What are Valium withdrawal symptoms?

Valium withdrawal symptoms include anxiousness, insomnia, and depression. More here on Valium withdrawal symptoms and what to expect during detox from Valium here.

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Reviewed by: Dr. Dili Gonzalez, M.D. Dr. Juan Goecke, M.D.

ARTICLE OVERVIEW: Symptoms that occur as you quit Valium can vary from depression to increased insomnia. They can last for at least 6 weeks after stopping Valium, so strict medical surveillance is important throughout this process.


Are you deciding or considering Valium detoxification? If so, we invite you to read and obtain information in this article, which will clarify many doubts about it. You can expect certain symptoms to manifest in your body during the detoxification process.

Psychoactive Effects

Valium (diazepam) is a central nervous system depressant. It is a benzodiazepine medicine used to treat anxiety and sleeping disorders. When used appropriately and prescribed for a short period of time, benzos are very effective in treating these disorders. However, any patient who has taken a benzodiazepine for longer than 3–4 weeks is likely to have withdrawal symptoms if the drug is ceased abruptly. The risk of inducing dependence can be reduced by issuing prescriptions limited to 1–2 weeks supply.

Why Does Withdrawal Occur?

Withdrawal is 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. Why does this happen? Withdrawal occurs when you stop taking habit-forming drugs because the body becomes used to and adapts to chemicals.

So, when the drugs are no longer present, the body still acts as if 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) does not know the difference. In this way, withdrawal symptoms occur during the period of time as the body adapts to the lack of diazepam.


Those who stop/reduce use can expect to feel the effects of withdrawal peak between 3 to 6 days after cessation. It is important to note that you may experience withdrawal in a delayed manner. Some people have reported withdrawal symptoms showing up weeks after stopping Valium, for example.
Additionally people report Valium withdrawal symptoms for up to a year after they stop taking Valium.

Those who have developed a strong drug dependency 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. In fact, a 2015 article by BMC Psychiatry says that even if you have taken benzodiazepines at low doses and as prescribed by a doctor, you may stil experience hard withdrawal symptoms. [1]

Common Symptoms

If you are now asking yourself: “Can I stop taking Valium?” The answer is… It is not easy, but neither is it impossible. You can do it! Especially if you get the right medical help.

Understanding the withdrawal process is important, because individuals who are going through withdrawal are at a higher risk for relapse. The sudden appearance of rebound anxiety and physical symptoms can be immediately countered if the individual begins to take Valium again; this makes it extremely difficult for individuals to discontinue Valium on their own without professional assistance.

Many people may find that the symptoms of withdrawal (see this list of symptoms) are typical of their previous problems such as insomnia or anxiety. Common symptoms follow, organized by symptom type. [2]

General symptoms:

  • Headache.
  • Muscle pain, stiffness and aches (limbs, back, neck, jaw).
  • Musculoskeletal.
  • Palpitations.
  • Sweating.
  • Tremor, fasciculations.

Neurological symptoms:

  • Confusion, disorientation (may be intermittent) – a common cause of confusion in older patients.
  • Delirium (in the absence of autonomic hyperactivity) – particularly in older patients.
  • Delusions, paranoia.
  • Dizziness, light-headedness.
  • Faintness or a sense of unsteadiness.
  • Grand mal seizures 1–12 days after discontinuing benzodiazepines.
  • Hallucinations (visual, auditory).
  • Paraesthesia, shooting pains in neck and spine.
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.
  • Visual disturbances (blurred vision, diplopia, photophobia, vision lags behind eye movements).

Gastrointestinal symptoms:

  • Nausea.
  • Anorexia.
  • Diarrhea (may resemble irritable bowel syndrome).

Psychological symptoms:

  • Anxiety, panic attacks.
  • Depression, dysphoria.
  • Distortions of body image.
  • Feelings of unreality, depersonalisation, derealization.
  • Irritability, restlessness, agitation.
  • Perceptual distortions – sensory hypersensitivity (light, sound, touch, taste), abnormal sensations (e.g. ‘cotton wool’ sensations).
  • Poor memory and concentration.
  • Metallic taste.
  • Nightmares
  • Rebound insomnia.

Generally, milder withdrawal symptoms (especially dysphoria and insomnia) have been reported following abrupt discontinuance of benzodiazepines taken continuously at therapeutic levels for several months. The more severe withdrawal symptoms have usually been limited to those who received excessive doses over an extended period of time.

Treatment and Tapering Regimens

NOTE HERE: Doctors recommend that you withdraw from diazepam under medical supervision in all cases.

How can you best pass through withdrawal from a strong medicine like diazepam? Often, tapering down doses a little at a time can help significantly. The gradual decrease helps with depression and insomnia. However, any medical detox from Valium requires medical supervision. Here are some main concepts to keep in mind.

  1. The first step in the treatment of benzodiazepine withdrawal is to stabilize the person with an adequate dose of diazepam. The doctor calculates how much Valium is equivalent to the dose of benzodiazepine that the patient currently uses, up to a maximum of 40 mg of diazepam, stabilizing it with this dose of diazepam for 4-7 days. For people taking less or more than the equivalent of 40 mg of diazepam, the program of low dose reduction and high doses of benzodiazepine should be followed, respectively.
  2. The period of time between each dose reduction is based on the presence and severity of withdrawal symptoms. The longer the interval between reductions, the more comfortable and safer the withdrawal.
  3. In general, withdrawal symptoms of benzodiazepines fluctuate; the intensity of the symptoms does not decrease steadily, as is the case with most other drug withdrawal syndromes. It is not recommended to increase the dose when the symptoms get worse; instead, continue with the current dose until the symptoms disappear, then continue with the dose reduction program indicated by your doctor.
  4. Symptomatic treatment can be used in cases where withdrawal symptoms persist.

It is important to be careful with prescription and over-the-counter medications that are used to help with symptoms and that do not interact negatively with the diazepam contained in Valium. As you’re quitting and lowering doses, you should also avoid the use of alcohol and other drugs to prevent further chemical dependence. Seek the advice of a doctor about other ways to relieve related symptoms.

You may have been taking benzodiazepines for an anxiety or other psychological disorder; following withdrawal from benzodiazepines, is likely to experience a recurrence of these psychological symptoms. Seek psychological care to address these symptoms. Often, lifestyle changes or new behaviors can be more effective in long-term care of anxiety than strong, depressant drugs.

The Ashton Manual provides you with simple Valium tapering schedule. [3]

Detox at Home

It is never advised that you detox from Valium at home, on your own. The sudden interruption or reduction in the use of Valium may be tempting for those who want to end dependence on Valium. However, what may seem like a courageous decision could be very painful and dangerous without getting the right help.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) both discourage rapid cessation or reduction and without medical surveillance. Instead, these institutions recommend that detoxification should include a gradual reduction program of Valium to reduce the risks.

Another potential danger, which could be serious, is unwanted relapse. By trying to detoxify at home, you may be unable to tolerate withdrawal symptoms. In these cases, you can re-use Valium to avoid more agony than the cessation of consumption may produce. A relapse will certainly delay recovery efforts and could generate frustration. However, relapse can be prevented if you have access to adequate medical and psychological support that is usually available in detoxification programs. Do not be afraid to ask for help, this could save your life.

Safety First

If you have decided to quit Valium, it is essential that you follow the advice given in this article so that the clearing process is as smooth as possible, both for you, your family and those around you. Here are some safety suggestions:

  • Always withdraw under medical supervision.
  • Look into contraindications of Valium with other medications.
  • Seek the help of a medical detox clinic, when necessary.
  • Seek the advice of a medical doctor with experience in benzo withdrawal.
  • Taper doses.

NOTE HERE: Any concurrent alcohol abuse could make a volatile situation even more dangerous. Self-report any medications or drinking before you attempt withdrawal.

Your Questions

Do you still have questions about withdrawing from Valium? Please leave us your questions below, and in a short time we’ll try to get back with you. If we don’t know the answer, we will refer you to someone who does.
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Reference Sources: [1] NCBI: High-Dose Benzodiazepine Dependence: A Qualitative Study Of Patients’ Perception On Cessation And Withdrawal
[2] NCBI: Management Of Benzodiazepine Misuse And Dependence
[3] NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY: Benzodiazepines: How They Work And How To Withdraw
THE JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS: The Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Syndrome And Its Management
THE NATIONAL PAIN ASSOCIATION: Abrupt Withdrawal from Pain Medications — Information and Caution 
NCBI: Clinical Guidelines For Withdrawal Management And Treatment Of Drug Dependence In Closed Settings
NHSTA: Highway Safety Drug And Human Performance Sheet For Diazepam
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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  1. I have been taking diazepam for 7 days 2mg a night, a long with mirtazapine 30mg can I come off them ?or should I still taper them? . as I think I can sleep with out them .

  2. Hi I was taking Valium for 4 years, 10mg most nights for insomnia and sometimes, without realising the dangers, I drank alcohol with them. I have now been Valium free for about 4 months but my breathing is now abnormal. Constantly taking deep breaths every minute or so and I am worried that I have permanently damaged my CNS? Any guidance would be much appreciated. James

  3. After someone has been on 10 milligrams of Valium 2 times a day for 50 years and the doctor takes you off of it cold turkey and doesn’t give you anything to replace. What all side effects can someone have and how long

  4. I have detoxed from Diazapam after 50 years. Prescribed for epilepsy. Detoxed in 2002 and stayed on 2.5 mg as no longer had epilepsy. Also on zopiclone. Came of zopiclone 2015 on neurologist advice. Took me a year to recover. Then she suggested come off the 2.5 mg of Diazapam due to headaches. Went cold turkey ar 1 mg after 6 weeks nightmare was so ill body so week GP and psychiatrist said Inhad to go back on. My body twisted all ways ar first and the pain was tremendous could only take 0.25 at a time had to get up to 4mg per day this is so painful with the tugging in my head and body. Had to be cared for. Where can ai get help. Thanks.

  5. My doctor took me completely of valium and I had been on it 30mg a day for 20 years.. i immediately went into horrible withdrawals and kidney failure. At hospital they said I only had 24 hours to live. And she did it to me twice???? Both times cold turkey. Is this normal?

    1. No and she should not be practicing medicine or have any licence to be a doctor. You can die from taking that much for so long then going cold turkey. I was on 25-30mg a day for 4 years I’m now on 5-10mg a day and I’m feeling pretty bad withdrawals like auditory hallucinations, headaches, vomiting, servere muscle spasms, memory loss, paranoia, depression, suicidal tendencies, just wanting to sleep all the time etc etc etc. it no drug to mess around with. It’s taken a year so far to taper down to this. Last time I done it myself and it was easy as I was only on and of it for a year.

  6. As a nurse and someone who takes Valium for a chronic back injury and PTSD I do not believe these articles are based on pt centred care.
    For chronic illness such as pain the diazepam is of great benefit as a muscle relaxant, stops spasms and referred back pain due to supporting and distributing back support, where muscles cease up and are felt like “eggs” across the non injured back.
    As withdrawing, what is not explained well is irritation, physical symptoms which is a special kind of hell coming off suddenly.
    Health professionals miss the obstacle and hesitation of pt’s who have tried and failed many times.
    Most rehabilitation programs are cold, judgemental and soul destroying. I have never heard any pt stating to me that they want to grow up to become addicted. For whatever reason, they holistic approach to tailor individual care is missing.
    Withdrawal from Diazapam should be streamlined to cater to individual tolerance. Reducing my 10mg Nocte dose took over 4 months, reducing the medication by small doses 2.5mg or 1/2 a tablet every couple of months. This minimised withdrawal symptoms greatly.
    Most healthcare professionals forget when the withdrawal is completely withdraw from any prescription medication there is residual pain and flare ups, which makes this issue a continuous circle.
    More accessibility to non medicinal access to non invasive ways to control chronic pain needs to be available and tailored to help patients manage and control residual pain. Currently access to pain clinics focus solely on trust, high staff turnover so report building and trust is constantly broken and the experience of judgmental healthcare workers are cold, off putting and traumatic. Patients are often labeled as “precious” or “non conforming” and yes patients circle the chronic pain cycle feeling unsupported.
    Personally, this drug was by far the most difficult to withdraw from, with an 18 month wait to see a pain clinic which is solely reliant on withdrawal and not other helpful features.
    We are taught multiple chronic illness is common, yet we treat patients appallingly.
    More research with input from patients will keep the momentum of trying and adjusting to needs and situations would be beneficial and supportive of patients wishing to withdraw and manage withdrawal of diazapam.

  7. I was given diazepam for two weeks 2mg twice a day. The third to last day I took 6mg. As this was the day of a medical termination for health reasons and I was very panicked. Since I stopped taking them I feel horrendous. Can’t stop crying anxiety is bad can’t concentrate. Had suicidal thoughts due to how I feel. Just don’t enjoy anything. I am in withdrawal or suffering due to other issues. I suffer from antenatal depression hence why I had to terminate. I was 5 weeks 3 days, I feel OK about the decision as I have two children who need me a lot. I thought my hormones may babe stabilised a bit by now. I’m very scared.

  8. Hi, I’ve been on valium for 3 years 10 mg daily. For a vestibular disorder. Weaning is 7.5 for 2 weeks, then 2.5 in am and 2.5 in the evening for 2 weeks, then 2.5 daily for 2 weeks, then a quarter for 2 weeks, then stop. Is this a good way to wean off? Thank you!

  9. I took 2mg Valium every night for sleep for about a year. I work nights and have to get up early with my kids. The sleep was great when I was on Valium. I stopped taking 2 weeks ago. I don’t really have a problem falling asleep but I wake up after 4 hours and can’t fall back asleep. I feel more tired in the daytime than before. Also, I feel REALLY tense and anxious. Very nervous as well. The complete opposite of relaxed. Is this normal withdrawal symptoms? Is 2 weeks long enough? How long do I keep waiting? It was only 2mg at night. Any additional advice would be appreciated. Thank you


  10. Im now 14 days after last grains of valium. I was on 2mg of xanax for 27 years. The withdrawals I’m going through are hell. My body is turning inside out. I’ve been Hallucinating for 3 months while I was cutting down 1/4 by 1/4 first of 5’s then of 2 mill.
    I walk my dogs but find after the first 3/4 of an hour my legs turn to jelly and stop moving forward. I feel like I’m falling to one side or the other. Im in pain all over all pain is enhanced !
    I want to go back on it. This is horrible. I keep wanting to take 50 or 100 mill to stop this!

  11. I have been on valium for 10years and 3rd attempt coming off.cold turked twice .this time tapering from 15mg down to 11 ..I thought the other 2 attempts were bad but this is horrific.cant eat. or even take care of myself.what is scaring me the most is I have this really weird feeling in my head all time like tin of worms it’s scary.will my brain fully recover and are these feelings normal.

  12. Michelle,
    Are you completely out of everything? Did your Dr put you on some kind of taper program? Trust me I know how hard it is and I know what you’re going through..benzo withdrawal is hellish to say the least. With Xmas around the corner I imagine its even harder for you, Do not give up, you can beat this! If you have pills left you need to ration them and stick to whatever regiment you Dr. has outlined for you. Listen, educating myself was one of the only tools that made me feel better. Read “The Body Keeps the Score” by Besser Van Der Kolk. Do yoga if you can. Your brain has been rewired from years of Valium use, your entire mind is like a giant alarm right now you need to do some deep breathing. You’re not alone I’m 6 months clean and still battling. Anxiety doesn’t just go away and there is no cure all for it. You need to re-learn how to do basic everyday things like working in teams, collaborating with work associates and things like that in order to get a rip on your anxiety. Listen to what your body is telling you and try and put yourself in the moment. Stop telling yourself that “you cant do this” or “that this is forever”. People who’ve experienced some sort of trauma in their lives have a misconception of time. They believe that what they are feeling now will last forever and that’s simply not the case. Try not to let this consume you. Do things that make you happy like petting a dog or going for a walk because it helps lower cortisol levels in your blood.

    I’m telling you that you can do this Michelle…and anybody else who is reading…. reach out to this post, I’ll be checking it religiously. If i can do it so can you.

    “PMA” – Positive Mental Attitude

  13. It has been 5.weeks.since my last dose of valium. The muscle.spasms, headache, out of control blood pressure, insomnia, night terrors, talking to the living and dead when I am sleep. I feel like I am losing my life and mind because of valium. Over five years of taking it.and no Dr. Said stop.taking it until this so called epidemic. I hate what it is doing. Totally bizarre and I am 62 young right now, aging every day. Help.

  14. Don’t ever think that valium withdrawal can’t kill you, i just had a stroke which my dr has attributed to my poor little old heart not coping with the rate of 160 bpm and BP of 180/110, resulting in arrythmias. I took 2mg a day for 4 weeks prior to surgery and have had horrific withdrawals since. I got down to 0.25mg daily and then stroked out, luckily I had great ER crew and am hoping to be ok however i still have to come off the 0.25mg and it’s feeling pretty scary right now as i’m expecting the severe withdrawals to hit any day. If this doesn’t prove that this is deadly stuff than nothing will.

  15. Hi Tanya, i was prescribed 2mg of valium for 5 weeks prior to spinal surgery in july for evere muscle spasm which was gripping my sciatic nerve and causing excruciating pain and have been withdrawing slowly since then with horrendous withdrawals even on a slow taper so i don’t believe the addiction precription service!! i am now withdrawing by 0.125mg every 3 weeks and am now down to 0.25mg daily and still horrendous withdrawals, so i would recommend only withdrawing from this toxic crap with a lot of support, however, you may be one of the luckier people. Good luck

  16. Hi I have been told by the addiction prescribing service limited that if you withdraw slowly off diazepam you should not get withdrawal symptoms is this true? Also I have been 6 months on 1 mg lorazepam and they advised me to switch onto diazepam as longer lasting and to try 10 mg equivalent. Before lorazepam I had a solid 3 months of no sleep and severe aniexty. I still have aniexty and worry daily of how I can come off lorazepam I am also taking 300mg progablin, 20 mg proxetine, 10 mg amitripline. I would really appreciate a reply. Thank you Tanya

  17. My Dr has abruptly stopped diazepam 5mg daily after 20 years. My withdrawal symptoms are too much for me to deal with. i feel suicidal now, iv been 5 months sleeping 1.5 hours a night and im exhausted but my brain cant relax. Its like im dropping thru an elevator opening every 2 or 3 minutes. I cant find any help here in this small township. im also coping with morphine reduction withdrawals by 50% after 25 years and experiencing the most severe abdominal/pelvic cramping. please please help. Im at end of my rope. i dont think i can go on. Is there an end in sight for me.

  18. Hi Will, Yes you are a long time taker of them and tapering half a tablet a night is far too fast ..you need to start with about a quarter of the tablet until you feel you can manage that amount alright then start with half , see how you feel and taper slowly, don’t cut anymore until you feel comfortable then cut to 3/4 of a tablet..carry on until you think you can cut a whole one ..this should take 4/6 months depending on the amount you took ..start again with another tablet and do the same …carry on until you are ready to jump…In the meantine ..google Benzo Buddies and ask to join…the people will help you more there than anywhere as they have gone through the same as you and many have been as long as you taking them, look at the Professor Heather Ashton Manuel online.. It will help you much…good luck

  19. Hi M, You have been given one benzo to topple an other benzo and that is bad…It clearly hasn’t helped your situation in fact has made it worse … benzo’s are not the answer to anything ..they harm more than ever doing good…start to slowly taper off them and forget about the zanex..the problem’s that benzo’s cause are not worth it …taper off and tell your doctor to check out Professor Heather Ashton online…he should never have given them, he is another doctor that is clueless about the damage and harm..Insomnia is a typical one that many have during whithdrawal , no matter what you take a benzo for you will have many more symptoms that take a long time to heal than you did Initially…take a look at Benzo Buddies..google and ask to join..thousands there have been severly harmed by them and will help you with symptoms, because they have or have got them all…doctor’s don’t recognise the danger of these because they have not been taught this in med school..they are now reading PHA…and looking at BB… good luck ,

  20. Hi M
    It sounds to me that you are experiencing benzo withdrawals from both the valium and the xanax. You will need to reduce very slowly but even that may not stop the withdrawals. I took 1.25 – 2.5 mg of valium on and off for 5 weeks prior to spinal surgery and when i stopped the week after surgery I experienced terrible withdrawals, including racing and pounding heart. I have a cardiac condition so my dr gave me Propranolol for the racing heart and it helps with that but it won’t help the confusion or muscle spasm. I have managed to reduce from 2mg to 0.375 mg and it has taken 4 months of slow taper but withdrawals still terrible. You need to see a medical professional who is knowledgeable about Benzo withdrawal symptoms, many medicos are not knowledgeable and can be downright dangerous, the first dr i saw wanted me to reduce from 2mg in a week, thankfully i didn’t listen and read the Heather Ashton manual instead. I consider all benzos as absolute poison and being on this crap has definitely impacted on my recovery from major surgery in a very bad way. You need a lot of support to get off this crap. Good luck

  21. Hi, I have been traveling for 3 months and had insomnia for the first 25 days. So I went to the doctors and was given Valium 5mg. I took that for 1.5 months. About 3 weeks ago I was switched to Xanax .25/.5 for about the past 3 wks. I have had really bad insomnia since then. So the doctor than gave me ambien 10mg and I am still having insomnia. Only sleeping about 2-4 hours a night and then with 6 hour days every 3 days or so. I’ve been trying not to take the Xanax and just the ambien. Is the a mistake? Please help the symptoms of high heart rate, muscle spasms, and poor thinking are very bad

  22. I have been addicted to valium for over forty years and am terrified to withdraw more than one half per night can you give me any advice?

  23. Well primarily this blog is about reducing or cessation of diazepam, I am sorry to say that I am on it for the long haul. Have been using 10-40mg per day for 20 years now. Tried stopping a couple of times with success on some occasions not on others, however: I realise that I can not change this world that I live in, it is a depressing state of affairs from war to poverty. I have to avoid the majority of humans on this planet as well as the 6 O’clock news. This may be contrary to the whole idea of this blog, to reduce or stop the intake of valium, however why not try the reduce method as much as you can as slow as you can. Monitor your moods closely I suggest with a health professional in place as well if needed. Avoid the nasty people in this life and the terrible news that is so pumped down our lives every time we turn a corner.
    I do not mean completely put your head in the sand, but you can change your life a lot to avoid the nasty situations we often find ourselves in and reach for the bottle of meds.
    So first things first. Don’t be afraid of taking valium all your life in small and controlled doses (when absolutely needed).
    But before you do try some avoidance techniques, take yourself away from stressful environments if possible, stay away from people who are always negative. Start saying to yourself you are going to be more positive now and little things are not going to have you reaching for a bottle of meds. Try new and exciting activities like:
    Going for a walk, run or ride, swim, deep breathing, go to the Gym, travel on a different mode of transport than usual. Avoid negative people and or situations. Read a comical book.
    Do not think of your past unless it is of the good and funny things you have done.
    Like yourself, try to change the way you portray the “you”.
    Have faith in your creator and all the goodness is this life.
    take care I hope this helps you,
    all my love Mustafa.

  24. I must complain about the percentage of ladies commenting compared to men. We are emotionally different. I must also warn you about stopping cold turkey. I did it without symptoms several times and felt fine for a couple of days, then simply ‘blacked-out’, unconscious. It happened while driving my car, went through a stop sign, right into the backyard of a home. By the Grace of God, no one was hurt. Incredibly dangerous.

  25. Hi Juliet, Yes it is a frightening and awful journey yet doctors are still handing them out to everyone who complains of something..these are not the answer and it’s the doctors fault that there are now millions global that are suffering…they are even now going to have a 24 hour helpline in the UK for people going through this..no hospital or Institute can help in this because they don’t even recognise the symptoms and they can get worse as the months pass with a lot of different ones …the good news is that it does ease and becomes more managable but it can take months before it does or weeks for some ..there is a phrase were you are in acute withdrawal..this phrase is the worst and last’s typically between 6/10 weeks …after which it should lessen..then there are new one ..you have what is called windows and waves …the window will make you feel great like you are healed …it can last a week or a month a day or a few hours as everyone is different …then a wave will throw you right back in..sometimes feeling worse and with some other symptom…you should try not to take anything at all ..no antibiotics if you can help it …nothing to replace the benzo or to help it though your doctor might try to convince you it’s okay…It really wont be ..they do not understand benzo withdrawal ..they have no idea because they were not taught this in med school…the Insomnia is one that most have going through this with as much as 9 consecutive nights not sleeping,,this one is a long lasting one if you get hit with it ..It goes away and comes back. try taking a bath with epsom salts as these are packed with magnesium and magnesium helps with sleep also it is a supplement you can take in tablet or powder form. It’s an awful situation and no one knows the awfulness unless they have dealt with it..no doctors family friends ..no one. there is a group called benzo buddies that was set up years ago for people by someone who went through this..It is a wonderful site with people from every part of the world..you google it then ask to join… you give a password and make a name up..a funny name ie teabag..flower sunny…something like this and you should be accepted ..never say were you are from or your name..just private … the people help each other and are so kind, every symptom imaginable someone has had or they have so you will never feel alone or scared.some doctors now are looking on there and reading to find out the truth about benzo’s…that site is a lifeline to thousands ..alway’s someone will answer you and will have the same as you . there is also an online manuel you can read ..The Heather Ashton Manuel online …this lady is now an old lady who gave years to helping people withdrawing …she set up a clinic for them and she knows the suffering that happens in withdrawal ..she speaks about benzo buddies forum and say’s it has saved life’s and that it was the only help there was until a few years ago and it is still the best help…In Interviews ect on you tube she talks about benzo buddies saying without that wonderful site people would be left helpless in this frightening situation, she is much loved and respected by strangers that have learnt so much and been comforted by reading her manuel, there is now a page/ group on fb that is set up for her called Heather Ashton Tribute by her Son and people are saying thankyou and sending letters to her ,,She is ill now and is 85..take a look ..there isn’t much yet as people are just finding out . Your husband should look on the benzo buddies site to see just how bad this is for everyone …maybe he will be more supportive if he does. if you are not ready to full taper the last mg ..hold on to your taper for longer, until things ease. good luck and let me know if you joined BB. you will be helped there much more than anywhere.

  26. Hi Veronica
    Thanks for your messages, I am now down to 1/2 mg day and have done this by dropping 1/4 mg every 3 weeks, but this time the withdrawals were bad 4 days after reducing the dose but then went away for a week only to return with a vengeance a few days ago. I am waking all night with a hot burning sensation throughout my body and a racing heart for which i take Propranolol. I have never had any time in this whole process without horrendous symptoms and now i am totally exhausted, crying all the time and seriously depressed and feeling mentally very unstable due to the protracted nature of all this. My problem is that i have to drop another 1/4 mg next week as my liver function tests are not ok and then drop it completely after another 2 weeks. My husband is now completely crazy with it all as well and it doesn’t help that I’m on my own for 12-14 hours a day whilst he’s at work. I’m thinking of checking in to a mental health unit but I’m scared that they won’t understand the nature of this process and give me more Valium. My doc gave me some Largactil because she thought I was showing signs of psychosis (even reducing from 3/4 mg to 1/2 mg) but i’m scared to take anything at all anymore. I am so sorry that we are all having to go through this, all I keep being told is that it will end at some point, but no-one seems to have any idea of the hell i am in. I’m from Australia and drs seem to give this poisonous crap out readily over here with the false belief that short duration and low doses are ok

  27. Hi Christine…you have been cut too quickly …tell your doctor to read The Heather Ashton Manuel online… and google Benzo Buddies to join yourself..they are lovely people going through the same and help each other .. make up a name password ect …they don’t want to know who you are it’s private ..Reputable Respected by many doctors and Heather Ashton who speaks of it in her books ….Good Luck.

  28. Hi Deidre, hope you are doing better … it is a l;ot to withdraw from and it was to quick…don’t withdraw any more yet and stick with some exercise …take it slowly and try taking magnesium to help with sleep …google Benzo Buddies were there is thousands going through the same ..lovely people helping each other ..reputable and respected site …you have to make a name up and different password ..no one knows who anyone else is or were from .Good Luck.

  29. Hi Mark…what you have done by withdrawing then taking again is called kindling … it makes withdrawal worse if you keep doing this …just stay with whatever dose you are taking now and slowly taper that grain by grain…try joining Benzo Buddies were there are thousands going through this …lovely people helping each other..Good Luck.

  30. Hi Jerry, you need to join Benzo Buddies..google it ..there are thousands that are withdrawing ..they help each other and have your symptoms there are so many symptoms it is hard to even contemplate but true …you might need to keep giving a password but it is a life life saver and a very rreputable and respected site ..Good Luck.

  31. Hi Mandy, you need to taper slow ..tell your doctor you need a slower taper and to read The Heather Ashton Manuel online…all doctors are starting to read this the truth about withdrawal…Good Luck.

  32. Hi Dennis, No you can’t taper Valium using Zanax…the other way round is the usual ..just a slow taper of Valium. Good Luck.

  33. Hi Jerry,, you need to google Benzo Buddies and join ..there are thousands there that will share with you ..they all help each other and yes some symptoms are terrible ..you sound like you have the breathing one with air hunger and suffocating feeling..a typical one …Good Luck.

  34. Hi Everyone, I am sorry that no one has answered you ..If you are still on this blog please write in again and I will try to answer all of you …Regards Veronica. Christine …tell your doctor to read The Heather Ashton Manuel online …mostdoctors have not been taught this in med school ..they have no idea of the severity of symptoms how many or how long .. it can be 2/3456 years . or google Benzo Buddies ..this was looked at also by Professor Lader tell him ..and Heather Ashton who speak about it being such a wonderful help to thousands and a life saver . Good Luck .

  35. Hi Patsy, everyone is different it could be easy for you or not so easy …start tapering slowly and see how you feel. Good Luck.i

  36. Hi Lisa, sorry about the mix up of names …you say that the law has changed and you can’t have your tablets …tell your doctor to read the Professor Heather Ashton Manuel Online …he or she will then realise that you can’t just stop taking your med..you must taper and it takes a while to do so… do a long slow taper ..have a look at Benzo Buddies website ..you will have to join under a made up name and different password ..everyone has gone through or going through it and help each other …there is one site that is just for newly withdrawal’s then other site’s there for protracted ect,,,you may have to fill the password bit a few times until it is through but that site is a gift to thousands and some doctors now are joining to read ..google it ..Good Luck.

  37. Hi Lisa, You need to taper long and slow ..keep the taper until you can feel less intense symptoms …not many doctors recognise the symptoms of withdrawal as being withdrawal but they are and there are very many of them …you have typical ones ..withdrawal symptoms can last either weeks months or years so don’t think it can’t be withdrawal …It can and if you take even 1mg for two weeks they can cause months of withdrawal symptoms … tell your hubby to just help you by being supportive …It will lessen but taper slowly until you are taking a crumb… Good Luck.

  38. I did a phenobarbital detox at a local hospital over a period of 30 days. I was taking 35 mgs of Valium over 24 hours when I went in. During the detox I began having withdrawals at 90 mgs Pheno and hand a rough time the rest of the Pheno taper. My Doctor was dismissive of this and I left the hospital after completing the Pheno taper. Within a week i knew I was in protracted Benzo withdrawal. I reinstated Valium after a month of hell and to my dismay I could not stop the withdrawals as I started out taking three equal doses a day of 8 mgs. i slowly increased the dose, suffered withdrawals for teo days, then increased the dosage. I had to do this until I finally was at 75 mgs per 24 hours! I spent 18 months tapering to 27 mgs per 24 hours. I was active and exercised every day, bike riding and strenth training with elastic bands.

    Then out of nowhere I became extremely exhausted and tried to taper but had severe withdrawals for the last two months and can’t taper. I am now exhausted and stuck. I do take 40 mgs a day of progesterone which helped in the past (approved by a Doctor) but now I am still exhausted.

    I consider myself a drug dependent, not an addict. I get no pleasure from Benzos and never look forward to its use. I got hooked by a Doctor originally because I had undiagnosed Celiac disease and couldn’t sleep. The Doctor never informed me how addictive Flurazepam (Benzo) was and after four months I was dependent. She kept saying I don’t know what’s wrong with you. A ten minute internet search revealed the problem. it’s a much longer story but I was cold turkeyed before and had to reinstate after nine months and wound up on a much higher dose just like my hospital experience.

    Do you have any idea why my taper came to a screeching halt with all this exhaustion?


  39. Hi Lisa, I am also crying as i write this. I had spinal surgery 7 weeks ago and was given valium for muscle spasm for about 5 weeks before the op. Very small dose (so i thought) of 1.25 – 2.5mg maybe 4 times a week. I stopped it after the op which incidentally has not been a total success, and about 4 days later started the most horrendous withdrawals, became delirious etc and was taken to hospital as everyone thought i must have an infection, but general consensus was symptoms of benzo withdrawl. I was put back on 2.5 mg a day in a divided dose and in 4 weeks have just got it down to 1mg day in divided dose of half mg morning and night. the last week i have dropped by 1/4 mg and the withdrawals are still horrendous, flooding with anziety all night, hot sweats, mood changes, the full monty. My surgeon scoffed and told me i was being “ridiculous” My Gp says she can’t believe such a small dose would make me like this so not much support there.. From now on I am going to try dropping by 1/4 mg fortnightly but i am worried that the longer i take this poisonous crap the worse i will be. Trying to recover from spinal surgery and coming to terms with continual pain when i thought the surgery would fix the problem plus withdrawals is just horrendous, my husband is at his wits end and his anxiety is through the roof over it all. Just need support as hubby away all day at work and i have resrictions on driving and walking physically impossible. If I taper more slowly will i just be prolongong the agony?

  40. I have had severe sleep disorders ever since I was little. Each night was the same, laying in bed for hours, tossing and turning, often waking up on the floor, or half hanging off the bed. Each morning when I had to wake up for school as a child was painful and exhausting, and as a result of lack of sleep, finally, 10 years ago, my doctor referred me to a neurologist who ordered a sleep study for me. The results were not surprising; I only had about 2 hours sleep all night and did not reach stage 4 REM, only stage 2. My muscles were constantly twitching and I don’t remember sleeping. As a child, I was paranoid about sleeping over at friends’ houses. I would be alone in the dark as the rest of the girls were finally able to sleep within an hour, easily. There were numerous nights where I tearfully called my parents to pick me up, wide awake and afraid because sleeping was usually on the floor. I have a slight curvature of the spine, making it extremely painful to sleep on hard surfaces. After the sleep study, we began (my pcp and me) to try various medications to help me feel refreshed upon waking. I began taking 10mg of valium before bed each night in 2008, and 10 mg Ambien to help me sleep faster. I had been taking Flexeril for a car accident pain in 2003, to relax my tense muscles in order to sleep. This year, the laws changed and I am no longer able to take these medicines which have helped so much in getting me to sleep and feel refreshed in the morning. I have tried breaking the tablet in half, with doctor’s instructions, for 3 weeks, and have never felt so much anxiety in my life. my pcp moved away to another state away from here in Hawaii, so in the midst of changing doctors, the new ones don’t know me and have recommended I see a psychiatrist because of the tension and anxiety I have begun to experience with the horrible withdrawals. I have not been able to eat during the day for 2 weeks, and I was already underweight to start with. Now I am 5’9 and weigh 110 lbs, I weighed 125 lbs 3 weeks ago. Please help! I don’t know how to stop the crying and shaking and my chronic pain has gotten worse due to lack of sleep. My new doctor said that even though I have the medical cannabis card, it’s not legal in the FDA yet, and until that time I have to give a urine analysis randomly to see if any thc shows up. I tried pure CBD and it does nothing for the pain or sleep issues. Please help!! I’m crying as I write this.

  41. I have PTSD and It’s the hot flashes, sweating and trembling that get me. I thought I was fucking nuts for a couple of weeks until I found this thread. I never knew a withdrawal could last so long and be so uncomfortable/painful and intense. I’ve been on 10-15mgs for a year and I’ve been going through withdrawals even while still on the Valium. I did not abuse my prescription but I did make the grave mistake of frequently drinking while taking it. BIG MISTAKE. I stopped cold turkey a week ago Monday and I’m never looking back. The gym and healthy living are how I’m able to get by. Everything else seems mental. A few tokes of a good Indica settles me down if I really need it. I’ll keep you all posted. Today marks the end of week one..

  42. I’ve been on diazapan for over a year now my physiatrist has dropped me from 6mg a day to 4mg my anxiety is going through the roof what should I do

  43. I have been on a prescription for diazepam for over twenty-five years. Under doctors care. I am 58 and the past few months have been hell. I am grateful that the doctors wanting me off are doing a slow taper.Each taper has been HELL. Yet I have been able to cope. Until now that my daily dose is 2 mg. I am having major Respiratory, lung and sinus, problems.I was put on another cortical steroid. Anxiety like I have never felt before.Even problems with BM. Not to mention the many nights spent up trying to outlast the night, the anxiety seems to be winning.I trust my doctors. But I really feel like death. I was up to 30 mg. up until 3 or so years ago, I was at twenty mg. before the taper started @ four months ago. I must mention I am on two opioids. At 58, I understand the doctors are trying to prolong my life. But I feel that the opposite effect is taking place.I am literally at wit’s end. Or so it would seem. Every LONG second I live.Thanks for the forum.

  44. I had been dependent on alprazalam and clonazapam and various combinations of antidepressants, add on and anti-osychotic meds over a period of 10 years for treatment resistent anxiety,depression and social anxiety. I still was not feeling better and changed psychiatrists. I am only on one antidepressant, pregabalin and the calculated the equivalent of clonazapam and alprazalam at 70mg. I weaned off all the antidepressant meds first and have been weenie of diazapam. Now down to 50. I have had the insomnia after my final antidepressant (mirtazapine) was withdrawn and it continues. I sleep but keep waking up. I am also extremely tired all day. Like could stay in bed tired. Also spells of anxiety most often social or expecting social/stressful situations. Also a bit oversensitive and in arguments periodically. The social anxiety was because I’ve had several chronic pain conditions and lived alone. But I was getting out and doing more slowly and steadily. But then I had a bad leg break and 2 months in bed. My main concern however us the incredible tiredness. Is it from being weak, how do I fix it, what advice can you offer. Tried starting a slow and steady exercise plan with walking and increasing time and duration but chronic pain flare ups made it impossible to stick with….thinkinking more exercise might give me more energy and a break from this chronic fatigue. HELP

  45. Hi. I came off all my medications including the following: Duromine, Seroquel, Prozac, tramadol, metformin 7weeks ago, went cold turkey, (Doctor said be fine, finding a new doctor). On day 4 ended up in Emergency department with seizures, they used IV diazepam to stabilise me, since then I had 2weeks of 10mgs 3x daily, then 4mgs 3x day then 2mgs 3x day. I am finishing my last weekly dose next Friday and wondering if I will have any side effects as I was only on it for such a short period?? Thank you in advance!

  46. Hello, everyone. Cav someone give me some sdvise, iff been on valium 5 mg for 6 months occasional use, once, twice a week . Now its week 1 whitout them and i feel strange, but not hell. my question is ,what should i do in this situation ? if i whil feel bad, whil taking valium make things good, or it whont ?

  47. I have been taking Valium 5mg tabs twice daily for over 5 years. I saw a new doctor who cut my dosage in half. Also cut my Methadone and Vicodin in half at one time. I did say I wanted to taper off of the narcotics but I’ve been thrown into a severe withdrawal on all 3 at once. I’m a nurse myself I cannot function like this. I wanted to taper off. I have never abused these or any other drugs I’m doing this from home. I am returning to work in 3 days and I’m scared to death I will ironically appear to be on drugs. I can’t get off the couch or bathe I am experiencing all the symptoms of withdrawal. How can I educate the doctor about how to properly and safely taper me down ? I have a history of seizures which I forgot to even mention to her. I feel like I need to be in rehab but cannot afford it. Thank you

  48. Hi i have been taking valium for about 7 year’s now on and off.. 1 year ago i decided to just stop taking it i lasted 8 weeks cold turkey.. But the side effects of depersonalisation spinning 24/7 hallucinations anxiety attacks diarrhea social phobia light and hearing sensitivities and generally losing my mind.. So when i thought it was going to get better as time went on it just got worse.. I went to my doctor and she told me it would be a better idea for me to do a slow taper.. So i started of on 6mg twice a day, i dropped 1mg a month.. When i got down to 6mg… i then dropped to 5mg then 4mg to quickly within around 5 week’s.. So after taking 2mg twice daily for around 3 weeks i started to get panic attacks sleeping difficulties and generally just feeling really strange foggy and dizzy again i have since increased my dose back up to 2.5mg twice daily for three weeks but still feel really strange still like nothings changed don’t sleep just toss and turn and dream all night.. So in the past few days ive gone back up to 3mg twice a day to try to level back out but it feels like its making me feel worse when im taking the 3mg twice a day im lost really lost.. My doctor told me to level back out at 2.5mg twice a day and then drop by 0.1mg every 2 weeks with liquid valium… I’m seriously lost and am so confused on what i need to do.. Thanks for listening Mark..

  49. Hi Hal, You reallydon’t want to take any supplements until you are sure ..Gaba is not one to take …magnesium is good as it helps with a lot of things ..take supplements only if you need to…Good Luck.

  50. Hi Betty, If you want to get off the drugs you need to consider first how much you can taper then make it very slow and cut only when you feel able to ,…It is a long process in that you need to do it gradually … try a fraction by fraction cut …take of a little with a knife or razor ..this will ensure you are doing it very gradually … Good Luck .

  51. I keep reading about gaba receptors being compromised by benzos. Confused about it. Then is it wise to take Gaba supplements during benzo withdrawal? Thx.

  52. I wake up at night soaking wet is this normal. I had a doctor give this to be under a generic name and I did not know it was Valium. I went to my new doctor and she told me what it was. I have been taking it for sometime now. I ache all over and want off these what can I do..

  53. I am in the throws of these vicious withdrawal symptoms myself from 7 years Xanax to Klonopin to (now) valium. NO WESTERN DOCTOR, OR EASTERN for that matter, knows anything about this subject. Western wants you to take more if you’re anxious, and eastern knows how to relax the body but has no clue of the nature of this nefarious monster called Benzodiazepines. I even spent $2,500 upfront for a concierge doctor/”expert” on drug withdrawal in Beverly Hills no less who, in the end knew nothing about what he was doing, the magnitude of the challenge and robbed me of not only $ but valuable time. FINALLY, and thank God, I came across THE ASHTON MANUAL. This is the way, the only way, explains everything one needs to know (strongly suggests you transfer your addiction to valium because of way longer half life) about getting off this stuff. It (so far – 4 weeks in) has made it CONSIDERABLY easier to deal with. The manual is not only comprehensibly informative but emotionally supportive in that it identifies and explains withdrawal symptoms and the reason for them and assures you “You can dot it!” By the way, in closing, it is counterproductive to use “maskers” as homeopathic, and natural remedies to accomplish this long taper to freedom. All of us who have attempted this (and temporarily amazed at quick success) are sadly mistaken, not to mention horrified, when Godzilla returns to rear his ugly head. Good luck, get THE ASHTON MANUAL, you can do this!

  54. Hi Angie, the withdrawal symptoms you are having are very typical withdrawal …the Gaba receptors are down and have to get used to going without the drugs they have been used to …It takes time to heal from withdrawal and many symptoms can occur just depending on the Individual … the Neurotransmitters are constantly trying to fire up hence the brain zaps and nightmares along with other symptoms …keep on a slow taper at your own speed … many people don’t have a doctor monitoring them …Doctors do not believe anyone has the symptoms they do or take as long to heal as they do …most are clueless as they are not taught this in medical school …read the Professor Heather Ashton Manuel online …She ran a clinic for people withdrawing …also there is Benzo Buddies …a forum run by someone who has gone through this …It now has thousands and is spoken dearly of by Heather Ashton…some doctors now are looking there …..people share their symptoms and it is all they have in this …they regard it as the one place that helps them and comforts them …. google it and ask to join….you don’t give your proper name or email and password on what gender …..type in Benzo Buddies then withdrawal support …. you will be pleased you did … Good Luck with your taper.

  55. I have been taking 5 mg of diazepam for three or four years. I have peripheral neuropathy
    and wonder if this could be caused by diazepam. Even if it isn’t the cause, I would like to
    stop taking it. What dosage should I take daily to withdraw safely.

    Thank you

  56. I’ve been on Diazapam 20mg a day 8 months ago and have tried to taper off by taking 10mg at might only which has helped minimise withdrawal effects. But since I’ve went down to 5mg at night the withdrawal symptoms have kicked in really badly. Severe crazy nightmares with excessive sweating maybe 3 times a night and brain zaps.By the way I’ve been on the diazapam for almost a year and decided to withdraw without a gp’s monitoring. Could someone please explain why this is happening now…thanks

  57. Hi Norman, Yes dizziness nausea ect are withdrawl symptoms …very typical ones like vertigo is … you will have to wait it out ..sometimes it is soon gone and sometimes it lingers or just on/off …best wishes with your taper .

  58. My doctor just stopped my valium, which i have been on for over 17 years. The same dose 10 mg 3 times a day. I am so scared because i just told him that i didn’t believe it was doing anything for me, d0 to the length of time I’ve been on it and the dosage the same. In return he just stopped it,i have none left i dont know what to expect and if there is anything i can do or buy to help. Please HELP me very very scared.

  59. reducing diazapam gradually have been on for 18+ years but cant stand the dizziness or any movement of head is this is this common thanks

  60. I am 62 year old person , suffering from COPD, GERD and hypothyroidism and Fibromyalgia from about one year. Doctor has prescribed me Valium 10 mg to be taken at bed time.I would like to stop using this medicine and would like to shift for herbal product.
    You are requested to kindly suggest how i should start start tempering the dose.

    1. Hi Rasiklal. 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.

  61. Hi Kristin, I don’t think after three weeks use your ear problems will be worse ..It’s just that you won’t have the lighter sensation to it without them but it’s good you are coming off now as they are very addictive and take a long time to heal afterwards or most do with the exeption of a handful of people ….maybe you can have another med that will help it …you shouldn’t really have any withdrawal symptoms either after the short term use and if so it will be minimum…try not to worry …

  62. I was put on 2 mg of Diazepam 3x a day for my inner ear. He wanted to suppress my vestibular system. I’ve been on it for 3 weeks. It was helping some symptoms but I was still having some and they said give it more time. They told me I might have to be on it for 3 to 6 months. I was told by the office if I come off of it too soon my inner ear problems could come back 2x as bad. I called the doctor and said I was still having problems and they said come in for testing but I can’t be on any diazepam for 2 days prior to testing. They are weeding me off at 2 pills a day for 6 days then 1 pill a day for 6 days and then go to nothing for the test.
    Being on it for 3 weeks will I have bad withdrawals and have you heard of the inner ear problems coming back worse than before because I was only on it for a short time?
    I’m scared to death my ear symptoms could be worse than before. I just hope I don’t!
    Thank you!

  63. Kimberly Marlene Samantha Donohue and everyone here needing support ..Yes every symptom you have said is a withdrawal symptom and common in withdrawal…they can last a few weeks but can last years … Shortness of breath pressure in chest/abdomen electric buzzing sensation in limbs or anywhere …brain fog joint pain back pain stomach cramps … dizziness weakness nausea …Insomnia .tooth and gum pain… light sensitivity ..noise sensitivity ..tinnitus flushing face and burning skin… heavy led legs ..faintness balance Issues …palpitations hypnic jerks twitches ….bowel and bladder Issues ….benzo belly (swelling) headaches pain in limbs ….hunger or no appetite ..hearing sensitivity cog fog…..jelly legs ect ect ect …there are so many symptoms that most do get ..It is still wise to see a doctor if any thing worries or bothers you …Intrusive thoughts and seeing things that aren’t there even horrible things like shadows ect …there is a site called Benzo Buddies that hundreds of those suffering have joined…they help each other by sharing there symptoms and answering … It was set up many years ago and is now recognised by many doctors …to join you google it …ask to join by filling in a members card online …no one knows who anyone is …you give any name .. different email and password ect …you will soon see thousands who are going through the same as you and all have the same symptoms … It is a wonderful help and the only real help in this …everyone there even the owners of the site have gone through this … It is a life saver …going through this the site has become everyones salvation … Good Luck to everyone and best wishes …

  64. Hi Hedy.. Your post stuck out to me.. Everything you described i had and still some. I was on valium for 23 years. I tapered in 2013. Yes your doctor should of tapered you .It is recommended a reduction of 1% every 2-4 weeks.I tapered too fast, in about 6 months.Im protracted, meaning withdrawal symptoms past 23 months..Please read the Ashton Manuel on line and take a copy to your doctor.Another thing is join a benzo support group on Facebook. Beating Benzos is a good one. I still have burning skin, but its getting better.Good luck

  65. My doctor suddenly stopped 10mg Diazepam, 7.5mg Zopiclone (after over 10 years use) and about a month later I got these horrific burning skin sensations in feet, legs, arms, hands, face. It felt like I was being burnt alive every minute of every day, and eventually took an overdose of non prescription drugs and ended up in ER. My doctor never monitored the withdrawl at all, he didn`t even tell me what could potentially happen. He literally didn`t want anymore to do with me. Three months later the pain is even worse and am now even getting electric shock like feelings on skin. Is all this skin burning just due to withdrawl? Shouldn`t my doctor have tapered me off these gradually or has he mucked my body up for good?

  66. As I read I feel sooo sorry for all of U!! As I have lived thru all the PAWS, well from the start of My Husbands dealings with Valium. Took for prob. 8 yrs. from the VA, they give them out like candy there, he was also prescribed Oxy something, but he never always took the prescribed dose, less, and then one day, Cold Turkey, and man o man, talk about hell, the poor man! but then we are in this thing for 3yrs. and the PAWS, post Acute withdrawal syndrome, these things never just go away, and yes, some things may never be as they were due these things! and all of a sudden, just hit you in the face, but that is the nerve damage from what this crap of a drug does to you! Just be patient could take years, but you will learn to maintane! just pray and pray and pray for the strength to get you thru this, he is really the only hope. But God takes don’t take a drug to help with the probs. of the other, it is just a horriable thing to do to mind and body. God bless you all who are going thru, and good luck!

  67. Warning: Anxiety may be the least dangerous of the symptoms. I had none when I stopped cold. 3 days later a seizure while driving. Just went unconscious. No one warned me but I was extremely lucky. Good luck! (Taper off )

  68. I started with a .5mg Ativan script prn bid. Now 6 years later I am on 15 mg. of Valium bid. Started with 20 bid in July and I’ve just been able to get down to where I am now with a doctor and the taper system,. It is hellish. I wish someone made me sign my life away when it was originally prescribed. I didn’t know. I miss work work from home, and don’t tell them why. Just say I’m having anxiety and agoraphobia. They are understanding, but I worry that my quality of life will never be the same as it was when i started taking benzos. I hope I make it through to the other side intact. I want to reduce faster, but it’s so difficult to tolerate even at 2 mg drops.

  69. Thanks for your post. I have found that tapering down my dosage has helped me with the withdrawal symptoms greatly!

  70. Hi I’ve been on 6mg a day of diazepam 7 weeks and I’ve been taking 50mg of trazadone for 2wks then I’ve gone up to 100mg of trazadone so for the last three three weeks I’ve been reducing my diazepam I’m now on 2mg diazepam n stil on 100mg of trazadone can this make me feel worse or shud it make me better but I’ve stil got to go down 1mg of diazepam then off it all together but I’m scared my anxiety wil return

  71. I ran out f my clonopin 0.5mg for two weeks. My Dr was on vacation and my primary care Dr was on vacation, two. I tried to tough it out, Now I am expericing heavy eyelids, no motivation, and lethargy. What shall I do??

  72. i have been on 10 to 20mg of diazepam for 18 years, treating PTSD and Major Depresive Disorder, i have also been taking up to 140mg of oxcycontin/endone daily for 12 years. Deciding to reduce pain meds, over 8 months am now down to 10mg oxcycontin and 10-20mg endone, next i will be dropping off the oxy. over the past few months it has been very hard, balancing major depression, severe pain, so i increased my diazapam to 40mg or more a day, just to try and sleep. recently i ran out of diazepam, so i thought i would tuff it out cold turkey, wrong. for the first three to four days it has been worse than hell, no sleep, and disturbing repetitive thoughts pounding in my mind non stop, over and over 24/7. could not do it, i got some imovane to help with my sleep, and put myself back on diazepam 10mg of a night. i just had my first full night sleep in months. have also lost 30kg in 8 months, due to the meds/depression and poor diet. my advice is do not drop off any major med during a period of depression, taper down and have weekly doc consultations. it is a tuff road, but one that can only be walked by you alone. i will continue to taper off, just do not try and be a hero.
    i would rather have physical pain than mental torment from the ups and downs from the major meds.
    diet/sleep and slight exercise are very important key factors in all of this and of course if possible be with a GP/Psyc as much as possible throughout it all. Nothing is impossible, keep it simple, you can achieve it, Good luck

  73. Hello was on lorazepam 1mg every day for 2 years stopped 28 Nov put me on 10mg diazapam for 12 weeks since that day I have had splitting head pains and stiff feet I dropped to 9 mg last week and had 6 great days today crying feel sick head really bad is this normal I know it’s a bad drug to come off no pain killers seam to help been told common symptoms of LZ withdrawal any advise would be nice thanks Lee

  74. Deborah-Please google the Ashton Manual where you will find the proper way to taper off Valium. IMO you cut too much. Best to taper off VERY slowly with no more than a 10% cut every two weeks or even one month. The faster you cut the more withdrawal symptoms you probably will have. Ambien is a cousin to Benzo’s and it binds to the same GabaA receptor as Valium. IMO you will have to taper off Ambien as well. Most doctors are clueless how to come off these drugs.

  75. I was taking 20 mg a day for three years for depression, anxiety,,I have had shock treatment for depression. with some change not long lasting. I an doing Ketamine treatments for 8 months. with some relief again sort term. I have reduced Valium with the care of my Doc. to 15mgs with some withdrawals. Crying, no sleep( put me on ambien 20mg.) Am in still on a large dose? I am a recovering drug and alcohol for 20 years. Sid my doc put me a high dose?

  76. I was prescribed 25 mg daily. I was taking.5 mg in morning,in the evening 10mg. and before bed 10mg. I have been off this cold turkey for 16 days and feel terrible. How long will this last? I live in an area with a deficit of healthcare providers so am doing this alone…..I really don’t feel well. Can you please advise me? How long will I feel so terrible. This is horrible.

  77. I’m recently cold turkey, for about a week, been taking 15mg 3x a day for 20 years, doctor forgot to write proper dose, last night, I was able to take 10mg to help me sleep, odd that I had night sweats and very high bp this morning. Why is my body delaying reaction, I took the med and it got worse.

  78. I went to a new doctor I’ve been taking Valium 5 milligrams twice a day it just took me off of it cold turkey I’m having a hard time what do I do

  79. Ive been taking valium for about 8 mobths. I was tak ing 5 mg in morning and 2.5 milligrams at nigut. I was given them for body cramps and muscle spasm. I get an itchy throat when I take them so I take with benedryl. I also have several food allergies. Ive become tolerant so my body wants more. I want to know how to safely taper off this drug. I don’t like it and it makes me have uncomfortable side effects.

  80. I’m experiencing most withdrawal symptoms but having hard time breathing.chest and lungs tight causing fear anxiety. I have asthma. Also the dosage has been very high for three years. 30 Mg daily or 90 a month. Also on Norco pain meds three times a day. Don’t know what comes 1st cart or the horse!!

  81. I have weaned off valium gradually from 10 mg till stopping completely on Nov 11. I am now having extreme anxiety along with extreme anger, rage and irritability. Is the extreme anger, etc from the withdraw?

  82. Ive been reading the posts of the last several months on here.. What I now know about Benzo that i didnt know when I tapered off 3 years ago is unbelievable.. I joined some benzodiazepine withdrawal support groups on Facebook.. I now know that benzos should be tapered no more than 10% a month.. A slow gradual taper is whats needed… Because i went too fast i am protracted, which means my withdrawals have lasted more than the 23 months in which most people are recovered .. Please read the Ashton manuel on line.. And join a Benzodiazepine support group online on Facebook… Beating Benzos is a good one… Benzodiazepine withdrawal is a very serious issue…

  83. I have gotten rid of 25 years of back pain using Dr John E. Sarno’s TMS technique. I am now off all pain pill, muscle relaxants and COX-2 inhibitors. I did all of that in just 2-3 weeks. I take 10mg of Valium at bedtime (25 years). I decided to treat it the same way with the mind-body technique. Big mistake! 100% totally sleepless nights for a week. Uggh! I am now using the CBT program and I am going to go back on Valium and reduce it over 4-6 months. I think that is the best way to proceed. Doing both at the same time was just too much for me.

  84. I am going to just throw this out and see if anyone can help.

    I am 60 years old and have been taking 30-40mg of Valium since I was 25 years old for severe panic attacks.

    Recently I made the stupid decision to stop cold turkey. As you all know this did not go well and within 3-5 days the withdrawal symptoms came on with a vengeance.

    Racing Thoughts
    Joint Pain
    Diarrhea and constipation

    Needless to say I am back on the medication. This is all prescribed by my MD and none of the medication is Street purchased”.

    I want to quit this shit and am interested in some suggestions that are outside the box that have worked for others. Enough is enough.

    Thanks in advance

  85. I am in the process of withdrawing from a 40 year benzo addiction. During this period I have been addicted to everything from heroin to alcohol. I stopped drinking two weeks ago an began valium withdrawal a week and a half ago. I immediately cut from 10mg nocte two 5mg One tablet. last night I reduced a further quarter tablet. The symptoms are horrific but I have had six grandmal seizures when trying this before. I am doing this with my local GP. Can you tell me if there are any supplements I can take to alleviate the symptoms

  86. I have been taking 10mg of diazepam 3 times per day for 5 years. I was surprised to find out when my prescriptions were sent from one pharmacy to another that the diazepam did not go with the rest of my medications. I found out from the pharmacy that my Primary Care Nurse Practitioner’s
    nurse had called the pharmacy and canceled my 3 remaining refills. Tow days ago when I woke up in the morning I had a not on my head and had bitten my toung. I believe I had a seizure in my sleep.

  87. Hi Ellen, No if you have been okay for months and only taken the small mg one day or two with months in between then you wont get addicted to it … try to not take it for more than a few days at a time …

  88. my doctor put me on 10mg of diazepam twice a day for anxiety after I quit drinking.(I don’t drink anymore). This was 6 mo. ago. IM still getting refills. The drug doesn’t work as well anymore. I never have taken more than the prescribed amount, lots of times less. I think its time to stop for awhile. With the length of time and amount ive been taking should I expect withdrawals? Since the tabs are scored Ive been cutting them in halve as a taper effect. I thought Id just taper the best I can. Sometimes I still take them whole but never exceed the prescribed amount, IM 67 yrs. I just havnt been feeling like myself lately. Gut feeling its the diazepam.my blood work is all good except for ekg (illegular heart beat. MY question. Is, is the amount of the prescription a lot .or am I in the withdrawal trouble range? Your input would surely be appreciated. I live 120 mi from the nearest Doctor. Thank- you, sincerely Eldon

  89. Currently on 5 mg Valium to help (water titration) withdrawal of 1/4 mg clonopin.
    (Was on 1/2 mg clonopin for many years until my “doctor” cut me off due to my age.)
    I self tapered down to 1/4 mg clonopin with moderate to severe withdrawals.
    My question is, I’m on Valium while very slowly tapering clonopin. Is this correct?
    I’m still getting withdrawals, but not as severe. Your opinion please. Thanks

  90. Can you just stop a low dose, sporadic valium habit? I would take 2.5 mg once or twice in a day every few weeks. Sometimes I would do this for two consecutive days. Then I stop for weeks or sometimes months. I’ve done this over a period of maybe five years. I take it for muscle/neck pain and also to put me to sleep. I now realise this is not good on any level and am wondering if there could be any withdrawal symptoms. In the past month I’ve been taking it a little more often as I have bad anxiety.

  91. Hi James, if it’s only when needed and 8mg a week just start taking 7 and then 6 5 and so on …dont cut quickly ..only when you’re ready even if it takes a year or more …good luck .

  92. i hav tapered off zoplucone and hav not taken any for 5 months i had taken 7 .5mg once aday for 9 months i am 71 and hav taken roughly 8 mg valium per week to help me with indomnia and paws i think from zops would that 8 mg valium per week make me tolerant i only take it when a necessary and how should i reduce it thank u

  93. I feel like a different person. I feel like I am in hell. indescribable! why would any dr put you on a drug that has horrible side effects without it. I hate all of my drs but I hate myself too, for not considering this as a choice. I need to be on valium the rest of my life! this is so unfair. I will worry about the dilaudid when I get thru this. I cant go thru my marital assets in front of anyone if I do not have access to this. my new dr (joyce ward) left me hanging Friday. so I am alone this weekend and have not slept in over 2 wks had 3 teeth removed and I am sure I have many cavities from the dry mouth. I am so sorry for my kids. I hate palmer had to see me mourn my mom. very selfish of me but not surprising. oh if I could turn back time. pls forgive all those that I hurt and know that you don’t see it when you are in it. it all seemed normal. 10 great yrs gone from drugs. the good thing is my kids don’t use drugs regularly and I hope their children will be the same. I love my children and grand children, hope they are happier than I am.

  94. Can anyone please help…. Been off diazepam fot 5 1/2 months now the symptoms l had are all but gone but the depression has revved up is this common thankyou

  95. My docter has taken me off valium i have been on them since 2001,i was taking 3 5mg a day.since moving home to be with family after the death of my older sister she has cut me down to 1 a day then 1 every other day then nothing.It took a lot of strenth for me to move as i suffer from bad depresson.and cronic pain from my back,from what i have read i should have been weaned off them.My last visit o see her she told me she was getting told off at every practice meeting,becuse i was taking them.So she just stopped me taking them.I would have not had this treatment from my previous practice,i can now not leave the house because of the terrible withdrawel systems,i do no think i am been treated correctly just to make the numbers look good at my new practice Please Help me as as i feel terrible.Joan.

  96. Feel so bad today with depression l have had good window’s so maybe that’s why l feel bad… Could you tell me if l have had long periods of feeling better l am on my way to recovering thankyou

  97. HI…. The depression l have through withdrawal abated for well over a month then came back after my holiday it was a long flight and l had jet lag could this be why the depression is back thankyou

  98. Hi Mary, yes you could still get symptoms further out but maybe you won’t because many do escape them, your dose was very low so this is good …try to meditate or yoga and walking is good to get well from this …Good Luck on getting of them ..hope it goes ok for you .

  99. I was taking diazepam 1milligram 5 nights a week for sleep M-F…for about 7 mts just stopped going on 8 nights without it,no really bad withdrawals except a slight headache…is it possible to have more symptoms down the road,as I fear having a seizure

  100. Hi Roy, yes muscle tightness and pain is one that affects most because Benzo’s are muscle relaxers …you will probably have a lot of muscle aches and pains to come in the limbs and all over …there are a lot of frightening symptoms so it helps if you know to start with ..Good Luck in your taper and remember long and slow are the answers …alway’s go slow especially after a high dose over years …doctors usually haven’t a clue …ask them to read the Prof Heather Ashton Manuel Online !

  101. hi, i was put on valium 35 years ago.i moved and the doctors here have been trying to get me off valium. my question is, can it cause muscle tightness in the back and tingling in the hand and feet

  102. I keep forgetting and am totally exhausted from stopping diazepam 5 mg. Not being able to consintrate for long.stuck in bed from excustion.

  103. Hi Brenda, It really does depend on the Individual in this process , some are just a few weeks ,others are a month and some are months and months .the first month is hard as you’re in acute and for some the next two months after ..symptoms vary …It does get better for everyone though..time is the important factor here …don’t set a time to heal or expect a time …you will heal when your body has recovered from use of the drug..congratulations on getting of them and wishing you lot’s of luck.x

  104. Hi Linda, yes it is a typical one …mainly it is one sided either left or right but can be middle …it does go this one quicker than most others .

  105. But l am excited to feel excited again Hi everyone just thought would let you know….. Only wrote a few days ago but felt this was important… We are setting off for a big family holiday on Tuesday and lam sooo excited well beyond excited really, by now you must be wondering what the big deal is, we’ll will tell you… For the last 7yrs l have’nt felt remotely excited about anything l did wonder why but thought it must be an age thing not for one minute did l think it could be due to the diazepam why would l? Anyway it is out of my system now and has been for nearly 5month’s l do still have insomnia and lack of motivation with flu like symptoms but quite mild to what it was l am excited to be excited which is wonderful hope it helps anyone who may read this love to all especially Veronica n Franxxx

  106. Thank’s so much for your advice Fran…. I will but into practice what you have said l do drink a little wine usually with my evening meal did’nt realize this would hinder my recovery so thank you for that…I love walking but have’nt done it to the standard l did because of a lung op last year although the lack of motivation does’nt help either. Love n best wishes to you Fran x

  107. Hi Kathy-I turned a HUGE corner by 6 months. I have been exercising daily for the past 24 years and after speaking to Dr. John Ratey the author of Spark he suggested that if I wanted to expedite my healing I should exercise every day and lift weights. When you exercise you release a chemical in your brain called BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotraphic Factor) which is like a fertilizer in your brain. Once released you make new cells and connections. It takes a long time for your GabaA receptors to grow back or up regulate and for Glutamate to prune back. However rest assure the brain is incredible and it will return to homeostasis in time. Time, eating healthy, exercise, no alcohol and staying off a benzo are the only things that will heal you. I would create another email address. I lived of Benzo buddies for the 6-8 months and it was so helpful. It’s a great forum for people suffering when stopping a benzo.

  108. Hi Antony, You really do need to be careful about taking tablets that are not pescribed for you it could be dangerous and it is against the law as thy are classed as controlled now ..I don’t know what your doctor will say as i don’t know of anything of this nature but you do need to get his/her help and advice ..you will have W/D Symptoms so you need to be able to join others that are tapering ..I do hope everything goes alright and good luck in your taper..

  109. Hi Mike thanks so much for your post hope everything is alright with you…. This morning managed to do quite a bit of ironing which had been hanging around for a while went out for lunch with friends then came home with the fog head again but greatful for the rest bite this morning….. Keep me posted on how you are doing wishing you good healthx

  110. Hi Fran thankyou for getting back to me l have been off diazepam for over 4months now the depression has gone and aches and pains what l am left with is lethargy lack of motivation and just wanting to lay about…. Can you tell me how long it was before you started to feel significantly better… I have tried to get onto benzo buddies but keep getting told my email is’nt valid thankyou again

  111. Hi Kath , yes it will be the stopping taking of them ..it’s one of the symptoms .lethargy listless fatigue it seems no one misses out getting hit with these …you could try some magnesium supplement ..as it is one mineral that is almost always lacking in most people and is excellent for health…cherry juice is good and some people swear by bone broth for health …avoid to much dairy and caffiene sugar …the only thing really is time as people are different and some are soon back to health ….hope it soon passes for you and it’s great that the dr said all was alright …okay Kath stay well . xxx

  112. Congratulations Kathy! Keep posting. It helps all of us. The drug is affecting each nerve we have, now discombobulated by withdrawal.

  113. Kath-I’m sorry that you are suffering. I had over 75 symptoms when I c/t’d off 5 mg of Valium on 1-1-15. I am happy to report that all of my symptoms have abated. Some of the symptoms are very scary. I think you should google Benzo Buddies and join their forum. I was on it for about 8 months and it helped me reading that other people withdrawing from a benzo had the same symptoms that I had.

  114. So im really wanting to stop valium after being addicted for a year taking 4 10mg each day.

    I live in the uk and have booked an appointment with my gp to talk about this, has anyone any experience on what will happen i have been getting my valium illegally and im not even sure of the legitimacy of the pills as some work really strong and some don’t. Just really nervous about what my doctor will say

  115. Thank’s so much for your reply veronica….. I got diagnosed with a low acting thyroid function back in 1999, since then l have been taking thyroxine and and attending regular blood check’s(only once a year now ) and had my annual check up last week l was very surprised when l got my results stating that my thyroid was overactive and my gp want’s to see me as soon as possible could this be due to the diazepam withdrawal as it seems it’s gone from one extreme to the other…ThankyouX

  116. Hi Julie , Yes this is withdrawal and you will feel some symptoms foe a time yet …this is the jet lag feeling you have …some people find that when they do manage to get a good nights sleep .they feel like this and like something is missing from them …this is down to the nervous system not getting the drug and the gaba is down ….over time this will keep trying to upregulate and each time might leave you feeling flat and listless , only time will help to ease all this …It becomes a friend and enemy too as it takes a long time for many …..feel better soon ,x

  117. Hi Kath , that’s great news and it could be the finish of the symptoms or coming to a close of them as some do heal pretty quickly yet some are still getting the acute symptoms from the start back at over two years ..I think the other few symptoms will soon be finished …tiredness and the cog head are all typical and the lack of motivation also but hopefully they will soon be gone ..hope everything else is good with you Kath and you continue to be well and happy …xxx

  118. Hi Veronica well l seem to be largely over the depression my main symptoms now are…. Feeling really tired, fussed head and a real lack of motivation also aches and pains have gone too. Do you think at this point the withdrawal symptoms are on there way out. Sorry if l am asking to much of you but lam desperate to be myself again love kathxxx

  119. Hi , have had no Valium for seven weeks . I tapered slowly under medical supervision for some five months after having been on and off the drug for 35 years . But now feeling very flat and listless . Have become a recluse and I just want to sleep . Don’t feel depressed , more like I’ve hit a wall . Am utterly drained . Is this state all that unusual ? Is it me or does withdrawal have something to do with it ? Thank you . Julia

  120. Hi Kath, if you are worried you can have it checked to ease your mind …one of the symptoms that is typical with nearly everyone coming of these is the pain in the lower back at one side .either in the side or lower back.many think it is their kidney’s .I can tell you it does go away but ut takes about three weeks maybe not so long for everyone ….there are so many symptoms that are unbelievable in this withdrawal and people worry it’s something else …if you were on a forum were people are sharing stories and getting support you would see they have the same …it is worrying and some are so frightened that they are at the er a lot of times .another frightening one is jelly legs and weakness .tight chest with pain .this is another all to familiar symptom ….the time you were on them is a lot longer than some and not as long as others but even after 8 weeks people are ill and are taking over a year to heal ..even with a low dosage ….some only have been on them 6 weeks and are ill ……just try to remember this withdrawal from these will have many symptoms and scary ones …hope the pain soon subsides for you and healing goes good Kath xx

  121. Hi Veronica sorry to bother you again…. Keep worrying that my symptoms have nothing to do with the withdrawal…. The other day the pain in my side was so severe l convinced myself it was pancreatic cancer…..l know you still get withdrawal’s even on a low dose l started on 6mg 6 year’s ago but last year l was only on 1mg for the whole year l am finding it difficult to understand how coming off (in affect) l mg could cause withdrawal symptoms l suppose worrying about it is”nt helping if l just knew for curtain it was withdrawals then l’m sure it would be much easier to bare you must think l’m a right wimp

  122. Hi Kath, no it is said it’s one of the hardest things anyone can do..all you can do is try Kath …many have failed and started again …It is a lot worse with each time ……wishing you a lot of luck with this …xxxxx

  123. Hi Kath, yes there can be a long way to go.some are healed more quickly and you could be one of these , but equally some take many months .they change and new ones appear ,sometimes they reappear and can be more Intense than at first .the flu feeling is one that many get and is known to reappear too, muscle tension and a vibrating electric feeling in the feet and legs is one most get ///tight band round the head /tummy and chest too is another …pressure squeezing feeling in the neck and throat and a hard to swallow one .bloating and breathless is another ….these are the ones that are typical with depression being another .nervousness ….twitching itching .flushing …weight gain or loss …..pain in back.tummy arm’s legs …..the back pain is one that’s typical…..feels like it’s your kidneys but it isn’t it hurts they say……nightmares jerks images .ringing in ears and tingling…….hairloss and eyebroes.cog fog toxic feelings and memories that make people sad..you may not get any,or a few .i hope you manage to not get any more .if people know they are less frightened when or if they do get any of these …it’s hard to imagine what they cause hope your feeling well Kath and take care …xxxx

  124. Hi again Veronica…. I was very low yesterday and today not to bad however the depression seems to have been replaced by flul like symptoms today and headache, l know l could have a way to go but do these symptoms get any easier as time goes on……. Thankyou

  125. Hi Kath, You’re welcome …this seems to be what many say and that they think it is better in a week …not the case though it takes months and more for some .xx

  126. Thankyou so much Veronica it helps just knowing someone understands even your nearest and dearest don’t’ so you end up keeping it to yourself…. Thanks againxxxx

  127. Hi Kath, Yes it’s always good to have a rant because that’s just what this stuff does to the body …It revs up new symptoms and even the symptoms that are present can get more intense too …the bad dreams are suffered by a lot and nausea too….there could be many more new ones as the .Receptor’s try to upregulate .the whole central nervous system is in shock and it’s down too .there is nothing for it so it keeps firing but can’t regulate hence all the new symptoms and old ones too ….all you can do really is try and eat clean organic ..dont have fizzy drinks at all or any processed foods try to cut down carbs sugar gluten and wheat …exercise helps with mood and sleep and magnesium supplements are good .it’s a long journey for many and not so long for others .the amount taken sometimes makes no difference ….large or small ….some who take hardly any have terrible symptoms some taken a lot can be better quicker .there is the different ones too Xanax ect ,..they are even stronger ….just cry it out it’s better than holding it in and if you can sleep do it because soon you might not get any .Insomnia can hit later around 2/3 months or later and last for months …some are years , the drugs are really brutal …when you get new symptoms just accept if you can and say okay i knew i would get more and i am ready to deal with it ….it’s like you are in control of it all then …maybe yours will not be too bad and soon be over ,b ut be ready for new ones then you wont feel so bad when or if they do show up ….hope you get a little relieve even just for a day or two …it is an ordeal to keep pushing through each day ….hope you have a good weekend Kath and dont be afraid to rant on….it will get better .xxxx

  128. Hi Veronica just wondered if you would mind if l sound off today….For a start l am so fed up with this one day l feel like this withdrawal is improving and then wham new symptoms like yesterday for instance just out off the blue the back of my knee started hurting can hardly walk than today l was at the hair salon and had to keep going to the ladies felt so sick when l came home l slept for a solid 3hrs now it’s 7pm and just going back to bed. I am crying while am writing this never know what’s going to happen next l know l was on the Diaz for 6yrs but only a low dose and l did the withdrawal slowly and last year l did’nt withdraw at all started to withdraw the rest of it January of this year been off completely since the 1st of March l know you have been there for me and told me this can happen but l just wish the bad dreams and everything to do with this would just end…rant over

  129. Hi Jackie , every taper should be done over months .slowly and only slightly …you have tapered to quickly and the doctors know nothing about how long it really takes ….all i can suggest is that you hold the 2 mg and don’t taper anymore until you feel like you are ready too, you could ask your doctor to read the .Proff Heather Heather Ashton.online as many have asked there doctors to do ….maybe even copy some of it for him or her to read .good luck Jackie and don’t forget to hold the 2 mg .

  130. Hi Arnold, that is the worst thing for any doctor to do.I am so sorry you have had to go through all this ..you should have tapered of these at least over a year there is no wonder you feel so bad and reinstating benzo’s will only make withdrawal even worse …don’t lose hope of not being well again , there are many who are just the same for as many years and more …there is a forum you can go to ….It’s exellent for people to share there symptoms and say what helps them and there are hundreds going through this ….go to google and type in Benzo Buddies .you will have to join with a password you choose and a name anything you wish ..not your real name or password and you don’t give your address or anything ….everyone on there is going through this because they didn’t know about withdrawal and you will feel much better when you can speak to others on there ….also there is a manuel you can read .go to google and type in Proff Heather Ashton Manuel online .all your symptoms are stated there and more .She became wise to these drugs years ago and later opened up a clinic to help people …..there are video’s on you tube too of real people going through this ,also a documentry is coming out next year and the trailer is there .real people again ….You will get through this Arnold ….It is terrible you were took of within three weeks but it will get better ….I hope this helps and you will be relieved when you see others with the same as you and those who are through it even after 456 years …..good luck Arnold !

  131. Hi Kath, everything you say others have said too , the mood will be very on/off and it doesn’t take an event or anything for it to come back ,as I said before they do come and go even a year later .the back is a typical one and a few say it is one sided like an ache other say a pain like ….some are lower some top but this is the nature of withdrawal ..similar or slightly different and some the same as others , like the food craving is typical and for some it’s sweets or spicy foods so salad and veg is a good craving to have, if the symptoms you have go away the keep coming back it is normal during this and also for new ones too, it doesn’t seem to matter about how many weeks or months go by , always new symptoms crop up .there is a lot on this written by Proff Heather Ashton and you can read it all ….go The Proff Heather Ashton Manuel Online Kath ..there is every symptom there and it is very good …..She used to run a clinic for withdrawal ,many have felt much better reading this and it details everything … okay Kath hope apart from this all is good with you! xxxx .

  132. I was on 4 mg Valium for 4 months. I am tapering 3mg two weeks, 2 mg two weeks and 1 mg 2 weeks. My tinnitus is very loud and at times my head feels strange. Are these withdrawal symptoms?

  133. Stand up and muscles contract so fiercely I gave to sit back down,Forget walking ! Last time I could walk was in March 2013. My doctor took me off 40 mg of Valium in Feb-2013 in 3 weeks. Each year I get worse plus in year two I acquired Benzo belly and year 3 I got agoraphobia . My only other symptom is severe tinnitus and I never had any mental symptoms but these physical one have stopped me from living any kind of live. I have been in my recliner 24/7 and can’t get to my bed as its upstairs.Just getting a shower is beyond belief,difficult ! My neurologist says I may never get better as any medicine he tried made me temporarily worse.Been looking over 3 years for help but either they feel I am exaggerating or they sympathize,and can’t offer any help. It’s hard to think my life is basically over plus my wife is put her life on hold caring for me.

  134. Hi again Veronica. Well the low mood is back l was hoping this had gone for good but no such look l can cope with the physical symptoms but this is something else at the moment it does’nt seem as bad as it has been but it’s bad enough having been rid of it for a while. I don’t know if this is anything to do with the Diaz withdrawal but l have started to have food craving’s luckerly it’s mostly salad and raw veg l can hardly get it through the door before l am diving in to my bag to get at it even before it’s been washed at times. Also l don’t seem to be able to stand very long before my back start’s to ache l don’t want to blame everything on the withdrawal but would appreciate any of your superb knowledge Thank you Veronicaxxx

  135. I was switch from 7 months being on colozepam to vallium. I have been on valliun going on three months down from 55 mgs had suicidal idealations on 45mgs and taper to ten from there by a doctor continue to taper down to 2 mg. been on 2 mg for a few weeks. cant taper yet because I am in withdrawal from lexpro and waiting until I stabilize. is it harder to get off of 2mgs? how do I taper saftely?

  136. Hi Kath .so sorry you have been ill and i hope you are making a good recovery from this and it continues to be good …I can imagine the doctor’s because none of them are actually given the truth about them ..they know that you should only take them for2/3 weeks and that’s about all ….It’s good that you are not feeling too bad these past couple of day’s ,let’s hope that it is all going to be over very soon, you have been through enough with illness …..the heart tablets yes you really have to take so it’s not an option …but it’s good that you’re off the Diazapam once the symptom’s have all gone away ..you will be so much better ….don’t forget though Kath they do have a habit of going and coming back for a while so don’t panic if you get other symptom’s ..it is usually the withdrawal from these …Benzo Buddies is really good because you can compare the time and the symptoms though some have them earlier and some later , you don’t feel so alone and people are all very nice …You don’t go on Kath ..I am alway’s here and don’t mind at all, you keep well and wish you continued good healing and health .xxx

  137. Thank’s so much Veronica…. Have’nt felt too bad for the last couple of day’s almost back to my normal self however l stopped the withdrawal early last year as l found out l had lung cancer had half my lung removed then soon after l had an op for a hiatus hernia which was in danger of strangulating then l caught then caught a virus whilst inthe hospital so l could’nt carry on with my withdrawal till early this year….. The year before that went in hospital for the h h op but they had to stop the procedure because of a fast heart beat l knew l had this but did’nt think it was important but down they have put me on a heart tablet in case l have a stroke at that time l was reducing the diazepam but was unaware of what it could cause also a blood pressure tablet which in the past l was told it was like a teenager’s the doctors knew l was withdrawing from Diaz but did’ seem to think there was a problem there…. Sorry to go on l will get in touch with BB thank you for being therexx

  138. Hi Kath, …no try not to take anything other than a herbal supplement or Magnesium an AD can make things worse and also have withdrawal symptoms too …..exercise is helpful and a good diet as is being outdoors ..walking ect..xx

  139. Hi Tova, ..It’s good that you don’t intend to take Valium after a week and no you wont have any withdrawal symptoms after this short time and such a low amount …..wishing you well .

  140. Hi Kath , the symptoms that are suffered are so many and you wouldn’t even have heard of many before this ..the cramps are really very typical symptom’s and a lot have them in their fingers as well as calve muscles ….the whole muscle’s in the body can be affected and are really painful and weak …the depressed feelings and worry stay around for a long time and are one of the symptoms that linger ,or can linger for months ….if you could hear of some symptoms from heart palpitations to intruding thoughts .seeing horrible images , being frightened of the dark…weak passing out feelings .the tummy swelling and being hard ….breathless tight throat squeezing in the neck.vision .heightened senses ,..ears buzzing .electric zaps in the body .or legs feet arms ..Insomnia ….balance , lead legs jelly legs …bruising .there is so many and so many people with the same ones ….if you want Kath ….you could google Benzo Buddies ….go to their forum and ask to join…you dont give any details .keep yourself private with a name you choose and address too …..you will find so many with exactly the same as yourself and are able to then worry less as they will share with you ,and it helps each one …..this can be really frightening Kath as the symptom’s can be things you wouldn’t think possible from stopping these..things that you didn’t hear of before like the hypnic jerks that stop a lot sleeping ……it’s best to know that even though everyone is different and can have hardly no symptoms , equally some can get a lot of different ones .the gabor receptors are damaged and have to upregulate to what they were and takes a lot of time ……give it a thought Kath but if you dont wish then just write here …whatever though don’t think it’s not withdrawal because it’s too bad .it will be if you didn’t suffer it before ……okay Kath wishing you lots of luck and try not to worry .! xxx

  141. I’ve only been on valium for one week and only taking half of a 5mg dose once a day.
    Will I have to taper off or have withdrawal?

  142. Hi again Veronica…… I am getting things whirling round my head like…. What if these symptom’s are nothing to do with diazepam my mean symptoms are : cramps in my carves and feeling nervy and very low one day l will think yes it s DEFINETELY then other days l am worrying all over again, you have given me loads of reassurance and l am still having these crazy thoughts..is this tipical of the situation sorry to keep bothering you love kathxxx

  143. Hi Kath , Thank You very much for those kind words It’s very kind of you ….people do need someone to be there for them because even the closest of family sometimes will never understand the terrible withdrawal symptom’s .wishing you good health Kath and Thank You again.xxxx

  144. AHi Kath, Thank You very much for those kind words , i really appreciate it ….I hope you are doing alright though the terrible symptom’s make people feel just the opposite Sending best wishes for a good healing from this ! x

  145. Thank you Veronica so so much l think people on here will agreed with me when l say you give us so much reassurance when we start to faulter it can be difificult at times and when we need that bit of encouragement to go on you are always there and l thank you for that…. You are a star thankyou againxxxx

  146. Hi Britt, I really have no Idea about this and as far as I am aware there isn’t a cover or substitute for any benzo withdrawal …many try supplement’s and herbs to help but they don’t mask the symptom’s at all ….exercise and a healthy diet can help but you have to try different ones …hope you can find something for you .Good Luck in your taper .

  147. Hi Kath, Yes it is withdrawal symptom’s you have .sometimes they ease up then come back even more I ntense …they will be sticking around for awhile yet so try not to panic as other symptom’s may show up too …withdrawal has many over time .Good Luck.

  148. Hi Amy, I am so sorry that your therapist is treating you like this …he clearly hasn’t got a clue about these drugs and withdrawal ..please find another one or doctor that knows something about these …It’s hard because not many do and think a couple of weeks is alright .you need to taper of Valium …slowly and over months , some taper quickly but are more prone to intense symptom’s …..it is anytime over 6 months .under if you wish but the longer the better ….there is a forum called Benzo Buddies …go on google and type it in and you can request to join there ..there are many hundreds there of all ages and all have come of a benzo .be it Valium Diazapam Zanax ect …..they have every symptom including shakes anxiety Insomnia Pain and dozen’s more ……the good thing is that someone will have what you have and share help or advise with you …everyone helps each other ….good luck and please seek another who knows .also ask your Pharmacist and tell him…..

  149. Hi Kath, yes it is common to have a longer withdrawal each time …the more times the more Intense and longer ..good luck and do some exercises it alway’s help with a good clean diet .

  150. i know neurontin can cover symptoms of withdrawal from valium but i dont know how much it takes to cover for 30mg. a day would you tell me

  151. Felt ok this morning then this afternoon started to feel low again ( not sleeping very well) was worried in case this is not down to the diazepam and going to be like this for life….is this just the diazepam messing with my brain thankyou

  152. I have been on 20 mg valium for five years. I went to an addiction specialist and he immediately stopped the valium and put me on phenobarbital for 2 days. He is now weaning me off the phenobarbital. He says all of my symptoms, shaking, severe anxiety, etc. are in my mind, and that I need a therapist to deal with my anxiety. Is this withdrawal? Is it safe to withdraw like this? I’m a little scared.

  153. I have finished my last withdrawal of diazepam 3months ago with the other withdrawal’s l did they did’nt last as long …is this common thankyou

  154. Hi Lynette, i don’t think the Inderal would have the same affect as the Valium would because one is a tranquiliser and the other a beta blocker ….the Inderal will have a calm affect but not like the valium does , your Son should have tapered of them if it is such that the Doctor wants him of …have you spoke with him and asked why he want’s him of while suffering his illness still… I would ask a second opinion on this .it doesn’t sound right as these tablets and other benzo’s are used to help with this Illness ….Speak to your doctor and voice your concern or see another , don’t stop your Son just cold of these .if he must be of then a long slow taper is needed which is usually month’s ..Best Wishes and i hope this can be resolved correctly …

  155. my son suffers from schizophrenia he takes serequel for his illness,but also has been prescribed valium for a lot of years.My concern is he is seeing a new doctor and he wants my son to stop taking valium,my son is now having terrible withdrawral symptoms,which are worsened by his schizophrenia,would Inderal be a medication he could take to lessen the side effects.

  156. Hi Sheila, you have every right to worry about this as withdrawing from the Valium will bring withdrawal symptom’s ..there isn’t anything that can be taken either in it’s place .I would suggest you get your Doctor to phone or write to the Urologist and tell him that a c/t withdrawal from this is dangerous and will cause severe withdrawal symptom’s …the anxiety would be ramped up so it is not advisable to just stop …I hope they can do the test still .Best Wishes Sheila .

  157. Hi Kath , yes it a typical symptom and it will probably last for some time yet so don’t worry , equally it could just go away but you have been very fortunate to just get this , it’s good to heatr just the one symptom ..I hope it does go away quickly for you and maybe in the meantime you could try taking something herbal and magnesium too .this is alway’s lacking in us and so very good for overall health and sleep .Best Wishes to you Kath .

  158. Hi Dorenda, Valium is a benzo, if you have started on 5 mg and the w/d symptom’s are to much just try upping the dose a little and holding until you feel calmer , then do a long slow taper .remember the longer and slower ,the better it will be with less severe symptom’s .don’t start your taper feeling like this though up it to seven and a half ..wish you the best and Good Luck.

  159. My husband has was taking 1mg xanax 4 times a day for 6years for very high anxiety they stopped working so he was put on 10mg valium he has been taking them for over a year, he has also been taking 15mg morphine for severe pain for a year before morphine he was taking norco10/325 for 4 years he has prostate trouble and the urologist is going to do a test and says he should stop taking all medications 8 days before the test he has very high anxiety and a bad temper I am very worried about what will happen what do you suggest

  160. Been on a low dose of diazepam for 6yrs just completed my last dose 2 months ago and still getting bout’s of low mood is this common? Thankyou

  161. Using valium to taper off 3mg. Ativan that was used for 4 months…how many mg. Of Valium needed to taper off of benzos…..panic attacks are constant on 5mg. Sleep issues
    .not wanting to be with people..not able to drive

  162. Hi Chris, Yes it is normal and these two symptoms are very typical like so many others .are you doing a long and slow taper so as to reduce the severity of symptoms , it is the best way to stop ..good luck with your taper.

  163. HiPatriciaYes unfortunately head pressure along with stomach neck and ear pressure is very typical of benzo withdrawal, you probably will feel pressure of other parts if you have head pressure so don’t worry about this , good luck in your taper and remember a long and slow taper is the best way .

  164. Have reduced from 6mg of valium a day after 5 months to 1mg for the last three days. I am starting to get increased anxiety and pins and needles. Is this a normal reaction. Thanks

  165. Hi Greg, there isn’t really one that’s worse than any other reduction , not when reducing as each reduction brings about the same , the best way for you is to test the water with each cut , seehow you feel and if you are feeling worse than the previous cut ,then don’t cut ,just carry on like this until you feel that you can and don’t notice the cut …..it is the best way to have less severe withdrawal’s …long and slow as there isn’t a time for anyone ,everyone is different , it shouldn’t make any difference to your sleep or pain as long as you only cut when you feel you are alright with the dose you are at , it’s great that you are wanting to get of these .Good Luck with your taper Greg!

  166. Valium reduction I’d been on 10 mg for a number of years then 9, for 6 months now. At 8. What is the best incrimental reduction to avoid side effects. Also on Remeron for sleep. Have chronic pain syndrome.
    Irritable bowel , thyroiditus, severe osteoporosis Thanks.

  167. Hi Frances, yes this is normal as you were on such a high dose , it is going to be a long time before you are fully healed ,everyone is different but usually the longer you have been on them and given the dose you were on you could be in the protracted group of withdrawing symptoms …..i suggest you take a look at the Professor Heather Ashton Manuel online, it is a marvelous write of simply everything about these tablets , the harrowing withdrawal and the time it takes too …..you will at least see just what they do and what they affect in the body ……She took many many years of studying these drugs and of those suffering ..congratulations on getting of these and good luck with your taper Frances!

  168. Hello,

    I have been using/dependent on benzos for about 15 years. Through out this period I was in denial of my increased addiction. I “cold turkeyed” off of Ativan twice, once while starting a new teaching job. Yes, now I see that I was not doing anything positive for myself. Next I was prescribed Clonazapam – up to 80mg. per day. I told my doctor that I wanted to taper off this benzo. He immediately replaced Clonazapam with Valium sans cross over.

    I had to educate myself and become my own best advocate. After spending time in a detox center at an overdose of 120 mg. for about a week, I began this process.

    It has been nine months, and I am now taking 42.5 mg. per day. The withdrawal
    symptoms related to tapering cuts had been manageable up until 3.5 months ago. I wake up
    each day with your above listed symptoms; the worst being severe depression combined with nausea. Occasionally I’ll hit a window of well being, but the rest of the time I feel that I am merely
    Is this normal?

    Thanks for your response.

  169. My psychiatrist just abruptly stopped my valium after 8 years because I missed 2 appointments. Can he just do that without tapering me?

  170. Hi Bronwyn, yes it is withdraw and maybe you shouldn’t miss taking any at all but just reduce it very slowly each night, maybe a small fraction of the 5 mgs to with before you start to miss nights wthout any will be better ….this is a typical withdrawal symptom , wait until you feel ready to make a cut in it , this is the best way or symptoms will be worse and longer …good luck in your taper .

  171. I have been having Terrible shaking and weakness for a few weeks (worse than usual). I have Fibromyalgia and have been taking 5mgms of Valium at night for many years, but have decreased the amount and how often; would this be causing my increased weakness and shaking? Thankyou

  172. Hi Marilyn, that is nonsense , if you are really very lucky then you wont suffer withdrawal but this is more an exeption, the fact that it’s over three years and seven and a half mils is enough to give you the same withdrawal as others, please don’t leave yourself with none after you decide to stop ….you must do a long slow taper to reduce the symptoms …it does usually take around 6/10 months but everyone is different , some bonly need a couple of months others longer .you will know when you feel ready to cut each time ,,,keep it minimum ,dont make large cuts .ask your doctor for help in a taper then you can speak with him about it as you would wish ..it’s really good that you are wanting of them now …hope it goes well for you ,feel free to post anytime for support ..lot’s of luck ..

  173. I’ve been taking Valium for a little over 3 years for anxiety and depression after my Dad died. I take 2.5mg in the morning and 5mg at night. I desperately want to stop this medication and/or use only prn. My doctor and pharmacist both say I should have no problem just stopping the medication but I don’t want to take that chance as I live alone and don’t want to risk any severe side effects. Is there a safe taper?

  174. Liam Everyone reacts differently when coming off Valium (a Benzo) and this is due to the fact that we are all genetically different. Valium has a very long half life almost 200 hours. I didn’t experience any withdrawal symptoms for 19 days after I c/t’d off.

  175. So i am on day 7 of going cold turkey and have not experienced any major symptoms apart from itchting and slight visual disturbances . This is my 2nd time going cold turkey from a substance the last was morphine sulphate of which i didn’t experience any major withdrawal symtpoms. I’m just wondering do some peoples bodies react better when withdrawing from a substance because i seem to manage going cold turkey from substances quite well once i realise i am addicted?

  176. Hi Rhonda, you shouldn’t come of them c/t.can you ring your doctor and ask him to leave you a perscription until you can see him., tell him you can’t just stop ,that everyone is supposed to do a long slow taper with the doctors help …..you will have withdrawals symptoms yes ,and they get intense .you need to taper a fraction at a time as the symptoms last for some time too ,lots of different ones and can become very frightening ..hope you are able to do this ,please let your doctor know you need them to taper …good luck ….

  177. Hi Kelly , your post just came through Today 6th April pm…..you will have seen your doctor by now so i don’t know what he said ,but it’s a fact of all the thousand of sufferer’s that doctors will never agree that withdrawal is bad and lasts for a lot of weeks , they think it’s just a few day’s and the symptom’s are not like they’re told , because they actually don’t know ,they only know what they are told from the big pharma company’s or the Chairmain for them….all i can tell you is …Do Not withdraw cold .take a long slow taper and cut only a fraction in the time you think you can .say a quarter of one of your tablets ,then an eight and hold until you feel copmfortable in that .do this only in small cuts and good luck in your taper.don’t be frightened of the symptom’s they’re withdrawal ….lot’s of different ones ..

  178. I am coming off valium cold turkey and it sucks I missed my counseling appointment so my pysch won’t prescribe me any valium till I get in and see my counselor twice so by the time I see him it will be 2 weeks I can’t take this. The withdrawal symptoms are so bad. Any suggestions?

  179. Please help, I have been addicted to valium. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow but am so scared of the withdrawals. Any advice please?

  180. Hey folks,
    I have been coming off of 15+ years of diazepam use, 20mgs a night, under a psychiatrists care. All while maintaining a full job. I Would love to share experiences with others, as he is working miracles in the 3 months I have been tapering. I am now down to 5mgs a night. Yes, with help of other meds that ARE NOT addictive and have no habit forming components. I won’t say it’s easy. The irritability and anger that it has brought out is hard to deal with at times but thank goodness I have a very understanding husband. He just wants his wife back to her happy self and I am getting there. Just taking the emotions, which are soooo up and down right now, one day at a time!
    Thanks in advance,
    Almost there

  181. Hello everyone,
    I am new to posting anything on a message board but I am hoping my experience can help other people. I have been on diazepam for 15+ years. 20mgs once a day at bedtime for RLS and basic insomnia. A year ago my doctor called and said I needed to start tapering off a mg at a time. This is very difficult in my busy life, plus we also tried supplementing with Gabapentin, but that made me too groggy. I was also being over-prescribed Vicodin. I was taking 8 10/325 a day too for a few years! I was able to kick the opiates pretty fast. Took about 2 weeks. When I finally decided to say “I am not messing around anymore, I want to know what this long term use (I never abused the diazepam) but did abuse opiates, I believe…to have that “up” feeling that diazepam had depleted from my brain….I decided to go to psychiatrist who could help me come off the diazepam more quickly. It’s been AMAZING and at times very hard. Diazepam depletes your Serotonin and dopamine levels (among a lot of things) which can cause so many negative issues such as depression and lack of motivation along with so much more! I have gone from my normal 20mgs at night down to 5mgs a night in two months, under my psychiatrists care. I will tell you my saving grace, is this Dr who (like myself) did not want to be put on other habit forming drugs. He also diagnosed me with Executive Disorder (aka: ADHD) although I don’t exude the symptoms you would think and he highly dislikes the term ADHD as it can mean so many different things. He put me on two “old-school” meds (he also dislikes all these new drugs that cause more harm with their side effects than the original issue) Guanfacine to help with my serotonin and dopamine levels 1mg/3 times a day and 1 30mg tab at night of Remeron (both used to be used for high blood pressure) but studies show these help with depression, anxiety and sleeplessness. I am not saying it’s easy. Now that I am down to 5mgs notice I feel very angry inside and irritable. I know it’s to be expected but it still doesn’t help the home life and marriage. When I am done with the last 5mgs I will also stop the Remeron shortly after. I hope when this ends that my brain will start to secrete my “happy” hormones again and will start to feel “alive” again. I did not want an anti-depressant yet as I wanted my brain free of the diazepam and then see how I feel. Even my original Dr that prescribed this to me many moons ago said how sorry she was she ever put me on it. Who could have known new studies show long term use of diazepam can cause early Alzheimers and dementia, and trust me I needed no help forgetting things already. So it can be done, even while maintaining a full-time job and thank god I have an amazingly supportive husband who’s patience is to be applauded with a moody, angry, sad and sometimes lazy wife due to this BS. But you know what? I get up every day, try to get to a Zumba class when I PUSH MYSELF VERY HARD (lots of taking in my head to get there and sometimes I make it and sometimes I don’t.) I hope to increase this when I start to feel a little more “up”. If someone who has taken it for over 15 years EVERY NIGHT, and kicked opiates anyone can! I am grateful I never abused it, I never felt a high like I did with opiates, and anyone talking about headaches or pain…my back pain, shoulder pain and headaches all went away after stopping opiates..,DO NOT replace one with the other. It would be easy for me to say “God just a couple of Vicodin so I can feel good and productive today” but i know it won’t last and you can not imagine after starting the guanfacine how much more clear headed I am. I know I still have a long road as I have all of these negative emotions but under the care of someone who actually knows the brain I feel confident my husband will have the “happy me” back soon! Hope this helps and happy to “listen” to anyone here who needs to vent because I wish I had had someone to talk to who understood everything I had been going through as no one else gets it.
    Onthemend and hope the anger ends soon..I don’t like feeling angry ☹️

  182. Hi Chris , what you’re feeling is withdrawal, this is another typical symptom….make sure you do a long taper and a slow one .you will feel less intense symptom’s ….Good Luck with your taper.

  183. Hi Does, yes the symptom’s you describe are typical of withdrawal ,many say that they think they are losing their minds ,not thinking clear unable to make sense of things and confusion are all part of this ….try and do a very slow and long taper so you feel the symptoms less and they are less intense ……it’s good you are trying now as it isn’t to long on them ….good luck.

  184. I have taken 4mg a day for 3 months for anxiety,apart from its benefits the withdrawal side effects are unbearable. I have tried a planned reduction but have failed and crave for the next dose. It has made me depressed and withdrawn

  185. Does withdrawl seem to have causation of mild manic symptoms?
    are there reports of mild, manic symptoms due to the increase in sesation, or rebound?

  186. Hi Linda, these symptoms are the most common one that nearly all suffer yes,It’s hard to say how long these symptom’s will last because everyone is different ,some are alright after a couple of months and others are longer especially if they still are taking medication…only do a slow taper and do it long with just a fraction of a cut ,as this is the best way , it’s good that you are trying to get of them, you may get other symptom’s too like Insomnia and vibrations in your legs arms ect ,some fullness and buzzing in the ear and even what is termed benzo belly so try not to worry ,they are withdrawal symptom’s which if you are concerned then check with your doctor to be sure .good luck Lynda.

  187. i have been taking valium for acute anxiety for 6 years i have been on a dose of 10mg a day split morning and night i am trying to cut down started at reducing morning dose to half tab 2.5mg after a month i am experiencing tremors anxiety sweats i also suffer from major depression and am on imipramine 120mg split morning and night and quetiapine for anxiety also are the symptoms i am experiencing common i dont want to increase dose again so will try and battle on how long will these feelings last look forward to your reply many thanks

  188. Hi Irene, yes it will be about the same as three years is a long time with these ,sometimes the w/s are a bit easier but not always and if you do want to get of them with less intense symptoms ,you must do a long and slow taper , take as long as you wish only you know when you can cut each time .cut a fraction only, it will be a lot easier …good luck Irene !

  189. Hi Myhairi, yes that is because you are withdrawing when you stop,if you want to get of these drugs you must start to taper , the taper should br long and slow and you decide how and when to cut …only cut a fraction at a time from this dose ,it will be a lot better with less symptoms ………you have taken them for a few weeks now so you will get withdrawal symptoms …just cut very slowly at only a fraction. good luck with your taper .

  190. Is it just as hard and take just as long if I was only on 2mg twice a day. In fact I took 4 half’s four times a day. Been on it for about 3 years. I have cut down to two half’s a day.

  191. Hi. I have been taking Valium for atleast 3-4 months now and I have tried to go a day without it and I can’t it makes me feel all weird and I hear noises and get all paranoid and have palpitations what can I do to prevent this??

  192. Hi Sylvia , yes you have w/s you didn’t say how long you tapered for, it’s a lot better to do a long and slow taper,it helps as it easier on the w/s .i don’t know what really helps with it but peopler have tried many different things , exercise and diet are helpful even if you don’t feel like give it a go and see how you feel, also maybe a beta blocker would help with chest issues, you can try herbal remedies too , many try these .hope these ease for you and good luck.

  193. I have been on Valium and other benzo for years now I have to stop as I tapered my head feels awful and other senses are horrible cold feet tingling sensation tight chest pain and I’ll feeling does elavil help

  194. Hi Joe , yes sadly enough the withdrawal is worse very often, hope you do a long slow taper first …good luck with stopping .

  195. Hi JDiani, yes this is a withdrawal symptom for many and they have had ecg’s ect all were good, it’s early yet so you will probably have more different things to come, you didn’t say if you taperd of or not but you should always do a long slow taper as this will lessen symptoms and be easier ..great that you are of them good luck.

  196. Can withdrawal also cause irregular heartbeat? I was on 5mg per day at night to help relax and then sleep…since I stopped about a week ago, yesterday and today I have had flutters and irregular heartbeat…on and off…that’s why I am asking …I am also sick with a nasty virus…which is why I didn’t need anything to sleep ..I simply passed out!

  197. Hi all…down from 10mgs to 11/2mg now..taken about 8 months slow taper..been hard at times..depression,headaches..etc..but easing now ..slow slow at pace your comfortable with!..dr told me I can jump off at 11/2mg but I’m not going to..will continue .5mg reductions..good luck to you all.x

  198. Hi Mary,yes you will get w/s if you stop suddenly and even after you taper you will get them unless you’re very lucky , you must taper off .start with just 10 mg now then taper as you feel .the long slow taper will benefit you . good luck .

  199. I’ve been taking 100 mgs of valium once a week for a year. Can this punt cause withdrawl if discontinued?

  200. Hi Diane ! it’s good that you want to be of these and a long slow taper is the key to not having such a bad withdrawal , biting the inside of your mouth is a symptom as is the blurry sounding ears sometimes the ears feel like there is presssure in them or a booming sound like the beat of your heart but magnified ..head pressure is common it’s likened to a tight band around it sometimes . there are so many different ones that people just don’t think they can be withdrawal ,but they are , keep cutting only very slowly ,don’t rush it or it will take longer to heal from them ….you will eventually feel like you’re healing but it takes some time , longer for some than others, the neck can become like you have a squeezing sometimes , it is horrible but know it is withdrawal …it is easier knowing everyone else on these have gone ,or are going through the same ,Good Luck Diane and remember don’t rush this taper take the time that is needed for you !

  201. Hi Danny , sorry you’re having this memory symptom ,yes it will come back in time ,everything in w/d is horrible and there are so many symptoms that ,you just have to remind yourself when a new one hits , it is withdrawal as it usually is and others are going through the same , try not to cut it so fast as you will have a much harder time later in w/d ..try holding now until you’re feeling less anxious then cut but only a very little bit . a long slow taper is the way .good luck with the taper it’s good to know you want to stop these Danny !

  202. I am slowly reducing diazepam. Used to take 1 3 times a day now take a quarter in the morning cut out the middle and a quarter at night. I have started bitting the inside of my mouth all the time. I really won’t to get off them. When I get up my head feels heavy. My hearing keeps acting like going into a tunnel. My neck hurts at the end of the day. Only a little bit to before I am off them then what happens

  203. My memory is impaired. I have been weening myself off now my memory seems worse and I am dizzy. This comes and goes. Along with the other’s symptoms. Will my memory come back. It’s seems to come and go. And my heart races if I don’t take the meds. Currently at .5 a day. Was on 30 mg to 20 mg 15 mg 1 mg. 5 mg. coming off in the last week fast. 15 mg to 5 mg.


  204. Hi John, you didn’t say how long or how much your medication was . yes you will feel bad ,did you taper or stop c/t .if you stopped c/t it will be much worse, try and exercise and have a good diet as this helps, it may last a few more months or maybe it wont but stay with it and know these w.d symptoms are intense there are many different ones so dont panic with not knowing what is wrong , you may want to ask your doctor for help going through this .good luck with this .

  205. Hi Brian , you have been a longer time user than some and so you will have w/d symptoms yes , i cannot say which or what because every individual is different and can have the same ‘or different w/d symptoms , confusion and memory loss is not one that is common , maybe a little short memory but not memory loss , it’s a long slow taper that’s needed here and the longer and slower will be much better , you will get through it , there is a site called Benzo Buddies , google it because may people are there and can help you through it all,they are great people who have been through it , ask to join and you will see the different times people are at , good luck with your taper ,it’s the right way .

  206. I did started to whidroal disepam( I used 2/meg Nithly after few month whidroal symptom made me very bad .for this reason I stated again.now I a happy and very things go well .iwooud like replace other drug to get reed ofit

  207. I’ve been off valium for 60 days still feel like shit whats up with that .. Headache sweaty palms and weak..please do you have any answers??

  208. hi i have been on treatrmnet for over 20 years of diazepam and temazepame and am wanting to know what the withdrawl symptoms would be when coming off them i take them to feel normal this is hard. Will this cause memory loss and confusion.

  209. Hi Helene , i don’t know the answer truthfully to be able to say either way , but if it was caused by taking a medication , then it could quickly go away after stopping , everything takes time and it may be a couple of years , or a year but judging that medication was the cause , then halting from it should cure it ,..

  210. iam 11 months off of Valium and i have Dystonia, will it go away after 1 or 2 years since mine was bought on from a medication . after using it for 15 plus years. any response will be appreciated. Thank You Helen

  211. Sue-Thank you for the nice message. I am a cancer survivor and if I could survive cancer I could survive c/t of 5 mg of Valium. I have always been a VERY positive person and this only helped my recovery. If I had a wave I accepted it and said it was all part of healing and this too shall pass. Sorry to hear you are suffering from depression and headaches. Did you ever think to try to do daily small baby cuts? I used to belong to a benzo web site based in the UK and so many people tapering off Valium did tiny daily cuts with little side effects. The good thing about this is you listen to your body and if the s/x’s are bad then you hold until your baseline improves.

  212. Hi Jon, if you want to get of these then you can’t start taking them when you feel you want to ,not if you really want to be of these , after four months of it’s a shame that you are thinking this way ,it is alway’s up to you but no one would say yes to this , good luck in your taper !

  213. I have stoped taking valium 10mg after 30 years
    Now i feel restless,anxiety,nasal block,congested lungs.
    Tell me what to do. I don’t want to take it again.

  214. Hi Sues , try and see your doctor and tell him that your reduction is a lot more than others on the forum , you should just cut by a fraction you need to take about two and a half mg to have less withdrawal symptom’s , clearly another doctor who doesn’t have a clue , go and have a word and print him a copy of the ashton manuel .a few have done this, hope your headache’s soon ease and depression .good luck .

  215. Still struggling with headaches and depression..dr just reduced my Valium from 3mg to 2 mg (from 10mg)..think it was too much..next reduction I’m only gonna go .5mg..am sure I had small convulsion ..quite scary!..slow slow guys.x

  216. Hi Pop , if you want to reduce from 10 mg twice a day , then start by very slowly , take the time that suits you best ,you will know how you feel..cut only a fraction each month or when you think it’s alright to ..if you are continuing with 10 mg after this it should not take so long , Good Luck with this .

  217. Mr Williams , you should never have just been stopped after so long and your doctor is not acting his position by doing this ,it is a very neglectful act on his part , i suggest you go and seek another doctor and sign with them as he obviously doesn’t know very much ….see another doctor and ask him to go back on these ,tell him what happened and you could then do a slow , very slow taper of with help from him/her …sorry this has happened and hope you can get some help from another ,or see the doctor you are with now and tell him this is very wrong , he cannot treat you like this .you must to get help of some kind with this , Good Luck and i hope he works something out for you .

  218. Mr Williams I was prescribed diazapam 34years ago. I lived in Bury and the local hospital gave them to me after a medical mistake. I had been left on my own when I was giving birth to my daughter. I had complications and the staff were changing shifts. My daughter died after 20mins when she was eventually born. I now live in Stockport, I have reduced right down to 11mgs. My GP retires in June but have been guaranteed that I will still be prescribed them. I saw the Practice Nurse last Friday as I suffer from asthma. They are a stage 4 controlled drug she said. Mr Williams I reduced from 90mgs I worked full time and helped look after my young grandson. What on earth is going on, if after my GP retires I have problems getting my diazepam prescription i have made my mind I will sue the NHS

  219. My mum was on Valium for 50 years. The doctor just stopped them because they said she didn’t have a mind for them anymore(waiting on a diagnosis for the start of dementia) that was six months ago. She is now in a mental health unit (had to be sectioned) through mental health issues. Could it be due to not having Valium anymore

  220. I did not want to detox from diazepam after 23yrs but my local drug tea told me I had no option everyone was was to detox at one recover, bury, cdt , lancs, bl9 7qj I feel as if I just want my life to end

  221. Hi Beverley, you didn’t say if or not you were still on them ,or if you were tapering and i can’t really answer you as i don’t know your situation ,if you are tapering and was 15 years taking them ,then it will be tough for you , patience and a determination to stop by way of a very long slow taper is what is needed if you want to get of these , Taper very slowly and only cut when you feel comfortable in doing so,until you stop ..good luck Beverley!

  222. Thanks Fran, will tell her to get the liquid Valium. She is 100% determined and she will tapper as long as it takes, she is not worried how long it’ll take as long as she is off. The vertigo was for 1 and a half day, she told me she has constant stiffness in her neck and tinitus (buzzing in one of her ears) oh and also a back pain but that is expected. It is day 7 now with the cut from 3 to 2mg and I am praying for her every day. Thank you all for the support. Doctors deffinitely have no idea how hard and difficult it is, and she also started doing some exercises like squads, launges, plamks every day 10-15 min per day.

  223. Hi Fran I have just read your experience, and I think what you say is brilliant I think what people are thinking ‘Oh I don’t feel good today, I can’t do anything must be diazapam withdrawal will it every go away!’ Everybody has bad days diazapam users or not. I totally agree keep active, my experience is two days after reduction begin to feel symptoms of withdrawal, then in about three weeks I even out, then of course I think I don’t want to reduce but I do and I try and think positive and I do. I am so please that Fran has added a positive to this blog. Please think of cancer suffers they cope, so I am sure this blog needs a approach like Frans

  224. Grant-YES Benzo’s are terrible and very addicting. They should only be used for two weeks however doctors have no clue about this and how difficult it is for some people to come off of them. We are all different genetically and that is why some people have no problem coming off of them. I c/’t’d off 5 mg of Valium and I did heal. It can take about 6-12 months to feel better and some people say it can take up to two years. The only way to heal from taking a benzo is to get off of it very slowly and continue to stay off of it. Every day that you are NOT taking a benzo your brain is healing. It’s very important to exercise and eat very healthy (lots of brain food and vegetables) Exercise is GREAT for the brain and I worked out two hours a day 7 days a week. I know this expedited my healing.

  225. @Hellen-What your sister should do is she should get liquid Valium which is SO much easier to taper off from than a pill. A lot of people end up doing a daily liquid taper and they cut a tiny tiny tiny amount every day. It normally takes about 10 days for symptoms to show up. I suggest your sister hold for a couple of days if she encounters a lot of symptoms, wait until her baseline improves and then continue daily tapering off liquid Valium. The worse mistake would be to increase your dose tapering. The idea is to get off a benzo VERY SLOWLY so your body and brain can adjust to all of the changes.

  226. Hi Grant , Yes Indeed ..they are terrible , unfortunately many more will be put on them for trivial as well as more severe problems , very sad and needs attention to the pescribing of them so readily.

  227. Hi Julie , i have never heard of a dog or animal put on these so i don’t know if She /He will have W/S .you could try asking your Vet …

  228. Hi Sue , great news that he is going to the gymn and meetings , i hope it goes well for him you must feel a lot happier with this …I’t’s ridiculous to hear that you have to sign at a doctors surgery for your medication, i can imagine how horrible you must feel , you arn’t a drug addict and don’t abuse them so forget feeling like you do , if they are treating you this way .i suggest you write to the medical ombudsman and put exactely how they treat you …..it’s the doctors that give these so easily , but then try turning on the patients they have made dependent on them …wish you well Sue and your husband ..thank you for updating and good luck with your taper ….don’t forget to get a letter of and you’ll feel better !

  229. Hi Hellen , all i can suggest to you is that she hold with the amount she is taking and feels comfortable with ,until she can cut some more , the way to get of these is a long and slow taper , only cut when she is ready , good luck with the taper !

  230. Hi Devon, yes all the symptoms you mention are indeed part of withdrawal , however you can see a doctor to get a check over ,the trouble is that doctors just do not know these withdrawal symptoms , my asdvice to help you further to share all this with others going through this and with the very same symptoms is …type in Benzo Buddies forum on goole and ask to join.these are people who have gone through it and set up the site for others to help them , you will get all the support and help from experienced people there .but yes these symptoms are all part of withdrawal , good luck Devon!

  231. Are these common symptoms of weaning off Valium after I used to be on 3 pills 5mg every 8 hours now I’m down to 1 every 24 hours can anyone tell me if these symptoms I have are from weaning off I feel like I’m dieing

    Bad heart palpitations that last 5 mind or ten even less and very fast heart rate everyday

    Blur vision seeing things that ain’t there and seeing stars or flashing lights or spots

    Headache brain zaps and tingles face feels cold and numb

    Ears ringing and I feel deaf

    I get mad easy and I have bad memory I say things to my love ones that I don’t remember and it hurts there feelings and I can’t even remember last night or most things

    Extremely weak even when I sleep a lot and muscle pains chest pains knee pains

    Cold hands and feet while my body is hot!

    Cant sleep

    Loss of feeling to touch

    Feeling as if I’m in a dream constantly

    Seeing things spin

    Neck pain

    Feeling sick a lot

    Anyone please tell me if this is normal of weaning off and if I’ll be OK???????? Or should I go to the er and be seen

  232. She cut it down from 3mg on January 15th and it has been 5 day already, she fells asleep forgeting to take it (she only takes it at night) and she wokes up around 3-4am and then she takes it, the thing is that she started taking it to help her sleep after the anxieties but as even if she takes it at midnight she still wakes up around 3am. Today she told me she felt dizzy and like someone is pushing her so I guess it is part of the withdrawl even though the doctor told her that it’s not from that and that she should go and ee an ear doctor (she also had some tinitus in one of her ears) . Fran you suggested 5-10% reduction but how is that possible when cutting the 2mg pill is barely possible,. I think she should try and hold on to 2mg for as long as she can untill she doesn’t feel anything( even though cutting down from 3mg to 2 is almost 33%) What if it gets worst? Shall she go up to 2.5mg and then go down from there or is it not a good idea? Should she try to endure and cope with any other symptoms she might face? After 2mg she will get 5mg and cut them to 4 so she will combine i/4 of 2mg with 1/4 of 5mg which will make total of 1.75mg and then go down to 1.5 mg till she reaches 1mg. Hope it will only be like today, dizzy a bit and thats it 🙂 Thank you ll for the support and the help. we really apretiate it a lot!

  233. Benzodiazepines are the worst drug in the world. Imo they are worse to come off than Herion, Alcohol and even Cocain. Very very bad drug! It should be banned. I’m speaking from personal experience!! Stay away from this type off drug you will regret it.

  234. Hi Veronica well thought I would just give you a quick update my husband has started going to the hymn and a meeting to try and control his sugar reading. I think I feel a little more positive. I googled NHS controlled drugs, diazapam comes under Class 4 instructions are in black and white. The patient needs to sign for drug at pharmacist, if a representative is collecting meds they should sign. It no way states that patient or representative needs to sign at GP surgery. I have stopped reducing due to all this fortunately only on 10 mgs. I see my GP on Monday and at this moment feel very annoyed. 36 years on this drug and never abused it and being treated like a drug addict. I will let you know if I get struck off from that practice xx

  235. my dog was on valium for seizures for two days , a total 10 pills where used. They didn’t work so we took him off ot them Will he have withdrawal symptoms and if so what kind

  236. Hi Hellen, Yes tell her to stay with the 2 mg taper for as long as feels she needs to ,then to cut it to 1 MG .stay with this until again she feels ready to reduce further then taper to half of 1 MG…Continue with this amount until again she feels she is ready to stop this …..it’s no point trying to do it quicker as she will have bad withdrawal ,Slower and longer are always much better ! i’m afraid Doctors know nothing about this ,only writing and handing out pescriptions , hope all goes well for her Hellen , good luck in the taper!

  237. Hellen-The slower you taper off Valium the better. There is no rush when coming off a benzo. I would recommend tapering 5-10% reductions every two weeks. Most people complain it can get tricky when you hit 1 mg and smaller. Some people can come off a benzo without any problems and other people are very sensitive. Best to slow taper and listen to your body. You can always hold if you have bad symptoms and wait until your baseline is better.

  238. Veronoica Hi, Thank you for your answer. Her doctor is convinced that she will have no troubles at all so she decided not to listen and tapper down, but I was wondering if anyone can suggest a tappering schedule. She went from 3mg to 2mg 3 days ago and she is determined to go with 2mg for 2 weeks. Is that too fast? Should have she gone from 3mg to 2,5? or shall she stick to 2mg and see how it goes? And what if she has some withdrawal symptoms? Shall she go back to 3 or? The doctor was no help, and she got a second oppinion, still got the same answer

  239. Hi Sue’s ,Sorry about this depression and hope you soon feel better , the withdrawal symptoms are horrible and there are so many different ones ,each equally as bad when they happen…i am pleased you stayed on this very slow taper ,it will help and you will be much better for doing so …good luck Sues and hope you are soon well !

  240. Hi Hellen, your sister really does need to taper slowly of the diazapam as it has shown that stopping cold has showed unpleasant symptoms and they are usually more severe the second time it seems , tell her to ask the doctor to help her through this taper to tell him , she wants to taper .not stop cold ,i wish her good luck and congratulations in wanting of these ..

  241. Thank you Veronica for your reply..depression low last couple weeks as withdrawl symtom..I know will pass hopefully…stayed put on 3 mg for last month until depression lifts a bit.xx

  242. How to taper down from 3mg Valium that my sister has been taking it since April. She was on Xanax 0.5mg for 3 years, then went off Cold Turkey with no withdrawal symptoms and after 4 months off it she started taking 0.5 Xanax again. She switched to 2mg Valium in April and cant get off of it. She reduced it to 1.5 and had a major crisis. Now she is on 3mg per day but wants to get oof sowly. The doctor adviced her to go cold turkey but she is scared. Any advice most apretiated

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  243. Hi Jan , this is good that you are reducing your dose ready to stop ,however it’s hard to say if you will have any symptoms , though i would say you will , maybe i am wrong as every one is different and all take differing times to heal, see how you feel when you are down to the last half and hold until you think you can stop .maybe cutting it to a quarter .good luck with this and hope you will be symptom free .

  244. I have been taking 5mg Diazepan twice daily for 12 months. Under my Doctor’s supervision I am reducing by 1/2mg per day possibly over 1 month at a time. Should I experience any withdrawal symptoms during this time.

    Awaiting your reply and thank you


  245. 1 of the biggest tips that helped to stop using diazepam after 5.5 years of use, WAS TO QUIT ALCOHOL USE FIRST! After i stabilised from that i started to taper my valium and it went alot better then tapering while drinking. Good luck! It’s doable but you really need to cut alot of corners. Avoid coffee, go to bed every day the same time, make sure your room is dark etc. Good luck!!

  246. Hi Mrs Pat , .it’s good that you want to be of these addictive pills ,i can only recommend that you take some herbal remedy’s and exercise , listening to soothing videos about sleep are very good too ,, and a good diet is always a help, try magnesium supplements to help with sleep , they have helped many just by helping with sleep alone , this can be very troubling w/s, have a good diet too …some supplements are good , and your doctor may suggest something , ask what he would suggest, good luck Mrs Pat.

  247. Hi Richard, all you can really do to get of these is to taper of ,…you want to do a very slow longer taper….people vary some take longer than others a lot longer , try by cutter 1mg as and when you feel that you can , keep it up then hold the last amount you are on, until you feel you can stop this too …..it’s hard very hard ,but it’s the only way to be free from them and eventually ,you would be free…relaxation exercise diet and a hobby can help through the W/D eating good and clean helps it ……good luck Richard ..

  248. Hi Sue, yes i remember you saying about having to sign for it now as it is a controlled drug , i hope one day there will be a tablet to take as and when it’s needed without it being addictive , the problem lies right there…..after a couple of weeks they should be stopped ,but people are not told this and suffer terribly when they try themselfe’s to stop ,it’s so wrong….if you are having some troubling times with your husband , could it maybe be that he needs a different medication , i know when blood sugar is unbalanced it makes moods up and down , try having a word with his doctor to see if another med would help , how are you doing with your’s , it’s very hard when you’re trying to reduce yourself …..talk to your husband , maybe both of you are tense with some anxiety , illness does this ….have a good long talk to see where the problem lies , i’m sure you will get back to been happy Sue!

  249. Veronica I messaged a couple of weeks ago regarding diazapam now being a controlled drug. I not sure I should be saying this. My husband of 47years is type2 diabetic, he does get black moods when his sugars are high or low. My husband has always been a good husband the thing is I am so concerned with this diazapam issue I can’t tolerate his mood swings, tonight we got abusive towards each other. I have health issues but my GP doesent take it serious like my husbands. At this time I want more support of my husband.

  250. I am on 45mg diazepam 10mg is there anything i can take any none addictive to take the edge of i have been on this drug for 12years now

  251. Geneva , Why have you looked and found this site if you are not concerned about your med’s , no one has asked you to give them up, many on here have completely given them up and are doing great living a whole new life ,better than ever , wish you well .

  252. Well my comment is going to be shock. I am 62 yrs old. I was prescribed Valium after hysterectomy at 40yrs old. At this time addition was not considered as it was not used by
    Addicts as that was not a problem considered. I take my meds as prescribed with altering. I took this daily with one doctor giving me 10mg 3x day with ultram (not considered a narcotic) for fibromyalgia. The relief of pain was wonderful. I unknowing this was considered bad for me. Since I have degenerative disc, scoliosis and fibromyalgia. . When you have such debilitating diseases you welcome the relief. If you are overwhelmed with these diseases and find these meds make you able to function somewhat, you have no intentions of stopping the meds and becoming a vegetable. I will take the meds to function through my life. It is difficult to watch people functioning as you are totally incapacitated by your body. I am going to doctor that will give the meds I need. I today take 5mg x3 day. As well as other meds that are frowned upon today. Well I am going to live out my days being mobile for as long as I can. I am hoping by spring I will be back riding my horse and grooming my horse, cleaning my own house and live. I did have to go on disability when I was without my meds due to the illegal use others d
    Use. I am not giving up my meds for a recliner and tv

  253. Paulette-Great job on tapering off Valium. Everyone is different and hopefully you won’t have any insomnia since you are tapering. I listened to meditation oasis to help me sleep when I first c/t’d off Valium. I’m now sleeping a solid 9 hours a night and I am feeling great!

  254. Maninkari-If you only used Valium for one week you do not have to taper. Valium and all Benzo’s are only to be used for 2 to 4 weeks. I hope you never take another Benzo ever again, These drugs are poison and most doctors have no clue how to taper off of them properly and what using a benzo long term truly does. Good luck!

  255. Hi Maninkari , if you take them for over 4 weeks then you certainly would get some w/s..i suggest you still do a longer taper then it won’t be so hard to stop completely., a lot does depend on the how higher ,or lower dose you were perscribed, but any at all causes withdrawal. good luck .

  256. Hi Sue’s, most painkillers do the same , be careful with them as it’s just as easy to be addictive to these too,especially when if you need them every day,you could just try annadin ‘or paracetamol as Paracetamol acts as a muscle relaxer to and most of these ache’s are from withdrawal, good luck in the last 3 mg and happy for you !

  257. Hi Kate , you should never stop suddenly taking this ,but very slowly over some months , this is always the best way to have less withdrawal symptoms , nothing can substitute this , but you can try different herbal supplements , if you are having bad symptoms see your doctor , he may want you to reinstate ,so you can taper of slowly, try yoga and get some walking exercise as it helps with sleeping, and a good diet to ,if you feel no better ,then you really need to ask your doctor ,as you did come of them to quickly , Good Luck !

  258. Hi Paulette , if you have been a year tapering and you feel alright , just carry on with the 1 mg until you can have three quarters , then half until you are down to a quarter of 1 mg , carry on with this quarter until you can take it just every other night , then every two nights and so on , this will free you from symptoms hopefully , Good Luck with this small cut !

  259. Hi Luba , you say your doctor wants you to cut your tablet in half ,then stop over two weeks , i know you havn’t been on them long ,but even so you will get symptoms , if you’re feeling alright with how you are tapering now , then continue as you are , to go quicker would be to send you into symptoms , it takes time ,you are doing the correct thing , tell your doctor this and he will make sure all is alright , .Good Luck Luba!

  260. I’m on my 3rd week now since quitting this evil drug and I’m doing ok, there is hardly any withdrawal now. The 1st week after stopping was the worst with intense agitation and confusion. 2nd week was slightly less and as above 3rd week I feel I’m back to normal now. Won’t be going back to this evil drug ever, I was prescribed about 3 years ago and found I was purely addicted to it. I was originally on 5mg twice a day and tapered slowly. I got to 1mg once a day and was stuck there for almost 4 months, then finally I just stopped. If you are thinking of taking this drug I wouldn’t advise it as its more addictive than heroin/crack. Good luck to everyone who is trying to come off this and remember it can be done, and you will find you own self again.

  261. I withdraw of 9mg of diazepam over a year ago very slowly and althougth it was difficult at times I succeeded but I still have 1mg to withdraw and I am worried that when I stop completely I will have withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia. Is there a way to awoid this? Many thanks for your help.

  262. I have been on Diazapan since October 2015 taking 2.5 dosage once night just before bedtime for an anxiety disorder associated with vivid dreams. Brought on by Minex for arrhythmia. My Gp suggested I try to control my arrhythmia with breathing and counselling. I stopped Minex 2 weeks ago and am doing well with therapy. As my anxiety has subsided during the day and I’m able to live a relatively normal life I have started to reduce my Diazapan by shaving off a little of the 2.5 tablet over the past 4 nights and feel ok except for sleep disturbances and rapid dreams I hope to keep reducing the dosage over the next two weeks. Can this be achieved in this time frame or should I reduce slower over a longer period. My Gp is happy for me to reduce but suggested cutting 2.5 in half over 2 weeks to Nil I have anxiety over this and so am asking your advice please Kindest regards

  263. Valium withdrawal is the worst I have ever encountered. Felt my heart pounding in my chest for weeks, and thought I might die. I have never experienced anything worse. The constant pounding of my heart nearly drove me insane. And the anxiety, inability to sleep were terrible. I don’t drink, but went out and got some rum and had a few shots each night, and I HATE the taste of it. Topped it off with 2 benadryl just to get a few hours of sleep. It stays in your system a very long time. Terrible drug to come off of.

  264. I have suddenly stopped Diazepam after 2 1/2 years of 10mg nocte, after a back fusion of L5/S1 and S2, laminectomy, 6 screws and rods. I am having moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms, what natural remedies can I take to help ease with these symptoms?

  265. Hi Blake , Yes you have typical withdrawal symptoms with this one , there are many different heart issues with people here and this is one of them , you didn’t say if you had tapered ,so it looks like you stopped suddenly , you will feel them more intensly with stopping fast ,it’s alway’s advisable to taper , maybe if you did some yoga and deep breathing it would help you ,exercise is really helpful through this , do some deep breathing too , lot’s of luck to you .

  266. Hi Sriirangam, this is typical withdrawal and it’s only been a month since you stopped taking them ,sso you will have withdrawals for quite sometime yet , some heal faster and other are months , you really should have done a slow taper ,it is always better and less brutal, try seeing your doctor and ask him if he would help you to reinstate to taper ,lot’s of luck .

  267. I have been taking 5mg a day for a year and half for a panic attack had. I have never had one before never been an issue really. I have stopped taking Valium 3 weeks ago and felt good the first week but the second week was hell. I couldn’t focus on anything I thought my heart was beating out of my chest. The third week seemed to be going better in tell I seemed to have a this urge for a deep breath that I cannot satisfy. This brings on my panic attack. I just want to see if anyone else has felt this breathing problem?

  268. Ihve stopped diazepam suddenly but the withdrawal symptoms r not going even one month is over I used to take morely of diazepam alprazolam.i think iam morely addicted Pl give any advice…..

  269. Hi Sue, yes it’s terrible the w/d symptoms and how long they last for some , they really are suffering and there is nothing to help but time and willpower , i did say on here that there was word that Diazapam /Valium , was going to be withdrawn at some point and so it was best to do a slow taper of , maybe it’s not going to be now ,but it has gone to controlled, it’s heartbeaking to hear some suffer when they have only taken medication perscibed for them by their doctor .they are looked down on my a lot and it is never right , these doctors should be sorry and aplogise first ,then try to help their patients when weaning of ,,,instead they scorn them and have no time for them…hope you’re ok Sue , hope all is well with you , Thank You for posting Sue!x

  270. -Deborah-Great to hear that you are improving, I’m almost 51 weeks off Valium. My PDOC suggested the BEST meditation which I use if I wake up during the night and I can not fall back to sleep. It’s by Meditation Oasis and it’s called “Relax into Sleep Guided Meditation”. You may download it for free if you have an iPhone under Podcast. It works for me better than taking a Valium. Good luck!!

  271. I’ve been off Valium for a year and my biggest struggle now is falling to sleep naturally. Although I’m still sensitive to light, noise but I can deal with that. I take Benedril to help get some sleep. Otherwise, anxiety is improving and all the other horrible systoms have improve. I just want a restfull night sleep.

  272. Hi Veronica,just been reading through the blog, how people are suffering so much with little no help from the professionals. What a horrible day I have had signing for diazapam prescription, now a so called Controlled Drug.

  273. Am having withdrawal now of Camacho valiuum bromazepam most painful experience and brutal the fluid in head mucus unreal experience it hurts like crazy pls dont use the drug ur life be ruined takes years to heal been 6 now still suffering

  274. For the past 1-2 months I’ve been having this feeling like the neck muscles/back of neck is really weak. It causes me to feel dizzy/fogged/disorientated, because it causes my head to feel heavy almost like it’s too heavy for my neck, and overall just feels heavy and dizzy. My legs feel like they moving & I feel like I’m tilting to a side. I need this to stop.

    1. Hi, Marcia. What have the doctors said about your condition? Do you take some medications about these withdrawal symptoms? In some cases home remedies (teas and massage oil) and hot baths are helpful. So, try them.

  275. I would like to say I started taking diazapam in 1982 when I lost our baby, I ended up on 90mgs, we moved areas so of course changed GP.I had to have operations due to the difficult labour and damage I occurred. The medical profession treated me like rubbish because I was on diazapam. My new GP has always treated me well and with respect (we moved 1982) I had three young children when I lost our baby. I have worked when I was fit after the operations till 2010 when I retired. I am now on 11mgs please listen to me. I really don’t think your brain has to heal, everybody on here must have a reason for being on this drug. It’s like people who have two large glasses of wine every evening. People who are addicted to nicotine. I am not mentally ill like some poor soles I am a NHS brushed under carpet mistake. Please stop thinking thoughts like your brain got to heal etc…

  276. Deborah-Unfortunately everything you are experiencing sounds like it’s all benzo w/d. Why don’t you google the Ashton Manual and you can review all of the weird s/x’s that come after stopping a benzo. I c/’d off of 5 mg and it was no walk in the park. Every day that you are not on a benzo your brain is healing and reverting back to homeostasis. Unfortunately it can take a very long time to heal. If you can exercise and eat healthy! Exercise helped expedite my healing.

  277. Well, it’s been six weeks off the Valiums and I feel great! I have to be honest and say that a few days were pretty rough going and I almost gave in an took one to ease the withdrawals – but I was strong and just plowed through. It’s great to be free again !! Good luck to everyone else & be strong because the withdrawals do pass.

  278. Ive been on a high dosebof valium/klonopin for three years (20mg/6mg). Apparently i have a high tolerance (never heard of that but thats my doctors answer). Anyways,I tried to wean off of it slowly but it never worked for me. I decided to quit cold turkey six weeks ago and after going thru hell, i am finally able to sleep a little every night. Propranolol helped a lot. However recently I started experiencing tremors and muscle weakness on my arms, legs and jaw. Is that normal? Ive been to three doctors and they all suggested i start the medication again but i honestly dont want to.

  279. @David-I would recommend that you google the Ashton Method and follow her slow taper. I believe you should cut no more than 10% every two weeks. The slower that you come off Valium the more likely you won’t have too many symptoms, Coming off Valium even at a low dose is no walk in the park. Some people can come off a Benzo without any problems while other suffer with a lot of w/d symptoms. Good luck.

  280. Hi Mrs Pat , yes that is a really large amount , the only thing you can do is to taper really very slowly . just maybe by 2 mg at a time until you feel ready to cut again , carry this on until you feel thast you can stop the last altogether , nothing really act in the same way ,but there are lots of herbal and supplements that do help ,also some take seroquin ,this helps with sleep . i hope you manage to taper and be free of these ,good luck in this !

  281. Hi I have been on 60 mg daiezepam for years to help me sleep I am.now cutting down but is there anything that I can take a take the edge off i am under my gp and seeing a physciotrist under the nhs every two months which I feel is not enough time but what can i do hope you can help Thanks

  282. been on valium for about 3 months now at 2.5 mg. starting to crave more ,but need to get off , what is best way to go to withdrawal??

  283. I have taken Valium since I was 21 I’m now 58 I have taken large amounts I have a large tolerance to Valium I am trying to get of I’m feeling depersonalised , I’m also withdrawing from Endep can you pls help I think I have to do Endep first

  284. Hi Anne , if you seem to be doing alright with this taper, it may be right for you , but if you start with any other symptoms then take them daily with just a small cut slowly , the best and safe way is always a long slow taper , it is up to you of course ,but it is the best , good luck in whatever you choose .

  285. Over the past 3 or 4 years I have been taking diazepam 10 msg regularly but not every day until about 6 months ago when I took once daily. About 6 weeks ago I began weaning off taking 1 x 10 msg every other day and 5 msg the day in between, then a couple of weeks later cut to 5 msg every day. I managed ok with a couple of days taking 10 msg again. I then went to 2.5 msg daily for past week plus. I have not taken any for 3 days. I tried this no medication before and got very upset on the third day so I am concerned about what might lie ahead for me if I continue to stay off all diazepam. I am sleeping well though some nightmares and waken waken with a headache but it goes away in a couple of hours. I do meditation (. Mindfulness) from an app on my player each day. I know I am doing the correct things and am drinking plenty of water and keeping busy BUT I am concerned that I am rushing things and may experience some bad effects like a seizure, which would seriously scare me. I live alone. Can anyone please advise. Thank you in anticipation.

  286. Hi Laura, no one is really at risk more than another, but you will have w/s with 2.5 mg ,only if you’re very fortunate would you get of with having none,seizures are not top of w/s so there is every chance you wont have any of these , good to hear you have decided to quit these drugs , hope your taper goes well ,if you’re tapering that is, good luck Laura !

  287. Hi Jason, No you can’t just stop without getting some severe symptoms that do not go away for at least months ,it isn’t your fault that you take these ,nor is it your fault you cannot afford to see another medic just because you moved State , you must tell your doctor that you need to taper ,he cannot just stop these pills cold ,it is dangerous ,doctors know little about the symptoms , see the Heather Ashton Manuel online and print it ,then show your doctor this ,tell him you have been advised not to just stop and go c/t please taper slowly Jason and good luck !

  288. I am 7 days off 2.5 mg of Valium which I took for 2 years. Feel anxious mostly from reading about all the withdrawal symptoms. What is the likely hood of me having a seizure.

  289. Hi ive been tsking 2, 5 mil of val every morning for thr last 7 years now ive moved states my new dotor wants me to go see . A medical person to see if I need thrm its going to cost me $300 to see this person I dont have that sort of money . I told my dotor this but they want see me intil I have seen this other prrson . So is it safe for me just to stop taking my valium what I have left I have 5 left witch last me 10 days

  290. Hi Gregory , Yes it is always better to taper slowly , your symptoms will not be so severe and you will manage them better , always a good way , good luck in your taper ..

  291. Hi Connie , yes after 7 months of taking this and two mg , you will have w/d symptoms , many different ones and it will still take time and willpower to be free of them ,.good luck with your taper .

  292. Hi Glen , Yes you are absolutely right ,they are terrible and it’s such a shame that no one is ever told about the months of withdrawal and feeling so ill , nor the many many different w.d Symptoms that there is with them .

  293. Hi Dee Dee , yes it is ,you will have some withdrawal though not severe and not for to long, good that this is only two weeks of you taking them , hope you soon feel better .

  294. Connie-Unfortunately doctors are not benzo wise when it comes to coming off a benzo. I would highly recommend that you do a slow taper for at least 3-4 months. Some people can come off a benzo after years of being on it and not have any problems, and other people can take a benzo for only 6 weeks and when they come off it they have a very hard time. Nobody knows how they will react to stopping a benzo until you start tapering. You were on a small dosage which is a plus. Please google the Ashton Manual to follow her taper schedule. Good luck!

  295. My doctor had me on 10mg of Valium 3x a day for over 5 years and it ruined my life. My judgements became irrational and I made so many bad personal and financial decisions that it’s beyond ridiculous. I decided now after losing almost everything including a marriage, home, and my retirement that it’s time to get off that POISON once and for all and get my life back on track.
    It’s been 3 weeks of HELL and TORTURE but I am determined to follow thru.
    The worst part is the insomnia, headaches, ringing in my ears, feeling of being in a fog, panic attacks, muscle pains, restless legs, cold sweats, hot flashes, a taste that closely resembles aluminum in my mouth, feeling like everything is going in slow-motion, and extreme sensitivity to light.
    And they say Cannabis is bad for you… are you kidding me? I smoked weed my entire adult life and gave it up with zero withdrawals whatsoever. This stuff should be illegal and the company that manufactures it shut down. When these withdrawals are over and that poison is completely out of my system, I’m going back to mother natures weed. It works for everything including anxiety, insomnia, and appetite. Enough said…

  296. Hi Donna , yes indeed all these are typical w/d symptoms , again try herbel supplements and tell your doctor to ..the w/d seems rather quickly rather than slowly , ask your doctor to keep you with this until you feel better , the amount is 15 mg a day for a month, this will need a slower taper than what your doctor has perscribed , the fact is Doctors havn’t a clue when it comes to withdrawal ,even though some do speak as if they do ,so have a word and good luck with the taper and seeing the doctor !

  297. Hi Ange , yes it is a typical w/d symptom but shouldn’t last to long if you only took them for 6 weeks , good to see you are down to 2 mg , and carry on the taper until you feel you’re ready to stop ,also you tell your doctor when you’re ready and when you feel you’re able to stop , Slowly is always the way no matter how long ,or how much, try some herbel supplements for the dizziness and shakes also tell your doctor as he may help , good luck with this …..

  298. I have been on diazepam 5mg 3 times a day for about a month and my doctor has reduced me to 2mg a day im feeling dying bad migraines head spinning and shakes i dont know what to do as no one is helping me medical wise how long will these withdrawels take to disapear

  299. have taken different daily amount of diazepam over the last 6 weeks and am down to 2mg a day.
    can withdrawal symptoms from diazepam cause really bad burning across shoulders.

  300. Congratulations Lisa ,thank you for coming back to share this with everyone ,it ia always very inspiring to hear these stories and so pleased you stayed with this slow taper of your last 1mg , it really does make it better to stop . hope everything will continue to get better , lots of luck, and thank you again for sharing this .

  301. Lisa-Congratulations upon successfully jumping. You will feel better in time. I have been working out for the past 24 years 7 days a week and I am convinced that is what helped expedite my healing. I recently read a wonderful book “Spark” by Dr. John Ratey and I contacted him during my healing. He told me to continue to work out every day since exercise is great for the brain and I should incorporate HIIT and lift weights daily. When you work out your brain releases a chemical called BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor). This chemical is like a fertilizer in the brain and helps the brain make new cells which is important when healing. The brain is plastic and it will heal in time. Once again congrats!!

  302. Hi Helen,once you have started taking these, you will feel the affects of them when you stop taking them , these are anxious nervous and even fear , you say you only take about two to three times a week , so the days you are without them are anxious , yes it is typical withdrawal from them ,even for a few days , see your doctor and explain this to him , he may alter the dose so you are taking less ,but taking something everyday, he will know what is the best course for you personally , …hope you get this sorted and feel better soon , let us know , and post back when you want to if you are alone , we are always here..

  303. Hi Kerrie , please get this checked right away your daughter is only a baby ,it may or may not be due to withdrawal , please take her right away ,maybe ring him/her to call out to see her quicker ,hope all will be well, please let us know how she is !

  304. Helen,

    Valium has a ‘half-life’ which means withdraws don’t occur immediately. Some residue IS in our system, but it eventually catapults. I’ve had no symptoms for days, then I’d ‘conk’ out. Lose consciousness. Happened while driving a car. I went through a cross street and into someone’s back yard. Thank God, no one was hit or hurt…………it’s a sh***y drug to be addicted to.

  305. I’m relieved to tell everyone that I took the last half a 1mg of valium a week ago. I’m DONE! !!!!That was the worst 11months of my life. Doctors who prescribe valium should be forced to do the withdrawal. I should say I was on 20 mgs for two years and 10 mgs for the 8 previous years, so 10 yrs total .The first 15 mgs.were really hard BUT the last 5mgs were torture. I had to wait a lot longer in between cuts and I had to definitely stay with.a half 1mg cuts. I’m still having withdrawal symptoms since I finished only a week ago but slowing down the process did help alot. Whoever is doing this GO SLOWLY. Exercising was really the only way I could do this.I ride a bike and do yoga. The yoga is very relaxing and I exhaust myself on the bike. I also listen to guided meditation on utube to sleep. After 8months of withdrawal I had to increase the antidepressant I take and I discovered CBD tincture which seems to help the depression and the horrible anxiety the withdrawal causes. I take benadryl now to sleep. I do feel better in a lot of ways and now I’m totally alert when I wake up in the morning. I’m sure as time passes I’ll continue to feel better and better. I wish you all the best. You can do this too.

    1. Lisa, Congratulations! I’m happy that you made it. And, thank you for sharing you advise with others. Success stories such as yours do make a difference and can motivate others currently going through the tapering process or thinking of quitting.

  306. I have been prescribed diazapam for spasms due to MS, i.e,.a 2mg tablet when necessary, which is neve .more than one 2mg tablets 2 or 3 nights per week but some weeks without any at all. I find Imhave become anxious and fearful. Is that some kind if wothdrawal symptom in between the tablets or a cumulative effect of having used them over a year?

  307. Hi Helen ,yes these are all typical withdrawal symptoms , try to eat soft bland foods to help with the tummy , Rice,, Apple sauce is very good with meals , toast ,bananas ect ,try to get something from the doctor for this to and tell him about it ,he should know what is best to take , but don’t worry as this makes it all worse, just know that it is all typical withdawal, Anxiety is always the last to heal …..let us know how you do and good luck !

  308. HELEN,

    I’m no doctor, just addicted to 15 mg of valium, but I have experienced a total absence of anxiety from withdrawals when I fasted, with just water. The addiction symptoms you describe disappeared with me until finally I came off the fast 3 days later.

  309. My 5 month old baby daughter is currently being weaned from her Valium. She has had no withdrawal issues but I’ve noticed that her eyes will go back and forth. This is something new that has been going on for a couple days now. Is this a withdrawal/side effect from weaning the valium.?

    1. Hi Kerri. Take your daughter to the doctor or to her paediatrician. It may be a side effect, and you shouldn’t let it go unattended.

  310. Hi Jerre , Yes it is another classic symptom of withdrawal, the upset tummy and the dizziness should ease of ,it may come back from time to time as they all do , try to cut out dairy for awhile to see if it helps ,you could get some soothing medication from the chemist to try , ask what they suggest for this , Good Luck and let us know how you are doing .

  311. Hi Kenny , yes it is a symptom of withdrawal that many have asked about ,especially when tired and not sleeping well, is this when you are tired also ,or just randomly , good to hear you are tapering of , good luck with this and let us know how you are doing !

  312. I’m at 55 your old male I think I am going to volume withdrawals but not sure I’m getting violent body jerks when at rest could this be because of the value withdrawal thank you

  313. I have been taking 2mg (prescription) diazapam ONCE a day, when necessary, to combat muscle spasms due to MS…rarely more tha 3 x2mg tablets per week. .Once did needed one tablet a day for a week.) I have other prescription meds which I’m told are not a problem with diazapam.) A week ago I stopped diazapam on being prescribed (over the phone) antibiotics for a urine infection. I am now out of my mind with anxiety and fear. I am afraid of everything and think that my stomach/ bowel upset, nausea and no appetite are signs of serious disease. I imagine I may have every illness the the sun. Can’t bear food, and am an emotional mess. Being housebound, with no family/ loved ones/ frIends left aIIve, (and so coping alone as I usually do,) I am hoping that these awful fears and symptoms are just diazapam withdrawal….,which I can weather, however awful. Doctors are no help as they don’t visit and don’t know me, and just want to dispatch you to hospital or a Home to get you off their backs…which is hell on earth. (Am a very young 81)

  314. Hi Fran, Congratulations on getting of these ,that is wonderful news and certainly lovely for all to read ,very encouraging too ,..you seemed to have done so well and stuck with it , thank you for coming back to tell us i am sure everyone is needing to see a success here to help them see that you do heal ,no matter how hard ‘or how long …i hope others come back to, Would be nice to if Teresa Reed stopped by to let us know how she is doing , .thank you again Fran and lots of luck for the Future !

  315. Hi Marcia , yes the Valium you took for three days helped you sleep because it relaxed you ,now you feel tense so you get chills and maybe flushing to , the trouble with this pill is that ,no matter how long or not so long you have taken it , it will leave you withdrawing when you stop ..you could try Valerian ‘or one of the other herbal Supplements ,also try taking Magnesium ,most are lacking in this really important mineral and it plays a really big role in health and sleep , you can also use the Spray behind your knees and around your feet before bed to help with sleep ,and epsom salts is loaded with it, use it in the bath and if you soak your feet to relax ,use this, just bear with it ,you will be alright soon and good luck !

  316. Hi Louise , there are no Supplements to replace or act like Diazapam at all , but there is many herbal supplements to take to help ease the Symptoms , Valerian some have tried ,but i don’t know if these would help you , shop around and see what what else suits you ,you may want to get some Magnesium tablets as most people are short of this and it plays a very big role in good health and sleep , if you are lacking in this your sleep won’t be good and many more things , .you should see your doctor to get the Symptoms checked ,just to make sure it’s withdrawal and tell him also that you can’t cut anymore until you feel better , cutting to quickly has more withdrawals and more severe ,.you will feel better ,good luck !

  317. I was taking Valium for 3 days, & since then I can’t sleep. I’m having cold chills at nights. Can I take a herbal supplement to help with my insomnia.

  318. Hi I wanted everyone to know that healing really happens! I c/t’d off 5 mg of Diazepam on 12-31-14. I c/t’d off not knowing that I had to taper. I do recommend that everyone taper off very slowly and they follow the Ashton Manual. I turned a big corner by 6 months off and I was healed by 7 1-2 months. I’m currently ten months off now and I feel GREAT! My memory is as sharp as it was when I was in my 20’s. What helped expedite my healing was eating very healthy (lots of fruits and vegetables) and I was able to exercise 2 hours a day. Exercise is great for the brain and healing. Wishing everyone a speedy healing and keep telling yourself that you will heal. Time heals all wounds.

  319. Hi I’m presently in 10 mg of diazapam have been for long time every time it gets reduced I suffer severe tight chest pains are there anything a physiatrist can give you to free you from this drug plus I also feel breathless in morning which doesn’t help when you have kids to care for

  320. Hi how is everyone doing, hope things are not to bad and at least starting to heal a little for those that are slowly tapering and for everyone else that has not long been tapering , stay with it and you will get there , good luck .

  321. Had bypass surgery. Started tramadol and 10 mg Valium 3 times a day, then stopped in 4 weeks. I then had mouth surgery, which was so painful and took 20 mg Valium and oxycodone/acetaminophen 325 mg 3 times a day for 7 days. I stopped all meds 3 days ago and am depressed and sleep often, as well as when I am awake I feel like a zombie. I can’t get out of my own way. How long will this take. Does drinking good fluids help it pass?

  322. Hi Bethany , sorry you feel like this ,but yes these are all typical w/d symptoms , you have really cut to much at half straight away then half again , ask your doctor to do a slower taper , seeing as it’s only been a few days it should be alright , go top the half again but cut to a quarter when you are ready ,then an 8th until you are ready ..it takes time and the slower the taper ,the better you will manage ,..it was to much to soon , however everyone still gets some w/d symptoms even with a slower taper , they really are terrible ,but you will get through them ,hang in there and good luck ..

  323. Hi Mark ,yes an upset tummy and dioarrea can be another ,but like all severe symptoms ,please get them checked by your doctor to be sure all is well .

  324. Hi Mark , Bloating is a symptom of withdrawal yes ,it has been mentioned many times ,but i havn’t heard anyone say about bleeding , it could well be but ask your fiance to get this checked by her doctor , all symptoms are best checked if they are different , there are very many but i havn’t heard anyone say this , you could go to Benzo Buddies pages and you will have to sign in ,there are a whole list of symptoms both men and women ,some specifically for women ….please let us know how your fiance is Mark and good luck with the coming off ..

  325. Hi Astrid , you say you went of Valium 7 weeks ago and cut straight to one , ….this is not tapering and you will feel terrible with this , you didn’t say how long you had taken them for ,or how many ,if you have been on them for years rather than months then you will have bad w.d symptoms and it looks like you have now .the w/d symptoms all vary ,and there is lots of them from light sensitivity and shaking ,no sleep ,palpitations in some upset tummy’s head buzzing unrealistic feelings there are just to many to write down ,and they do last for months ,my advice is restart them on a lower dose and start to taper gradually just do a small cut when you think you are ready ,see your doctor and tell him how you feel ,. you did do a rapid cut then stop to quickly ,…..can you say how long you took them and how many …Hang in there Astrid , everyone is going through this who was on these …you will get through ..good luck .

  326. Is bloating a symptom of cold turkey Valium withdrawal after 15 years of daily use? Is vafginal bleeding a symptom. My fiance is the subject and she is 60. How about severe diahrrea?

  327. MONDAY, OCTOBER 26TH, 2015
    I have been taking 10 mg of valium a day since 2012. 5 mg in the morning and 5mg in the afternoon for severe anxiety and panic attacks. My Dr wanted me off of them so he gave me 5 mg so I halved them and took them the same. They have always helped but I didn’t want to rely on them forever. I no longer take them now as of a few days ago. I have felt pretty much like I’m dying. Stomach pains, severe anxiety, really bad headaches, flu like symptoms, shaky feeling, weak feeling. Went to the ER thinking the worst but they seemed to think everything is fine except for anxiety. I now take Buspar 5mg in the morning and 5 at night… Do these sound like normal withdrawal symptoms?

  328. Please help me. I went off Valium 7 weeks ago. I reduced it to 1mg and then went off it. What are the withdrawals Im going through now? Please help me. Im not coping and want to die because its all too much. Pls help me

  329. Hi Jlynn , this is great news that you are 2 years off , the shakiness is part of withdrawal , and although it is 2 years since you have been of them ,most people are left with one symptom that lingers longer , a lot have some anxiety ,others odd sensations ,yours is the shakiness so just try to put up with it until it finally goes away , you have done great though and only have this …..let us know when this to has gone ,and continued recovery ….

  330. Hi Valerie ! that is great , i am very happy for you and hope it continues to go well , keep it all up , the dizziness and jittery feelings are all part of the W/D .but if this is all that you have it’s very good news .Lots of luck Valerie thank you for coming back to tell us …

  331. Hi Von , it sounds like they really do not agree with you ,maybe when you first started taking them ,the calming of the panic attacks felt good so you thought they were doing good , everyone has a very different tolerance to different drugs ,.what i suggest is you speak to your doctor about changing them for something that is non addictive , there are a variety of different medication to take for panic attacks and nerves in general .these are obviously not for you ,but you will still feel the W/D Symptoms from first taking them ,just cut down very slowly as your doctor advises ..if you have no other health issues then herbal is fine ,but always check with the doctor, some herbal have to be checked with other medication …keep the slow taper ,but get them changed for one that will help you .try to speak with a doctor about this and he may advise that you see someone to talk to , a lot of this is anxiety caused and it is this that needs treating .the cause and the anxiety ….deep breathing 478.technique is very good and calming ,try this to relax and also don’t worry, .this all adds to anxiety and panic …walks and talks are needed .good luck and let me know Von what the doctor say’s …you will be alright if you try and stay calm …..

  332. Hi everyone just found this page. I am on 7mg diazepam daily since 4th May 2015 for panic attacks,omg they worked wonders at first now my body is used to them. I am totally paranoid! Which is horrific! Thoughts of suicide constantly! Shaking & so nervous of everything & everyone. I used to be the life & soul of the party now I don’t know who or what i am any more!!!!! Trying to cut down on them with docs orders, but so scared and my panic attacks are bad. As I said the paranoia is beyond belief. I’m also on mitazapine for depression. Anyone got any idea if these tablets can be mixed with herbal remedies to ease the withdrawal symptoms please? Whoever invented this drug obviously hasn’t been on them! Thanks. Good luck to all xHelp!!!!!!

  333. I’m one week off the valium and doing good. Some jitters and a little dizzy. Just so happy to be off them. Now it will take time to get my sleep/wake cycle back. Last couple of nights have been a little better.

  334. Hi Dean , what did your doctor perscibe you …i can’t say what amount is dangerous as i really don’t know but it does seem a lot to be taking and different ones too….if your doctor persribed this then he will know best what you need , if not then you should go and see him and tell him ,if you want to stop it will take some willpower and it isn’t easy but you can do it like everyone else that has .good luck .

  335. Hi Lyndy , you did stop rather abrubtly so yes this will be still w/d symptoms that you have , a slow taper would have been much better as you withdraw slowly ,hence the w/d symptoms come slowly ….there are many of them and balance is one many do complain about ,this and the clumsiness ,also speech that is messed up because words that are not meant to be said come out and visa versa …many have arms and legs that twitch and so on making them kick out a little and yes going to the bathroom is another …i am pleased most of your symptoms are now gone and hopefully so will this and the anxiety ….a few take much longer depending on the way they tapered ,some months and some years ,though after a year things will soon be much better , those that have come through this good always say they still have some symptoms left but not as bad and that these to are much better ,usually anxiety and the balance are among them ..just give it a little more time and if it isn’t getting better then ask tell your doctor ,it could be the anxiety that you still have ,though this to will get better …you have done great Lyndy to do this cold …post back and let us know how you are and continued wellness to you ..

  336. Hi everyone, after reading my initial question, I realised that I forgot to say how long It was that I stopped taking Valium, it is exactly one year. I would like to recap 5mg once a day, sometimes twice a day over 33years.I stopped Cold turkey, I had no idea of the side effects, I suffered loss of balance, anxiety, insomnia, going to the bathroom 4 times a night and more. I’m pleased to say that I now sleep a lot better, and only go to the bathroom once a night, I still suffer from anxiety and my balance is a lot better, but I still have problems with being off balance a little, usually at night, has anyone else had these side effects and how long do they last? I have no idea and as most of you would know it’s really frightening, any help would be appreciated. PS my GP dose not know a lot about Valium withdrawal.

  337. My question is after taking 5mg Valium once a day and sometimes twice a day for 33years, is it normal to be still be suffering side effects, my balance is still sometimes a little off at night, still suffer with anxiety, my sleep patterns returning to normal, thank god, my GP dose not know a lot about Valium withdrawal. I forgot to say that I stopped Cold turkey, had no idea of side effects,Thanking you

  338. Hi Valerie . yes just cut to what you feel comfortable with , carry on until you feel alright with that cut ,then another cut when you are ready , always the best way .good luck with the taper .always here if you want to post or need advice further..

  339. Hi Veronica! I had cut down some for three nights and cut down to one quarter last night and having some W/D symptoms but not real bad. I’m going to stay at a quarter for a few days. I just seen your reply today. Thank you

  340. Hi Connie , how are you doing , if you have been taking 1mg for this time then you need to cut it .by taking it even later .try another day after you feel you need it and carry ion increasing the days .you will have a better stop .good luck Connie ..

  341. Hi Lisa , that’s great you are getting some sleep and others can try this to thank you for that .i hope you carry on feeling better and hope the depression is not to much ..exercise seems to helping a lot with you and it’s very healthy too ..good luck with the rest of the taper Lisa ..post back and let us know ..

  342. Hi Roger , if you are not hardly taking the tablets and you have similar or the same symptoms as others on here ,then you have probably got the w/d symptoms too .i don’t know why your doctor would want you to take Diazapam now in place of your others as they are very hard to withdraw from, most on here have been on them and say it is the worst of any ….i would suggest you carry on taking your tablets as it isn’t often .take one when you really need or start to take half .then a quarter but very slowly ,only when you feel able to make a cut do so . and carry on with it .it seems like you are going through the w/d now so it wont take as long …you will need your pain killers so need to see the doctor and make sure ..i can’t really say what is good for sleep as it is a main problem with everyone going through this .it is time really that will heal ,but you could try herbal or sleep video’s .some say they help and maybe worth a try ….i wouldn’t say your life is over ,it may be a lot better after this ,many are in their 60’s like you and look forward to that day when they feel good again .it will happen Roger , try and be optimistic and post to let us know .good luck ..

  343. Hi Valerie , Absolutely no .do not stop it completely at once .you will have W/D Symptoms just the same .cut it to another quarter then try every other night or day until you feel like you can go two nights …then every three nights and so on .this is much better and you will not suffer the W/D ..good luck and post and let us know how you feel Valerie …

  344. I went to the Dr. today and she told me to just quit taking the 2.5mg valium. I don’t think I will do that. What do you all think?

  345. Thanks Veronica. I’m going to cut the milligram in half. I think it’s going to take longer but hopefully I can function during that time. I will be so happy when this is over.

  346. I took lorazepam for 6 yrs with ambien for about 3 yrs. I have stopped the ambien completly and very seldom use the the lorazepam at all. My doc’s idea is to wean me off all lorazepam move me to valium and oxycodone for for my pain issues. Sometimes I have all the symptoms folks talk about other times It doesen,t seem so bad.. I just started eatting after a month but work in a med office and am a pastor. My boss understands but I am scared my normal life is over. I had the withdrawal symptoms while taking the damned thihgsas they were were presscribed. Now they want me to use Valium to get off lorazepam, does that make sense and how long will ittake?Is there anything tro help me sleep better than melatoin. Made it 65 yrs and now it seems to have turned to a real nightmare. Any help or suggestions?

  347. Sorry forgot to tell you about the sleeping. I have been using benadryl to help me fall asleep and I had to increase my antidepressant after the depression got too overwhelming after about 8 months. I also exercise alot. Walk dogs, do 15 miles on a stationary bike and most helpful has been yoga. I found that it calms me down and helps with a lot of the withdrawal aches and pains. Also niacin helps I found, the kind that makes you flush. I did try medical Marijuana but it made the anxiety much worse. Cbd, helped the anxiety and depression. I hope you all get through this and can get back to enjoying life. As I said I’ll keep in touch and tell everyone when I am finished. Thanks again

  348. Hi thanks for answering and thanks for the advice. I’m just getting over strepthroat so I’m waiting to be healthy to finish this never ending withdrawal process. I actually feel much better now, I slept for 3 days when I first got sick so it helped my brain to finish healing I guess. I’m really hoping this last milligram won’t be as terrible as the other 19 were. I’m really not sure whether or not to just stop or wean. I’m feeling so normal I hate to jump back into withdrawal symptoms. BUT I do want to finish this. I’ll stay in touch. This site has really helped me quit this horrible drug.

  349. Hi Sasha ! thank you for that ,i am sure if anyone is unable to sleep much ,or not at all it could be very useful to them if not addictive .sleep is the big factor in getting of these …it is so very bad with people unable to get any ,or very little .it is worth looking at everything that can help .thank you .

  350. Hi Lisa ! always if you can, go for a slight cut each time ..yes cut the 1mg to a half and take this dosage for a time , when you feel like it makes no difference anymore to taking half ,then stop .you have done great congratulations on getting this far …..how are you sleeping as many say they’re still affected with the problem ,even when all other symptoms have vanished .keep us posted it’s always lovely to hear a happy ending to these .good luck ..

  351. Lisa, I would just go off. How long did you feel bad as you cut back? It will be 4 weeks Friday for me and I feel really bad.

  352. I’m wondering how bad the withdrawal symptoms will be for the last 1mg of Valium. I’ve weaned from 20 to 1mg since December 2014. I’ve stayed at 1mg for 2 months waiting for my brain to heal. Now that I’m feeling ” normal ” I’m ready to give the last milligram up. Also, should I cut the milligram in half and wean off or is it better to just go for it. Does anyone have any idea.

  353. I have been on valium for like 20 years for Fibromyalgia and started weaning off 3 1/2 weeks ago. I was on 5 mg. and now down to 2.5mg. I got Kavinace from ebay (120 pills for $46.95 and free shipping). At night I take 5-HTP, 2.5 valium, and TMR Fit Series Clean that I got from Drug Emporium. This is a liquid that you keep in the refrigerator and you just take a cap full at night. Helps me to sleep.

  354. Hi Paul ! ..It sounds very much like anxiety ,maybe you’re tense with not having your tablets , this is a withdrawal symptom , but just to be safe ,i would see the doctor with it and get something for it .you should really taper of ,even though it was only about a month you were on them ,you will still get symptoms …try taking half for a time ,then a quarter until the symptoms ease of …slow taper is always the only way to be effective with less symptoms .good luck !

  355. Hi Manfred ! very sorry to hear of your friends unhappiness, ..i don’t know any way you could help other than being a good friend and letting her know that you and many others care about her , being there for her in times of stress helps .always a shoulder and an eato feel wanted and cared for r are very much needed when people are feeling this way …..they sometimes feel as though ,they are useless .no one needs them and won’t miss them .you can sit with her and tell her she means so much to you and life can be very rewarding too .maybe just walking and talking could be helpful ,.you could ask her to see a councillor and go with her,.she is obviously carrying the guilt of her brothers passing with her ..tell her no one can be to blame unless they actually caused this .patience ,talking and being there is an immense help to someone as they are usually so lonely .ask her to open up here ,i will talk to her .and make sure she doesn’t take to much of valium .no more than perscribed ……..maybe her doctor could be told about this ,as after a long time on these ,you can actually have W/D Symptoms as you become tolerante to them .has she considered tapering of .maybe not a good idea at this moment , .hope you can talk to her Manfred , please let us know how she is ..we’re always here..ok wish you the best.

  356. I was only on vallium 3 to 4 weeks I just sopped last night & my stomach hurt all day today. How long will my stomach hurt. & have to keep going to bathroom every time I eat.

  357. Just wanted to add if your on an anti-dep and your having trouble sleeping -or even if your not and your not sleeping & getting desperate then consider asking for Mirtazepine & don’t panic it’s non addictive you can’t get a tolerance to it, I’ve been on it yrs now it has a sedative effect ( similar to Valium 30 mins after u take it with the drowsy bit) even at my worst w/d times ( which have been as bad as ending up in A&E then countless admissions) I’ve slept 6/-8 hrs at night after taking 45 mg and recently cut down to 30 mg and still sleep fine. I would never recommend anything that would mess folk up & it’s been a god send to me I feel so bad for those that aren’t sleeping at all or very few hrs & you can take it for months/yrs with no tolerance building at all. Just thought it’d be worth mentioning. Also to the poor souls who’s Dr’s have changed or want them off the Valium ASAP ( one way to terrify the life out of you for sure) ask to be referred to an addiction specialist. Almost all areas have a body that helps drug users/alcoholics with either a psychiatrist, prescribing Dr or both & though u may not want to be labeled that way you will at least stand a reasonable chance of getting some sympathetic help- be sure to get your Dr to continue prescribing until you are registered with them though ( they are usually happy to get rid of you.) good luck.x

  358. I know it’s very selfish but when I found & read all these threads it made me feel better knowing there are so many others experiencing this savage hell that Valium leaves you in. Been 5yrs now started tapering last January from 140mg am now on 3mg. I was lucky as after my Dr washed his hands of me I found a very sympathetic physiatrist who lets me go at my own pace. N.H.S/ Dr’s are generally useless & ignorant of the brutal reality of Valium. As I’ve gone so slow it’s only in the past few months I’ve really felt w/d kick in (come off heroin & crack before and would say it’s just about up there with the heroin) Want to tell you all that it is achievable, I have noticed my speech is better- am confident & articulate, my depression has lifted a lot, that mental fog has gone, I feel like my old self is returning and that feels GREAT but yes am feeling rough, can’t get out or do much, am lonely, sit about a lot but I know this will pass.Please keep at it folks, if it’s getting to brutal slow your tapering down if you can, especially when you get low- ADVICE: if you can’t eat then buy some multi vitamins and 5htp diet /vitamins it will help give your brain ingredients to make chemicals it needs faster. Also try get some sort of exercise if at all poss I have run 5 miles a day throughout my detox ( ok so maybe not run it, run, stop, sweat, breathe -I look bloody ridiculous but am past caring) PLEASE DONT GIVE UP. xx

  359. Hi Lora ! yes indeed it does sound very familiar with w/d ……it is never advisable to just stop taking them cold turkey …a slow taper is the safest way and most effective ……you should take them again but slowly taper of .the sickness is a symptom yes , but you have to eat ….please go back to the beginning then slowly taper .even over a short time of takling this , you will get withdrawal symptoms .even after a week ….if you have not got any left then you should ring your doctor straight away and tell him this and to also get another perscription ..try not to worry and eat chicken soup with some bread ,if you cannot eat anything else and plenty of fluids to .please ring him straight away as you cannot go without food , if you have some left ,then begin again on the same as you were on before you stopped….good luck .always here let us know how you are .take care Lori !

  360. Hi patty ! that is good that you’re speaking with your doctor , he will help you in whatever you decide to do .i do understand about vertigo , it is terrible .i have had it also before and don’t want it again…good luck Patty and you are very welcome. !

  361. I just had a call from a friend who is on 80 mg Valium – 4 x 20 and she is starting to talk about suicide. Her brother killed himself earlier this year, and she blames herself. She bing drins on the weekend, and her father is an alcoholic. What can I do to help?

  362. I had to do 40 hyperbaric oxygen treatments sprawled out over 3 months and I finished a week ago and just stopped taking my valium cold turkey not aware of withdrawls, but almost right after I stopped taking my pills I get really hungry but once I try to eat I would get very nauseous I haven’t been able to eat in over a week now and I am getting very weak loss of intrest I was supposed to go back to work today but I have been having anxiety and today was off the chart I thought I was going to have to go to the emergency room my anxiety was at a high point I couldn’t even breath could this be from stopping my valium cold turkey ? help me I need to be able to eat again for strength and need to find out about my anxiety I only weigh like 75lbs recovering from cancer a year 1/2 ago

  363. Veronica thanks for your reply. I am seeing my doctor in November. I will talk to him about the diazepam. I have been thinking and I have really had at lot less vertigo from Meniere’s in the past year taking the low dose diazepam and it works. I don’t want to go back to being flat on my back dizzy everyday and I am not taking anymore than the 2mgs 2x a day.

  364. Hi C ! Yes all the symptoms you describe are typically W/D..from Diazapam /Valium .you should do a very slow taper of these ,it is very important or you will have a lot of very bad withdrawal symptoms .if you can even them out daily .then do a tiny cut in the dose as and when you feel you are able ,it will be much better with less severe Symptoms and a much better chance of getting of and staying of them .it all takes time and you cannot hurry this, you should really not give your medication away,you will not have the right dose you need to start with….but yes it is the best thing you can do ,if you are ready and wanting this .also have a word with your doctor and let him know …he will help to ease you of this , ……good luck and let us know how you are doing ,we are always here to help so you’re not alone in this ,you may want to check out benzo budies , they have some great feedback of starting to taper and the end of it …good luck !

  365. Anyone else using Gabba Pentin to help with back pain and anxiety? My doc prescribed to me, I’m down to 7 mg. diazepam from 12.5 since June 11, had done the crossover from 1.2mg Clonozepam (had been on that since 2007) in March. DIdn’t taper diazepam (wish I had) in April and May due to fear of back pain (herniated discs). Anyway, the Gabba Pentin makes me sleepy but it helps my back pain. I haven’t driven much on my own since March since doc dosed me on days (now take 5mg diaz at bedtime and 2mg during the day). Having tough time with anxiety and depression but lonely!!!

  366. Hi, I’ve been taking valium since 2003..however have been abusing my presctiptions. I’ve come down alot, however still take up to 120mg 2-3 times a week. My prescription is fortnightly, I have lately been giving about 70ml of that away to a friend, which means i get 1 less dose (which i usually take on or near the second week). And i am having severe mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, paranoia and a couple of weeks ago, jusgt felt really strange and was hallucinating.
    I need to know if this is due to how im taking my prescription?…..I dont want to go back to taking it every day but do want to cut down how much i take…..am i doing it too fast?

    Thnk you for your help.