... it for a long period of time? I only take 4 mg spaced out throughout the day even though I am prescribed 6 mg a day. My quality of life without the prescription is horrible, and if I can live a reasonable life with the prescription and not feel the need to increase the dose it is worth it. I am looking for some positive feedback from someone who may also feel this way about Valium/diazepam or other benzos.
Consider yourself lucky to have a doctor that cares for your well being. Most doctors don't have their patients best interest in mind so they don't prescribe proper medication for the condition or symptoms. The corrupt doctors in texas diagnosed me with a anxiety condition but refuse to prescribe any meds for the condition and nothing to manage the symptoms -- hence the doctors that don't have their patients best interest. Even though there are not good doctors in texas, you obviously do where you live so give your doctor a huge thank you for not being afraid to do their job.
I agree with Truth.
There is so much negative media towards prescription drugs that it now affects the people who really need it.
It’s hard to switch to a new drug when the controlled drug works so well.
I think you are an intelligent person who did their homework.
Quality of life is what it’s all about.o
A highly personal decision should not be decided by your doctor alone.
Finding a doctor who listens with compassion is a real doctor. The others,in my humble opinion, are highly trained technicians.
As you know, anxiety can have deep seated origins and talk therapy helps figure it all out. If you have been diagnosed correctly after all other medical issues have been ruled out than ease your mind. The invisible diseases (tests negative but symptoms real) can really cause anxiety!
Keep reading and keep an open mind that you will change if new meds are presented.
The only issue regarding this situation Is tolerance but luckily you have it under control.
I've taken Valium/diazepam for over 30 years without any problems. The main thing you need to know is that you cannot take diazepam day after day after day consecutively for long periods of time. If you do you will develop a physiological addiction/dependence problem. The thing to do is to take Valium for a period of time, then take a short 'Valium holiday' or in other words do not take this drug for a couple of days. For example, you may take the drug for say 3 weeks (or 2 weeks or for 25 days, etc) then you need to stop taking it for 2 or 3 days. This is what I have been doing (going by what a doctor advised me to do) and I've never had any problems when I stopped taking it for a period of time before I resumed taking it. But when I went off of it, I never suffered any type of withdrawal problems. I've spoken with others who took Valium day after day after day for long periods of time.
Then they stopped taking Valium and they had to deal with severe physiological uncomfortable withdrawal problems. So you can take Valium for a long time as long as you take a 'Valium holiday' or stop taking this med for 2 or 3 days here and there.
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