Have several conditions resolved by taking valium. 5-10 mgs on & off for 15 years. All of a sudden, my pain Dr. and reg Dr's offices will not prescribe valium for anyone! "They no longer prescribe valium."-a direct quote! Ativan acted just like busbar-they will prescibe those or klonopin. I am confused-something about how long valium stays in your system. Have taken xanax with awful side effects, the ativan didn't help with anxiety, and I could not function-even leave my room-while taking it. Valium really helped with muscle spasms-not so with ativan or buspar. Both of the latter meds acted the same on me-no help at all! I have never abused valium, and have had refills expire. My regular Dr. woul give me 6 mos. of refills; when I was transferred to a pain management specialist, they gave me 3 mos. of refills. Since 30 tabs lasted about 3 mos. my refills would expire. (No-was NOT getting valium from 2 sources-specialist prescribed after my regular Dr. referred me-my refills had expired; I do not Dr. shop or divert.) So what is the big problem with valium, and why are klonopin/ativan preferred all of a sudden? Now the pain specialist office won't even see people who take valium! Is there something I've missed? The FDA site has valium still approved with a 10+ rating. Suicidal thoughts not mentioned except as an afterthought, rare&unusual side effect. Klonopin and all of the SSRI's have that warning right at the top. The only side effect I've had from valium is minor constipation-easily resolved, as I do not take anti-constipation meds on a regular (no pun intended) basis. So what is the problem with valium? It is so inexpensive and treats a number of conditions, from anxiety to muscle spasm, nightmares, tremors, PMS, menopausal mood swings, agoraphobia, major stress (bad for heart-I'm 50 yrs old w/ family history of heart attacks at a young age), sleep disorders, and more. So, instead of one inexpensive occasional 5-10mg valium, I would now have to take -muscle relaxer (robaxin-makes me uncoordinated, xanaflex-totally wiped me out& my eyes would be 'pasted shut' when I awoke), ambien (or seroquel) for sleep, klonopin (which I do not tolerate well, it makes me looney-dead in the head-can't drive,etc.) and probably laxatives as all of these meds can cause constipation. I'm sure they will want to try yet ANOTHER anti-depressant. (The new expensive ones-hello pharmaceutical lobbiests/DEA are now in my Drs. office.) Oh the valium also helps with paranoia-I think, also Pharm reps-I know one personally-do not give docs all the info. They get bonuses, and some Drs. get kickbacks for prescribing the newer, expensive meds. (No paranoia here-direct quote from the rep.) So, after venting-thank you- my question still remains-why are Drs. choosing(?) to no longer prescribe valium? (Also propoxyphene-approved since 1957). Any info would be helpful- thanks!
Why are Drs. so loath to prescribe valium anymore? It has been a lifesver for my anxiety, etc?
Question posted by beckisu92 on 20 Jan 2010
Last updated on 27 April 2020 by WildcatVet
Because, behind only the opioids, benzodiazepines are the most abused prescription and street drug.
Although some people can control their usage they now suffer as the result of addicts. Many physicians have lost their licences because of benazodiazepine abuse and the demands of drug seekers. Place the blame where it belongs.
if you take opioid pain meds then the CDC warns against prescribing Valium while taking with opioid pain meds. I've been taken off Valium since I was taking hydrocodone earlier this year although I have been taking both for 10 years without any problems.
-Propoxyphene or Darvonn/Darvocette was taken off of the US market in 2010, due to possible heart problems. You can still find it available in other countries though.
Doctors trying to help anxiety patients have no clue!! I took valium from 30-50 and I stopped taking it, very carefully. Now at 69 I really need it again but can't get it? Doctors don't really care if they can't help, they just want to stay in business?? The answer is they don't care??
I think you’re looking at this wrong. Doctors are literally paid by the health insurance industry who are mostly run by the pharmaceutical companies. You can have Hep C but, if you have government insurance, you won’t get treated. If you are a cash patient, however, the doctor is not obliged to limit you to insurance company parameters of treatment. Cash patients get whatever they want from doctors. You can ask for a medication by name and it’s yours! Doctors prefer cash patients because they get paid immediately (insurance claims can take months to process). If you prefer Valium, you’re just going to have to pay for it!
I totally agree with you on the reluctancy of docs to give ANY med for a mental issue!!! I have been refused xanax, ambien and lexapro at one point!!! And they were low doses. Wow it did make me buck up and deal with my issues, but. . come on now. Docs are there to HELP us, not act like jerks.
Im in Indiana. And I used to be on Ativan and I never had a problem getting scripts for it. I have two friends that are on Valium for the past 40 years and they still get there scrips every month..It must be where you live at where your having problems with..
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