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User Reviews for Diazepam

Also known as: Diastat, Diastat AcuDial, Diastat Pediatric, Diazepam Intensol, Dizac, Valium, Valrelease, Zetran

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8.7/10 Average Rating

352 Ratings with 265 User Reviews

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"This may seem really strange but I swear I seem to have more focus when I read very complex material. Is that normal? I found myself behind in law school because of Hurricane Irma that left me without electricity and becoming increasingly behind with the material because of power outages. I took one before I started working on it and I feel wonderful and unaffected by the stress of trying to catch up. Very interesting. Was wondering if anyone had similar experience . . . ."

   
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abogado September 15, 2017

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Valium (diazepam): "My blood pressure was 270/120 and had to work through many drugs before this one lowered my anxiety and blood pressure. At 20 mg a day usually take all at night time for sleep to. Side effects sometimes headache. Strong addiction and should be weaned off it slowly or your head will hurt non stop for a month. A nightmare to stop cold. It lasts eight times longer than Xanax or Klonopin they are two brothers not to mess with. At first you may have the sedated effect before you become more resistant to the drug. Where you get the drug also makes a difference. Some stores give the yellow tablet which melts in mouth as clean as water. Other stores have an orange tablet that tastes like paper. Walmart has the good one and some grocery but not CVS."

   
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Brian H.H. September 10, 2017

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Valium (diazepam): "Was previously on lorazapam and switched to Valium in February. Since then I never felt relief and suffered every day from anxiety. It didn't matter if I took 2mg or 12mg I didn't feel better and in fact I felt more anxiety. A week ago I decided to stop it cold turkey and every day since I have felt 90% better. I'm going through some withdrawal like tinnitus and night time sweats but I wake up better and have been feeling happiness. I strongly recommend staying off any benzodiazepine and if you are going to take it, only for bad panic attacks. Never take them daily as they are very addictive and quite difficult to get off of. They say that benzos are more difficult to get off of than heroin. Try Gabapentin for anxiety."

   
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PM17 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) September 4, 2017

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Valium (diazepam): "I have suffered with anxiety and severe panic attacks for many years. It is a GODSEND. Initially anyway. I have noticed over the years I've had to increase the dose I take (which I've never taken daily). 5mg of diazepam (Valium) never did much for me. But 7.5mg used to have a perfect effect. These days I need 15mg for that same affect. Its a shame. And I thought I wasn't abusing it because I didn't take it daily. (Generally 2 or 3 times a week, depending how I felt). I'm still giving it a high rating for the many times its helped me. But even taking it as PRN has eventually caught up on me. If I don't take it for several days I start feeling sick. Devastated to lose a medication that can work so well."

   
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PatchRight (taken for 5 to 10 years) September 2, 2017

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"Never tried diazepam for anxiety or any other medication I also tried it for RLS . Its really effective but hard to stop and withdrawals are hell. I also acting like a zombie have risky sexual behaviour with this."

   
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Ganya Adling (taken for 1 to 2 years) August 17, 2017

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"I have been on Valium (diazepam) for 40 years, have never had any side effects, great drug. If prescribed properly, no one should ever have any problems with this drug if prescribed properly, & if taking it for the right reasons."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 10 years or more) August 4, 2017

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"I would like to say that diazepam is very useful I only take it when I can't take control of my breathing and get to the point of thinking I'm going to faint, I must say as I don't like taking these pills I take the lowest dose, 2 mg which might not even help me sometimes but other times will make me feel drowsy and make me go to sleep, I don't like taking higher dosage for the plain reason of wanting to be in control of my body, I don't want to fall asleep if I don't want to, or have a deep sleep and stop breathing, this I know is part of my anxiety, being scared of these things, so the only bad thing I can say is that depending on he dose you can feel sleepy and not function properly, for example I wouldn't dare to drive"

   
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Forever anxious (taken for less than 1 month) July 27, 2017

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"5mg to 10mg every morning gets me through the day without sleepiness nor euphoria side effects and makes me feel completely “normal”."

   
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WillN (taken for 10 years or more) July 26, 2017

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"I've suffered day upon day with extreme anxiety and panic attacks. I have tried all sorts of medications but they just made me feel like a zombie and couldn't function. My GP prescribed me 2mg diazepam and I have to say this stuff has been amazing. My anxiety has reduced but when I'm in having a bad day they are brilliant as a quick release. No side affects at all just a sense of calm :)"

   
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Scimmy (taken for less than 1 month) July 25, 2017

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"This medication is amazing for me. I have severe anxiety. It was affecting me at work, at home. I was having anxiety attacks and felt like I couldn't breathe constantly. It was terrible plain and simple. I was lucky to find a psychiatrist who had an immediate opening and was accepting new patients. She started me off on 5mg of diazepam. I took it and with in 30 min I started to feel relief from the anxiety. I take it once in the morning, once in the afternoon and take 2 pills before bed and it's helped me so much. I love it. I don't abuse it and don't recommend anyone to abuse it. You can build a tolerance to it so your doctor might adjust your milligrams. This is a quick fix for anxiety but will not help in the long run."

   
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AdamH123 June 29, 2017

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"Now 77 years old, I have Depression with mild anxiety. I am white married male with Mild Cognitive Impairment. First took Valium (diazapam) first pill 5 mg in grad school 40 years ago, for acute anxiety and slept for 14 hours. Have been taking on and off, mostly for a nights sleep. It has had a beneficial effect over all, when taken perhaps as little as once a week. Now, going through difficult times, I'm up to 10-20 mg to get to sleep, as being awake worrying is more harmful. I'm approaching addiction, yet my choices is depression, and agitation that only makes things worse. So, I'm a bit of a zombie, not good, but seems better than agitated depression (if there is such a condition)"

   
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Al R June 21, 2017

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"I had nasal surgery (septoplasty/latera splints) (1st surgery scheduled & 2nd was emergency surgery in 8 day span). During consultation I mentioned that I'm not a mouthbreather and was anxious about breathing issues (not being able to breath or stop/dying in my sleep). He gave me Valium to assist with the anxiety. This medication is wonderful...it's only short term for me as I'm recovering from post-op traumatic experience. Took it twice daily during the first 11 days now I take it only at bed-I feel rested when I wake up and I'm not crying/shaking/emotional when asked about the surgeries (yes it was horrible bc thats how they found out I'm allergic to silicone). I will be coming off this med in a month or 2"

   
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Small cow (taken for less than 1 month) June 6, 2017

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Valium (diazepam): "I used to be on Klonopin for years and I think it helped but I'm not sure since I was also on Paxil. It came to a point where neither were working for me even at higher dosages so I started taking Ativan. This really helped my anxiety but it would come back every morning. Eventually I hit tolerance and had to increase it. Eventually I hit tolerance again and I found myself feeling more anxious than ever. I decided it was time to get off. The doctor put me on Valium because it's easier to taper off than any other benzo. He suggested I could take anywhere from 4mg to 10mg per day. I slowly tapered down to 1.5mg but I was miserable. I reinstated and went back up to 6mg and have also tried 10mg and it has never worked for me. Stay away from it"

   
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PaulMartin16 (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 1, 2017

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Valium (diazepam): "I take Valium 2mg PRN for panic attacks. I was nervous about using it. I also had this warped idea that I would be labeled a pill head for taking a drug like Valium. I can honestly say that Valium is a life saver. The first time I took it all I could think about was how I regretted not taking it sooner. I can actually live my life now. You have to be careful though. It is very easy to build a tolerance to it. Use the lowest amount you need, because You would be surprised how much of a difference 1 mg will make. I have been trying to use it as a tool rather than a crutch. I also have ADD and Valium helps me fall asleep at night when I feel restless"

   
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Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa May 20, 2017

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Valium (diazepam): "I have bipolar 2, generalized anxiety disorder and suffer panic attacks. I am given Valium 5mg to take 'when needed'. While I feel it works well on generalized (mild to moderate) anxiety, it's not the most effective medication to take to during acute episodes like in a panic attack. I feel the 5mg isn't enough. Also if you take it even every few days, it pretty quickly becomes less effective meaning you may have to increase the dose. I now take 10mg as needed. It's very helpful, and I find it to be very effective, but perhaps not strong enough during acute panic attacks, but in general this medication is a blessing."

   
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Kieran P May 12, 2017

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Valium (diazepam): "Suffering 16 years ago from PTSD after being told in hospital that I only had 30 mins before I would die, I was a wreck when I came home and lived in fear and terror, shortness of breath, uncontrollable shaking, extreme nausea, body aching all over, doctor and specialist visits - had every test known to the medical world, all came back normal. Finally a friend suggested I try Zoloft and after a week I felt myself starting to feel normal again and after six months I gave it up, but since then I periodically have PTSD symptoms and 5mg of Valium (don't buy generic diazepam) on those days has been my life saver. God bless you Pfizer Pharmaceuticals!"

   
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Kathy Hillyer (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 24, 2017

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"I have been suffering from anxiety for years, I was very afraid of benzos because the potential risk of addition. I was prescribed everything in the anti depressive medicine group, plus a lot of antipsychotic medicine ( I am not psychotic ) just to avoid benzos. Nothing worked,-finally I gave Xanax and Valium a chance. It has been a life change, it works and it give me the control back. If you are in doubt because of fears of addiction, let me ask you How nice is anxiety attacks, how nice is it to have no control. There is medicine that can help you so why not take it? Me, I would have committed suicide if I did not start to take benzodiazepines. They saved me."

   
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Jacob G April 15, 2017

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"I only use it when I'm having a panic attack (5mg) and it's incredibly effective. Just knowing it's there can be enough to stave off panic. Should never be used for mild anxiety, or used regularly, because it's important to use your own resources to deal with that, and you can become tolerant - but for those occasions when you feel you're losing control, there's nothing more effective that Diazepam. Doctors hate prescribing it - they assume you don't know how to use it responsibly."

   
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Mark07 March 30, 2017

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Valium (diazepam): "I try not to use them often, I usually just try to put up with my anxiety because I don't want to go on antidepressants as none of them have worked for my anxiety and made my mood worse. So I find Valium when I really need it fantastic, it is quick and no side effects for me. It's a pity the doctors don't like prescribing it, people who abuse it make it hard for someone like me who really needs it in times of severe anxiety."

   
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krissy74 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 29, 2017

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"I take 5mg twice a week and I would take more but my tolerance goes up quickly. This medication works great and I would take everyday if I could with out the tolerance increasing but I don't want to chase the effects by taking more. I want to manage the medication not the medication managing me. I do take Tramadol three time a week on the days I don't take diazepam. I take each according to what I need that day for pain or anxiety what ever is worse. I will go off everything for a week or two when ever my tolerance gets to high which is about every three or four weeks."

   
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Joehouse March 17, 2017

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"Great for anxiety. 2mg is reasonably gentle, lasts for about 2 hours and seems to minimize the crazy adrenaline-induced chatty-worried 'on edge' mind, a general inability to enjoy things and the paranoia that comes with the IQ-drop/iffy concentration (I.e. assuming the worst). Along with some coping strategies, consistent sleep and 'get up and go' tackling of fears, I find it really useful. Frustratratingly, it can't be used as needed and there's no "prozac weekly" equivalent, for obvious reasons."

   
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Chris5362 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 23, 2017

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Valium (diazepam): "Excellent for obsessive thinking"

   
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Lucy goosy (taken for 5 to 10 years) February 22, 2017

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"I have had anxiety and depression for many years and tried almost every anti-depressant and sedative known to man. I even used to self medicate with pot and booze. Until my back went out and the doctor gave me Valium. 10mgs at night kept me much more relaxed but able to work and drive, better still my anxiety dissipated and my performance at work, ESP during meetings was markedly improved. I still take 150mg Effexor (SNRI) but it's the Valium that really did the job. My psychologist could not believe what an improvement the Valium had made and since then I take 10mg at night. I have heard bad things regarding withdrawals but I have had periods of 2-3 weeks of no valium with very little if any withdrawals compared to "THE XANAX HELL"!!"

   
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Psymo February 15, 2017

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Valium (diazepam): "I've suffered social anxiety for years and just battled on. Then someone smashed into my car from behind while in traffic and I started having awful panic attacks. I didn't really know what they were at first but I was struggling badly. Eventually things calmed down but a hugely stressful life situation caused the attacks to flair up again. I finally sought help and was prescribed 2mg diazepam, 1 - 2 Tabs for an attack. I will barely take a headache tablet I was extremely worried about using Valium. But it's absolutely amazing. Use it with caution, take as little as possible and stop and see what happens. I can take half a tablet (1mg) to completely stop panic episodes that have built up over time. Be careful and it will serve you well."

   
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Wu2 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 3, 2017

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"I was put on 10mg Diazepam up to three times a day (90 pills). I must say this is a very good medication for my anxiety and socializing problems. Was on Klonopin but it was not as strong as Diazepam. I only take when needed not all the time. Simply the best!"

   
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cws176 February 3, 2017

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