Is twice a week Valium use a “safe” amount? By that, I mean risk of dependence and tolerance? I’m really conflicted. I use Klonopin as well, as needed. I sometimes can go a week without needing any, but it always ends up that I eventually take a minimal amount ( 5 mg/ day for Valium, 0.5 mg/ day for Klonopin). Can I do this indefinitely?
Using it twice a week is totally fine. It sounds like you use it sometimes even less than how it's prescribed by your provider, so you're in the clear. The issue of tolerance/dependence is a tricky one, because any prolonged amount of use of a benzodiazepine does result in some tolerance, but this is normal. The body does get used to medications if you've been taking them for years, and sometimes after years you need to increase the dose of the benzo. Again though, I wouldn't worry in your case as it sounds like you don't even use it every day and really just use both meds as needed.
If you ever reach a point where you're struggling to stay within the directions on the bottle and really needing it more often, then I'd talk to your doctor about possibly increasing the dosage or trying a different medication (from another drug class, can add in as supplemental to help with anxiety).
Hope this helps.
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