I was on Xanax for the past two months. I was taking between 4-6 mg a day with a few days in between where I did not take as much or any at all. Yesterday my Doctor took me off the Xanax and put me on Valium 5 mg twice a day. I don"t want to be on any benzo's at all anymore but I guess my question is, is it safe to drop that much that quickly after two months? He told me to take the 15 day supply of valium and that should be good enough. I am still concerned about it though. I heard you can have terrrible withdrawals from Xanax after a few weeks.
From Xanax to Valium?
Question posted by Sherri77 on 12 March 2013
Last updated on 31 January 2021
This question has also been asked and answered here: Valium vs Xanax: Which is better?
I have been taking Xanax for 12 years . 4-5 mg per day for the last 8 years. I built up a tolerance for the xanax and this week my doctor switched me to valium 4 times a day 10 mg. I have had severe symptoms since day one of stopping xanax. It is scary. The doctor told me it should be a smooth transition but it is not. Today is day 3.
Discuss your concerns with your doctor. Unfortunately, one person experiences effects from a benzo that another person may not. Chalk it up to biodiversity. However, I have been undergoing treatment for PTSD related panic attacks and have been through the transition from Xanax to Valium. Ultimately, Klonopin turned out to be the most effective for me, but my doc always tapered my dosage of one benzo down while increasing the new one. If you feel out of your element without a benzo in your system, then you may have developed some dependency. Just have a serious talk with your doctor about any concerns you have regarding medication, no harm can come from it and you'll probably get a tapered dosage of meds that way.
I have also been on Xanax. 0.5mgs twice a day for about a month or so. Started taking more at night just to sleep. My panic attacks are gone now so I started weaning off about 7 days ago. I guess to quickly because I felt sort of bad all over my body and I could not sleep. I'm down to 0.5 mgs only before bed. And only symptom is I only get about 5 hours sleep. Point is I have been looking into Valium (drugs.com) and it seems like a longer acting drug then Xanax. Slower to work on anxiety attacks but lasts longer in one's system than Xanax which only lasts 4-6 hours (personal experience) I'm going to switch over My self only because I think I may be able to quit the Valium easier just a theory. As I only want to take more Xanax when I can't sleep. Valium may last me through the night. Please keep us posted on how its going or friend me. PS with any benzos the less you can take to get by the better, as there not easy to quit. Good luck. Jr.
I would be concerned, as the potential for withdrawal is high. However, not everyone becomes dependent within 2 months. If it was me I would talk to the Dr, because 10 mg valium is equal to .05 xanax, so if your body has become dependent on xanax you will need a much higher dose of valium. If you want off benzo's you have a good start with the valium. Just remember you must taper very slow and at your own time when your ready as well it may take awhile to taper so be patient and stay calm. Then again you only being on xanax for 2 months you may not experience any uncomfortable w/d. I wish you the best ... pamee
valium will cover the xanax withdrawal. His he taking you off them altogether? If so he needs to taper that valium down before you stop it.
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