User Reviews for Valium
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Reviews for Valium to treat Anxiety
"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"
PaulMartin16 (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 1, 2017
2 users found this comment helpful.
"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"
Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa May 20, 2017
39 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Kieran P May 12, 2017
21 users found this comment helpful.
"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!"
Kathy Hillyer (taken for 5 to 10 years) April 24, 2017
24 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
krissy74 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 29, 2017
73 users found this comment helpful.
"Excellent for obsessive thinking"
Lucy goosy (taken for 5 to 10 years) February 22, 2017
46 users found this comment helpful.
"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."
Wu2 (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 3, 2017
74 users found this comment helpful.
"I was suicidal aged 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 doctors 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."
Wot sit January 17, 2017
105 users found this comment helpful.
"I'm new to anxiety, having to recover from leg surgerys for long periods of time without getting out of my room much, I had my first anxiety /panic attack after 8 weeks in bed. After a trip to the hospital, I was then placed on valium, many times per day at the beginning but just a few months later I use them as needed. Maybe 2 per day. I have another surgery coming up and will be down again for only 8 weeks total. But this time I have prepared for more visitors as well as I will be mobile soon after surgery. I'm keeping my valium for now and hoping to get away from them during my physical therapy."
Greg W January 10, 2017
29 users found this comment helpful.
"Works fast and is best thing that I have tried for my panic attacks"
Kindhearted December 30, 2016
65 users found this comment helpful.
"The last time I took it, it worked very well. It took a lot longer to kick in than xanax, but also kept working longer. It also helped with some of my chronic pain, which was nice."
espresso_dreams (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 27, 2016
49 users found this comment helpful.
"To anyone scared of taking this infamous drug (which I was) - you won't lose your sobriety, it just slows down your brain. This means it's great for situations where you risk creating phobia instead of familiarity (new places, new people). I'm armed with all the tools I need for knowing what my body and brain need as things happen (self-reassurance, gratitude, understanding, catching my own cogs before they turn, time out, etc) but you can't always choose when sensory overload will happen. As a pre-emptive measure this will be a useful tool for me when I know things'll be too handle even with an arsenal of knowledge to tackle the triggers."
Chris37297 December 15, 2016
77 users found this comment helpful.
"I have severe GAD since my teens but it really hit me harder in my early 20's, I had been taking generic Valium for 8 yrs then got into a psychiatrist at first he switched me over to Xanax 1mg 3X daily which works for immediate panic attacks but would wear off very quickly and I would wake up first thing in the morning with my heart racing and had to take 1, I told him this and got switched back to my original dose of Valium which lasts all day, 1 and a half 10mg in the morning and the same at night and I no longer had to wake-up first thing for my meds, and they pretty much prevent my panic attacks unlike the Xanax.I can function just fine and work with people now that I'm at the right dose and not be self conscience great medication!"
Toyotaman (taken for 5 to 10 years) December 1, 2016
53 users found this comment helpful.
"I'm 24, and have PTSD, bipolar and anxiety disorder. I have recently had the scariest panic attacks, 911 calls and ER visits. So bad I thought I was dying...every night. I took klonodopin and it didn't help. My doctor prescribed this today and I haven't feel this relaxed or not in fear in a long time. I'm thankful to this medication. I couldn't handle it anymore. Nothing else has helped."
Morgan Danielle November 30, 2016
75 users found this comment helpful.
"Thank you Valium!"
Angelo23 (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 21, 2016
25 users found this comment helpful.
"I have very severe anxiety that has landed me in the ER plenty of times before I was diagnosed with being in an "Anxiety State". My first medication was Ativan and I loved it but they switched me to 5mg Valium. I can function more on Valium. I take 1 during an attack and I'm calm for 5-6 days. I get very relaxed and I sleep great! So far I really like it. It says No Refills on my bottle so after I go through the 19 pills I have left idk what they'll have me take. So I'm with a therapist for now that I meet with once a week for now."
AnxiousReality (taken for less than 1 month) November 3, 2016
28 users found this comment helpful.
"I took Valium for almost 3 years and it helped my anxiety. I started on 5mg three times a day then that increased to 4 times a day. I started waking in the early morning thinking I had bad pills because they weren't working. I found out I was in tolerance and started having tolerance withdrawal. It's very hard to come off. I tried to stop cold turkey and on day 3 it felt like I had been shocked with a cattle prod. I went back to 15 mg and started a slow taper. Added remeron for sleep while tapering. I would steer clear from benzos and find something else for anxiety, these should not be taken for long periods of time.It make your world a better place to be and forget life's problems for a short time but you will face consequences later."
Geddy lifeson (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 13, 2016
52 users found this comment helpful.
"I was first prescribed Valium about 18 months ago to assist with combating panic disorder. My personal experience with generic brands of the drug have been, without a doubt, excellent. I believe my improvements are due to the combination of Valium, regular CBT therapy, and making consistent changes (ie pushing myself socially, improving diet and exercise). Many of us, can become overly reliant on medication, so I feel a holistic approach is needed for real, long term results. However, for moderate to severe anxiety/panic attacks, Valium is INCREDIBLE. Gives a true, gradual calming effect, with no grogginess or next-day hangover. The effect can only be described as feeling clear-headed. Definitely worth a try."
PsychStudent04 September 26, 2016
94 users found this comment helpful.
"It's early days for me taking Valium but I have noticed a general sense of well being. I think that if you REALLY need this drug then it's a blessing. I was suffering from post operative depression and long term anxiety issues. I don't feel like I'm zoned out or in some kind of vegetative state. I'm functionally normally but with a greater sense of calmness. Before taking Valium it was like I had a million things bouncing around in my head or like I was in a sweet shop with a mind racing around as to what lollies I wanted. I have heard negative things about Valium but I am convinced that if you genuinely need this drug then it's a wonderful thing. I give it the thumbs up."
genxxx September 14, 2016
105 users found this comment helpful.
"Amazing drug for anxiety. I don't find it addictive. Just great!"
Anonymous September 9, 2016
75 users found this comment helpful.
"Even before I got fired valium kept me calm and stress free. You don't have to take to many for them to work. You can skip days and still feel the same affect."
Just got fired (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 28, 2016
46 users found this comment helpful.
"I've been on valium for about 6 months now and have severe social anxiety and separation anxiety. But it definitely helps. Allows me to not feel as claustrophobic and not to get as shaky or frozen in anxiety producing situations. If I have an anxiety attack or feel like I'm going to have one then I will take a valium and it helps me get through the day."
Melody m-c August 14, 2016
58 users found this comment helpful.
"I can't eat or be around a lot of people with out it or zannex. Zannex is good but doesn't last as long. My Mom even said while I was on diazepam, it's good to see a smile on your face:-)! It may may make you feel kind of goofy for a couple days but after that it just helps. The sedation subsides as well. A very tolerable medication that really does help. Trust me!"
Austin j (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 15, 2016
60 users found this comment helpful.
"I am a newbie to Valium. Just took my first dose today, 10 mg. The doctor prescribed it for the acute anxiety attacks I have once in a while. I have generalized anxiety disorder mixed with bipolar disorder. I take Pristiq for the anxiety and it has helped but it doesn't cover everything. When I'm anxious I cannot go outside and become bedridden. I am also on 70mg of Vyvanse for ADD and it took the doctor some time to be convinced of the benefits of taking a benzo. You know, the whole upper/downer concern. I took my Valium in the evening when the Vyvanse was wearing off. It worked wonders. It kicked in 15 minutes upon taking it. the only side effect is that I feel a little wobbly when standing. But the fact that I am calm makes up for it"
Tmangione (taken for less than 1 month) July 12, 2016
50 users found this comment helpful.
"Date: 07-08-2016...Re Valium: I have been taking Valium for the past three years as I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I very seldom take Valium. Like, 4 mg a week or 4 mg twice a week or I can go a month without taking it. It is very subtle, it will start working after 20 minutes which has been my experience. Valium does melt my anxiety and panicky feelings away even at 4 mg. After taking it, I would feel like my old self. I tried to score it by 2 mg; however, it is not effective. I think those who try it the first time should go 4 mg or 5 mg. I am also taking an SSRI for my anxiety condition. SSRI is not perfect. Some days are tough so I tough it out by not taking a Valium. If you don't abuse it, you can take it for life."
Be Strong July 8, 2016
64 users found this comment helpful.
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