I have struggled for most of my life from early teens to now aged 55 female with severe anxiety. I had a severe breakdown 15 years ago and diazepam literally saved my life. Before being prescribed them I lost weight weighing 5 stone 10 pounds they were the crutch I needed to bring me back from hell on earth. I still struggle on a daily basis with severe anxiety but when and if I muster up the courage to visit the doctor they are so anti diazepam. I am made to almost beg for them they just say go to counselling. I have been to so many counselling sessions, relaxation, yoga exercise (I also have a very loving and supportive family) but everyday is the same waking to an awful feeling of nerves I think it's so cruel to make anyone suffer the way I have to and it's not fair to my husband and family I have very poor sleep as well. Please tell me why if there is a tablet that can relieve my symptoms why can't I have them I just don't understand why I am made to suffer in this way it's a poor quality of life for me . I understand everything there is to know about diazepam but after reading and responding to this website I hope someone can help.
Have you ever had a doctor try something to treat the the anxiety? There are better meds then diazepam. They shy away from it because its short acting, number one, and also its the most easily abused and addictive of the benzos. I know how you feel, many of us feel the same way about pain control. You know what helps, but they won't let us have it. But truly diazepam is a short term treatment for a long term problem.
Talk to our doctor about prescribing one of the antidepressants that also treat anxiety. There are many though not sure which are available in your country. It may take trying several different ones until you find the one that works for you, but worth the effort. It takes a couple of weeks for the side effects to subside and upwards of a month for it to reach maximum effectiveness so be patient.
Its pretty much like kaismama said. Diazepam is an old drug. It is very highly addictive, almost to the point that the risk for addiction is greater than the benefits of the medicine. There are other better medications. Have you tried klonopin (clonazepam)? It is in the same family but is a better drug. The only thing I ever see diazepam used for anymore is for seizures and spasticity and even then it is not used very much-only in people who started using it years ago because, again, there are better newer drugs.
I have to agree with all my family here at drugs.com, diazepam... alot of doctors are trying to avoid prescribing not just diazepam, but any sort of benzo for they can become habit forming and they are highly abused etc... there are other meds that doctors are prescribing other then benzo's to treat anxiety such as paxil, vistaril, and so many more..and also when u go into a doctor's no disrespect, and u ask them for something specific like diazepam, especially if it isn't in your chart they look at you as a drug seeker, it's sad but there are alot of people that do and make it hard for the one's who really need it, just like alot of my friends who need pain meds, people r going and getting meds and selling them or whatever and then other people who have severe, and I mean severe ligitimate ongoing chronic pain have to suffer because of this...
so u see they r not just singleing u out... if I were u I would just see a psychiatrist, tell them how severe it is if u have been on diazepam before and can prove it to them meaning if it's documented on medical records u might want to bring it and maybe that might help... other then that, I would just see what your psychiatrist says... good luck, I no it is not easy... I have panic/agoraphobia, and was up all night with my heart in my hand from panic, that God I see my doctor again next week... I WISH U NOTHING BUT THE BEST...
I get the impression that you are not from the US. Where you live, do you have a choice of doctors that you can see, such as a psychiatrist? They would be the best doctor to help you with the anxiety. They know all the medications concerning brain problems, as GP's are very limited in those matters. I do hope that you find the peace that you are looking for!!
Hi juju, I feel for you. If diazepam helps your severe anxiety, than by God your doctor should prescribe diaz! Have you asked for ativan? It stays in ones system for a longer period of time, and has a much lower rate of addiction probability.
I also suffer from anxiety, my doctor prescribes xanax, which works great.
Perhaps a psychiatrist would be much more likely to prescribe one of the benzodiazepams for you, as they are the experts, maybe even diazepam.
IF you have any history of addiction, your psychiatrist (if you decide to go that route) may be hesitant to prescribe a benzo, which has already been indicated here.
I wish you the very best and do make an appointment with a psych doctor, NOT a psychologist, as they cannot prescribe medication, at least not in the United States. Perhaps they are able to prescribe in the UK, though.
Good luck to you,
The doctor wouldn't give me Diazepam so I asked him what other muscle relaxants there were and he prescribed me Baclofen. It can be taken long term. It works ok for the anxiety makes me manage it a bit better, it takes away those racing thoughts in your head and does take away the tension in the muscles. I'm a bit picky because I loved the sedation from Diazepam. I suffer from Health Anxiety, constantly worrying 24/7 about myself. I thought I had brain tumours, heart problems, diabetes etc. At the moment I am obsessed about seizures, this one annoys me the most because I have a fear of losing control of my body. I have never had a seizure in my life but I am completely obsessed about it ever since seeing a girl have a fit on a bus one day, it was really scary. I'm trying some hypnotherapy soon I hope that helps.
Only thing bad about Baclofen is that it has bad withdrawal symptoms unfortunately but it doesn't have the side effects that antidepressants have. Antidepressants may not work for everyone they ruined my life. Citalopram has left me with tinnitus in my right ear, Prozac left me in hospital with muscle spasms, Effexor left me with Restless Leg Syndrome and made my anxiety severe. My anxiety was mild before taking antidepressants, they made it 100 times worse, any time a doctor tries to prescribe me antidepressants I tell him "no way am I taking that crap" and get angry about it. So ask the doctor about Baclofen, it's worth a shot.
Valium is an old drug, but it's the best. I've used it for 25 years. I've taken it every other day for weeks, and I've gone 6 months without taking it at all. I've tried many other drugs for anxiety and none compare to diazepam for taking the edge off smoothly without side effects. Pharmaceutical companies are interested in making money so they want to sell you new drugs. I think it's a shame that doctors will prescribe inferior drugs and compromise a patient's quality of life in order to score some kind of kickback. I've switched doctors several times because they were either too unethical or too naïve to prescribe the best medication.
I have been prescribed valium for 5 years and recently haven't seen my psychiatrist so he won't write me for it and I've been having panic attacks everyday and he wants me to see a counselor 3 times before I see him.how can I wait that long,I can't this anxiety is the worse its ever been and its eating me up
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