Diazipam withdrawal please help

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Long story short I was on 15mg if Diazipan (5mg 3 times a day) got down to 2.5mg in the morning and 2.5 at night . I have been tapering for 3 weeks now yesterday went down to 1.25mg in the morning and 2mg at night , I’m all over the place ! Upset tummy, dizzy, no appetite, increased anxiety, feeling hopeless, needing to go for a pee all the time , exhaustion and general feeling of not on the planet with spells of wanting to give up!

I tapered off 2 AD’s this year as they gave me horrendous side effects, I need to get off the Diazipam so I can get a clear head and start working on my anxiety which is the reason they gave me Diazipam in the first place but although it’s great for calming the anxiety it hasn’t helped with it , even leaving the house is a problem but I’m willing to push myself with CBT and facing the fear as they say.

Problem is this withdrawal is killing me I feel wretched, when will it end ? 

I don’t know what to do , am I going to fast or just very sensitive to withdrawal? 

Has anyone out there had these withdrawals and got past them and off this blinking stuff ?

I’ve been on it in total 10 months.

Please reply if you can offer and guidance and support 

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    PLEASE educate yourself on benzo tapering and withdrawal, OPINION: you are tapering MUCH too fast. Many have gone before you, and have started web sites, blogs, and facebook groups to help and support others, start reading now so you know the hows and whys and what to expect. Don't just read the horror stories, read the I got through benzo withdrawal and healed stories. We DO heal, it will take some serious inner strength, good family and friends support is crucial as well. You ARE doing the right thing by getting off ALL of these 'poisons', just please learn from those with 'real world' experience in doing so. Best of luck to you.

    benzo org.  W-Bad(world benzodiazepine awareness day).  B.I.C.(benzodiazepine information coalition).  benzobuddies.  beyondmeds.

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      Hi Jeno

      Thank you for the reply and advice.

      I actually went back up to a dose I was stabling on , 2mg in the morning and 2.5mg at bedtime, will stay on this for another week then do drops of 0.5mg every 2-3 weeks or when I feel ready to maybe longer.

      I didn’t realise how hard it would be tbh , when I came down from the 15mg I was still on Mirtazapine , now I’m off Mirtazapine and Sertraline and have been for 11 weeks it’s time to get off these Diazipam.

      I’m not on FB but will check out the other sites you have given me.

      I’m pretty scared about it but as you say people can get off it.

      Thank you again 

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    Hi Matt,

    I really feel for you going through all these vile withdrawal symptoms. You have done amazingly well to reduce to such a low amount so quickly.

    Are you doing your own reductions or are you being helped by a professional?

    Everyone is different in how they deal with these feelings. I would guess you are going a little too fast. the general rule is the lower you are the slower you reduce

    I have been on diazepam for 22 years, all prescribed and found myself with "involuntary addiction" to these dreadful things I have at last found the help I need to get off these but I am still taking 14mg per day down from 19mg per day.I am advised to take things very slowly and listen to my body.

    I really hope you are getting professional help and if not please see you GP who will guide you in the right direction, perhaps local drug and alcohol recovery services may be able to help.

    You have time so please do not rush things. You have come so far and done really well.

    Keep chatting on here as there are many people suffering in the same way. Talking helps a lot.

    Sending you my best wishes.

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      Hi Anne

      Thank you for replying.

      I couldn’t take it yesterday so went back up to 2.5 at bedtime and 2mg this morning, I feel stuck on this dose I’m really scared of how bad coming down makes me feel but I want to get off them.

      My GP knows I’m doing it but hasn’t got a clue about time lines or withdrawals, I’ll see if there is a local clinic that can help me.

      I suffer from anxiety pretty bad , think started with menopause I took the Diazipam to help calm me which it did and ended up addicted, it hasn’t helped me over come my anxiety and push myself to leave the house and try to get on top of it , I’ve started HRT which is supposed to help .

      Just want off the Diazipam but so crippling withdrawals scare me.

      Glad your doing well and thank you for your advice 

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      Hello Ann

      I reinstated my last dose just couldn’t handle the drop , don’t think I’m in the right mindset to take it on at the moment so taking 2mg morning and 2mg at night , I’ll see how I am in a month or so , of course I want off Diazipam but Friday Saturday and Sunday was really distressing, yesterday I was so exhausted that I just didn’t move all day .

      Feeling a bit better today although my problem is anxiety which has taken over my life and turned it upside down !

      I need to work really hard on it to try and get some sort of life back .

      How are you 

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      Is it possible to get hormones for menopause it helped me? Also you should stay on AD before you are finishen with tapering V? It would help for the anxeity I think!
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    Im sure you do your best! Im in the same situation as you. I dont take Diazepam but Zopiclon and Oxazepam. I wouldnt in my dreams dream of what this could be like (interdozewirhdrawal tolerance etc) . Z for almost 4 years and Oxazepam a year thats two benzos. 20 mg (guess that is 10 mg Valium) oxazepam

    I also have anxeity! Pain in stomach, more pain in my body, no appetite sensitive to sounds etc.. Im glad you answered and tell about how you are.

    Its like I wait for the right moment to taper. I decreased a bit of the Z. But dont know what to do if the day come when I dont sleep on the taperdose. English is not my first language (add to that the brainfog...) sorry for swinglish.

    I think that if you have began to realize and learn about the problems theese drugs give us, you are on the right track.

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