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
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.
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.
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.
I'm sorry, but taking this stuff every day isn't the answer. I used to take for my 'anxiety' sometimes it worked great, sometimes not at all. Everyone is different. What actually happens is you gain this false sense of confidence and self importance, seeing your self as super slick, when in reality your a slurring mess. Take it, but not every day. In order to really concor anxiety, you need to learn to control it, which these can do. But please stop after a few months because it's good to get a reality check every once and a while, as this can make some people go very out of character.
I know this question was asked a long time ago... in a galaxy far away. But I’ve been on Diazepam for 20 years, I initially started taking it for comedowns off drugs in my 20’s.
I spent some time in prison and detoxed off Valium.
I struggled socially for some years with anxiety and was eventually stabilised using antidepressants, mood stabilisers, antipsychotic ( very mild dose ) and 2 x 5mg of diazepam a day.
I’m bipolar 2.
People say that diazepam is an evil drug, but I have found that without it I just can’t cope, If I become manic... it helps calm me down.
When I’m having a down period I find it helps me to sleep ( my way of coping) yes I’d rather not take diazepam or any prescribed medication for that matter... but unfortunately I do need it, live life as best as you can, I don’t drink alcohol at all, I don’t use Recriational drugs at all.
So in answer to your question... can you cope without them? If so don’t use them, if you can’t cope and they help and your lucky enough to have a gp or psychiatrist who will prescribe them then fill your boots. Better to be able to live now than worry about what’s going to happen in x amount of years, you could die tomorrow, so could I.
Take each day as it comes and cope as you feel best.
Good luck and hope your in a better place.
I’m not a doctor..
just a side note the nhs is not always correct and there are major flaws,
I was in a bad car accident 2 months ago and broke the vertebrae in my back along with sever whiplash, I had treatment for the whiplash- as I said before I know my body—- I went to the doctor and explained I had bad neck pains inside my neck which is not normal whiplash symptoms and it’s not healing and very painful- I asked for a referral for an X-ray of my neck as they didn’t do one after my car accident, he talked me out of if as if I was a hypochondriac and said I will be fine there is nothing wrong and wouldn’t refer me for X-ray, I since sorted an X-ray myself without his referal and guess what- they found and injury in my neck!!! Doctors have targets and get bonuses for sending less people to the hospital for tests!! This is a disgusting practice and I have heard of much worse cases than mine being found out to late including cancers because the doctors decide not to put u forward for testing for better financial rewards for the practise... I’m learning more and more everyday and it’s disgusting and thing in the nhs need to change,
If your doctor prescribes 10mg a day you will get use to it and it will build up in your ststem. So skipping a daily dosage may effect you in a nasty way. Dont drink to cover it up. Just try to cut back on drinking altogether. And have a glass of wine at least 4-6 hours after taking the drug. Remember, the drug is always in your system just a little more after you dose. Might as well take the full 10mg before bedtime. It wont make any difference . youll sleep beautifully and your day will nit be interrupted by taking 5mg in the middle of the day when you may want to go to happy hour. Hope this has helped you.
- Diazepam Information for Consumers
- Diazepam Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
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