Advice needed please. 2mg diazepam

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Hi, a little advice needed if possible. At the beginning of sept last year I was prescribed 2 weeks worth of diazepam 2mg I didn't take it every day 3x a day as I only wanted to use as needed. My anxiety was really bad. Anyway...those 40 tablets lasted me just over 6 weeks. Then, I didn't take any at all for 2 weeks. After this 2 weeks I was put on 10mg of citalopram and given another 21 diazepam 2mg tablets (on the 29th Nov) to help with side effects. It's now 28th of January and I still have 1 left. So in 8 weeks Iv not even had a weeks worth. Would it be possible to have severe withdrawal from this amount Iv taken over a period of 5 months? Or even any withdrawal at all? Some days I'd take one then not have another for 5 days then take 1 and maybe another 2 days later. This week Iv had 3 as my anxiety has been horrendous. My anxiety is pretty bad and I wake up feeling awful every morning, I feel like I'm shaking on the inside like there's a current running through my body, I get twitches all over my body now like someone's doing morse code! I dry heave at times, cry A LOT! Nervous tummy, tense. I don't know if this is my anxiety or if I'm having withdrawal from diazepam. Iv had some good days where Iv felt better but then I can dip again severely. I also take propranalol which has just been increased yesterday to 20mg 3x a day and im on 20mg of citalopram. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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    No i think its the anxiety and citalopram making u feel that way i dont think its benzo withdrawal
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      I worry because it's been 5 months since I started it. Even though like I say Iv only had 60 tablets over the space of 5 months. I suppose because of the duration I'm worrying. 3 different gps have said you won't be withdrawing but I know everyone is different.

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      Hi Claire. Im so sorry youre feeling this way. Do the symptoms go away when you take the diazepam?

      I have no experience with the other medications but I know that diazapam tolerance and withdrawl gave me similar symptoms.

      Gods peace be with you.

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      Hi, sometimes it does and sometimes not. I took one last night and it worked really well, felt really drowsy but I was not anxious or scared. I'm usually frightened of everything! Hate being on my own but last night I felt better after the Diaz. I don't take it every day. I'm only had 3 weeks worth of tablets over a 5 month period. How long were you on them? And what dose? Did u take them every day?

      Iv not had one since 6pm last night and the one before that was 2 days previous. I feel better today than I have done recently but will that be the Diaz still in my system? I don't know x

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      I took 1 mg daily for 2 1/2 years. I doctor told me i could not become addicted if i took under 4 mg a day. Boy was he wrong!! I was physically addicted to them.. I got alot of my info and support off the internet. They really messed up my brain/ nervous system.
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      I have taken benzos and the answer to your question is yes it could

      be diaz that are causing your symptoms.

      By taking them as you are. Your body and brain can not get used to you taking them.

      Some people are lucky enough and can do this but we are all different.

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      Is it because I'm taking them so irregular that I'm having the symptoms? Both GP and pharmacist said that was the best way so I didn't become addicted. I'm so fed up and don't know what to do for the best

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      My doctor said I could just stop them cold turkey because i was on such a low dose. The third day off of them I had a headache, shaky, racing heart, nauseous, i couldnt think clearly. These are the same symptoms i had off and on while on them...tolerance

      withdrawls.

      I looked online and found the Ashton manual and used that as a basis for decrease.

      I was on it for a longer time than you and I was on blood pressure medication only. I dont know what part your other meds are playing in this.

      I have been off for 2 years and am fine now, but it took a year.

      Check out other benzo support websites. Everyones story is so different.

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      I looked at her page, it's very informative. I wouldn't know where to start with a taper as Iv only had 3 weeks worth of tablets over a 5 month period. And it was never regular, just as needed (although Iv had four 2mg tablets this week) but before that I didn't have one for nearly a week. Before that it was 4 days I think then the week before I only had 2 in a week. Maybe I should use the weeks worth she's given me to taper off but ask a professional how best to do it.

      Iv spoken to 3 gps and 1 consultant at the hospital and they all said the amount Iv taken I wouldn't be withdrawing but I know my body and what feels different

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    Claire, I think you can relax. I'm not a doctor, but I've been on valium (diazepam), xanax (alprazolam), and klonopin (clonazepam). Valium is the most "mellow" of the three, and it has the longest half life, meaning it has a longer effect than the other two medications I named.  2mg. of valium is a very low dose, even 3X daily. That dose is typically for epliepsy patients along with an anti-seizure medication. In the past, I was taking 10mg. valium 2X daily. Compared to xanax, valium didnt seem nearly as habit-forming. I should also mention that I have had a problem with alcohol.  Again, I'm not a doctor, but I'm definitely of the opinion many things are mind over matter. The power of suggestion is well, powerful. In any event, I've read tons of testimonials where people have had a hard time coming off xanax. I totally believe it is because xanax works quickly and strongly, as opposed to valium which comes on slowly and gently, almost imperceptible. Don't get yourself too worked up! All the best.

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      Iv been on them before for anxiety, was on it for 4 years. Went back on it this time as sertraline had to be withdrawn due to causing prolonged QT. My anxiety or whatever it is that's happening to me has changed to how it was at the beginning. When I try to nap during the day I wake up and my heart starts pounding as I open my eyes, and I'm scared and frozen to the spot till it passes. Feels like I'm shaking internally but to look at me you wouldn't know, I'm so tense, very low mood and can't stop crying. Constantly scared of everything, like getting a bath, going to sleep, waking up, scared I'm gonna die or have a heart attack or something. Before this week I went 6 days without a Diaz and managed to do a food shop, go to town, cook etc and felt fine (except being really tired physically drained) then anxiety came back so took one. Yet I had 1 Friday and 1 yesterday yet today I feel shocking (Iv not had one today) I just don't know what's going on.

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      I don't know what to believe anymore. Your supposed to trust the professionals but sometimes they don't have a clue! Feel like I'm going round in circles. Do I ring my GP and ask for a taper plan? They might just say come off them no need to taper! I'm so frustrated

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