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Hi. I have a horrible panic disorder and depression.
A couple of months ago I was prescribed Diazepam 2mg which I could take as and when needed. I didn't fancy using it but after a really bad day I took 2mg. It didn't do that much for me but helped me sleep.
Since then, I've had 2mg maybe once or twice a week to start with. I started Citalopram 20mg around the same time was getting increased anxiety and the doctor said I could up my Diazepam to 4mg. I've had this probably no more than once a week, maybe twice a week on the odd occasion.
Now I don't know whether the symptoms I am getting are due to the Citalopram or Diazepam. I was blaming the Citalopram but now I'm beginning to wonder if I'm getting Diazepam withdrawal.
I started getting this awful internal shaking in my legs all the time. I had to keep moving my legs around and couldn't get away from it. I've had new symptoms since being on the drug(s).
About a month ago, it all got terrible. I couldn't sleep all night because of the horrible shaky feeling all over. I'd had 4mg of Diazepam about a week before this. I took 4mg again that morning to try to calm things. The shakiness continued all day but calmed a bit in the night.
I now find if I take 4mg Diazepam, the panic symptoms are still there all the time but are dulled for a few days. Then suddenly about a week later, they become really intense. I have adrenaline rushes going up and down my body like crazy - hideous. And my hands and legs shake.
A couple of days ago, it was horrendous. I'd had Diazepam about 10 days prior do that. The anxiety symptoms were there but muted but on the 10th day, I had unbearable adrelanine rushes up and down my legs, in my arms and hands, in my neck and was so shaky. I tried to play the piano but my shaky hands kept slipping off the keys and I couldn't do it.
I was awake all night, pacing and terrified. There was no way I could sleep. In the morning I took 4mg Diazepam. It calmed things down for a couple of hours but I felt out of it and awful. The adrenaline rushes came back and lasted all day and evening - I was going crazy. Last night I slept about 9 hours - the most sleep I've had since my breakdown 3 months ago. I've woken shaky (hard to type) but less rushes.
I've been blaming the Citalopram for all this but now I'm wondering if I'm experiencing Diazepam withdrawal even though I've only had it on and off for a couple of months and at a low dose.
It's possible my own anxiety has deepened although when it's like this, I have no control over it at all.
Does anyone have any ideas?
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