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Diazepam User Reviews & Ratings

Brand names: Valium, Diastat AcuDial, Valtoco, Diastat, Diazepam Intensol, Libervant Diastat Pediatric

Diazepam has an average rating of 8.5 out of 10 from a total of 831 reviews on Drugs.com. 82% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 9% reported a negative experience.

Reviews for Diazepam

  • John
  • Taken for 6 months to 1 year
  • February 3, 2020

For Anxiety "Diazepam works very well for my anxiety with no side effects. But I'm sick of doctors trying to take me off it. Why? I don't abuse it; I usually just take 10mg. And because Diazepam is long-lasting, it often builds up in your system so sometimes I skip a day's dose. Most of these doctors have never had severe anxiety & have no idea how debilitating it is when you cannot sleep, concentrate, or even swallow food because of severe anxiety. Without this drug, I often cannot go outside. That is no life. I hope someday people with mental health conditions get proper support instead of cruelty."

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  • Quinn
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • February 9, 2020

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "I have been on Valium since 2011 after the sudden passing of my husband. I have always had severe generalized anxiety and was never adequately treated for it, just given Seroquel which made me non-functional. The loss of my husband exacerbated the anxiety condition, and I began suffering from insomnia as well. My doctor tried me on a variety of benzodiazepine meds which didn’t last long enough in my system to give me adequate relief. We eventually gave diazepam a try, and it worked so well. I started on 20mg a day, and over the years, I have tapered to a comfortable dose of 10mg daily. It does not make me sleepy or loopy but takes the edge off enough that I can care for my children and function in daily life. Yes, there is a bit of dependence, but for me, it’s worth it to be somewhat addicted rather than struggle to cope with terrible anxiety symptoms every day. I do recommend Valium as an effective anxiolytic; however, I would say to be aware of the potential for abuse and dependence."

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  • Lennyg
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • November 13, 2019

Valium (diazepam) for Muscle Spasm "Been using Valium for over 25 years for sciatica and anxiety. Saved me from potential hospital visits for both my conditions. I use 10 mg about 3 to 4 times a week. I have stopped when conditions were better for up to a month without any withdrawal problems. Valium is a wonder drug when not in the hands of abusers who get all the attention necessary to cause its false accusations as a problem drug. It is a problem for some just as alcohol is a problem for many that cannot restrain from abuse. It should be unlawful for employers to define what medications my doctor prescribes to me or anyone. We have let the lawyers and the ignorant decide what allows us to survive in this chaos of repression we call a free society. Robot doctors are overriding the decisions prescribed by my doctor of over 40 years. Hippocratic oaths are now broken in the name of government infringement on our rights."

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  • Magwell
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • September 26, 2019

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "In 2015, my surgeon gave me 10mg Valium to help with post-op anxiety. I took it twice, but 10mg knocked me out, so I’d split the pill and take 5mg. I also have severe anxiety and depression and am prone to panic attacks, but I’d never taken meds for it (never asked). I had a couple of panic attacks during recovery, took 5mg Valium, and it was like night and day. In 15 minutes, I felt calm, relaxed, and “normal” again. I rarely have panic attacks now, but my anxiety can be severe, so I’ll take a 1/4 pill (2.5mg), and it takes the edge off. I find the effects last for quite a while and rarely have to take more than 2.5mg/day, and rarely take it more than 2 days in a row. I feel “normal” most of the time, but when my anxiety is too high, I’m glad I have it to take the edge off. I don’t have an addictive personality, so I don’t know if I’d ever feel like I “had to” take it to feel good, I just take it when nothing else is helping my level of anxiety go down."

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  • Glo
  • May 11, 2021

For Anxiety "I’m 81 years. When I was 40, one day at my beauty shop, I felt like I was passing out. I couldn’t move except call 911. I think I’m having a stroke. I was in an ambulance shivering with tons of blankets on me. They called a physician and gave me an injection of something. Within 20-30 minutes it passed. When I saw my doctor, he said he ordered diazepam and that I had had an anxiety attack. That was when I was about 40. So I’ve been on it for about 40 years. I have never taken more than prescribed doses. Sometimes less, but I carry it constantly. Doctors no longer try to withdraw me. Look, I feel no bad side effects when on it. Answer is long, but I’m hoping it helps others for feeling awful because we take it. Just never abuse it."

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  • Valium
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • December 28, 2019

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "Been taking Valium since April 1969 after I blacked out while working for NASA. This is January 2019, tried to lower the dose to limit my use. During two weeks, I had another blackout. Once I started taking Valium, I had no other issues with thinking clearly, nor had any more blackouts. I am a Vietnam Veteran, 77 years old. Some doctors will not give you Valium if you are 75 years old."

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  • Anxie...
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • April 8, 2014

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "I've been on just about every benzodiazepine there is, and Valium (diazepam) is all around the best for combating debilitating anxiety symptoms. It may not be the most potent benzo, but it has wide and equal benzo effects, including sedation, muscle relaxation, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, and can be used for insomnia. Now, the main reason why Valium is the best is its extra-long half-life. Its effects can linger for days, which is helpful if you have chronic anxiety. It also prevents those ups and downs short-acting benzos cause like Xanax and Ativan. Another thing to note is withdrawal from Valium is by far the most mild out of all the benzos. This wonderful medication is an oldie but goodie."

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  • shapel
  • Taken for 5 to 10 years
  • June 3, 2020

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "Valium is a drug that can be a life saver or destroyer. This drug for me helps me as long as I have it under control. I find myself always having to be wary of my dosage. This allows me to pretty much go about my normal life, allows me to function, think, and gives me the motivation and willingness to do the things I need to do. When on these and under control, I find a lot of aspects of my life all coming together; whereas without it, I feel helpless. Too much Valium daily, however, leads to depersonalization and impulsiveness. Before you know it, you will be turning into something else; it is only in hindsight that this becomes apparent. As quickly as this can help improve your life, it can crumble it. CONTROL YOUR DOSAGE. So if you can control yourself absolutely, I would recommend, but be wary, it is very easy to lead yourself down the path of a benzo addiction. I have done this, become clean, and reused several times now."

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  • Anonymous
  • October 19, 2015

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "I have had very bad anxiety since I was in my teens. Tried all sorts of other tablets, nothing worked for me. I couldn't leave the house, no girlfriends. Then I was put on Valium (diazepam). I take 10mg in the morning and 10mg at night and have done for 24 years. Changed my life. Got a great job, married, 2 kids, never took more than I was given. The doctors tried to get me off it, I tried to come off it but went back into my head, fear of going to work, fear of going out. So went back on diazepam and was able to work, be a husband, father. This drug saved my life. It makes me so mad because of dope heads selling it and giving it a bad name. The only thing is make sure you stick to your dose, and never just stop taking it."

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  • Deedle
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • October 14, 2020

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "I use Valium for anxiety, very low dose half a pill, only when needed. 15 Valium tablets last me 3 months on average as I only take them for panic attacks. I’m not addicted. When Valium is used correctly your tolerance level stays the same and you have no side effects here, because I don’t take them daily."

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  • Wot...
  • January 17, 2017

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "I was suicidal at age 25. Anxiety and Depression. Diazepam saved my life. I started on 5mg 3 times a day for a week, cut down to 2 for a week, then one at night under doctor's orders. Also, one Prozac in the mornings 20 mg. I felt better straight away. Don't let anyone scare you from taking Diazepam, yes they are addictive, BUT my quality of life since taking it has been as a 'normal' person. I really can't praise it enough as I know I wouldn't be here and living a good life without it. If the tablets help, then why not take them. Thanks for reading."

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  • Truth
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • May 19, 2019

For Muscle Spasm "I suffer from 14 ruptured discs & numerous pinched nerves in my cervical, lumbar, & thoracic spine; myofascial syndrome; radiculopathy; sacroiliitis; sciatica; degenerative disc disease; osteoarthritis; osteoporosis; & severe migraines. I have been on & off Valium, Diazepam, NSAIDs (gave me 2 ulcers), Neurontin, Gabapentin, Zanaflex etc. Nothing except for Valium or its generic Diazepam has ever helped as much for my severe muscle spasms & nerve pain! I have taken myself on & off Valium/Diazepam several times just to ensure the medication was helping or needed. I have never been addicted to or asked to increase my prescribed dosage of Valium/Diazepam. This medication kept me working over 10 years longer than I could without it. And provides a quality of life I couldn’t have without it. Medications such as benzodiazepines & opioids are safe when used as prescribed!"

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  • BS1976
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • August 26, 2019

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "After taking Xanax off and on for years, I developed a problem with it making me more anxious when it wore off, like a lot of heart palpitations, sweating, fear. I was switched over to Valium 6mg for two years and then advised to withdraw to see how I went. I’ve spent the last six months tapering and been off for 7 weeks and I’m miserable. I have returned PTSD and depression. So, I guess I didn’t go well and am going to reinstate 2mg a day to get my life back. When I take it I have no side effects and feel alive. I didn’t hit tolerance before. I say yes to Valium if you need it to feel normal and don’t abuse."

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  • blue-...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 12, 2019

For Muscle Spasm "Valium has been a lifesaver for pelvic pain/muscle spasms. I have been diagnosed with chronic myofascial pain from my Obturator Internus (hip muscle) which causes vaginal pain and spasms. I could no longer sit or drive. I had to quit my job because of the pain. The doctors had 'human guinea-pigged' me and tried me on Amitriptyline, Lyrica, Gabapentin, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Prozac, and Aleve. Not one of those garbage meds helped me. Finally, Valium has helped. I am the one who researched it and found that it is used for muscle spasms. On top of all the garbage meds doctors had me try, I had 8 different nerve blocks + Botox which did nothing. It seems like no doctor wants to prescribe a medicine that actually works because it's a Benzo. But I don't abuse meds and I don't have an addictive personality, and the doctors know that. I was desperate and started the process to go to Mayo Clinic over the pain it caused. I am happy to share any info."

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  • Asuka
  • February 11, 2021

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "I am in grief after my son and grandson passed away. I am a totally natural medication person, but I went to see a doctor for the first time in 21 years. I do not get ill, and I have not had the flu in those years as well. The doctor recommended 5mg of Valium. I take a quarter to sleep at times and sometimes I take it in the daytime. I have had no addiction to it, and I have no desire to take more. So all I can say is, thank you Valium for helping me. Arigato."

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  • Mare
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • January 8, 2024

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "Just one 5mg diazepam tablet keeps me balanced for the entire day. It doesn't make me drowsy at all. In fact, I feel more normal. Anxiety is not healthy... Diazepam helps me stay grounded and handle everything better. I have used it responsibly and successfully for over 20 years. I'm not a person who gets addicted. Diazepam is a tool for my physical and mental health."

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  • Teah
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 16, 2019

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "Hi, I have bad anxiety daily. It has worsened since I stopped taking codeine for pain caused by my tooth. Now I have panic attacks daily. My mind feels dazed, and I zone out. I am on Valium, and it calms me down, but last night I had an attack and I couldn't calm down. My body was calm, but my mind was still freaking out, thinking I am going to go insane. Has anyone else felt this?"

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  • Nellb...
  • December 11, 2015

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "I have been on diazepam long term, started because of PTSD. It is a mild sedative. If I'm relaxing, I'll get tired; if I'm working, I don't get tired, I just feel no negative feelings. It really is a chill pill. I am in the construction field now and have no issues. If I take one before going to bed, my back pain soothes (Valium is a mild muscle relaxer) and I always seem to have pleasant dreams. I have never had a bad dream since on Valium, but at the same time, it isn't luxurious or fantasy dreams either. It has been a miracle drug for me. I do not like how doctors now like to avoid benzos. Valium is a great medicine. I take 30mg per day generic brand. Hope this helps someone."

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  • Liz
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • August 20, 2013

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "All of my life I've had varying levels of social anxiety and agoraphobia, usually without any logical cause. Even riding in cars made me unduly nervous. I had a rough, fear-filled childhood, and that seemed to set me up for chronic nervousness. But there's no room for that in adult life. Valium eliminates the unnecessary anxiety and also helps with muscle spasms from my fibromyalgia. I don't get fatigue from this during the day. I do find that taking one before bed helps me relax my 100-miles-per-hour brain (stupid racing thoughts and worries) plus my muscles don't get all kinked up in knots while I'm sleeping. I've never needed to increase my dose on it even after several years, since it works as well as the day I started it, personally."

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  • Relaxed
  • November 26, 2019

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "I'm a Vietnam vet. Panic anxiety attacks. This medication Valium works very well with me. It is truly the only medication that I have taken that takes the insomnia away. I can relax, I can go about my day. It works very well. I'm very well pleased with it. I have no more anxiety panic attacks. I take 10 mg two times a day. And since I'm a veteran, all my medication is free so I paid nothing for it."

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  • Painman
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • December 21, 2019

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "I have been dependent on morphine and oxycodone in high doses for 20 years. Then someone suggested Suboxone, worst decision of my life. I was on it for 8 months and it worked as directed, I was very happy, but started reading about PAWS (Post-acute Withdrawal Syndrome) and started to wean down. Well, anxiety, panic attacks, and confusion hit me like a ton of bricks. Buprenorphine is a horrible drug to get off of. I would rather have gone through full opiate detox than those. Tried Klonopin, Xanax; both were a waste and very addicting! But I was tried on one 10 mg Valium, and I have not felt that normal in ages. I am very leery of any pharmaceutical and don’t take it daily; sometimes I put it away for a month. It has truly given my life back, but I’m still on a drug. I want to be off everything, and I don’t know if that will ever be. But for now, I’m not clenching my teeth all day and tossing all night, so I’m grateful. Thanks, doc, for taking a risk on me."

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  • Momof
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 6, 2019

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "This drug has given me my life back. I no longer feel an overwhelming amount of fear and anxiety, which left me sluggish and “frozen”. I now feel as if I can do my normal chores and errands without any hesitation! I do feel tired at times. And then, at times, I have lots of energy, but I feel better than I have in years!"

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  • anxiety...
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • October 14, 2015

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "I took Valium for nearly 20 years for anxiety and functioned just great. My doctor retired, and I had to find another. He is weaning me off, now down to 2.5mg twice a day. I am miserable! I'm stuck in my home, can't sleep, and my heart and stomach are going wild. I don't know how much more of this I can stand! I feel I'm going to have a heart attack. I've lost so much weight; I look terrible. And my doctor doesn't seem to notice or even care. He says he cannot be prescribing it. I am not a dope head. I am a 53-year-old grandma who needs help. My children worry about me all the time. What is a person to do? Go to the street? I don't know that kind of life and don't want to. I can't afford a psychiatrist, just a doctor that cares!"

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  • Patie...
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • March 10, 2019

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "My prescription says I can take 5mg to 10mg if I have an anxiety attack (or sleep problem) and I am allowed to repeat if I need it 12 hours later. It takes me many months to go through 30 tablets. I think it works well and it doesn't make me feel vegged out. *Note: I can't report on using it for sleep. I'm very concerned with anyone taking it every day, as I think this is begging for problems with addiction and tolerance. I've gone without it for over a month, so I think taking it only as needed is the best way to avoid addiction. For those saying things like never take a Benzo? Chill out, your problem is not everyone's experience."

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  • brettrx
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • March 9, 2013

Valium (diazepam) for Anxiety "I'm 36, have social anxiety, GAD, TMJ, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, cluster headaches, & herniated vertebrae. I've taken everything, including 12 years on a high dose of Xanax. After finally convincing a doc to prescribe me Valium, I felt like a different person. It kicks in fast, but its long half-life prevents that awful anxiety rebound effect. I find that Valium has a powerful (yet feels gentle) calmative effect on the body as well - which is absolutely wonderful when my muscles & joints are tight. Valium is hands down the best benzo anti-anxiety medication out there."

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