I am planning on taking diazepam on a daily basis as i have had enough of my anxiety (have had it for 10 years) I have read a lot of things online advising against taking benzos long term but it seems like the only effective treatment. Can someone please tell me if it is ok to take diazepam daily indefinitely? Also as i am only 23 i like to drink with my friends some weekends, i know you really shouldnt drink on diazepam and i wont. But, can you drink on it if you havent taken any that day? or would there still be too much in your system to drink any alcohol because i will be taking it everyday at 5mg morning, 5mg evening? Many Thanks
12 Feb 2013
Its not a good idea to take benzos long term. Your body becomes dependent on them and sometimes tolerant so you have to keep increasing the dose. Most docs won't write for valium long term. Klonopin is probably better as a long term medication. Have you tried Buspar? This is a medication that is specifically to prevent anxiety, and is not a benzo.
14 Feb 2013
Please don't do it!!! I have been dependent on Ativan/Lorazapam for more than 32 years now, I was never warned of the dangers of dependency at the time, and when I did become aware it was too late. It's also true your body does build up tolerance to these drugs, having started all those years ago on 1 mg tablet once a day it gradually kept up and I now take 3X5mg tablets every single day, and go into early withdrawal if I miss a day. I am told my dosage would knock out a bull but after 32 years it just maintains me stable. Also with any drug like benzos the effects of both the drug and the alcohol you propose to take increase greatly, so try your very best not to go down that path. Good luck.
12 Mar 2015
Worry not. I have been taking 2x5mg diazepam daily for 4 years for anticipatory anxiety. I had worries early on about withdrawal, etc- but straight from the lips of two different psychiatrists, the actual risk of withdrawal is low due to the very long half life of diazepam. I sometimes to forget to take one on a weekend and do not notice at all. Acute use is ok, but it's SO much better not having panic attacks in the first place rather than taking one to stop it. Both psychiatrists agreed that I can take this indefinitely.
However, kiss alcohol goodbye. I was never a drinker anyways, but once a year I have half a glass of wine and I am trashed, not in a good way. Just don't drink at all if you are regularly taking diazepam.
- Diazepam Information for Consumers
- Diazepam Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Diazepam (detailed)
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