... for anxiety disordrer
Diazepam is a benzo, which means that it can be habit-forming. You said he gave you 20mg 4x a day... my guess is that you meant he prescribed you 5mg 4xdaily which will equal 20mg for the day (which is a generally accepted dosage). Since you are concerned about becoming addicted, I would recommend asking your doctor if it would be best to take it only when you truly need it. The reason I say this is that diazepam is not generally prescribed for everyday stress/anxiety and it is really not recommended to take for longer than 4 months. If your stress/anxiety isn't situational, but instead, an every day occurence; maybe he/she could prescribe something else that isn't habit-forming. Hope this helps.
Psyched is right on about using Valium as an everyday maintainance drug for anxiety. Although it lasts longer than other benzo's, there are safer meds you can take for GAD. It's also very easy to build a tolerance to it, fast! And it's difficult to wd from. It was prescribed to me for severe muscle spasms as needed. It also helps with headaches. Speaking only from personal experience. Although he prescribed 10mg every 8 hours
... or as needed, a 1 month supply lasts me over 2 months. I would do as psyched suggested and discuss this with your doctor. Good luck to you and be safe as it does sound like a high dose to be taken daily.
- Diazepam Information for Consumers
- Diazepam Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Diazepam (detailed)
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