I was prescribed Valium many years ago, a low dose 2mg which I broke into quarters, it greatly helped me. Ten days ago I had a near panic attack which lasted for an hour, I took Bachs flowers to calm me, and my mother came to my aid. Since then I have had waves of anxiety and not been alone. I have the Valium but not taken them as yet, trying all Bachs and many herbal teas! I need to try and go out alone where I had the near attack to meet my grandchildren. Should I take the Valium? I am becoming anxious about going.
Hi Beverly. I too have experienced the same types of anxiety. It can be crippling as we both know. With myself I would try a small piece of Valium to see how I reacted to it after all this time. Only when you have nowhere to go. It is a sedative therefore you need to understand the outcomes for you from taking. 1 mg of Valium usually calms me first and then I’m out but I’m very sensitive to the sedative family, doesn’t take much for me. Also usually when I’m having panic attacks/ severe anxiety there is typically a root cause and until I can get to the bottom of it and help I’ll continue to experience them. Hope your attacks ease up and if you feel the Valium could help go for it. Breaking in half is good idea. You just need to know how you’ll react. Good luck.
Sorry you are going through this. You are very cautious and conservative in your approach to the medication's use so I think you have very little to worry about in therms of habituation and potential for abuse. So by all means take the valium. We all should approach the use of these benzodiazapines as you do. When one becomes addicted to these meds the "cure" then becomes worse than the "Illness".
All the best.
Something must have triggered your panic attack... I relate to this situation well! Why don't you try half of a Valium to see if that will help you! Also, speak with your Doctor regarding the panic attack & see if there are other drugs that he could recommend as well!
Take care & hope that you will better!
Hi Beverly, I have found that just having the Valium or Xanax with me helped me gain the perspective that I could use it. Just acknowledging you have an alternative can get you to a new place of thought. I also know that 10 minutes of anything can make a difference. I feel your pain
Hi, I see nothing wrong with your approach, however I do have some concerns about how old your medication is. A few years old and it might not be of high quality. You might want to make an appointment with your doctor and get a new script. You could look at the expiration date and check.
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