor, and mainly the pathway leading to the Gaba B within the Gabaergic system, it may help for SOME in alleviating some subconscious anxiety. It’s difficult in explaining but when I took Baclofen(30mg) it helped with a feeling of as if your anxiety has been unmasked because of feeling a calmness I haven’t experienced since a few years back before I started to take valium for anxiety.
That being said, while some feel Neurontin, Lyrica can help, which it very well may, the misconcepti9on for many is that it directly is a gabergic drug-this is not true. That is why it is relatively safe on medically supervised dosages in helping some with calmness, anxiety, tension. One thing I realized is that withdrawals for me were very psychological. The reality being the difficulty in controlling the psychological anxiety, which lead to some physiological discomfort. Just my opinion, and I respect others.

1:21 pm March 19th, 2013

@addiction blog-Yes, beta blockers by helping the physical heart palpitations, arythmias would lead to one feeling physical better, hence reducing indireclty their anxiety. Many times, proponal I helps tension in heart, feeling of that tightness, which alleviates the unwanted anxiety. That is very true, and thanks for mentioning that!

12:14 pm April 11th, 2013

Thank you for the reply ‘D’
I have heard of, Baclofen, several times, I will give it a try.
The last 5mg of valium seem to be the hardest. Every cut is difficult it brings the same problems every time. I just stick to one rule ‘having made a cut I stick with it’. I’d like to think this is a good rule? Down to 2mg daily now and about to make another cut. Not looking forward to it.
Valium is unlike ‘Z’s they just seemed to fall away the lower the dose became.

12:46 am May 9th, 2013

i took10mg diazepam 3 times a day for 15 years. then reduced to 5mg every 3 days for 3 weeks.. then 0 now for 16 days…i did have shaky hands in am and convulsed a little at night before falling a sleep for a couple weeks.and also had a couple panic attacks while awakeningin the night(scary) now 17 days later a little anxiety under pressure etc…but will continue with 0 as i have taken this for way too long…over the years i have learned how to handle stress and thinkican do without the daze…

7:03 am May 13th, 2013

I just don’t seem to be able to get over that last hurdle.Got it down to 5mg daily then tapered a quarter every 4 weeks. It had its ups and downs but I handled it.Then I made the mistake of cutting the last quarter in 2 weeks instead of 4.
Everything was as usual, ups and downs, for the first 10 days then wow! the bottom fell out of my world.Panic attacks,hot sweats in the night,nightmares you name it I had it the only thing that helped was to go back on the valium again. Feel stuck now and not sure where to go, or what to do, next.
Should I taper the very last quarter a lot, lot slower?

4:10 pm May 13th, 2013

Hi Keith,
Sorry to hear about your struggles, but glad to see you have been tapering down and soon you will hopefully feel much better.
In terms of whether you should taper the last few mgs slower, it all depends on your mental status and physiological state. Go with how your instincts. I know it’s tough, and I really applaud you for getting to the point you are at right now. It is why, while some feel the use of certain medications to help get off the final mgs would be counterintuitive, I disagree.
Every person is different in how they respond to medications. Based on whether you are taking other meds already, any physical ailments, substance abuse and what kind all takes a role in whether some of these should be used. Here is both prescribed and herbal type agents that for some is very effective in alleviating most of the psychological and physiological distress.
Gabapentin, has been used and for some been effective in alleviating anxiety, even on small dosages along with muscular and neurological type sensations. It has complex properties in terms of what exactly it does, but it seems to modulate GABA. Clonidine, a blood pressure medicine, could help for some with anxiety, hot flushes, hyperthermia type symptoms and sleep. Codeine with butalbital or Tylenol could be very useful if used for only a short amount of time as well. While some of these drugs many would say would be counterintuitive to take, I disagree as it always depends on individual needs, circumstances.
Aside from baclofen, Soma another muscle relaxant has very good sedative and anxiolytic effects.
There are also different herbs that I used as well when getting off benzodiazepines. While there are differing opinions on whether some of them should be used, for me it helped and in speaking with others, they have used it also when down to the last few mgs. Passionflower, Skullcap, Kava, Valerian has good synergy. Using it with chamomile tea(non-caffeine) is a good combination. I recommend extract, not pill form as the liquid form is more suitable under these circumstances.
I hope you are feeling better and if you feel you want to taper off more slowly instead of using other alternatives, than there is nothing wrong with that at all. Just thought I’d give some more alternatives as they have helped me when down to the last mgs.

2:52 pm May 14th, 2013

Hi Dan
thanks for your blog I it found very helpful.
Thank you for finally ‘leaning’ me in the way forward for which I had began to think I needed.
That being a little bit of help with the final couple of hurdles.I tried several beta blockers last week and was amazed the relief it gave. Sadly they ran out just before my set back but I am in the process of getting some more along with a muscle relaxant and then having another go.
It may be all in the mind but I don’t care switching from to another knowing the other is very much easier to stop

5:27 am May 29th, 2013

I’ve tried tapering off Valium (Sleep Apnea) on several occasions after being on it for about 7 years. I find it causes an immediate bad nights sleep…or even many, until I start taking it again. Along with it are headaches, dizziness, and the foggy brain from not sleeping well. I just found Somnapure, and was taking it for three nights, while tapering down from only 2mg of Clonazapam, then a week of half, and a day or two of half again. Thanks for posting this. Last night was the first night of none at all, and bam, the sleepless “nights from the Hot place” are right back. Today was a very unusual and cloudy day. Eye achiness is a big symptom. Now, I understand why 3 day attempts were useless, and I hope this one week taper will be enough. Thanks again.

5:39 am June 9th, 2013

I’ve been on 1 mg of valium in the morning for 2 yrs and I want to stop. Can I just cold turkey being such a low dose ?????

5:15 am June 11th, 2013

Hi Michael. Generally, it’s not advised to stop Valium cold turkey at any dose. Seek counsel from your pharmacist or prescribing doctor to set up a tapering schedule.

12:40 pm June 16th, 2013

I have been struggling for more than a month now and seem to be going backwards, not forwards.
Trying to stop the last couple of mg just seems something I can’t manage?
The feeling do not get easier as you taper down. I find they get more itence

12:45 pm July 9th, 2013

I have been with drawing from diaepam for nearly a year. started on 10mg a day and reducing very very slowly. im now on 1mg a day and feel ok. My doctor said i can stop that img at any time and i will be fine. i really want to as i feel better without it, as soon as i take the 0.5mg i get all anxious and feel tense. Is is ok to stop I have had very little withdrawl sysmptoms so far. Just wanna be off nasty drug.

david payne
6:27 pm July 19th, 2013

yes ! i have been takeing valium for 25 years under doctors care ! what do i do ? i am very worried can u help me ?

david payne
6:40 pm July 19th, 2013

who am i or what have i become someone plese tell me wake me up and tell me its just a bad dream ! some people may think that this is a joke but really its not i had almost 4 nervous breakdowns theyput me on this

2:00 am August 5th, 2013

I have been off diazapam for 32 days,however the withdrawls are too severe to keep going. My dose was 6mg/day. I’m considering resuming .5 at night and then continue with the reduction at a slower pace. I was on the diazapam for 7 months.I started reducing 1.5 mgs, then .5 after, and then .75 within a eight week period, down to nothing as of 32 days ago. Your insight would be appreciated.

Thank you very much.

7:35 am August 13th, 2013

Hello Sandra. What withdrawal symptoms are overwhelming for you? Have you considered seeking treatment from a psychotherapist to learn ways to cope with anxiety?

3:34 am August 14th, 2013

I take 1 to 2 mg of valium a day, will this low dose make it easier for me to withdraw from as I have been on this dose for over 2 years and am not sure if I still need to be on it. I’d rather not be on it but do feel the dependency for it.
thank you. Michael.

9:50 am August 14th, 2013

Hello Michael. you can get over the physical dependency through a taper and withdrawal. What does your prescribing doctor recommend? I’d seek a medical opinion first.

10:02 pm August 14th, 2013

My whole chest and upper body was racing like a car with the gas on, I went to emerg and put me back on 5 mg 2.5 am 2.5 pm. How ever waking up two hours after my last dose with huge heart pain and racing. Also I have stomach pain. Any help would be great. I feel like this will never be over. Oh I am taking a sleeping pill??

10:31 pm August 14th, 2013

Oh and I have no energy at all its gone. When I do do something the next day the withdrawals are more Intense.

1:05 pm August 15th, 2013

Hello Sandra. Have you prepared for withdrawal with the help of your prescribing doctor? You need a very gradual taper to come off strong benzos like Valium. And an individualized tapering calendar which is supervised by an MD.

8:00 pm August 22nd, 2013

I have read down through the posts, but see little about acute insomnia. I built up to 15 mg of valium a day for maybe 20 years. I have gone through all the symptoms of withdrawal and would feel great about it…except I CANNOT sleep. I can go for days with no sleep. Wondering if I will ever have normal sleep again!

5:05 am August 23rd, 2013

Hello Joyce. It sounds like you are describing some of the severe symptoms of PAWS, or post acute/protracted withdrawal symptoms for Valium. What does your prescribing doctor say?

12:00 pm August 23rd, 2013

I have left the doctor that had me on Valium for years. Have been off Valium 4 months. Thought surely by now I would be sleeping, at least some. I started with another Internal Medicine Dr. I realize I am in acute withdrawal, but am at a loss as to what I can do. Both doctors, the one previously and my current doctor prescribed Trazodone for sleep, but I have had side effects from this…terrible cold sweats. So quit taking it a couple weeks ago. Now I am not sleeping at all and feel I have hit a wall as I don’t think there is a safe answer here. Feeling pretty desperate.

friend thats been there before...
2:36 am August 24th, 2013

Hi, I have some advice that im pretty sure will help u solve you problems. After being on a benzo ( valium) for “years”, then being completely off and benzo completely would leave me to believe that yes u are in acute withdraw. Now im not sure how your tapering down process went from when you were using for those few years consistently to then completely stopping at 4 months…(HOPEFULLY YOU DID SOMEWHAT OF A GRADUAL TAPERING PROESS FROM THE YEARS OF VALS TO THEN OMPLETLY OFF IN IN 4 MONTHES. LUKILY for you I had a very very similar PERSONAL; experience around 9 months back. With the years of benzo usage u take the trazadone isn’t gonna do shit for u (first hand exp.). So what I would recommend is going and seeing you doctor and telling him that u are feeling REALLY SHITTY–> ” acute withdrawal symptom’ and the trazadone is 100% not working at all, even maybe tell him it upsets your stomach so he doesn’t just say take more, tell him about some of the blogs u have been reading of people with first had experience with this same type of situation and that most patience and ALL doctors were recommending a very gradual taper from Xanax, so that the withdrawal experience will be very little if not nothing at all…. PLUS U CAN DIE FROM BENZO WITHDRAWL, NOT JUST OVERDOSE,,, WITHDRAWL DEATHS IS MAJOR EVERY YEAR…..DONT BELIEVE ME LOOK IT UP…So I would just explain what is going on and that u cant sleep and feel like ur withdrawing because of trying to stop to quickly without the correct tapering, monitoring, or follow up to how I was doing, and ask if u an make an appointment. Then when u talk to the doctor tell him u feel like u did the tapering down process to fast and that you need help getting off these drugs safely and in the correct and proper manner conserning the amount of tapering schedule to end with NO or VERY LITTLE withdrawal symptom’s.

david johnson
3:12 am August 25th, 2013

i really need help ! what do mi do ?????????????????

4:34 am August 26th, 2013

Hi David. If you are feeling bad as the result of Valium withdrawal, it’s important that you get medical help (if you haven’t already). At the least, you can call your prescribing doctor and ask for an individualized tapering schedule. But if this is an emergency, you may need immediate care.

1:13 am August 28th, 2013

I got a shot of Valium at hosp. and then was taking 10mg at night for muscle spasms due to back injury. Its only been 5 days but tonight I didn’t take one and I have the hot and cold sweats. I feel like vomiting. Could this be withdraws?

8:00 pm September 12th, 2013

I’ve been on Valium for 6 months for meiners. I want to taper and dr told me to go from 7.5 mg x2 daily to 5mg 2x daily and I’m on day 7 of that and I feel like I’m going crazy. I’m nervous anxious and had trouble sleeping and woke up last night with my body trembling felt like the whole bed was moving, finally fell back to sleep only to wake up again with hands trembling and shaky for a week now. I think I’m bring tapered too fast. So I’m staying on 5mg for a few weeks then I’m gonna try 5mg in the am and 2.5 in the pm. It also does nothing for my anxiety and panic attacks at all.

10:59 am September 13th, 2013

Hello Netty. Hmm. I’m not quite sure. I suggest that you call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for more information about possible causes. Additionally, report the symptoms to your prescribing doctor.

c dellavalle
5:34 pm October 14th, 2013

I am on diazepam suppository since 5 days twice a day I need to stop the drug can I withdarw from that drug

3:31 am October 15th, 2013

Benzo withdrawal is the worst drug withdrawal in the world!! If you have been on them for long periods of time be patient because it will be hell at first but stick with it gets better.

6:15 pm October 16th, 2013

I took Valium for ten weeks. Started on 10 mg a day and then drop 5 mg then back on 10 and my tenth week took 5 mg and stopped. Been off one week and main symptoms very upset stomach, heart racing at times, have no energy cannot sleep,some sweating, muscles in neck tight…had taken it for muscle spams in my neck. Had to come off of it because of the upset stomach and headaches I was getting from aside effect of it. Are these all normal W/D symptoms and how long should they last. Only took it for 10 weeks!

4:38 pm October 22nd, 2013

Hello Kari. Yes. Unfortunately, these symptoms seem typical of benzodiazepine withdrawal. It only takes a few weeks of regular daily dosing to provoke dependence, and then withdrawal, upon cessation. For help managing withdrawal symptoms, I’d suggest that you consult with a pharmacist, your prescribing doctor, and/or a psychologist for tips on management of symptoms.

1:45 pm October 23rd, 2013

I have been on Diazepam 5mg for about 15yrs. I am epileptic therefore several other medications. It has been recommended that I withdraw this drug and have started by taking 1/4 of the drug away at a time. Any idea about how long it will take or is this an individual thing?

3:35 pm October 27th, 2013

I have been taking 5 mg of diazepam at night for one year then went to half at 6pm and other half at 10 pm how do I start to tapering off

1:39 pm October 28th, 2013

Hi Roger. You’ll need to consult individually with your prescribing doctor for a tapering schedule. Each case of diazepam withdrawal is unique and requires special supervision.

Theresa Reed
7:03 pm October 28th, 2013

Well I’ve been taking valium for 24years 10mgsx3 a day. My dr retired.and the new dr wants me off.I also started noticing my memory fading and struggling to put a sentence together with out other words showing or not showing up. 2 months into my tapering im dowm to 28mgs a day. Just going very slowly. My withdrawal symptoms are definitely insomnia can’t eat numbing i my fingers always cold . And body aches like crazy. I’ve been using trazadone but not helping.Plus I have been a long term user of percocett. My real problem is no one in my family understands.Why I am so tired no energy and really not myself. I’m really doing all this for my family. My husband doesn’t understand. And I have not been staying at our house. Our kids are there and I don’t want them to see me like this. Well I maybe be valium free in 15months.That is how long they told me it would take. But I will also be estranged from my family. I wish they would understand

1:54 pm October 31st, 2013

Hi Theresa. I think it would help you and your family to SHOW THEM what Valium does to the brain and why withdrawal is so difficult. Make it physical and relate-able. Shown them a YouTube video about it. Search for videos about “How Valium works”… or Valium withdrawal. They need to understand the science before they can understand the symptoms.

Bill L
7:11 am November 10th, 2013

Hi, I took valium daily for about 20 yrs..5-15 mg, 11 months ago I started a taper of about 2 mgs every 2 to 3 weeks. It took about 6 months complete. The last 3 weeks were .05 mgs a day. Its now been about 5 months since that last dose.. I think i had almost every withdrawal symptom in listed.. If someone had told me i was dying i would have believed them..just this last month im starting to feel what its loke to be alive again and free from valium.. just remember it will take some time, the withdrawals wont be turned off like a light switch.. hang in there, you will get well..if i can do it anyone can..good luck ! Read the Ashton manual online and find a doctor that will work with it..

Theresa Reed
1:31 am November 14th, 2013

Thankyou Bill L for sharing with us. I know I am not alone.So as of November 12 they have taken me down 1mg.So 9mgs 3 times a day. So what I have been feeling still body bone aches always very cold. My talking seems really messed up.No appetite no sleep just don’t want to do anything. My left arm shakes . paranoid feelings feel like the secret service is watching me.Losing my balance tripping and banging into stuff dropping stuff. Feeling really bad I know it’s not am overnight fixer as im typing my fingers are numb . Also total confusion forgeting things my memory is horrible I want to read back on this blog just to see the changes. Substance abuse counselor suggested my dr and I follow the Ashton Manuel. Which we are doing. She had no idea of the manual but has taken the time to research it. I think Dr’s are not up to date with this. I have found drs very unsympathetic to the valium. But lucky I found someone now who is willing to help I do know it will get worse first then better but I will do it nit from research I’ve done it sounds like after using valium for as long and the amount the long term effects are not good but one thing at a time I guess

Theresa Reed
9:43 pm November 14th, 2013

I would also like to add from what I’ve researched valium withdrawal should be taken seriously at the ER well im human and since ive been taking 30mgs a day for over 20years I slipped up came up short on my valium so went to ET thinking they would help me with enough pills til I saw my dr NO I told him im in the process od withdrawing bent my leg and leg took my blood pressure told me thersa I’ve done die diligence and basically sorry about your situation. .I explained to him now that you have told me you are not going to get ur functioning pill I was going into full panic attack I said seriously you are going to let me walk out of here with no help he said he had done everything he could do for me I told him well I guess I will be back with seizures later honestly some Dr’s need to be updated on these pills and I understand the epidemic with all pills they need to understand amd and not stereotype or discriminate

Theresa Reed
10:22 pm November 18th, 2013

I apologize if I am over commenting but for me im finding some relief as I am lying here with my phone. I am down 3mgs from 30mgs a day so I am at 27mgs now. These last 3 days have been quite brutal. Still insomnia bad body aches and pains all over. No appetite no energy everything is such a chore alot are here is not getting done. My eyes really bug me and certain noises are so irritating and amplifying. I know now I wish I never started valium. But I am following my schedule after one slip up at the beginning. I wish it would not take so I to get off valium. Plus we cannot afford an in house center to go to.I have faith I know its a struggle but if I can do this I can do anything

10:28 am November 23rd, 2013

I have been taking temazepam 5 mg for 3 months and now I am taking instead 3.5 mg of diazepam now for a month at night . I suffer-from panic disorder and can not take antidepressants due to heart problems .
I her night sweats and my anxiety/ panic attacks are now better controlled on CBT. My GP advises me to stay on that dose until my panic disorder is better . I also suffer from insomnia.
Should I start reducing diazepam now?

shaun walbridge
11:58 am December 11th, 2013

Hi there i was on diazepam 10mg for over a year maybe sometimes 15mg then was told by my gp to just stop them but i wasnt comfortable in doing that so went down to 4-3 mg for about a month i started getting few strange symptoms like feeling wide awake and then started having ringing in my ears that made my nerves seem to vibrate to certain sounds like a fan ect very strange? sometimes it sounds like a field of grasshoppers going off if that makes any sense i then decided to just stop taking them and the symptoms seemed to stay the same until after about 9-10 days i was lying in bed and suddenly started having panic attacks mega anxiety couldnt sleep at all my nerves or muscles seem like they are vibrating inside so fast that its not possible to go that fast blured vision slightly off balance all the time also feel like im full of electric that is trying to fire all the time causing pins and needles feeling also tight muscles need the loo every time i drink or eat anything no appetite and theres more i can list but the worst is this nerve vibrating feeling through my whole body i just have no clue what is going on ive told my gp but was told its not withdrawl symptoms its just hightened stress but feels so much more to me as im so worried about this any support or info would be amazing thanks

shaun walbridge
12:06 pm December 11th, 2013

sorry i also forgot to mention heart palpatations and fast pulse rate even though i was trying to relax and do deep breathing exercises it was so scary i called ambulance but heart was fine just had fast pulse was told to try and calm down but i did seem calm to me but was still racing.thanks

9:03 am December 12th, 2013

Hello Shaun. I wonder if you might consult with a psychotherapist or psychiatrist on this issue. The symptoms can be both physical and psychological, and treatments can include CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) or stress management. These medical professionals can help you sort out the longer term withdrawal and rebound symptoms from those that can be self-managed. I wish you the best!

Bill L
5:59 am December 13th, 2013

Hi Theresa, i just became aware you wrote to me about a month ago. How are you doing? I wanted to say how important it is to have a doctor work with you whiile your going through this.. I hope you get a MD, not just a counselor. Its very important to watch your blood pressure and pulse..I had high bloodpressure and tachycardia …he gave me clonidine which helped alot with withdrawals and blood pressure , pulse.. Now on a beta blocker..Atenalol…Its helped alot too…Just remember everthing your going through will eventually pass…you were on it for along time too, like me.. its been 6 months since my last dose of valium and i feel like ive been born again.. Most of the physical problems are gone except muscle tension and anxiety…i can also relax now without having to take a pill… another medicine thats helped with nerve pain and sleep has been elavil, it works great.. I no what you mean about drs not caring much, or knowing much about withdrawals…i went through a couple before i found one that cared…its like they dont want to fix another doctors mess.. I had to have my eyes checked for problems, my heart by a cardiologist.. And a colonoscopy because of gastro problems…In the end it was all withdrawals…If you can, talk to you family about it . they havent went through it so they cant understand.. it might be embarassing but its the best thing… Theres a guy on youtube named Mark Thompson, he has some good videos on valium addiction, his stories and advice helped me… Let me know how your doing, hopefully i can give you advice on any symptoms your going through…God bless, Bill L

7:22 am December 17th, 2013

Hi there,
I started taking valium to try and manage my anxiety but my anxiety has gotten worse, I was on 2 millagrams, I cut down to 1 milligram, a week later, than cut down to 1/4 for a week, than just stopped them, (I have only been on valium for about two months)
Im getting some withdrawal symtems of dizziness tiredness, matalic taste in the mouth, heart palpitations sweetiness and eyes are getting blurry…. how long will these symtoms last?

Vanessa teel
12:38 am December 29th, 2013

Just want to let everyone know how bad Valium is. My mum must of been taking these tablets for about 15 yrs. she decided she would try and come off them herself. She became very depressed tried to commit suicide 3 time , the 4 time was too late ! All through my childhood she was on these , I ask why did the doctor keep prescribing these tablets for so long….. After reading about Valium I never relies how addictive they are . There so bad. .A must is to get medical help when you need to come off them.

Theresa Reed
4:15 am December 30th, 2013

I am so saddened reading the last two blogs.I wish I never ever started using vakium. Today is one of my worst withdrawal days. …..I am at 26th a day now from 30th. I started the 26th tapering a few days ago my Dr and I are doing a schedule. But today all day and right now my chills body aches mood swings body spasms are so intense is hard to deal with….Clint dine seriously is what I have for withdrawal. It is not working. I just want it to go away. My insomnia is brutal please don’t let me be up all night like this. I have to remember that I have been taking this lovely little blue pill for over 20 years.I thank god I am not suicidal. ..I have my family grandkids husband kids. And they need me . But with withdrawal it messes with your mind so much . can’t the Dr’s give me something for my pain. And to make me sleep. I already take per concert for chronic pain but of course they will not increase the dosage. I am at 80mgs a day. I’m tired I just hate everything I don’t want to do anything but I have to cause of my family and animals. I hate hate hate hate my body and self right now Thank you Valium

11:31 am December 31st, 2013

Hello Theresa. Hang in there! We’re rooting for you! You can do it!!!

Crystal Mastroianni
7:02 pm January 4th, 2014

can withdrawal from valium cause an intense feeling of pressure in the head with tingling/numbness sensation in the face

Bill L
1:12 am January 14th, 2014

Yes it can Crystal..I had that bad..and a pressure in my eyes..lasted about a month..migraines too and never had a migraine till the withdrawals..

Bill L
1:18 am January 14th, 2014

Hope your doing better Theresa..how have you been? Just remember its going to take a few months even after your last dose..dont get discouraged..i know easier said than done..it will be worth it in the end..i feel like i did in my 20s now and im 54 yrs old…thats just how much the valium had me screwed up..If you have any questions let me know, ill keep up daily on this blog..God bless Bill

8:12 pm January 14th, 2014

I have been on valium for 10 months as a vestibular depressant for meiners disease. It helps that a lot but I feel like I’ve been on it too long. I take 7.5mg twice a day. My Ent that prescribed it has moved out of town and I don’t know a taper schedule but I also don’t want to get vertigo again everyday like I had. Should I continue on the valium or try to reduce it? I just don’t want to be dizzy every day from my inner ear disorder. It doesn’t help with my anxiety or panic attacks at all. Never has and I have developed this disorder since I developed meiners disease. Any suggestions would help.

11:01 pm January 14th, 2014

I was on benzos for 38 years for a runny ear.

I I have weaned off of them now and have been off for 3 months but my symptoms are getting stronger still could you tell me if this is normal for some people.

6:24 pm January 25th, 2014

Just a quick question can the doctor stop 4mg of Diazapam and 3.75mg of Zopiclone after 26 years because he has done that to me and said I can’t have it anymore I am feeling quite ill and just wondered if anyone can give me any advice please? Thankyou

Bill L
9:09 pm January 31st, 2014

Not a good idea Jenny…i dont know about Zopiclone..but you should wean off the valium slow..lts not that big a dose but the fact youve been on it so long means your probably dependent…i was on valium for about 20 yrs, the last 5 yrs should have told me to get off..i was having withdrawal symtoms even while on it because i never really raised the dose… gettting off it was the hardest thing i ever had to do, but looking back the best thing….work with a doctor , and see if they will let you wean off slowly, like over a few months..lowering the dose every couple of weeks ..the Heather Ashton method is the best..look it up online..good luck,Bill

6:35 pm February 2nd, 2014

Taken 15mg for ten years. Many failed withdrawals because unbelievable seizures knocked me out on highway. I’m lucky. It was cold turkey, and I never believed in tapering, as I am now. I know my difficulty breathing is the heart muscle connected to lungs. I feel like I’m suffocating in the morning. Take the medicine and begin yawning like crazy until I feel normal. Down to 10 mg a day within a month but do worry. Do share if you can.

6:14 pm February 8th, 2014

I have been taking valium 2mg 2times daily for 2 years. I started gradually decreasing 1mg/day each month. I’m now on 1mg once daily and since the switch from 1mg twice daily to once daily I am having most of the classic withdrawl symptoms. My question is should I be having these symptoms when I’m weening so slowly and on such a low dose? Does this make sense? What can I do to alleviate the symptoms?

Sophie Marie
3:51 am February 28th, 2014

My mother was diagnosed with manic depression when she was young and had shock treatments. She is now in her 80′s and has been on a high dosage of 15 milligrams of valium a day for the last several years. She went in the hospital for a minor surgery last year and it went well but the day after her surgery the doctors had stopped the valium cold turkey and I was unaware of it. Each day, she got more anxiety & started having all kinds of withdrawal symptoms. On the 5th day, she coded & her heart stopped. The night before I found out that she was not getting her regular medications. I am furious…I’m not a medical dr or nurse and would know that she could have a heart attack if the symptoms were bad enough and they were. Why would they be so stupid?

Theresa Reed
2:45 am March 5th, 2014

Well I have not been here for a bit,and it’s always so sad… Sophie I’m so sorry,maybe if the drs were more informed of this pill,your Mother and you would be ok.Drs are unsympathetic,alot of them just want to wash their hands of you.Nothing good comes out of this pill,only while your taking a good amount.Well down to 25mgs as of last week,my eyes blurry,numbness,really,really cranky.Not happy at all.Really dizzy,don’t want to do anything,just took 12mgs,but still in my dosage for the day,just so I can float and not care.all part of the withdrawals ,nighttime still brutal,horrible sleep,looked like I’ve aged 10 years and the sweats chills leg and arm kick outs are really messed up,Thanks Bill L. The kind words mean alot

8:14 pm March 6th, 2014

Great honest inputs on this line. Took valium 15mg a day for ten years and after two months down to 10mg but I go through that morning jag of hell as well. Physical needs fluctuate, so I use trazodone for sleep. The heart is a MUSCLE and therefore is greatly affected. I yawn like crazy when I take the valium now but know it’s because my heart is relaxing again. It’s an ancient medicine, but at least we didn’t get oxycodin or other morphine models.

1:27 pm March 12th, 2014

Hi am 25 and I Had post traumatic stress after I and my family was attacked by armed robbers and since I dint understand my body anymore I went to see a doctor who put me on diazepam for 3weeks but the symptoms got worse cos I became unnecessarily tired and yawned alot so they ran a blood test and found I had malaria which was treated but after a while I started noticing sever headtension, trembling hands, serious ache in the eye, over sensitivity to light and sounds, insomnia, obsessive thoughts and I was a bit sluggish in thinking and unable to eat but I had to force myself to eat something 3times daily cos my body needs the nutrients to survive . But then I read about the symptoms of the drug and decided to stop at once but before I started noticing the symptoms i was on 2.5mg and d doctor increased it to 5mg so I went cold turkey from 5mg. The 1st week was hell, the second was ok except for the eye ache, the 3rd week was like the 1st but a bit mild and now m on my 4th week and I still get mild headtensions and mild ache in the eyes. Some times I get depressed cos these feeling make it so hard to think you are getting better but I force myself to be happy with the hope it’s gonna get better. So far I can go about my buisness, hang out with friends even though my eyes makes me feel like m drunk and hurts like a bitch. Most people don’t understand unless they are in this position so I stopped talking bout it. So I noticed I hardly sleep when alone so sometimes I sleep over at my sisters and I feel the more I get some sleep the better. So it can only get better from here so hang in there.

4:08 pm March 13th, 2014

78 year old taken benzod for almost one yr on off 5 to10mg stopped cold turkey 3weeks .all hell now due to withdrawal…dot know what to do.plz plz advise asap

Theresa Reed
4:06 pm March 14th, 2014

Just by any reading or research.You should not stop cold turkey……please see your dr.

sandra townley
7:03 pm April 1st, 2014

I have been on Valium for 2 years was taking 10 mg am & 10mg pm for the past 6 months I’ve been on 2 mg am & 2mg pm. I cut down by 1mg a week ago but have noticed like a tight feeling in my chest & feel like I cannot catch my breath. Is this a withdrawal symptom.

5:30 pm April 5th, 2014

Jennie and Doctor….you need to have an emergency supply on tapering because it has ‘kick-backs’. No doctor knows what the feeling or consequences are. I told my doctor if he was willing to bet his life on his opinion…he discontinued seeing me when he felt his life was threatened as mine was. You’re the best judge, but he’s not your ‘mother’.

Bill L
4:46 am April 10th, 2014

How are you doing Theresa? Ive found a great benzo support group online that i wish i had known about a year ago… nevertheless its great to talk to people about what their going through , kinda of like one big family…email me if your interested..hope to here from you, God Bless

Theresa Reed
9:14 am April 14th, 2014

Thank you Bill L. I will keep that in mind…Well the tapering has been brutal,starting 24mgs tomorrow.But it’s an absolute struggle,just very panicky knowing I’m going down,in the dosage.Effects really sticking out is my. Speech and the way I talk and say things,how they come out how I pronounce my words repeat myself,and while I’m not aware I’m doing this,my kids tell me,Mom you have already told us that so many times,stop it,my confusion,I feel real lost and stupid…And body pain aches chills still and the not sleeping trazadone and clonidine,don’t really help…Plus I’m on percocett for chronic pain,so I’m in a real mess….don’t feel social,not on the computer much,have volunteered for my kids,cause just trying to be normal as normal can be,with this hell I’m going through.Otherwise leave me alone don’t call me it will go straight to the answer machine,let me just sleep,so I don’t feel like this.Live on my couch pretty much,don’t eat or drink much.Still just hating it all,o also on antidepressants But don’t think they are helping.Sorry about venting,and cranky just telling the truth.My heart goes out to everyone with their daily struggles not easy and stay strong! Well I’m going to try and sleep now it’s just after 2am,and 7am comes quick

Theresa Reed
4:19 pm April 14th, 2014

Well had 2 and a half hours of sleep. Rough day yesterday.
Slipped up ended up short by a couple of days. .Severe withdrawal. Though I was going to have a heart attack, stroke. .Just really messed up and scared. My husband took me to the ER.Dehydrayted, and just withdrawal. Had my first seizure. They gave me 2 bags of fluid.Spent the day there. But the Dr I saw and treated me…Treated me like a human, a person. She was compassionate and understanding. She actually praised me. ..Saying you are doing good this will happen. ..you are trying and it’s not easy but keep it up. Shocked since the last time I had to go to Emergency the Male Dr was a complete very mean unsympathetic person who just stereotyped me as a drug addict looking for pills and sent me home. Didn’t know what to expect yesterday but all I knew was I needed medical help. Made a big difference to Me.

10:43 pm April 15th, 2014

When there is pain in the chest its the heart, it will cause the lungs to have a hard time. I take that as a sign to let up on my abstinence.

8:19 pm April 24th, 2014

Still going through withdrawal after 9months complete hell, muscle cramps, pins and needles all over my body all the time, can’t
Sleep. I’m completely drained don’t know how much more I can take…. 25years I was on this evil drug.

sally lammiman
5:37 pm May 14th, 2014

have been on diazepam for 4 months 10mg daily. how much do I reduce dosage

Angela H
1:41 am June 13th, 2014

I have been off diazepam since the end of December after years of 20mg a day. The withdrawal has been hell. Many doctors who all think I’m crazy. Today after a month of some relief the symptoms have returned and as usual I’m scared. The head pressure is the worse. It feels like there is not enough room for my brain and my head is going to explode. I often feel dazed like I’m in an alternate reality. Is it normal to still feel withdrawal symptoms? How long will this last? Please help!

1:04 pm June 16th, 2014

After eighteen long months, of trying, I have finally done it (detoxed from all benzos) hooray!
I have not posted anything, on here, for more than a year now but I have often sat and read the comments.
I have no advise to give anyone as I realise everyones struggle is different, just to say for me the last year has been long and hard. In the end I had to seek professional advise. I just could not do it on my own. He led the way and I followed. I will be for ever grateful to him.
I wish everyone well with their struggle

3:32 pm June 16th, 2014

Down to 10mg from 15mg, but explosion occurred. Doctor offered anti-depressant, declaring most people do this to help taper off, but don’t see any mention of it here. What’s the truth? Thank you.

Deborah Bennett
11:46 am June 17th, 2014

I was prescribed kolonlopam for sleep. After many years on this drug, it stop working. I then learned with the help of the Internet how horrible the drug was that I was on. My doctor told me I couldn’t come off. I sought other help and took diazapam to tapper off. I have been off diazapam now for 4 months. I’m still having trouble with sleep, sensitivity to sounds and stinging in arms. I also have mild depression. My question is can I take herbal supplements, such as 5htp or St John’s Wort to ease the insomnia and depression.

7:26 am June 23rd, 2014

Been off this hellish drug for 3 months now after a very long tapper Feel much better memories returning nomore pains in chest and back everything is returning back to normal.. all i can suggest is long tapper from 20mg i got down to 0.05 and held for atleast 2 weeks then nothing held strong for that week i remember it being very slow painful thinking i couldnt swallow worse feeling..
Honust if i can anybody really can key is tapper really Slow listen to ur body

11:10 pm June 23rd, 2014

Brutal hell! I can’t believe how my body, head and emotions are changing. Down to 23mgs a day, but I have light noise paranoia and horrible body pain. I can’t stand people, I have to think should I just stabilize and not continue. My whole body just hurts and feels numbs and tingly. It’s hard to put it in words…Dr suggests to stop valium taper, but because I need strong pain medication, taking me off pain meds is a double edged sword for me. What did I get myself into? I’m seeing a psych. and trying to figure out what to do with myself…

3:59 pm June 25th, 2014

All doctors are bombarded by professional salesmen, or at least their ‘buyers’ are, and the ‘buyers’ are offered incentives’. Doctors just don’t have the time to fathom that they’re ignorant and ‘drug peddlers.’

Charles W
2:17 pm June 29th, 2014

Have been on prescribed Valium 145mg & Remeron (Mirtazapine) 30mg for 6 years. Have some very difficult life issues that have gone on for many years, and won’t end anyrime soon. I’m 61. I already have “tolerance withdrawal” I DESPERATELY , DESPERATELY want to come off these poisons. Any advice would be very deeply appreciated.
Many, many thanks for any help you can offer. I’m in the UK.

11:26 pm July 13th, 2014

I been trying to come off it but now I’m taking 2mg a week because I feel very hot and not sleeping. When will I need to stop?

Steve vessel
1:11 am July 31st, 2014

Help husband/me been off 6 mo. Hard withdrawal s all the time and now worse. What will help something? I hav all the symptoms but 1 no seizure yet!! I can’t do it prob. Goin bac on valium! ! #!/&***/##!!##&*&*#——– this drug should be banned! !! Thanks and any advice would be great! ! ♡♡♡♡♡ sorry!!

Ken H.
10:01 am August 14th, 2014

I ran out of my diazipam 7 days early. Do I need to wait the full 7 days or can I get it filled sooner?

Ken H.
10:04 am August 14th, 2014

I ran out of diazepam 7 day early. What’s the ealiest I can get a refil?

6:45 pm August 15th, 2014

Lots of bull cr*p side effects etc getting off tranquilizer’s. I took tranquilizers most of my life oxazepams for 11 years Just cut down and I had no problems Now diazepam’s for 3 years 10mgs sometimes 5 mgs ONCE a DAY I read about terrible side effects stopping ,I am stopping and I am sick of being terrorized by drs and people .I do split in pieces I am sure I will be fine I am sick of drs trying to stick me on anti depressants to fill their wallets while empting mine No dr if I have a problem like I keep reading about horrible side effects I will kill myself and I in mean it. If poor robin did I can too. this is a evil world any ways.

Ken H.
4:12 pm August 19th, 2014

I don’t understand why I ran out of valuim(I admit I took more than I should have for a few extra stressful days)a week ago and can’t get my refill for 2 more days yet I haven’t noticed a single side effect. The only change is that my anxiety has gone up but that’s why I’m on it to begin with. The only side effect I have when I’m on it is sleepiness which I could do without but the trade off isn’t worth it. Without valium my brain goes into a chaotic hyper mode. I like calm and clear thinking.

9:12 pm August 19th, 2014

Well been at 22mgs for the last few weeks,tapering from 30mgs a day for over 20 years…..Dr. does not think to taper anymore…I know we are struggling in our own ways.i cannot handle the tapering.I am overwhelmed with everything.I hate everything don’t want to do anything.severly depressed.Cant handle how I feel.Losing my mind.trying to follow the Ashton Manual.But I honestly don’t think it’s working or going to work.i need a new Dr. Have referral to Pschyciatrist ,but wait til next month,I need help now……Thinking seriously just going to emergency,seeing the psychiatric dr there.Maybe they can help me now…..I am not suicidal.Just wrong meds I’m on need to stabilize.

12:55 am September 1st, 2014

Now tappering off of 6 m ativan a day I can hardly stay a wake. 25 years use on Ativan tap on Val under docs care down to 3 m after 6 months a day want to sleep all day.. Gone through insomnia.

6:44 pm September 1st, 2014

Hello I have been on Valium 5 mg for over a year due to vertigo . I have to take it everyday due to the vertigo , if im ever able to get rid of the vertigo , how long would a taper off of 5 mg take ?

10:06 am September 29th, 2014

I have been taking valium now for a couple of years now. Only 5mg. Was supposed to take three times a day but was only taking twice a day then cut down to just at noon. I don’t like it as it makes me extremely tired and I end up sleeping all afternoon. I am currently down to 1 at noon every other day and next week will go to half. My biggest problem is headaches. My head hurts from the time I get up till the time I go to bed and aspirin does nothing. I don’t have a lot of the other side effects except once in a while hot flashes that come with the shakes like you get when you don’t eat. I don’t sleep well at night but I contribute that to sleeping all afternoon. Any thoughts?

12:03 pm September 29th, 2014

Hi Michelle. Physical stress, lack of sleep and missed meals can cause and intensify headaches. You also might want to avoid certain foods and beverages such as chocolate, nuts, aged cheese, yogurt, preserved meats (hot dogs, bacon) some fruits (e.g. red plums, oranges) and alcohol, red wine and caffeine.
However, for a diagnosis, you’d need to consult a doctor. Preferably a headache specialist who is best able to diagnose, treat and manage headache disorders.

5:48 pm October 2nd, 2014

hi guys i came off 15mg diazepam in 9 days im in rehab at the moment its one of the worst withdrawels ever its a withdrawel not any 1 will understand if they havnt been on valium so its easier to know other people are experiencing the same i was starting to feel like i was physically getting better apart from blurred vision and a bit sore legs then lastnight it came back with a vengance then today is just my vision and slight sore legs but i know it will be back even the doctors in the rehab im in dont know much about the withdrawels and this is a 5 star private treatment centre so thanks guys for being able 2 read this and feel a bit better stay strong ,shaun

1:39 am October 6th, 2014

Prescribed for vertigo took 2.5 mg for a week only at night then had another vertigo attack an d increased up to 5 mg . Feel nervous anxious and out of control, would like to quit altogether as they are causinge social anxiety but scared of seizures where do I go fr
Here I am put of the prescription now and though I don’t want to take them I feel helpless . Can’t drive or function please help me .

4:23 am October 7th, 2014

Sorry I have not read what anyone has posted.im going to be a little selfish,and talk about myself.Im pretty sure I posted a comment a few months ago,but I don’t see it.so I don’t know if the Administration took it off,or in my paranoia and memory loss,I’ve had confusion.Im just Angry,mad,very moody Watch Out! Well when I first started on here, I came here for support,I find writing down how I am feeling with my tapering was helping me,and just talking with other people walking in my Shoes.Now 22mgs after months of tapering,starting from 30 mgs for over 20 years.I don’t think nothing is helping,I want to float,I want to be stress free.im not getting it unless I’m taking 14-16mgs.im very frustrated,Dr says let’s stop tapering,it’s not working,coping skills suck.I know Valium is going to be and has been very hard to taper from,Let’s talk side effects,flashers,feels like bad acid trip x1000!!!!!! Vision messed,memory loss,repeating myself! My kids get a laugh about that! Confusion,Airhead ,Space Cadet Zombie.Lets talk about Real side effects,it’s happening to me,Sorry this isn’t a Happy Positive You Go Theresa! You are doing Great Post! I’m not. Plain and simple,it’s hard,struggling everyday! I do have some Very Good Days! But I’m being Real Honest this is the way it is for me….Treatement centre wants to take me down 5mgs in 10 days? I know it’s not possible…..but whatever I don’t think the new Drs of this time have a clue of what they are dealing with.so sweep me under the rug,cause we don’t know what to do with you Theresa. Good Side/Bad Side to coming off the rx I guess I’m on the good side.This is real withdrawl,not candy coated.As I sit. here arms hurting burning pain shooting down my arms,body pain and aches .I still want to show the not so fun side of the tapering…Good Luck to You!

7:37 am October 23rd, 2014

I think diazepam is a good and gentle medication. Even as much as 20 to 30 mg per day is harmless as long as you don’t mix it with harshly addictive drugs like alcohol. Diazepam is getting a bad rap, and there is hysteria surrounding all meds in the same class. I wouldn’t worry about taking it unless it clearly impaired functioning or daily life in general. No need to seek treatment or “supervised tapering,” the latter giving a physician something to do when they could use their time more wisely on something harmful. Start with alcohol!

2:18 pm November 8th, 2014

Hi. I have been taking diazepam now for 7 weeks along with Pristiq. Prescribed for anxiety and depression. I have 10 – 15mg a day but since my Pristiq medication as been doubled I am having all sorts of side effects that seem to be what everyone had described. Tremors, confusion, no appetite, dry mouth, exhausted but can’t sleep, muscle weakness. My doctor says i am still adjusting to the medications and to increase my diazepam by 5mg which I am reluctant to do so have not yet done it. I don’t enjoy this at all. I am moody and erratic and do not feel myself. I realise coming off this will not be easy but after reading others replies it has made me feel better that I am not alone. Thank you.

8:47 pm November 11th, 2014

i have been abusingValium for more than a year I am due to hopefully detox soon in the next few weeks as a long waiting list I can see myself takin between 50-100 mg daily I am scared off withdrawals do you no how long my detox will last I am in the uk thanks very much

11:12 pm November 15th, 2014

My parnter has been on vilium for a long period off this now, and the doctor started him on 10 a day then slowly reducing him down currently he’s on 3 day and then 2 then 1 then nothing, but last week at his appointment the doctor said instead going 2 then 1 a Day we will stop you at 3, has you have completed the program , . Is that right what they have done to me, I an worried about the side effects.

7:14 pm November 17th, 2014

I have been on this med for a medical condition called multiple sclerosis. Somehow, the med bottle was lost as the symptoms appeared. A former RN. I thought I was having a ‘flair up’ of MS, which actually is like the symptoms of withdrawal.

Six days without this med, and i feel like my skin is going to crawl over my brain.

Insomnia is the worse.

10:33 am November 18th, 2014

Hi Gayle. I can’t even imagine what it’s like for you considering the MS. The withdrawal must be wearing you down completely. Call your doctor for help, you shouldn’t be doing this without medical assistance.

9:14 am November 20th, 2014

Well now at 22 mgs,starting my tapering,quite a few months back,I found the first few mgs the hardest,but I am going really ,really slow.Ive really expeirenced the major mood swings,where I could really use lots of Valium to mellow me.But I only have a certain amount of medication on hand,so I have to take it properly.Yes,the restless legs,chest tightening,light flashes,seeing things………But also memory,confusion,forgetting things,but I think I’m maybe stabilizing somewhat.Just really really slow,and everyone is different.But I will post in a few weeks,and see how I feel then.it seems it takes some time for certain withdrawl symtoms ,and I am coming from 30mgs,daily for over 20years

1:42 pm December 14th, 2014

Hi, I have been on valium for about a year or so. 5 mg but not every day . Sometimes a few times a week sometimes nothing for a week. Had surgery recently and had valium daily for couple weeks . But because my use was not everyday so I need to taper. The disease I had causes muscle pain etc so I’m wondering if I can stop cold turkey . As I witkdnt know how to twist because it wasn’t every day use . I have a lot of the withdrawal symptoms but they are similar to parathyroid disease which I had . Any advice ? I really want off this tablet as didn’t realise it could cause all this and it’s scary the horror stories I read

2:01 am December 23rd, 2014

Went from a 2 month period when I used about 2.25mg a day xanax per day. Doctor switched me to valium 2mg 3 times a day(6mg) for 30 days but was not told to taper. Started tapering 30 days ago and have slow tapered to 3mg total. No harsh symptoms during this time and have adjusted dosage immediately when symptoms occurred. Figure to slow taper 1-2 months more to finish more or less following the Ashton method for this relatively small amount of medication. Does this sound ok

5:25 pm January 7th, 2015

I have been taking valium for several months. Stated 2.5mg 2x a day for an dotty and muscle spass recovering from 2 disc herniations in my neck. I tapered to only 2.5mg and was off for several weeks, then only took 2.5mg at bedtime. Is 2.5 mg a day enough to cause withdrawal or insomnia? I stoked because it wasn’t being me sleep any bettet and was reaching fir benedryl and didn’t want to become dependant. I also stopped caffeine cold turkey and have avoided the Nasty migraines and nausea as I am juice fasting and detoxing with organic coffee enemas which causes your liver to dump toxins immediately (see Gerson Therapy or Google benefits from coffee enemas) however my insomnia is thru the roof, that’s why I am quitting the Valium and getting off caffeine. Is my dose of 2..5mg a day enough to cause withdrawal symptoms and sleeplessness? I have gone back to natural sleep blend with calcium,, magnesium, valerian, Gaba and a little melotonin, but still can only sleep 3-4hrs a night. I am hoping it’s just temporary unroll my brain calibrates. Any thoughts?

8:04 pm January 16th, 2015

I am tapering off 5 mg. once a day. I can not sleep for than 2 or 3 hours a night. Is this dangerous to my health. Thank you

5:13 am January 17th, 2015

Ive been cutting Valium for a little over a month now by making 1mg cuts every week. I’m now at 1mg and feeling ok. Remember to cut by a maximum of 1mg every 1 to 2 weeks. You should be ok if you do this. This is called the ashton method.

9:41 pm January 18th, 2015

Been taking 5 mg only if I woke up during the night for the past 3 years. I used it more for a sleep aid. I never took it during the day. Do you know what the proper wean schedule would be for only taking 5 mg? Do I start at 4 mg for one week, then 3 mg one week, 2 mg one week, 1 mg one week then .50 every other day (1,3 5,7) then done?

Thank you.

3:02 pm January 20th, 2015

Hi Maggie. Unfortunately, insomnia is part of the course of withdrawal symptoms from many medications. Your brain chemistry is repairing itself as you taper, so you might experience improvements with the insomnia as you continue. You can talk to your pharmacist and get some OTC sleep aid; many people have said the Valerian root extract to be very helpful. Good luck to you!

4:54 pm January 20th, 2015

Hello Fran. Doctors recommend doing the slower taper. So, instead of reducing 1mg a week, it’s better to reduce a .50mg weekly, but it will be less stressful for your organism. In the end, you should do your taper according to your needs, so just listen to your body and if you need, increase or decrease the amount you are tapering.

8:21 am January 26th, 2015

I feel disassociated with the outside world I have been taking 5 ml valium for 10 years and now are going cold Turkey

12:41 am January 30th, 2015

This is TO THERESA REED. You are probably done with your taper, maybe someone else is thinking about things the way you have been. I am tapering from 40mg of Valium a day for 12 years. I’m down to 1.25mg. One more cut and I’ll be done. The list here is correct but missing many symptoms. For a complete list of Bezo w/d symptoms see:
You stated that you have left your family for the time because you don’t want you’re children to see you like this. That is about the most selfish thing I ever heard. I didn’t think it would be possible but you are giving drug addicts a bad name. Pick yourself up by the bootstraps and do the right thing! You aren’t going through anything that everybody else that has successfully tapered off benzo’s has been or is going through. You have the oxy so maybe you don’t have it as bad as a lot of people that have nothing to fall back on. You stated that you haven’t read what people are posting. Why do you keep posting so often if you don’t want good advise? HOW WOULD YOU LIKE IT IF YOUR OTHER HALF DID THIS TO YOU?
Some would like you to think it’s so personal it’s easy for some people to stop. That just isn’t true, it’s hard for everybody. Just stick to your taper, or go slower, what difference does it make if you take a couple extra months? Do you want your kids to be traumatized for life? That’s a load of CRAP! Get Yourself together, stop feeling sorry for yourself and raise your Children. Weaning Valium is rough but what harm are you doing to your kids? You should be ashamed of yourself. I hope your kids are stronger that you. Is this somehow they’re fault?
Sorry for the tough love, couldn’t help myself. You need that and more until you snap out of it. You don’t need a shrink, just a spine.

8:15 pm January 30th, 2015

Family Doctor prescribed Valium 40mg a day 12 years ago. I went down when he told us he was moving to 10mg and couldn’t take it. After 6 weeks of agony that wasn’t getting any better went back up to 15mg, felt better and stayed there for a year. The new Doc wanted me to drop 5mg a week then stop. My resting heart rate went up to 141 BPM within a few days. Being a Heat Attack survivor I found the Ashton Manual but thought it was too ridiculous, but I have gone slow, kept reducing every 7-10 days, it has been around 5 months, much longer than I wanted. I am now taking 1/4 of a 5mg pill (around 1.25mg) and the side effects are much better. I know I can do this now, this is the 3rd day and I’m going to 1mg tonight. The small cuts like that are not noticeable for me. I intend to make 1 more cut and ride it down to 1/2mg.

One thing I found that was a terrible setback was a steroid injection. If you are tapering please don’t get any steroids if you can avoid it. It magnifies the anxiety many times, at least for me. That was my biggest mistake.

3:47 am February 5th, 2015

Thank goodness I found this site, I am so full of pressure in my chest and hands and head at this stage after coming off Valium completely for 4 weeks now, this has helped me to carry on and not give up, just wish it would end quickly, so I can get my life back with my wife and children I feel they are being deprived of a husband and dad but I am not in any real state to do a lot about it at the moment. I will fight this and not ever go back on that crap!! I don’t know how I would have coped if I was working at a job, but as I am on a disability pension I feel good that I can at least do this at home everyday without worrying about getting paid every week in a full time job.

2:23 am February 8th, 2015

I have had a really bad cough coming off Valium it hits harder at nite time when trying to sleep. I have taken Valium for 49 yrs. and last 1 1/2 yrs. have been weaning off very slowly. I have been through a lot of side affects this seems to be the most annoying. There does not seem to be a lot of info. On this withdrawl that I can find. Can you help with this. Thankyou

12:24 pm February 9th, 2015

Hello Penny. That’s a rather unusual symptom of Valium withdrawal. I believe it’s best to go and get checked by a doctor. I know people have reported cough as a side-effect while taking Valium…but not in detox. Best of luck, Penny. Hope it gets better soon and I apologize for not being able to help, really.

dawn dews
6:32 pm February 11th, 2015

I’m on 6mgs a day and reduce to 2 and a quarter of a dose slowly at the rate of reducing a quarter even 4 weeks , last Friday I reduced from 2 and half of dose to 2 and quarter . So after the next 4 weeks I will be down to 4 mgs . Since Monday I feel really low . No up and go in me . I’m on cope ciperlax at 20 mgs for depression but my doctor said I need to stay on theses for my periods as I used to have 2 good weeks and 2 bad weeks , but I need to come off the diazapam , I’m 48 and my period s are early now

9:35 am February 12th, 2015

Hi Ivana, thank you for response. Yes I did read that coughing is one of the side effects also. I am still on 12mg. Daily but being on v’s so long it collects every where in ones body. The Valium stores in the body all parts of it and then slowly comes out it seems in intervals. Then as you taper it seems to take time to feel the withdrawl, I would just like to say if you can stay in bed without guilt that helps. I have been fortunate enough to be able to do so and get done what needs to be. It is the worst thing ever I have been through, every withdrawl described I have had and not over yet. The days differ from one to the next but the being constantly tired is another hard withdrawl I find. Thank you everyone this helps to be able to talk and be understood and to know we r not going crazy but through withdrawals. Hang on we will get through this. Penny

1:40 am February 18th, 2015

I took 10mg of diazapam on Saturday night not stop my seizures and I am shivering and do not feel well atall when can I ex to feel better and will paracetamol help or will that make me feel worse thankyou for any help you can give me……sam

6:11 pm February 20th, 2015

I have taken 2mg of diazepam for the last 5 months and are tappering off taking 2mg every other night. .I have 2 more tablets to take out of the 14 the doctor told me to taper off with then stop. I am getting anxiety and my head feels strange

9:54 pm February 20th, 2015

Day 51 benzo free. I had a great day yesterday and I felt like my old self. Today I had a wave but it didn’t last too long only 3 hours. My sleep has come back and what I have learned is there is no linear straight line when coming off a benzo. Everyone is different. I am convinced that working out 7 days a week for 90 minutes a day does help the healing process.

8:29 am February 23rd, 2015

Hi Wendy, this is a very difficult time for you. Coming to the end is scary, I am already thinking about it and i am no were close to the dosage your at. I am on 12mg daily and very very slowly tapering this is our key to succeeding coming off these pills. There is no race or time that should be put upon us. If you can convince or ask your Dr. To let you take this last leap of being free from this drug into your own hands your success will be less stress, anxiety and a lot more successful. It does not matter if today is the day or 4 months from now. Just slowly shave the pill little by little every week even. It does not matter if you are at 2mg. Or 40mg. The feeling is incredible scary to say the least and like I said there is no time line. Do not pick a day when it will be. You have come this far now go all the way on your own time line. Wendy please go slow you take the control and I no you will be successful more so with a lot more ease. Good luck and hope to hear how every thing goes for you. Penny 4th try at this and I am doing the best ever because I am doing it very slow.

7:36 am February 28th, 2015

Im at week 7 now of complete withdrawal from Benzos, it has been absolute HELL, but at this stage of recovery im feeling so much better in the way that I can now get my head around the main stresses all you guys and gals are going thru. Its not an easy ride by any means, in fact I at my docors request spent 2 days in hospital just recently trying to find myself again and have come home a happier person. I must tell you all that you can get thru this, I know after 30 YEARS on Benzos what you are all feeling, but you will get better, I repeat YOU WILL GET BETTER!!!!!

2:24 pm March 6th, 2015

I was on 7 mg diazepam per day for 3 months and began withdrawing under my doctor’s supervision at 1/2 mg at a time 8 months ago. Severe heartburn and nausea put me in the hospital 5 months ago and I am still chasing down those symptoms. I got down to 2.5 mg at the end of 2014 but suffered severe withdrawal symptoms – the electric buzz, hot flashes – so went back up to 3 mg in mid January. Withdrawal symptoms have continued unevenly – I will feel like I am normalizing at 3 but then things go bad again. I’ve now been back up to 3 mg for 7 weeks and suffering the worst withdrawal symptoms yet – hot flashes that won’t end and cold chills and electric buzz at the same time. All of this has happened even tho I am withdrawing under my doctor’s supervision. Is it common for the body to take 7 weeks to normalize at a new dosage?
My gastro problems have continued all along, even tho I had my gall bladder out, and I have become anemic because I have that tendency and have not been able to take iron supplements. With my doctor’s encouragement, I have seen a homeopath and am taking a very low amount of drops she proscribed to help the nausea. I am getting acupuncture once a week. I will see my doctor again today but could use some encouragement that I will get thru this, because right now everything we have tried has failed to help me and I am getting worse even tho I haven’t changed the dosage of the diazepam for 7 weeks. Does anyone have any thoughts? I really need help.

7:17 pm March 6th, 2015

It could be any number of things unrelated to diazepam to cause your distress, and maybe your doctor has some ideas. On your own, you should probably raise the dosage to 4 mg. Remember, this a soft drug. 4mg, even when combined with a quart of alcohol, will not kill you. OR, if you drink at all, try 4 to 6 oz of wine to take the edge off. (I myself can’t drink — one drink is likely to send me off on a binge, even after 35 years of sobriety.) If 4 mg of diazepam works by itself, that’s the answer. You’ve developed a tolerance over all this time, but don’t worry about it. (My main symptom when stopping, sometimes using benadryl for sleep at those times, is nightmares.) It affects sexual performance, at least in men, if you take a lot of diazepam, like 20-30-40 mg a day. Morning erections disappear in some men, but it depends on age too.

8:44 pm March 20th, 2015

I took diazepam l to 2 mg. a day for l2 years. I tapered off in Jan. and it is now March and I can’t sleep more than 2 or3 hrs. a night. Dr. Gave me trazodome and side effects bother me. Volarian doesn’t help. How serious is not sleeping for so long. I feel spaced out. Please help me. thank you

11:13 pm March 23rd, 2015

Margaret-Sleep is so powerful that it will come back. It takes time. I went off of 5 mg of Valium on 1-1-15 c/t and sleep has just returned 2 weeks ago. My shrink told me to use meditation oasis when I could not sleep. It’s wonderful. Google it or download it on your iphone under podcast. It really works. Try to go to sleep every night the same time and realize that it can take 8 weeks for your sleep to return but it will return in time. You must stay positive and be patient. I’m almost 12 weeks off and doing much better. I can tell I am healing!!

11:59 pm March 23rd, 2015

I have found that accuuincture works well for anxiety, panick attacks and tapering off valium, however it is very expensive and insurance does not cover it.

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