Hi Michael. Generally, it’s not advised to stop Valium cold turkey at any dose. Seek counsel from your pharmacist or prescribing doctor to set up a tapering schedule.
I just stick to one rule ‘having made a cut I stick with it’. Not looking forward to it. Every cut is difficult it brings the same problems every time. The last 5mg of valium seem to be the hardest. I’d like to think this is a good rule? Down to 2mg daily now and about to make another cut. Thank you for the reply ‘D’ I have heard of, Baclofen, several times, I will give it a try. Valium is unlike ‘Z’s they just seemed to fall away the lower the dose became.
Seek help and advice from your prescribing doctor.
It’s possible that your case is mild, and you must need to wait out the discomfort for a while. However, these meds are usually prescribed to people who have been on Valium for over six months or at high doses.
Good for you. Hello Kevin. You need to come off diazepam slowly, especially after long term use. I’d suggest that you consult with your prescribing doctor to get a tapering schedule (or find a new one). Alternay, you might try consulting with a pharmacist for advice on tapering. The usual course for a taper starts around a minimum of 6 weeks, but you can extended it, as needed. Good luck and please keep us posted about your efforts!.
i took10mg diazepam 3 times a day for 15 years. then 0 now for 16 days…i did have shaky hands in am and convulsed a little at night before falling a sleep for a couple weeks.and also had a couple panic attacks while awakeningin the night(scary) now 17 days later a little anxiety under pressure etc…but will continue with 0 as i have taken this for way too long…over the years i have learned how to handle stress and thinkican do without the daze…. then reduced to 5mg every 3 days for 3 weeks.
But when drugs are no longer present, the body still acts like they are…until it normalizes again. But why does this happen? Withdrawal symptoms occur when you stop taking habit forming drugs because the body becomes used to and adapts to chemicals. Withdrawal symptoms from Valium are likely to occur in anyone who experiences Valium tolerance symptoms, including those who gradually comes off Valium as well as those who suddenly decide to stop taking it. So how does this apply to Valium?.
I am just reading some of the blogs. It’s the awful nights that I find the hardest, such negative and hopeless feelings, I hope they pass?. I realise I am not alone, somehow makes me feel better.They are really good and informative.
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Hello Sandra. Have you prepared for withdrawal with the help of your prescribing doctor? You need a very gradual taper to come off strong benzos like Valium. And an individualized tapering calendar which is supervised by an MD.
Plus, a section at the end for your questions about Valium. So when you are ready to get off Valium, you can expect certain symptoms to manifest in your body. And if you’re asking yourself, “ Can I just stop taking Valium ?”, the answer is…not easily. Symptoms that occur during Valium withdrawal can vary from depression to increased insomnia and can last up to 6 weeks after you stop taking Valium. Does Valium work for everyone ? No. Learn more about common Valium withdrawal symptoms, how long they last and how you can treat Valium withdrawal here.
yes ! i have been takeing valium for 25 years under doctors care ! what do i do ? i am very worried can u help me ?
I just don’t seem to be able to get over that last hurdle.Got it down to 5mg daily then tapered a quarter every 4 weeks. Should I taper the very last quarter a lot, lot slower?. Feel stuck now and not sure where to go, or what to do, next. Everything was as usual, ups and downs, for the first 10 days then wow! the bottom fell out of my world.Panic attacks,hot sweats in the night,nightmares you name it I had it the only thing that helped was to go back on the valium again. It had its ups and downs but I handled it.Then I made the mistake of cutting the last quarter in 2 weeks instead of 4.
Are you preparing for or considering detox from Valium (diazepam)?
Its also difficult to eat in the morning but when I can eat I eat banana and take valerian root to take the edge off a little. My doctor also prescribed a beta blocker for heart pulpitations. I am on day 7 of not taking anything and I find that the symptoms are terrible in the morning. Lack of sleep and waking up feeling compley wired like my heart is going to explode.
Passionflower, Skullcap, Kava, Valerian has good synergy. Based on whether you are taking other meds already, any physical ailments, substance abuse and what kind all takes a role in whether some of these should be used. In terms of whether you should taper the last few mgs slower, it all depends on your mental status and physiological state. While some of these drugs many would say would be counterintuitive to take, I disagree as it always depends on individual needs, circumstances. Clonidine, a blood pressure medicine, could help for some with anxiety, hot flushes, hyperthermia type symptoms and sleep. I know it’s tough, and I really applaud you for getting to the point you are at right now. Aside from baclofen, Soma another muscle relaxant has very good sedative and anxiolytic effects. I hope you are feeling better and if you feel you want to taper off more slowly instead of using other alternatives, than there is nothing wrong with that at all. Just thought I’d give some more alternatives as they have helped me when down to the last mgs. Gabapentin, has been used and for some been effective in alleviating anxiety, even on small dosages along with muscular and neurological type sensations. I recommend extract, not pill form as the liquid form is more suitable under these circumstances. Go with how your instincts. It is why, while some feel the use of certain medications to help get off the final mgs would be counterintuitive, I disagree. Hi Keith, Sorry to hear about your struggles, but glad to see you have been tapering down and soon you will hopefully feel much better. While there are differing opinions on whether some of them should be used, for me it helped and in speaking with others, they have used it also when down to the last few mgs. Every person is different in how they respond to medications. It has complex properties in terms of what exactly it does, but it seems to modulate GABA. Codeine with butalbital or Tylenol could be very useful if used for only a short amount of time as well. Using it with chamomile tea(non-caffeine) is a good combination. Here is both prescribed and herbal type agents that for some is very effective in alleviating most of the psychological and physiological distress. There are also different herbs that I used as well when getting off benzodiazepines.
Have been off Valium 4 months. Thought surely by now I would be sleeping, at least some. Both doctors, the one previously and my current doctor prescribed Trazodone for sleep, but I have had side effects from this…terrible cold sweats. Feeling pretty desperate. I started with another Internal Medicine Dr. I have left the doctor that had me on Valium for years. Now I am not sleeping at all and feel I have hit a wall as I don’t think there is a safe answer here. So quit taking it a couple weeks ago. I realize I am in acute withdrawal, but am at a loss as to what I can do.
I was prescribed Valium to take twice a day been on it for around 2 months missed a appointment and I’m out and they won’t refill being since is a narcotic or whatever its classified as so I had to stop taking it when it ran out which was about 5 days ago now I have problems sleeping chest feels tense some tingling in my left arm on and off and way more alert ans sensitive to everything is there anything I can do to ease these I’ve became really aggressive and I’m not liking it at all any info would be appreciated.
I just found Somnapure, and was taking it for three nights, while tapering down from only 2mg of Clonazapam, then a week of half, and a day or two of half again. Today was a very unusual and cloudy day. I’ve tried tapering off Valium (Sleep Apnea) on several occasions after being on it for about 7 years. Now, I understand why 3 day attempts were useless, and I hope this one week taper will be enough. I find it causes an immediate bad nights sleep…or even many, until I start taking it again. Thanks for posting this. Along with it are headaches, dizziness, and the foggy brain from not sleeping well. Last night was the first night of none at all, and bam, the sleepless “nights from the Hot place” are right back. Thanks again. Eye achiness is a big symptom.
Other symptoms of Valium withdrawal may include the following:
I’m considering resuming. 5 after, and then. Your insight would be appreciated. 75 within a eight week period, down to nothing as of 32 days ago. 5 at night and then continue with the reduction at a slower pace. I have been off diazapam for 32 days,however the withdrawls are too severe to keep going. My dose was 6mg/day. I was on the diazapam for 7 months.I started reducing 1.5 mgs, then.
the taper for Valium can be from 6 weeks to 6 months and varies on a case-by-case basis. Those who can handle a more “aggressive” taper may consider a 6 week taper. Thanks for sharing more about your personal experience coming off diazepam and making sure that the facts are straight!. Thanks for your response! Yes, to clarify…. Most will benefit from a longer withdrawal process. Hello gob.
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It is recommend as you are reducing your Valium intake to have weekly face-to-face meeting so a physician is monitoring the process. Withdrawal symptoms are more likely to occur in people who choose to go off of Valium suddenly or who stop taking Valium cold turkey. However, doctors recommend that you withdraw from Valium under medical supervision in all cases.
Hello Michael. What does your prescribing doctor recommend? I’d seek a medical opinion first. you can get over the physical dependency through a taper and withdrawal.
Then you can support symptomatic reactions to the withdrawal. During Valium withdrawal, you should also avoid the use of alcohol and other drugs to prevent further chemical dependency. Slow tapering helps with depression and insomnia. Seek a doctor’s opinion on other ways to alleviate potential withdrawal symptoms from Valium. It is important to be careful with over the counter and prescription medications used to help with the symptoms and that they do not interact negatively with the diazepam contained in Valium. One of the key ways to treat withdrawal symptoms of Valium is to first slowly reduce medication intake and taper off Valium.
So withdrawal symptoms occur during the period when the body starts to normalize and becomes used to being clear of diazpeam again. Because of this, Valium slows the brains responses down and can create a calm sedation of the body. However, when you stop taking Valium, the body (which has been compensating for the lack of diazepam by speeding up its responses) doesn’t know the difference. The diazepam contained in Valium interacts with the central nervous system as a depressant, much like alcohol.
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Michael. thank you. I take 1 to 2 mg of valium a day, will this low dose make it easier for me to withdraw from as I have been on this dose for over 2 years and am not sure if I still need to be on it. I’d rather not be on it but do feel the dependency for it.
Can I just cold turkey being such a low dose ?????. I’ve been on 1 mg of valium in the morning for 2 yrs and I want to stop.
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Oh and I have no energy at all its gone. When I do do something the next day the withdrawals are more Intense.
The most commonly reported symptoms of Valium withdrawal are sleep disturbances, depression, and higher sensitivity to the senses. These feelings can make it harder to wean off Valium and can prolong symptoms of withdrawal. As the central nervous system withdraws from diazepam, the body experiences the sensations of the world more acuy and can cause increased feelings of anxiety and emotional disturbance.
It was his prescription of 5 mg twice a day for 3 days then 5 mg just once a day for three days then 2.5 for three days. And still very confused can’t think straight vision still blurred heart goes off every other day and stomach acid…etc. Then the doctor said I urgently need to go back on the diazepam and be weaned off them slowly reluctantly I agreed that was the week before Xmas. I did that but all the symptons came back not quite as bad but still in lots of stomach pain toes hurt neck and arm and fingers even tooth ache. Pains in toes stomach fingers ….keep thinking I have kidney stones or gall stones but all test clear….the heart palpitations are awful aren’t they I suffer with dis rhythmic heart beat occasionally so this is like you now exaggerated. Yes. It is the most awful thing I have ever been through….I was taking 15 -20 mg per day for 6 weeks.then stopped suddenly on nov 15th….my god did I know it was so ill I could not get out of bed and got flu on top of about 50 withdrw symptons. Early waking in complete anxiety every over heightened panicky, going to loo more times also. I feel as if the dam tablets have absoluy destroyed me so I know how you feel x.
Sadly they ran out just before my set back but I am in the process of getting some more along with a muscle relaxant and then having another go. It may be all in the mind but I don’t care switching from to another knowing the other is very much easier to stop. Hi Dan thanks for your blog I it found very helpful. That being a little bit of help with the final couple of hurdles.I tried several beta blockers last week and was amazed the relief it gave. Thank you for finally ‘leaning’ me in the way forward for which I had began to think I needed.
Those who have developed a dependency on Valium have a harder time during withdrawal, as withdrawal symptoms can linger due to psychological effects of withdrawing from the medication. This may be one reason why you may experience symptoms long after you stop taking Valium.
Otherwise, the following medications are prescribed for more serious withdrawal symptoms: FOR PSYCHOSIS chlorpromazine hydrochloride, pentobarbital, phenobarbital, or haloperidol; FOR SEIZURES phenytoin or barbiturates. This way, you help ease symptoms by switching from a long-acting benzodiazepines to short half-life benzodiazepine(s). It sounds like you’re describing Valium withdrawal! If symptoms are persistent or become more profound, you can request medical intervention using benzodiazepine substitution medications. Hi Jeremy. Otherwise, propranolol can help you adress all of the symptoms of diazepam withdrawal.
Thank you very much. Sandra.
It is important to note that you may experience withdrawal in a delayed manner. Some have reported withdrawal symptoms showing up weeks after stopping Valium. Those who stop/reduce use of Valium can expect to feel the effects of the withdrawal peak between 3 to 6 days, people report Valium withdrawal symptoms for up to a year after ceasing to take valium (though this cannot be considered withdrawal in a pharmaceutical sense). In general, the longer you take Valium, the harsher and longer the withdrawal symptoms will last. How long the symptoms of Valium withdrawal can last will vary by person.
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even at my tiny reduction I am having w/d sxs. I have just come across this, are you being serious ling someone that they can taper with in 6 weeks. it took me 62 days to taper off 1 mg yes 1 mg, what you are suggesting is not even what Ashton tapering states,Ashton states to taper 1 mg every 1-2 weeks I have yet to know one that has done this and I am a member of a forum, so I would tread carefully.
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I can go for days with no sleep. I have gone through all the symptoms of withdrawal and would feel great about it…except I CANNOT sleep. Wondering if I will ever have normal sleep again!. I built up to 15 mg of valium a day for maybe 20 years. I have read down through the posts, but see little about acute insomnia.
How long have you been going?
That is very true, and thanks for mentioning that!. @addiction blog-Yes, beta blockers by helping the physical heart palpitations, arythmias would lead to one feeling physical better, hence reducing indireclty their anxiety. Many times, proponal I helps tension in heart, feeling of that tightness, which alleviates the unwanted anxiety.
X Hi Gwenda. I have just read this nd the symptons you describe are spot on although I could add to he list. But I am still so shocked at the effect it has had in so short amount of time….I smoked for 35 years a ever had any withdrawal symptons but this is absolute hell.
I was taking valium prescribed to me by my doctor and he tapered my dose from 10mg to nothing in 4weeks.
It sounds like you are describing some of the severe symptoms of PAWS, or post acute/protracted withdrawal symptoms for Valium. Hello Joyce. What does your prescribing doctor say?.
Just my opinion, and I respect others. One thing I realized is that withdrawals for me were very psychological. It’s difficult in explaining but when I took Baclofen(30mg) it helped with a feeling of as if your anxiety has been unmasked because of feeling a calmness I haven’t experienced since a few years back before I started to take valium for anxiety. While it doesn’t hit the Gaba A receptor, and mainly the pathway leading to the Gaba B within the Gabaergic system, it may help for SOME in alleviating some subconscious anxiety. The reality being the difficulty in controlling the psychological anxiety, which lead to some physiological discomfort. That being said, while some feel Neurontin, Lyrica can help, which it very well may, the misconcepti9on for many is that it directly is a gabergic drug-this is not true. Try some baclofen. That is why it is relatively safe on medically supervised dosages in helping some with calmness, anxiety, tension.
My whole chest and upper body was racing like a car with the gas on, I went to emerg and put me back on 5 mg 2.5 am 2.5 pm. How ever waking up two hours after my last dose with huge heart pain and racing. I feel like this will never be over. Oh I am taking a sleeping pill??. Also I have stomach pain. Any help would be great.
I have been struggling for more than a month now and seem to be going backwards, not forwards. I find they get more itence. Trying to stop the last couple of mg just seems something I can’t manage? The feeling do not get easier as you taper down.
who am i or what have i become someone plese l me wake me up and l me its just a bad dream ! some people may think that this is a joke but really its not i had almost 4 nervous breakdowns theyput me on this.
Hello Sandra. What withdrawal symptoms are overwhelming for you? Have you considered seeking treatment from a psychotherapist to learn ways to cope with anxiety?.
i really want to as i feel better without it, as soon as i take the 0.5mg i get all anxious and feel tense. started on 10mg a day and reducing very very slowly. im now on 1mg a day and feel ok. Is is ok to stop I have had very little withdrawl sysmptoms so far. Just wanna be off nasty drug. My doctor said i can stop that img at any time and i will be fine. I have been with drawing from diaepam for nearly a year.What are the side effects of valium