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Think I already did this..... stopping meds immediatly-problems?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Pain Medications
This sight has changes so much....I think I had already posted this and cannot find. My ? is suddenly to stop in particular Diazampam. Dr. says OK...but what are your thoughts? Been on for over 2 years + along with others that Dr. says to stop.
Thanks so much.........KG


  • I would speak to your doc because this has withdrawl. Length of use and dose play a big factor, but if it's been two years of constant use, then your body is used to having it and will have a problem if it is withdrawn suddenly.

  • I would strongly recommend that you go off of the valium gradually rather than cold turkey. Going cold turkey won't give you the same withdrawel symptons as morphine would but it would still be very uncomfortable. You could have anxiety attacks, nausea, general discomfort, etc.. I wouldn't want to do it that way! Did your doctor suggest that you do it this way, stop all at once? Sometimes they don't always give the best advice, maybe you should also call you pharmacist. He would have more knowledge on this than anyone! If you have already stopped it's OK, you can still take some if you are feeling bad and get back to a routine, a new routine. One that would taper you down in the correct manner.

    Many years ago, about 24, I think, my father passed away and I was put on valium. I eventually wanted to go off of them and just quit one day. I still remember feeling pretty yucky from doing it that way. Pretty much what I described above. Your doc can even switch you to another med to help while you are adjusting. Something like Klonipin might be a good idea. That's what I have been on for years, I use it for anxiety attacks. I also take Oxycontin and I'm allowed to have both med's. I want to make sure that we're talking about the same med. when you say "diazampam" do you mean "valium"? I would hate to give you incorrect advice!

    Talk to your pharmacist and get his advice, and then if he feels the same way as we do and you ARE having some discomfort, then you need to talk with your doctor. At least you will be well informed from the pharmacist when you do.
    Good luck,
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  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    Hi Kg,
    I've weened off them more than once. I was on 5mg. 2 a day. I cut to 5mg. once a day for a week, then break it in half,2.5 mg. per day, then 2.5 every other day. Then none. There was no withdrawal.
    Good luck, Jim
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  • KG what dosage are you on?
  • Watch for a grand mals seizure. Valium is a very tricky drug to get off of. My recommendation would be to use a longer acting benzo such as klonipin to taper off. two years is a long time to take Valium and drop it.
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  • to WEAN off diazapam/Valium w/ your MDs involvement. Suddenly stopping this med can be physically dangerous. Pls discuss it w/ your doc. Good luck!
  • :) talk to your doc!! :-C Jenny :)
  • Hope your doing well keep us updated.
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